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2009 Acura RL vs. Its Competition

 
2000 Acura RL
8.4
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When it's time for you to step out of the smaller entry-level premium sedans, the 2009 Acura RL doesn't really stand out among the excellent competitors it faces.

It's probably because the Acura RL is V-6 powered and uses all-wheel drive.

There are some sedans that match its drivetrain; the Cadillac STS is more crisply styled, but its rear seat is truly cramped.

The Volvo S80 is light and airy inside, with a Scandinavian look to the cabin and a light touch to the controls.

The Audi A6 suffers from the same overwrought styling up front as the Acura RL, but its backseat seems roomier.

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8.4
/ 10
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The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition.
7.6
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The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
8.6
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The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
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The 2008 Volvo S80 is one of the safety luxury sedans on the planet, and in V-8 form it’s an enthusiastic performer.
MSRP From   
$46,680$46,845$42,950$38,705
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMidsize
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic CVTAutomatic,
 
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