2001 Acura RL

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$42,150

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2001 Acura RL

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2001 Acura RL review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

The 3.5 RL, is athletic, reliable and fun

The 3.5 RL, Acura's flagship, is athletic, extremely quiet, luxurious, and priced right: All of which makes it a serious contender in the luxury sedan market. The leather interior is gorgeous as if it was brand new. The exterior has withstood 19 years of wethering and 130,000 miles of use, so it is not in pristine condition but very well maintained nonetheless.

4.1

Our Acura RL has been great

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 have been the leather seats, CD player, and seat belts. The front seat surfaces have cracked and we now have seat covers. The CD player broke, had it fixed, and is now broken once again; we can't replace with an after-market system that fits in the dash. Have replaced seat belts twice due to an SRS malfunction. Overall, this has been a really good car that my wife still loves.

5.0

hill climber

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 couldn't find myself. Perfect car for me thanks to an awesome dealership!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Six model years and less than 80,000 odometer miles
Basic warranty terms
Precision Certified: 24 months or up to 100,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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