Inside, the Acura RL is generally well-received, but the exterior frequently draws criticism from reviewers.
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.
Edmunds pulls no punches when it comes to the RL's exterior looks: "the RL falls on its buck-toothed face. ...the whole big-and-bold grille thing has done the new RL no favors." Autoblog is just as damning, saying the "new front end design...has seemingly gone over with pundits like the proverbial lead balloon." Automobile Magazine tempers criticism of the RL's design, stating, "I'm not crazy on the new corporate face Acura is attaching to the new vehicles, but I think it looks best on the RL."
The large grille and wide, metallic trim with LED tail lamps at the rear contrast sharply with the sides and roofline. MotherProof notes, "It has a strong profile and...The overall effect is elegant, strong and serious-looking, but not somber." From the rear, Automobile Magazine remarks, "The taillights look like something from the Mercury parts bin-but I think they'd look better on a Mercury."
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. MotherProof describes the RL's interior as "a subtle blend of neutral colors and textures that creates a peaceful haven." Edmunds argues, "There's a pleasing symmetry to the 2010 Acura RL's interior. It's plush without being ostentatious and much of it comes off like quality home furnishings." Automobile Magazine agrees, calling the 2010 RL's interior "well appointed, comfortable, and well crafted."
Edmunds provides an overview of the 2010 Acura RL, saying, "The new RL is a Super Accord no more, yet it still lacks style, which is the very thing its competition does best."