|Premium midsize car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $26,000 – $42,500*|
2009 Acura RL Front
2009 Acura RL Rear
2009 Acura RL Interior
2009 Acura RL Front-2
2011 Acura RL Front
2011 Acura RL Rear
2011 Acura RL Profile
Wanting only in the areas of price and power, Acura’s RL has offered a fresh take on the luxury-sedan formula. Count standard all-wheel drive, especially comfortable seats, and a handsome cabin among RL’s chief pluses. On the downside, RL prices when new have been high for the class, and rather strong resale value keeps used-car prices on the heftier side, too. Furthermore, the only available engine comes up just short of being sporty. Most competitors offer a choice of V8 power.
Redesigning of Acura’s premium midsize sedan for 2009 gave it freshened styling and additional power, along with what the Japanese-brand automaker called “more aggressive” styling. Acura’s flagship sedan had standard all-wheel drive. The sole powertrain teamed a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission. This combination replaced a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6. Higher-rate coil springs were installed, along with a larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Bose Surround Sound audio and solar-sensing climate control were standard. Option groups, actually priced as separate models, included a Technology Package that had a rearview camera and ventilated front seats, plus a voice-activated navigation system with access to real-time traffic and weather information. New features included traffic rerouting and a note function for XM satellite ratio. A second Technology Package added adaptive cruise control and Acura’s Collision Mitigation Braking System, which signals of approaching objects and applies the brakes and tightens the front seatbelts if it determines a collision is unavoidable. Also available were a wireless cell-phone link and heated/cooled front seats. With the RL, Acura competed against such models as the Infiniti M, new Jaguar XF, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Little was new for the 2010 model year.
The 2011 Acura RL receives a few new features including a six-speed automatic transmission and a revised grille.
There were no noteworthy changes to the 2012 Acura RL.