2008 Acura RL User Reviews
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- $16,524 - $18,452
- No trim specified for this review
- All-Wheel Drive, Great Seats, Nice Lines, Great Value v. Other Premium Brands
- Fuel Economy, Paddle Shifters, Trunk Space, Windshield Fluid Reservoir
As I live in snow country on a hill, my primary objective in purchasing a new vehicle was AWD and reliability. The RL provides Honda reliability with premium features at a great price. When I say great price, I am comparing the vehicle to the AWDs offered by BMW / Audi / Benz. Many will rule out the RL as it does not have the snob appeal of other brands, however the reliability and value of the RL is far superior. The RL will appeal to the smart buyer who DOESN'T NEED to be identified with what they drive. That being said, I purchased the vehicle after the factory offered a $5K rebate, probably would have bought something else, maybe a Subaru, without the rebate. I'll quickly tell you what I don't like about the vehicle. 1. The paddle shifters on the steering wheel are useless and will never be used by ANYONE - Acura, delete them and drop the price or add another feature. 2. The windshield washer fluid reservoir only holds .5 gallons which goes pretty fast in bad weather...strange. 3. The vehicle comes with 2 keyless remotes, thought I lost one and called the dealer to order a replacement - the cost was in the mid $400's...for a remote! I pity the day a remote is lost or stops working! 4. Could use about 1-2 more inches of leg room in the back seat. 5. The trunk is abysmally small, forget a trip to the airport with baggage. 6. The stereo is not bad, but far from great. I've never been a big fan of Bose car stereos, they are very smooth, but are not loud enough....needs about +20% more volume. My Toyota Avalon had a better (factory) stereo. 6. Finally, the fuel economy is bad, and premium gas is required.....but a stupid complaint as we all know that going in to the purchase. Other than that, I love the car.....and there is a lot to love at a good price (with the rebate!).
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