The Acura RL is a luxury sedan that places the emphasis squarely on comfort rather than performance. Designed to meet the needs of business professionals, the Acura RL features a powerful V6 engine that delivers reliable acceleration even on the uphill climb. The all-wheel-drive system is designed to provide superior traction and handling even in adverse weather conditions, while the standard five-speed automatic transmission offers drivers a smooth, relaxed ride on the way to their destination. Sleek and stylish, the Acura RL delivers luxury at a moderate price for budget-conscious consumers.
Under the hood, the Acura RL can deliver up to 300 horsepower in its single overhead cam V6 engine. It seats five comfortably and offers up to 271 ft-lbs. of torque at 5000 rpm, offering about a half-ton of towing capacity in a sleekly modern sedan. Double wishbone front suspension combined with the multi-link rear suspension and front and rear stabilizers can help to smooth even the bumpiest road. The Acura RL is a smart choice in terms of gas mileage, boasting an EPA estimated 17 miles per gallon city and 24 miles per gallon in highway driving.
The Acura RL was first introduced by Honda in 1996 as a replacement for the popular Acura Legend sedan. While initial sales were slow, the second-generation Acura RL released in 2005 incorporated keyless entry and an advanced Bose sound system that quickly gained critical attention. The Super Handling All Wheel Drive system, more commonly known as SH-AWD, was incorporated into the Acura RL in 2005 as well. These added features caused considerable buzz in the automotive world but did not translate into increased sales for this consistent underperformer in the Acura line-up.
As with any luxury sedan, the real focus is on the extras that make driving more enjoyable. The Acura RL comes standard with remote keyless entry and keyless start, automatic climate control, Bluetooth interface, a Bose surround sound system with integrated USB iPod interface and brilliant HID headlights. The drivetrain features the sequential sport shift transmission with paddle shifters and is available only in five-speed automatic; available options include rear parking sensors, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and the exclusive Acura Navigation System with real-time traffic and weather updates and destination database for added safety and comfort on the road.
The second-generation Acura RL released in 2005 garnered a number of critical awards including a spot on the 2005 Car and Driver Ten Best List. During that same year, the vehicle snagged the coveted CNET Tech Car of the year for its advanced SH-AWD system. The Acura RL has consistently achieved top rankings for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its advanced safety features.
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