2010 Acura RL

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2010 Acura RL
2010 Acura RL

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Impressive technology array
  • Safety features
  • More backseat legroom
  • High-quality cabin materials

The bad:

  • Small trunk
  • Highway mileage
  • No V-8 available
  • Crowded center controls

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Unchanged for 2010
  • Standard AWD
  • 300-hp V-6
  • Available collision mitigation system

2010 Acura RL review: Our expert's take

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.

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

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

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Classic look

had to think about trading it in, but it had held its value so a trade made sense. Car is extremely comfortable and it was a wonderful ride


One of the nicest cars i've ever owned.

This car is a nice mid-range luxury car. I've owned it for 7 years and it still runs like new. It's been one of the most reliable cars i've ever owned. Smooth ride, nice comfy interior, and lots of power. I've never had problems with this car ever.


Super comfortable

The Acura RL SH-AWD is a luxerious car, really comfortable, leather and wood interior, body style is sleek and smooth, car runs like a champ super quiet engine, keyless entry,

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision Used
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years old or newer from their original in-service date at the time of sale.
Basic warranty terms
6 months/7,500 miles
6 months/7,500 miles
Dealer certification required
112 point inspection
Roadside assistance
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