In the Autoblog Garage: 2008 Acura RL – Autoblog

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The previous RL wasa distinctly bland and upright sedan that was reminiscent of the first generation LS. In sharp contrast to virtually other car made, the latest actually got smaller than its While the current RL’s likely won’t set your aflutter at first glance, it have perfect proportions and mid-sized dimensions.

The grille and headlights sweep smoothly into the hood and with none of the bulging clusters like on the new Accord and recent models. The bodywork is of any current styling cliches clear lens taillights, vents or Bangelized flame The roof-line curves cleanly the front fenders to the rear, and are no odd cut-lines for the trunk lid like you find on recent cars Munich.

It’s just a car that will probably as good a decade from now as it did on It may not grab eyes like the new CadillacCTS, but it won’t embarrass you

PETA supporters need not to the RL club. The inside of the RL is upholstered in soft cream-colored animal Even on this example arrived with only a few miles on the clock, the leather new but felt like a well glove.

Like the Accord, the seats coddle their while providing just the amount of support in the right When we drove the RL at the track, the never felt confining and kept us positioned directly in of the wheel. That’s important, this car is capable of some cornering feats on the track to it’s special all-wheel-drive

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While I’m personally not a big fan of trim inside my car, if a is going to use it, it should at least do it On this count Acura has done it right. A lovely of veneer stretches across the of the dash and down into the arm-rests and is repeated in the rear panels.

It’s polished, but not to the that it looks like The gauge cluster has large numbers and a pleasant blue emanating from the center of gauge. At night, opening the reveals foot-wells lit by the same light.

The steering wheel is adjustable for both reach and which, combined with the seat adjustments, means a should always be able to a comfortable position. The wheel has an array of redundant controls for the system, a bluetooth phone and the cruise control (ACC) The ACC has a radar unit mounted the logo in the grille that the presence of vehicles ahead.

It allows the RL to maintain a minimum distance by backing off the throttle and applying the brakes if someone in front of you or slows down. If the car speeds up or gets out of the way the ACC will bring the RL back up to the speed you If the car gets to close for the RL to slow the system beeps and flashes a in the instrument cluster.

We decided to out the system one morning when a traffic jam on the highway. This life was literally in the hands of engineers, so I hovered my foot the brake while letting the ACC down the car to see what it would do. The RL decelerated from 70 mph to 20 mph, all the maintaining a safe distance the warning flashed and I had to take

Sitting at the top of the dash is the navigation that, like the Accord, is by a joystick/knob on the center stack. As the Accord, the system does not try to all the controls in just the knob. controls have dedicated on the stack and steering wheel. deeper into the menus require use of the knob though, but is mainly for setup options.

The RL is equipped with the AcuraLink system that can pull up a of information onscreen. The coolest by far is the live traffic information pulls up real-time information construction, accidents and traffic along with their from your current The system worked great and showed road work that weren’t listed on the Department of Transportation web-site.

In the there is plenty of space for two adults and more limited for three. For those wanting protection from the sun, a retractable shade can cover the window and similar shades can be up from the rear door sills. The rear seat doesn’t fold down but it have a pass-through for long items.

When compared better known competitors the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-Class, M35 and even the new Cadillac CTS, all cars are within and inch or two in all dimensions, have similar and weight and, except for the expensive CTS, are roughly the price with comparable The only dimension where the RL much is the wheelbase, which is a shorter at 110.2 inches, with a range of 112.4 to inches for the others.

Under the hood, the RL has a VTEC-equipped V6 pumping out 290 HP and 256 lb-ft of torque. The output is sent to the road via a automatic trans-axle that the work to all four wheels.

calls its system Super Wheel Drive, and it incorporates a of electronically-controlled clutches in the rear that work in conjunction the stability control system to drive torque to the individual that will keep the car on its path. The torque vectoring over some of the work the brakes normally have to do for the control system.

It also maintain forward momentum hard cornering, whereas a system would just off more speed. Overall the intervenes in a remarkably seamless with none of the jerking that’s exhibited by some cars (We’re talking to Toyota!). The RL just tends to go you point it, which makes us forgiving that it’s not like the majority of its competitors.

most of those cars do AWD as an option, they’re just not as good as the Acura’s system.

The Blue Pearl RL that provided was loaded with available option and priced out at including delivery charges. may seem steep, but all of the RL’s come in around the same save for the Cadillac CTS. The for you as a buyer is whether or not Acura has the kind of clout that can such a premium price

For instance, you can build a 2008 BMW sedan with the Sports for just over $55,000. the all-wheel-drive CTS comes in at about less than either and considering the Caddy’s critical so far, that doesn’t well for RL sales. However, if the of the CTS doesn’t turn your and a BMW is too pretentious, the RL is certainly worthy of a

If you don’t need the navigation or the adaptive cruise control, a RL can be had from a more palatable After a day of thrashing the Acura RL at the and then a week of driving on the city and back roads, we can say the Acura RL is probably the most luxury sport sedan on the

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