- Smooth, powerful engine
- Swoopy interior style
- Handles like a smaller sedan
- AWD is standard
- Conservative exterior
- No V-8 to brag about
- Lacks prestige-brand look and feel
The 2007 Acura RL is a top-notch luxury sedan that’s sportier than its conservative exterior might indicate, yet those who want to be seen―or have a V-8 under the hood―should look elsewhere.
The big RL sedan is Acura's flagship vehicle, and the brand pours plenty of R&D into making it among the best of the bunch year after year. Overall, editors at TheCarConnection.com note that covering every Acura vehicle is a veneer of stability and sensibility―and the 2007 Acura RL is the king of this philosophy. In 2006 the RL picked up all-wheel drive and became sportier in flavor, and it hasn’t changed much for 2007.
The 2007 Acura RL has a standard 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that puts out 290 horsepower. The RL performs well with the five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic, and the driver can manipulate the gears manually should they choose.
Handling remains top-notch, and the Acura RL feels a lot like a smaller car on a twisty road or on tight city streets than similar-sized rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Standard all-wheel drive aids traction, along with handling. Plus, performance-minded drivers can add an A-Spec performance package with a lowered, track-tuned suspension.
The exterior of the RL is quite conservative and unremarkable. Inside, a swoopy, ornate instrument panel dazzles the driver and front passenger. There’s more techno-friendliness, at least in appearance, here than on anything from Germany. Fine materials and attractive surfaces are used throughout; most are a clear departure from budget-priced Hondas, which isn’t always the case between Lexus and Toyota models. The backseat is quite spacious, with room for five adults.
Key standard features include a Bose audio system with DVD-Audio, as well as a keyless access and starting system. The 2007 Acura TL also has a couple of interesting option packages. The first is a Technology Package, which tosses in a rearview camera, Active Front Lighting (AFL), an enhanced wood interior, and a satellite navigation system with AcuraLink and real-time traffic info. The second option in the 2007 Acura TL is the CMBS/PAX Package, which supplements the RL’s top-notch crash-test results and includes the so-called Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Michelin PAX run-flat tires. The system senses approaching front- or rear-end collisions and warns the driver. If a crash seems likely, the seatbelts automatically tighten and the brakes are applied.