2009 Acura RL vs. Its Competition

2000 Acura RL

When it's time for you to step out of the smaller entry-level premium sedans, the 2009 Acura RL doesn't really stand out among the excellent competitors it faces.

It's probably because the Acura RL is V-6 powered and uses all-wheel drive.

There are some sedans that match its drivetrain; the Cadillac STS is more crisply styled, but its rear seat is truly cramped.

The Volvo S80 is light and airy inside, with a Scandinavian look to the cabin and a light touch to the controls.

The Audi A6 suffers from the same overwrought styling up front as the Acura RL, but its backseat seems roomier.

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2009 Cadillac STS2009 Cadillac STS
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2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6
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2008 Volvo S80 T62008 Volvo S80
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition.
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
The 2008 Volvo S80 is one of the safety luxury sedans on the planet, and in V-8 form it’s an enthusiastic performer.
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Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
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4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic CVTAutomatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
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