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The HMI (human-machine interface) factors definitely need a re-think
Even on the base RL, you can opt for the Technology package
all your electronics and cords are kept out of sight
Besides its safety accolades, the Acura RL's features are its best attributes. There’s almost no end to the list of standard and optional equipment ladled into the RL.
According to Kelley Blue Book, “Acura has fitted its largest sedan with not only the usual bits like a Bose sound system and power features tied to a driver-side memory function, but also a USB port located in the center console that offers quick and seamless access to tunes on your iPod, and an Active Sound Control system that does a commendable job of muting engine noise.”
MotherProof appreciates the RL's features but finds faults other testers overlooked: “A two-level center console houses the AUX and USB inputs as well as a charging point, so all your electronics and cords are kept out of sight. Of course, that means you won’t have room for a purse or much else but a pack of wipes up front.”
Some reviewers experience problems with Acura's Human-Machine Interface (HMI) system. “The HMI (human-machine interface) factors definitely need a re-think,” says Automobile Magazine. “My primary beef with the so-called HMI is the fact that, despite the plethora of buttons and dials on the dash, you have to use voice commands to activate Bluetooth. And unlike Chrysler's MyGig, which gives you an audible list of options, I'm quite sure that you have to leaf through the owners' manual to find the proper Acura-ese terms to make it work.”
Edmunds reports, “Even on the base RL, you can opt for the Technology package, which adds features like adaptive xenon headlights and Acura Link, a bundle of navigation-related features that includes real-time traffic and weather conditions displayed right on the main screen.”
Another plus for the 2009 Acura RL is that it comes with a four-year, 50,000-mile service package that pays for oil changes and major repairs in that term.
Performance takes a backseat in the 2009 RL—but technology certainly doesn't.