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2001 Acura RL

$3,981 — $3,981 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The front-drive 3.5RL is the flagship sedan at Acura, Honda’s luxury division, and it sees no significant changes for 2001. When a new RL arrives in a year or two, Acura may switch to rear-wheel drive and V-8 power to match rivals from Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and others in the premium sedan market.



Exterior
The RL is nearly 197 inches long — about the same length as the Lexus LS 430 — and has a wheelbase of 114.6 inches, slightly shorter than the LS 430’s wheelbase.

The conservatively styled RL makes its strongest statement at the front, where crisp hood creases, a large, horizontal-bar grille, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and chrome accents impart an upscale look.



Interior
Though the long wheelbase should increase interior room, the rear seat does not have acres of legroom for tall adults to stretch. Two 6-footers will have adequate space in the back. The trunk holds 14 cubic feet of cargo and has a pass-through section to the interior that allows carrying long items.

As with other Honda-designed vehicles, the dashboard is attractively designed, intuitively laid out and easy to use.

The only factory option is a satellite-linked, DVD-based navigation system that covers the entire continental United States on a single disc. A touch screen to operate the navigation system is high in the center of the dashboard and easy to reach by both the driver and front passenger, though hitting the right spot takes good aim.



Under the Hood
A 210-hor...
Vehicle Overview
The front-drive 3.5RL is the flagship sedan at Acura, Honda’s luxury division, and it sees no significant changes for 2001. When a new RL arrives in a year or two, Acura may switch to rear-wheel drive and V-8 power to match rivals from Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and others in the premium sedan market.



Exterior
The RL is nearly 197 inches long — about the same length as the Lexus LS 430 — and has a wheelbase of 114.6 inches, slightly shorter than the LS 430’s wheelbase.

The conservatively styled RL makes its strongest statement at the front, where crisp hood creases, a large, horizontal-bar grille, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and chrome accents impart an upscale look.



Interior
Though the long wheelbase should increase interior room, the rear seat does not have acres of legroom for tall adults to stretch. Two 6-footers will have adequate space in the back. The trunk holds 14 cubic feet of cargo and has a pass-through section to the interior that allows carrying long items.

As with other Honda-designed vehicles, the dashboard is attractively designed, intuitively laid out and easy to use.

The only factory option is a satellite-linked, DVD-based navigation system that covers the entire continental United States on a single disc. A touch screen to operate the navigation system is high in the center of the dashboard and easy to reach by both the driver and front passenger, though hitting the right spot takes good aim.



Under the Hood
A 210-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission give the front-drive RL smooth, brisk acceleration. The engine mounts longitudinally instead of transversely — as in many front-drive cars — and requires premium gas.



Safety
A standard skid-control feature called Vehicle Stability Assist works with the antilock brakes and traction control systems to prevent skids during cornering, acceleration and accident-avoidance maneuvers.

The RL’s front passenger airbag is the dual-stage type that inflates with less force in low-speed collisions and greater force in higher-speed crashes. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard, and the one for the passenger will not deploy if sensors detect that a small child is in the seat.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)
(5.0)

Our Acura RL has been great

by Original Owner from Omaha, NE on July 13, 2016

I purchased this car new in 2001. It now has 112K miles. While not trouble-free, this has been a great car - reliable, good performance, good gas mileage, and it still looks stylish. Problem areas ... Read full review

(5.0)

hill climber

by veep from raleigh, nc on February 6, 2013

i bought a vehicle from this dealer and have enjoyed the great handling, heated seats, and peace of mind on ice covered roads. Great customer service especially after I needed a replacement part I ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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