2008 Acura TL

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Acura TL. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    258-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort in base model
  • Steering and handling
  • Interior space
  • Interior quality
  • Manual-gearbox operation
  • Readability and layout of controls and gauges

The Bad

  • Wide turning circle
  • Torque steer
  • Smallish trunk
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Not as sporty as rear-drive competitors

Notable Features of the 2008 Acura TL

  • New paint colors
  • Real-time traffic navigation
  • Optional 286-hp V-6 and six-speed manual
  • Acura/ELS DVD Audio 5.1 surround sound
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • XM Satellite Radio

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Never had an issue.

by CHackett from Homer Glen, IL on August 11, 2018

I?ve owned the car since 2011 and I?ve never had a single mechanic problem with it. I maintained the car well and it did its job. I love this car and I?ll be sad when I have to trade it in. Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent handling and smooth with a little stiffn

by M.gellani from Dearborn mi on August 11, 2018

The car is sporty, and the S type is just fun to drive. I drive this cry because it's fun. The only setback but is u need super gasoline. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Acura TL currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Acura TL has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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