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By Cars.com Staff
August 10, 2009
Vehicle Overview Acura gave its flagship RL sedan a modest update for 2009. Though the changes fell short of a full redesign, the updates include a new face that follows those of the brand's SUVs and its redesigned TSX. The RL competes with midlevel luxury cars like the Infiniti M and Mercedes E-Class.
New for 2010 There are no changes to the Acura RL for 2010.
Exterior Most immediately noticeable is the RL's face, with thin headlights that fall in line with Acura's current styling trend. The grille adopts a shielded band, and the lower air dam has prominent side portals. In back, the trunk curls up at its termination, and the taillights have crisp edging.
Standard xenon headlights
Optional adaptive headlights
Hexagonal dual tailpipes
Standard 18-inch wheels
Interior The base RL comes fairly well equipped, and in typical Acura fashion the options list is simple. A Technology Package includes a navigation system and backup camera, among other high-tech luxuries, and a safety package adds a collision mitigation system and adaptive cruise control. Trunk volume remains just 13.1 cubic feet, which is even less than some compact cars offer — not good for this segment.
Standard 10-way power front seats
Standard leather upholstery
Standard Bose surround-sound stereo
Standard heated front seats; heated and ventilated seats optional
Optional wood dashboard trim
Optional real-time weather and traffic conditions
Optional navigation system
Under the Hood Acura's standard Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive can transfer power not just between the front and rear axle, as many conventional AWD systems do, but between the left and right wheels as well. It does so during low-traction and high-performance situations — channeling, for example, slightly more power to the outside wheel during spirited cornering.
A 3.7-liter V-6 delivers 300 horsepower
Standard five-speed automatic transmission
Gas mileage is 16/22 mpg city/highway
Safety The optional collision mitigation system uses a radar system to monitor the road ahead. If it detects a fast-approaching obstacle, it can alert the driver, and if he or she fails to react in time, it can hit the brakes and tighten the front seat belts.
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system and traction control
Standard active front head restraints are also standard
Optional collision mitigation system
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