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We bring you the key facts on the 2010 Acura RL-what expert reviewers liked, disliked, other choices, and buying tips at TheCarConnection.com.
TheCarConnection.com's luxury-car experts drove the Acura RL for this hands-on Bottom Line review. Editors surveyed the rest of the reviews of the 2010 RL to compile this conclusive overview of Acura's biggest sedan. TheCarConnection.com also compares reviews to help you make a better buying decision.
- Big, silky V-6
- Solid ride quality
- Comfy seats
- Standard all-wheel drive (AWD)
- Lack of V-8 engine, rear-wheel drive
- Five-speed transmission
- Busy front-end styling, bland body
- Not much more interior room than the smaller TL
Finding a car loaded with more high-tech gear than the 2010 Acura RL is a tough task. An array of electronics helps it deliver brisk, comfortable transportation for four or five adults. Priced to start at around $47,000, the RL is up against more expensive and more luxurious sedans from BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, but is most fairly pitted against the likes of the Audi A6, Volvo S80, and Infiniti M37x. The Acura isn't the best looker or performer in the bunch, but it's reliable and comfortable according to nearly all sources.
Last year, the large Acura RL received a front and rear fascia restyling, which carries forward for 2010. Unfortunately, the rest of the body remains rather plain in comparison, leading many to note a mismatched appearance. The large grille and wide, metallic trim with LED tail lamps at the rear contrast sharply with the sides and roofline. Inside, the story is much the same, with a blander interior than the updated face and tail would indicate. It's attractive and well-styled, though restrained. An available wood-trim package improves the appearance further.
The 2010 Acura RL's 3.7-liter V-6 engine, 300-horsepower output, and 271 pound-feet of torque put it right on par with the competition on paper. Peaky power delivery, with max power coming above 5,000 rpm, gives the car a high-strung feel, though off-the-line performance is still brisk. The five-speed paddle-shifted automatic is responsive, but lacks a sixth gear found in many competing cars. Overall performance is less than impressive, however, due to the car's 4,000-pound weight, computer-controlled all-wheel drive, and electronic throttle tuning. Imprecise in response to inputs and ponderous in quick driving, the RL doesn't have the zest for speed you'd expect from a luxury sport sedan. Ride quality, however, is smooth and refined, and fuel economy is on par for the class at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.