• Nicely crafted interior
  • Smooth six-speed automatic
  • SH-AWD improves handling
  • Not as refined as Germans
  • Showing its age
  • Dated navigation system
SUM UP Time marches on, and so does the RL.

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What's New for RL in 2012

Aside from a few color and trim combinations, there are no substantial changes for the 2012 RL. Acura did substantially face-lift and update the car back in 2010, and last year a six-speed automatic transmission was added...
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Overview

Acura envisions itself as a younger, sportier brand than it was twenty-five years ago, but it's not quite ready to abandon its older customers, who fell in love with the Legend years ago. As a result, the RL continues to find a home in the company's portfolio, even though monthly sales volumes struggle to reach the triple-digit mark. Interestingly, the slow-selling RL shares quite a bit with the popular TL, including its engines, driveline, and several key dimensions. Each car has its own unique personality, however. Whereas the TL is unmistakably a sport sedan, the RL serves as a premium cruiser. Although the 3.7-liter V-6 produces more than adequate power and the standard torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system provides impressive grip in corners, softer suspension tuning inevitably produces a little more body roll when the RL is driven hard. Still, the RL's edge may lie with comfort -- not only does that suspension tuning provide for a comfortable ride, but the car's cabin also feels more upscale and well arranged than that of its sibling. Acura's typical barrage of infotainment technologies is available on the RL; the ELS surround-sound system is superb, but the optional navigation system is still hampered by dated graphics and clunky menus. Some competitors may offer similar luxuries and a little more fun behind the wheel, but for those eyeing a sedate sedan with just a hint of sport, the RL may be the ideal formula.

The Range

Drive: 4-wheel
Trim level: RL
Body style: Sedan, 5-passenger
Engine: 3.7L V-6, 300 hp, 271 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 99.1 cu ft
Cargo space: 13.8 cu ft

Safety

Dual-stage front, side, and side curtain air bags, ABS, traction and stability control, and active front head restraints are standard. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are included with the technology package, while radar-based cruise control and a collision-mitigating automatic braking system are lumped in with the advance package.

EPA Fuel Economy

All: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway

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2012 RL Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Steering Wheel Memory
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Exterior

  • Moonroof

Interior

  • Cargo Net
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Head/Curtain Airbag
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Airbag
  • Rear Curtain Airbag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Changer
  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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