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The Car Connection Expert Review

DEL MAR, Calif. — I'm highly impressed by well thought-out technologies, but even more impressed when the inevitable glitches and shortcomings are quickly resolved. More than any company, Honda has made their reputation through their rapid improvements, not waiting for a major redesign or even a model year change to make something better.

Acura was one of the first companies to move their products upscale with the economy in the booming 1980s, and they did so by applying technology as well as opulent details. They were one of the first with a navigation system. While it worked well, it once placed our car on an access road rather than the freeway, and was cumbersome to program because it always required a complete destination address, plus its touch screen soon looked like a favorite playschool toy.

Improved programming and technical improvements resolved the first two issues, while the fingerprint smudging was addressed with a new screen surface and a cleaning cloth in the glove box. While the original version needed a pile of mapping CDs to drive across the nation, now the addition of a Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) database covers the whole country, and has eight times the points of interest.

2000 Acura RL interior

2000 Acura RL interior


The new DVD-based navigation system (optional on RLs) dominates the center console.

The optional Acura Navigation System has its display screen high up in the center console. The map displays are bright and clear, and the GPS system is forgiving of driver decisions when we deviate from the outlined course.

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Friday, September 30, 2016
For 2005 Acura RL

Unusual car. You don't see many of them.

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All wheel drive with snow tires you can go pretty much anywhere ice no problem. 300 horsepower but shortage of torque. If you get it on the cam it moves. Low 20's mpg on premium. Reliability has not been as... + More »
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
2005 Acura RL 4-Door Sedan AT (Natl)

Bullet proof GT that still looks great after 10 years

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100K and running like new. Decent power, averages about 18 MPG city, 25 Highway. Very pleased with the RL and how it has aged.
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Monday, April 13, 2015
For 2002 Acura RL

Most reliable car Honda makes!

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Long live the Legend! No really the 3.5RL has been a dream. Quiet and refined for the 2002 year. Powerful when needed. Ride is smooth and handling is great for this sedans size. Only thing not good is Acura... + More »
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