2012 Acura RL Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Even among luxury-car interiors, the 2012 Acura RL has a cabin that ranks as one of the quietest and most comfortable—provided you're in the front seat. Considering its size, as a large sedan, it's surprising that it's barely good enough for four adults.

Firm, supportive front seats, with ventilated leather (and heating and cooling) strike a good comfort balance; all they're missing are extending thigh supports. In back, though, there's, surprisingly, just enough space for adults.

With the front seats in their rearmost position, six-footers will find headroom and legroom in back very tight—but not really any more ample than in a TL or Accord. The roofline has been awkwardly carved out to get that headroom, even. The trunk is also disappointing, as it's tiny for such a large sedan; loading isn't easy either, with the small decklid and opening.

A whisper-quiet interior and nice details show that the 2012 Acura RL is every bit a luxury car, but its design gives short shrift to backseat and trunk space.

The RL's strong suit is quietness in the cabin, thanks to a host of true luxury-car measures, including an active noise cancellation system. Meanwhile, high-quality materials, including glossy, rich wood and solid, pleasant-feeling plastics provide a relaxed, premium feeling. There's also good wind-noise isolation plus active noise cancellation to help quell any road noise—yielding an exquisitely quiet, conversation-conducive cabin.

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