It’s been well over a year since I started reviewing for Honda/Acura, and sadly as goes with most, all good things must come to and end. At least for 2011-2012 models. I had a lot of fun, and what better way to wind it all down than by reviewing their highest-end car? So, this time around we are talking about Acura’s very notorious RL luxury sedan, Japans stab at affordable luxury.
Read on to find out my thoughts.
Big, bold and sporty, however still sporting the same look it has for a number of years. It has the mix of comfort, technology, and elegance that you’d expect from a $65k car, however still feels like its missing something when compared to other cars in its category. Maybe I am being too meticulous.
The one stand-out feature of this car was the plush, cushioned, hand-stitched leather seats. They were big and inviting, whether in the back or front.
Let’s get one thing straight: this car is locked and loaded with features. I mean loaded. It has a fantastic, easy to use navigation screen that is super intuitive to enter information into. The Bluetooth integration is a bit tricky to figure out, i’ll only admit once that I was confused at first, but once you get going usability is a breeze; especially with A2DP music streaming. Something that kind of confused me was the ‘keyless’ ignition; it’s more of a stub sticking out of the right side of the steering wheel that emanates the act of triggering the ignition. Why not make it push-to-start like most of the other Acura’s we’ve spoken about? Also, Acura’s decision to part with a touchscreen display, opting for an excess of buttons and knobs – I often found it confusing to decipher what did what for what.
The 300-HP, V6-engine performs. There is no better way to put it. The paddle-shifters make the experience that much more fun when hitting the highway for take-off.
Despite having the power literally at my foot, this car is a luxury sedan and I felt inclined to treat it as such. I found myself sitting back more often than not and just enjoying the smooth ride. Exactly what the RL was designed for.
Not for nor against it really. At 17 mpg city, 24 highway it falls squarely where it is supposed to in its class.
Driving the RL opened my eyes to a different kind of drive. As I get older, I find myself appreciating comfort and stability over speed and performance (relax, I still adore my sports cars). This car appeased the domestic man in me, rather than the former girl-chasing guy I once was. At just under $65k, the RL has a lot of potential to do well, hopefully a redesign / update comes out for it soon.
Learn more about the 2012 Acura RL via Acura here
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