Review: 2012 Acura RL | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Acura RL

debuting over seven ago, extensively refreshed in and nip/tucked again in 2011, the RL remains a mystery. Flagship usually sell in small but the RL is one of the rarest sedans in America. isn#8217;t exactly been a of honor for Acura.

Overlooked by who flock to the cheaper Acura TL and forgotten by the automotive press all these years, TTAC has fully reviewed the RL) With a replacement due next year in the of the RLX concept. I hit Acura up for an RL for a week to see how a product from a major could manage to sell 56 vehicles in Canada and 1,096 in the USA in For those who like statistics, the TL the RL by 2,850%.


Like Acura believes in the #8220;same different lengths#8221; school of The RL#8217;s form combines an nose with slab a rounded rear and thankfully, for 2011) the most demure beak available.

While is always in the eye of the beholder, I find the RL attractive than the TL (even the TL#8217;s beak-reduction.) There is a however: the RL is only 1.7 inches than the TL and rides on a wheelbase is only .9 inches longer. identical proportions are only the of the sibling rivalry. Nearly proportions aside, the RL has aged and still strikes an elegant that is decidedly more than the sedate Volvo

Once you sit inside the RL, you begin to why the TL gets all the attention. It#8217;s not there is anything wrong the RL, it#8217;s just not as flashy. the TL borrows from the European book with an interior could have been out of a single piece of black the RL goes for a more elegant approach.

The only real differentiation between the RL and TL can be found in the real-wood trim and radar control neither of which are in the #8220;smaller#8221;  Acura.

Not all is peachy-keen however. Automotive interiors age than a powder-blue tux and the RL is no exception. from the lack of stitched-dash-love, the that faux-tree is standard even Lincoln gets trim from the forest is a Acura#8217;s well-known love with buttons results in no than 65 buttons (not toggle or the joystick controller) easy reach of the driver. Is good or bad?

I#8217;m torn. Tell us you think the comment section.

As a of how #8220;ahead of the curve#8221; Acura was in the RL#8217;s 8-inch infotainment provides all the features a luxury could ask for, from control to full USB, and iPod integration. The problem the functionality, it#8217;s the aesthetics. like un-boxing a new PC only to it has Windows XP.

It might be  just as as a model with Windows 7, and it do everything you need –  it won#8217;t look as snazzy it#8217;s doing it.

On the audio the Bose system is absolutely with a very natural crisp highs and a wide range. Acura continues to the rare DVD-Audio format in all models. DVD Audio#8217;s discrete 5.1 recordings do sound fantastic on the RL, but some of the other luxury you can#8217;t play video on the system at all.

Good luck finding discs as well. The RL uses Active Noise Cancellation to cut cabin noise, while it really possible to disable the the RL#8217;s cabin is very

Beating #8220;sideways#8221; under the of the RL is Acura#8217;s ubiquitous 3.7L V6, for 300HP and 271lb-ft of twist at a 5,000RPM. 300HP may have a selling point back in but in today#8217;s luxury market, 300 is things start, not end. The 271lb-ft is practically meager pitted against the 350lb-ft out by Lincoln#8217;s Ecoboost V6, not to mention twin turbo V8.

Rubbing salt on the wound, the TL#8217;s 3.7L engine cranks out 5 ponies. Ouch. Still, the MKS and S80 T6 are on the high-end of the competition#8217;s scale more realistically, includes the AWD and the Cadillac XTS.

For 2011 updated the RL with a new 6-speed The extra cog cut the RL#8217;s dash to 60 by a full half second vs the model (5.9 as tested.) may advertise a 7-speed automatic and BMW and tout their ZF 8-speed, but be honest here #8211; 535xi or A6 3.0T don#8217;t head-on with the RL.

When you scale back the to the more natural competitors of the MKS,  GS350 and XTS, the number of gears for this is six. The 2012 RL is now rated for (City/Highway) which is 1MPG than before. Over our 745 with the RL we averaged a middling

In comparison, Cadillac#8217;s XTS promises to be the efficient AWD sedan in this class at 17/28MPG.

It#8217;s not the that makes the RL an interesting on the road, it#8217;s the handling. enough, the nearly 4,100lb RL is a companion on the twisties thanks to #8220;Super Handling All Wheel system. The AWD system used by BMW and Mercedes-Benz employs a traditional RWD with a transfer case power to the front.

In the GS350 the end result is massive understeer, for even a large rear-drive car. The XTS, MKS and S80 use a Haldex with an open differential in the and rear and none in the center. of a center diff, there is a pack that can vary the connection to the rear. When engaged, the input shaft of the and rear differentials are mechanically together. Acura#8217;s SH-AWD on the other hand is far more

By making the rear wheels up to 5.8% faster than the wheels, SH-AWD can essentially 70% of the power to the rear, and direct of that rear-bound power to one If you want to know more that, check out our video .

The system#8217;s ability to #8220;overdrive#8221;  the rear wheel in a corner the RL feel strangely neutral when pressed hard. SH-AWD is as close to a miracle as Acura can get, sales that the snazzier AWD system a good reason to spend more over the cost of a equipped TL. What a pity.

Acura RL

The RL is one of the most forgotten and misunderstood of our time. Looking at the sales you#8217;d think there was horribly wrong with the RL. In only 1,096 RLs found a meaning even the unloved S80 outsold it nearly 5:1 and the MKS bested it by However, the problem with the RL that the Volvo, Lexus and competition is more modern.

The problem is the new TL with SH-AWD. a thoroughly modern interior and the TL might have a less AWD system, but with a lower tag it is no wonder it outsells the RL 31:1. if you#8217;re shopping for a $50,000 sedan, the RL isn#8217;t a bad choice, but the new RL come any sooner.

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