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1996 RL

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1996 Acura RL

Review Score

3.5 out of 5 stars

3.5

6 Reviews
83% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.7 out of 5 stars Comfort
4 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.8 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.7 out of 5 stars Performance
4.3 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Simply a Great car to Own

by Mr. Blonde from Chicago on Sun Jan 04 2009

I've owned my 1996 RL for almost a year now and have never had a problem with it. I've driven it from southern IL to Chicago going over 80 the whole way with no problems at all. It zipped along the freeway. Having already 202,000 miles it really is amazing that it is in such great shape. The only thing that has gone wrong with it is that the back windows don't work, but that was there when I bought it. Other than that, everything works perfectly: Heated Seats, Heated Mirrors, 6 disk CD changer, the leather has held up very well, and the shocks and struts are fine, unless you cram the car with 5 people and load the trunk down with luggage. The 3.5 liter engine still is in tip top shape and still scoots from 0-60 in around 8 sec. Its not going to win any drag races, but it still gets up and goes. Great great car, I would recommend it to anyone.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great car for the money

by Jason from Houston, TX on Wed Dec 17 2008

I've owned for 8 years and with proper maintenance its very reliable and stylish. getting one for under 5k with even 100-150K miles is a steal. Mine has 215K miles and runs LIKE NEW!!!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Acura RL

by Acuaranaut from New London, NH on Sat Jul 05 2008

This is an excellent road car with great comfort and amenities. It is not a quick car, but is a powerful vehicle with a lot of style.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Great car! So glad I bought it

by I love my 1996 Acura RL 3.5 from Kansas City Mo on Sun Dec 04 2011

Ive looked around for awhile for a car like this and well I have to say that the Ayura RL is a really nice car! Great value, So much room, you would never be able to tell it was as old as it was. I bought mine with 204XXX on it and honestly it doesnt look or feal a day over 5

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

Toyota Corolla

by fred from Naperville, IL. on Wed Aug 16 2006

The transmission on the 1996 Accura RL is the worst of any vehicle that I have ever owned.I owned the RL for 6 years. During that time the Transmission was replaced 2 times within 60,000 miles. I gave the car to my daughter, and know she is having problems, which would make it 4 transmissions within 70,000 miles. It appears that when Accura replaces the transmission they replace it with another one with the same defective design. And each time the service people would say that the design problem was corrected.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reliable and Stylish

by RLover from Memphis, TN on Tue Oct 03 2006

I love the RL because even after 10 years, it is still worth $5-$6,000. I have had my 96 for 5 years and no problems. With proper maintenance, this luxury car stays luxurious. Heated seats, eyeglass holder, sunroof, rear/mirror defrosters, and mine has multi-CD disc changer. People are always suprised when I say my car is 10 years old, bc the look is not outdated. I love the reliability of Honda/Acura and have never regretted my purchase.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Acura RL

There could be trouble ahead for Acura, which has just launched the pricey TL and RL series of sedans.

Sales of luxury cars are soft, and they are likely to stay that way as more and more buyers switch to decked-out sport-utility vehicles. It seems as if the last thing anyone wants these days is an expensive luxury car. Yet Acura has just launched its most expensive sedan yet, the 3.5 RL sedan, which is this week's test car.

It's hard to find success stories these days in the tough luxury car market. But Mercedes-Benz, one of Acura's major competitors, seems to have discovered a way to thrive. The new E-Class introduced last year has resulted in a double-digit sales increase for the German automaker... Read More