• (4.1) 10 reviews
  • Available Prices: $10,087–$19,855
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2010 Acura RL

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Acura RL

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2010 Acura RL Reviews

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


Average based on 10 reviews

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Super comfortable

by Nstaumseph from Denver, CO on August 16, 2017

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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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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