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2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2008 Acura TL OVERVIEW
The TL comes with a 258 hp 3.2-liter V6 engine, while the TL Type-S features a dynamic 286 hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with SportShift manual control, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on the TL Type-S. Alternatively, the Type-S can be outfitted with a six-speed manual transmission, matched to a limited-slip differential for improved traction. Every TL is equipped with a power moonroof, Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity. The TL Type-S is distinguished by a more aggressive exterior, with modified fascias, wider side sills, quad tailpipes, rear spoiler and exclusive alloy wheels; distinctive interior styling cues include two-tone leather sport seats and stainless steel pedals. A navigation system with voice activation and integrated rearview camera parking assist is standard on the TL Type-S and available for the TL. For 2008, the Acura TL carries over unchanged.
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