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 split-level console contains the AUX and USB inputs to keep them out of sight, but doesn't have enough room for a purse or other bulky items.
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. None of the buttons can pair a phone, they wrote, and the system requires a voice command for Bluetooth connectivity. There's no voice prompt for how to connect a phone, so the reviewers wrote that they needed to dig through the instruction manual to find the proper commands to connect.
Edmunds reports that the base car can be equipped with the Technology package that adds adaptive headlights and a navigation bundle that includes real-time traffic and weather. Acura calls the navigation bundle Acura Link.
The 2009 Acura RL includes a four-year, 50,000 maintenance service package that includes oil changes and major repairs.