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2008 Acura RL 2008 Acura RL

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Engine (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Engine Type Aluminum-alloy V-6
Displacement (liters) 3.5
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 290 @ 6200
Torque (lbs-ft @ rpm) 256 @ 5000
Valvetrain 24-valve, SOHC VTEC®
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Redline (rpm) 6800
Fuel System PGM-FI multi-point injection
Ignition System Electronic direct
Throttle Control Drive-By-Wire throttle system
CARB Emissions Rating ULEV-2
Tune-Up Interval 100,000 miles or more**
Cooling System Capacity 2.3 U.S. gallons (8.6 liters)
Crankcase Refill Capacity, including filter 5.3 U.S. quarts (5.0 liters)
** Does not apply to fluid and filter changes or periodic inspections. Please refer to the maintenance section of your owner's manual to determine all appropriate maintenance intervals.
Drivetrain (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Drive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™)
Drive shaft carbon-fiber-reinforced
Maximum torque distribution range (front:rear) 80:20 to 30:70
maximum left/right distribution of available rear wheel torque (left:right) 100:0 to 0:100
Transmission 5-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
Gear Ratios:
  • 1st: 2.70
  • 2nd: 1.57
  • 3rd: 1.07
  • 4th: 0.69
  • 5th: 0.48
  • Reverse: 1.89
  • Secondary Reduction: 1.24
  • Final Drive Ratio: 4.60
Chassis (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Body Type Unit body
Suspension independent double-wishbone front / multi-link rear
Stabilizer Bar (front/rear) 29.0 mm solid / 17.0 mm solid
Front Shock-Tower Bar 32.0 x 22.0 mm (oval type)
Steering Electric variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS)
Steering Ratio 16.2:1
Steering Turns, Lock to Lock 2.98
Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb 39.7 ft (12.1 m)
Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist 12.6" ventilated front with 4-piston caliper / 12.2" ventilated rear
Wheels 17 x 8.0 aluminum-alloy
Tires P245/50 R17 98V high-performance All-Season
Exterior Dimensions (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Wheelbase 110.2 in (2800 mm)
Length 193.6 in (4917 mm)
Height 57.1 in (1452 mm)
Width 72.7 in (1847 mm)
Track (front/rear) 62.0 in (1576) / 62.4 in (1585 mm)
Ground Clearance (unladen) 5.7 in (145 mm)
Curb Weight 4014 lbs (1821 kg)
Weight Distribution (% front/rear) 58/42
Interior Dimensions (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Headroom (front/rear) 38.5 in (977 mm) / 37.2 in (946 mm)
Legroom (front/rear) 42.4 in (1076 mm) / 36.3 in (923 mm)
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 58.5 in (1487 mm) / 56.1 in (1426 mm)
Hiproom (front/rear) 55.1 in (1400 mm) / 54.0 in (1372 mm)
Passenger Volume 99.0 cu ft
Cargo Volume 13.1 cu ft
Mileage Estimates/Fuel Capacity (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Estimated Fuel Mileage (city/highway/combined)* 16 / 24 / 19 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.4 U.S. gallons / 73.3 liters
Required Fuel Premium unleaded 91 octane
* Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Safety & Security (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags (SRS)
Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Side curtain airbags
3-point height-adjustable seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners (front)
3-point seat belts (rear)
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
Fog lights
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
Rear-window defroster with timer
Side-impact door beams
Emergency trunk opener
LED mirror-integrated directional signals, taillights, brakelights, side marker lights and Center High Mount Stop Light
All around visibility (279.8 degrees)
Automatic dimming rearview mirror
Remote retractable rear-seat head restraints
Exterior Features (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Heated outside mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and integrated directional signals
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Auto-on/off headlights
Driver's and front passenger's illuminated door handles
Heat-rejecting green-tinted glass
Galvanized body panels
Speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers
Integrated dual-outlet exhaust
Comfort & Convenience (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with air filtration
Rear-passenger ventilation controls
Cruise control
Power windows with auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Remote- and driver's door lock-operated windows-open function
Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, phone, multi-information display and available voice recognition)
HomeLink®
Electronic tilt and telescopic steering column
Power rear sunshade
Rear side sunshades (manual)
Simulated curly maple wood-grained trim
Overhead map lights (front and rear)
Ambient cabin lighting
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob
Beverage holders (front and rear)
Front door storage compartments
Seatback pockets
Aluminum threshold garnish
Remote trunk release
Driver's and front passenger's illuminated vanity mirrors
12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
Seating & Interior (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Perforated leather-trimmed seats
Driver's 8-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
Front passenger's 4-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
Heated front seats
Front center console with dual-access armrest and dual-level storage compartments
Rear-seat center armrest with locking trunk pass-through
Advanced Technology (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround-Sound System with 6-disc in-dash CD, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and DTS® changer and AM/FM tuner
XM® Satellite Radio*
Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC)
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
Keyless Access System with driver recognition for driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control and select audio and other settings
MP3/auxiliary input jack
* XM Radio available only in the 48 contiguous United States. First 90 days included.
Instrumentation (5 Speed Automatic)back to top
LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
Interface dial
Multi-information display
Maintenance Minder™ system
Auxiliary information display
Trip computer
Exterior temperature indicator
Illuminated ignition, power window switches, steering wheel controls and door lock switches
Engine (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Engine Type Aluminum-alloy V-6
Displacement (liters) 3.5
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 290 @ 6200
Torque (lbs-ft @ rpm) 256 @ 5000
Valvetrain 24-valve, SOHC VTEC®
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Redline (rpm) 6800
Fuel System PGM-FI multi-point injection
Ignition System Electronic direct
Throttle Control Drive-By-Wire throttle system
CARB Emissions Rating ULEV-2
Tune-Up Interval 100,000 miles or more**
Cooling System Capacity 2.3 U.S. gallons (8.6 liters)
Crankcase Refill Capacity, including filter 5.3 U.S. quarts (5.0 liters)
** Does not apply to fluid and filter changes or periodic inspections. Please refer to the maintenance section of your owner's manual to determine all appropriate maintenance intervals.
Drivetrain (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Drive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™)
Drive shaft carbon-fiber-reinforced
Maximum torque distribution range (front:rear) 80:20 to 30:70
maximum left/right distribution of available rear wheel torque (left:right) 100:0 to 0:100
Transmission 5-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
Gear Ratios:
  • 1st: 2.70
  • 2nd: 1.57
  • 3rd: 1.07
  • 4th: 0.69
  • 5th: 0.48
  • Reverse: 1.89
  • Secondary Reduction: 1.24
  • Final Drive Ratio: 4.60
Chassis (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Body Type Unit body
Suspension independent double-wishbone front / multi-link rear
Stabilizer Bar (front/rear) 29.0 mm solid / 17.0 mm solid
Front Shock-Tower Bar 32.0 x 22.0 mm (oval type)
Steering Electric variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS)
Steering Ratio 16.2:1
Steering Turns, Lock to Lock 2.98
Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb 39.7 ft (12.1 m)
Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist 12.6" ventilated front with 4-piston caliper / 12.2" ventilated rear
Wheels 17 x 8.0 aluminum-alloy
Tires P245/50 R17 98V high-performance All-Season
Exterior Dimensions (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Wheelbase 110.2 in (2800 mm)
Length 193.6 in (4917 mm)
Height 57.1 in (1452 mm)
Width 72.7 in (1847 mm)
Track (front/rear) 62.0 in (1576) / 62.4 in (1585 mm)
Ground Clearance (unladen) 5.7 in (145 mm)
Curb Weight 4018 lbs (1823 kg)
Weight Distribution (% front/rear) 58/42
Interior Dimensions (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Headroom (front/rear) 38.5 in (977 mm) / 37.2 in (946 mm)
Legroom (front/rear) 42.4 in (1076 mm) / 36.3 in (923 mm)
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 58.5 in (1487 mm) / 56.1 in (1426 mm)
Hiproom (front/rear) 55.1 in (1400 mm) / 54.0 in (1372 mm)
Passenger Volume 99.0 cu ft
Cargo Volume 13.1 cu ft
Mileage Estimates/Fuel Capacity (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Estimated Fuel Mileage (city/highway/combined)* 16 / 24 / 19 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.4 U.S. gallons / 73.3 liters
Required Fuel Premium unleaded 91 octane
* Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Safety & Security (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags (SRS)
Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Side curtain airbags
3-point height-adjustable seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners (front)
3-point seat belts (rear)
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
Fog lights
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
Rear-window defroster with timer
Side-impact door beams
Emergency trunk opener
LED mirror-integrated directional signals, taillights, brakelights, side marker lights and Center High Mount Stop Light
All around visibility (279.8 degrees)
Automatic dimming rearview mirror
Remote retractable rear-seat head restraints
Exterior Features (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Heated outside mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and integrated directional signals
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Auto-on/off headlights
Driver's and front passenger's illuminated door handles
Heat-rejecting green-tinted glass
Galvanized body panels
Speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers
Integrated dual-outlet exhaust
Comfort & Convenience (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with air filtration
Rear-passenger ventilation controls
Cruise control
Power windows with auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Remote- and driver's door lock-operated windows-open function
Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, phone, multi-information display and available voice recognition)
HomeLink®
Electronic tilt and telescopic steering column
Power rear sunshade
Rear side sunshades (manual)
Simulated curly maple wood-grained trim
Overhead map lights (front and rear)
Ambient cabin lighting
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob
Beverage holders (front and rear)
Front door storage compartments
Seatback pockets
Aluminum threshold garnish
Remote trunk release
Driver's and front passenger's illuminated vanity mirrors
12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
Seating & Interior (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Perforated leather-trimmed seats
Driver's 8-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
Front passenger's 4-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
Heated front seats
Front center console with dual-access armrest and dual-level storage compartments
Rear-seat center armrest with locking trunk pass-through
Advanced Technology (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround-Sound System with 6-disc in-dash CD, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and DTS® changer and AM/FM tuner
XM® Satellite Radio*
Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC)
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
Keyless Access System with driver recognition for driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control and select audio and other settings
MP3/auxiliary input jack
* Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. The first 90 days of XM Radio, real-time traffic, and weather are compliments of Acura.
Instrumentation (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
Interface dial
Multi-information display
Maintenance Minder™ system
Auxiliary information display
Trip computer
Exterior temperature indicator
Illuminated ignition, power window switches, steering wheel controls and door lock switches
Technology Package (5 Speed Automatic with Technology Package)back to top
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and Zagat Survey® reviews and ratings
Rearview camera
AcuraLink™ satellite communication system with real-time traffic*
Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with air filtration
Active Front Lighting System (AFS)
Genuine curly maple wood trim
* Navigation system available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii. See your local Acura dealer or the navigation system owner's manual for current navigation system area coverage.
Engine (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Engine Type Aluminum-alloy V-6
Displacement (liters) 3.5
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 290 @ 6200
Torque (lbs-ft @ rpm) 256 @ 5000
Valvetrain 24-valve, SOHC VTEC®
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Redline (rpm) 6800
Fuel System PGM-FI multi-point injection
Ignition System Electronic direct
Throttle Control Drive-By-Wire throttle system
CARB Emissions Rating ULEV-2
Tune-Up Interval 100,000 miles or more**
Cooling System Capacity 2.3 U.S. gallons (8.6 liters)
Crankcase Refill Capacity, including filter 5.3 U.S. quarts (5.0 liters)
** Does not apply to fluid and filter changes or periodic inspections. Please refer to the maintenance section of your owner's manual to determine all appropriate maintenance intervals.
Drivetrain (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Drive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™)
Drive shaft carbon-fiber-reinforced
Maximum torque distribution range (front:rear) 80:20 to 30:70
maximum left/right distribution of available rear wheel torque (left:right) 100:0 to 0:100
Transmission 5-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
Gear Ratios:
  • 1st: 2.70
  • 2nd: 1.57
  • 3rd: 1.07
  • 4th: 0.69
  • 5th: 0.48
  • Reverse: 1.89
  • Secondary Reduction: 1.24
  • Final Drive Ratio: 4.60
Chassis (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Body Type Unit body
Suspension independent double-wishbone front / multi-link rear
Stabilizer Bar (front/rear) 29.0 mm solid / 17.0 mm solid
Front Shock-Tower Bar 32.0 x 22.0 mm (oval type)
Steering Electric variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS)
Steering Ratio 16.2:1
Steering Turns, Lock to Lock 2.98
Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb 39.7 ft (12.1 m)
Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist 12.6" ventilated front with 4-piston caliper / 12.2" ventilated rear
Wheels 17 x 8.0 aluminum-alloy
PAX® System Tires 245-680 R 460A
Exterior Dimensions (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Wheelbase 110.2 in (2800 mm)
Length 193.6 in (4917 mm)
Height 57.1 in (1452 mm)
Width 72.7 in (1847 mm)
Track (front/rear) 62.0 in (1576) / 62.4 in (1585 mm)
Ground Clearance (unladen) 5.7 in (145 mm)
Curb Weight 4076 lbs (1849 kg)
Weight Distribution (% front/rear) 58/42
Interior Dimensions (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Headroom (front/rear) 38.5 in (977 mm) / 37.2 in (946 mm)
Legroom (front/rear) 42.4 in (1076 mm) / 36.3 in (923 mm)
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 58.5 in (1487 mm) / 56.1 in (1426 mm)
Hiproom (front/rear) 55.1 in (1400 mm) / 54.0 in (1372 mm)
Passenger Volume 99.0 cu ft
Cargo Volume 13.1 cu ft
Mileage Estimates/Fuel Capacity (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Estimated Fuel Mileage (city/highway/combined)* 16 / 24 / 19 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.4 U.S. gallons / 73.3 liters
Required Fuel Premium unleaded 91 octane
* Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Safety & Security (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags (SRS)
Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Side curtain airbags
3-point height-adjustable seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners (front)
3-point seat belts (rear)
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
Fog lights
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
Rear-window defroster with timer
Side-impact door beams
Emergency trunk opener
LED mirror-integrated directional signals, taillights, brakelights, side marker lights and Center High Mount Stop Light
All around visibility (279.8 degrees)
Automatic dimming rearview mirror
Remote retractable rear-seat head restraints
Exterior Features (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Heated outside mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and integrated directional signals
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Auto-on/off headlights
Driver's and front passenger's illuminated door handles
Heat-rejecting green-tinted glass
Galvanized body panels
Speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers
Integrated dual-outlet exhaust
Comfort & Convenience (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with air filtration
Rear-passenger ventilation controls
Cruise control
Power windows with auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Remote- and driver's door lock-operated windows-open function
Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, phone, multi-information display and available voice recognition)
HomeLink®
Electronic tilt and telescopic steering column
Power rear sunshade
Rear side sunshades (manual)
Simulated curly maple wood-grained trim
Overhead map lights (front and rear)
Ambient cabin lighting
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob
Beverage holders (front and rear)
Front door storage compartments
Seatback pockets
Aluminum threshold garnish
Remote trunk release
Driver's and front passenger's illuminated vanity mirrors
12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
Seating & Interior (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Perforated leather-trimmed seats
Driver's 8-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
Front passenger's 4-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
Heated front seats
Front center console with dual-access armrest and dual-level storage compartments
Rear-seat center armrest with locking trunk pass-through
Advanced Technology (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround-Sound System with 6-disc in-dash CD, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and DTS® changer and AM/FM tuner
XM® Satellite Radio*
Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC)
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
Keyless Access System with driver recognition for driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control and select audio and other settings
MP3/auxiliary input jack
* XM Radio available only in the 48 contiguous United States. First 90 days included.
Instrumentation (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
Interface dial
Multi-information display
Maintenance Minder™ system
Auxiliary information display
Trip computer
Exterior temperature indicator
Illuminated ignition, power window switches, steering wheel controls and door lock switches
CMBS/PAX Package (5 Speed Automatic with CMBS/PAX Package)back to top
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and Zagat Survey® reviews and ratings
Rearview camera
AcuraLink™ satellite communication system with real-time traffic*
Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with air filtration
Active Front Lighting System (AFS)
Genuine curly maple wood trim
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Michelin® PAX® System Run-Flat Technology
* Acura Navigation System available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Real-time traffic operable in select markets within the 48 contiguous United States. First 90 days included.