2010 Acura RL vs. Its Competition

2010 Acura RL 4-door Sedan Tech/CMBS Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Buying a larger entry-level premium sedan offers a taste of power and style-two areas where the Acura RL comes up a bit short.

The Cadillac STS offers a sharper look, though it suffers from an even more crowded backseat than the RL.

The Volvo S80 is roomier and brighter inside, with Scandinavian styling and lighter handling.

Audi's A6 has an overworked front end to match the Acura, but a roomier backseat and a more coherent overall appearance.

2010 Acura RL 4-door Sedan Tech/CMBS Angular Front Exterior View2010 Acura RL
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2010 Audi A6 4-door Avant Wagon 3.0L quattro Premium Angular Front Exterior View2010 Audi A6
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2009 Cadillac STS-V 2010 Cadillac STS
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2010 Volvo S80 4-door Sedan I6 FWD Angular Front Exterior View2010 Volvo S80
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The 2010 Acura RL offers lots of features and strong safety. Performance takes a backseat in the 2010 RL-but technology and durability certainly don't.
The Audi A6 still has elegance and agility in its corner, though 0-60 mph times and rear-seat room continue to lag the competition.
The 2010 Cadillac STS drives well-the STS-V is a trailblazer-but the cramped backseat and well-worn styling haven't kept pace in the luxury class.
Safety and comfort—and advanced tech features—never get short shrift in the 2010 Volvo S80, but not even a V-8 and all-wheel drive makes it a serious sport sedan.
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4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan I6 FWD
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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