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8.0
/ 10
On Features
BASE INVOICE
$42,801
BASE MSRP
$47,200
On Features
Many of the latest infotainment and tech features are on offer in the 2011 Acura RL, but it's pricey when ordered with them and the interface feels outdated and inelegant.
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uses a sort of fake key handle on the steering column, as if the company merely retrofitted a standard ignition lock
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Available packages - Technology and Advanced - add even more tech to the RL's almost nostalgic ambience.
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there are no wow-level toys for occupants of the rear seats
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there are no wow-level toys for occupants of the rear seats
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At first glance at all the potential features available in the 2011 Acura RL, it looks like a high-tech bonanza; xenon headlamps with Active Front Lighting, adaptive cruise, heated and ventilated seats, Bluetooth and USB interfaces, and a great-sounding Bose sound system. Other features include a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather data, along with full XM satellite radio integration.

Standard equipment is pretty impressive, with a sunroof and xenon headlamps included, and leather upholstery, power sunshades, and dual-zone climate control further swaddle occupants in luxury. But many of the tech features are bundled together, driving up the price by thousands.

And while the feature list is strong, overall, the design is showing its age in some tech and feature details, like the little add-on stub on the steering column, to enable 'keyless' ignition, and the overly sluggish, outdated navigation system, which compared to the latest systems in Lincoln and Audi vehicles feels a full decade behind. The interface also feels somewhat clunky, with the central rotary knob more time-consuming for input than touch screens. The array of buttons surrounding the main knob are a little puzzling at times, too; for instance, why is the A/C button down with the nav controls rather than with climate controls? 

Conclusion

Many of the latest infotainment and tech features are on offer in the 2011 Acura RL, but it's pricey when ordered with them and the interface feels outdated and inelegant.

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