2005 Acura RL Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

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The good: system shows live conditions; sophisticated digital system; voice recognition many functions; Bluetooth system; all of the above come

The bad: Hard-to-learn center screen interface; no backup or DVD video.

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has staked out technology as its territory, and the Acura RL 3.5 is the company’s deed of The sheer number of digital in this machine gives car unique appeal to highbrow Unfortunately, its frustrating LCD keeps the RL being iPod elegant. only with a 300-horsepower, V-6 engine and a shiftable five-speed transmission, the RL prices out at around

If you’re looking for a luxury that makes the strongest statement and you can live without V-8 this is a formidable candidate for dollars.

The star of the Acura RL is its GPS system with NavTraffic traffic data in 20 major metro areas. Instead of you the same route you probably all the time, the RL displays accidents, repair, and other impediments live on the nav screen, making navigator much more than systems that show you a map.

Versions of this system will actively reroute traffic problems are still in the but at least know why you’re in traffic. Given the fact consumer uptake of conventional GPS nav in cars has been pretty we think this could be consumers are waiting for to make GPS a

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The RL’s navigation screen typically shows an overview map on the 60 percent of the display and turn-by-turn on the right-hand 40 percent. Especially are bird’s-eye animations of your turn, merge, or exit. The also gives you the usual prompts.

The NavTraffic data is included for one year with a new RL; that, you can either add it to an XM Radio for $3.99 per month or get NavTraffic without XM service, for $9.99 per The first year of XM satellite is also included with the of a new RL.

The RL’s LCD is a bright, eight-inch mounted vertically and recessed at the top end of the center console. This seems to keep the display washing out in sunlight or under lights, and it keeps glare to a Image quality is very with fewer jaggies and pixelation than we’ve in other cars of this

The Acura RL‘s LCD interface is to learn and doesn’t immediately sense.

Unfortunately, the RL’s uniquely frustrating–user interface its otherwise appealing tech Six buttons and a multifunction knob on the guide you through the RL’s With those controls, you an onscreen interface unlike found on computers, cell or even ATMs, and that a good thing.

We spent days with this car and felt comfortable clicking It might help if the LCD were a screen, but it sits too far back in the for that to be ergonomically practical.

One antidote to this Achilles’ is the RL’s pervasive voice-recognition which lets the driver navigation, climate, audio, and settings by voice. In our tests, the generally performed well and our preferred method of inputting map

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