2011 Acura RL

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2011 Acura RL
2011 Acura RL

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Small trunk
  • No V-8 available
  • Crowded center controls
  • Requires premium gas

3 trims

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Notable features

  • New six-speed automatic
  • Noise-reducing wheel resonators
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Standard AWD
  • 300-hp V-6
  • Available collision mitigation system

2011 Acura RL review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Acura’s flagship RL sedan competes with midlevel luxury cars like the Infiniti M and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, though it lacks the availability of a V-8 engine like those rivals. While the Infiniti M and Mercedes E-Class offer all-wheel drive as an option, it is standard on the RL.

New for 2011
The RL receives significant mechanical changes, including a new six-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy and wheel technology that Acura says will, along with additional insulation, reduce interior noise 15 percent. New 18-inch wheels come with a polypropylene resonator that encircles the center of the inner wheel to reduce noise.

Exterior
The RL’s face, with thin headlights, falls in line with Acura’s current styling trend. The grille is revised for 2011, and the lower air dam has prominent side portals. In back, the trunk curls up at its termination, and the taillights have crisp edging. Exterior features include:

  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Optional adaptive headlights
  • Hexagonal dual tailpipes
  • Standard 18-inch wheels with sound-reducing resonator technology

Interior
The base RL comes fairly well-equipped, and in typical Acura fashion, the options list is simple. The Technology Package includes a navigation system, backup camera and new backup sensors, among other high-tech luxuries. The Advance Package adds a collision mitigation system and adaptive cruise control. Interior features include:

  • 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 all-wheel-drive systems do, but between the left and right wheels as well. It does so during low-traction and high-performance situations — channeling slightly more power to the outside wheel during spirited cornering, for example. The new six-speed automatic transmission replaces a five-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 requires premium gas
  • New six-speed automatic transmission allows manual shifts with console lever or steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • Gas mileage is 17/24 mpg city/highway with new transmission, up from 16/22

Safety
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 apply the brakes and tighten the front seat belts. Safety features include:

  • 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 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Very pretty car.

Nice color, warm yellow grey. Color is important. Interior details are quality. Decent gas mileage. Quite interior.

4.8

My 3rd RL, and guess what? It keeps getting better

Perfection in the making, the most luxury car ever, has all I need , looks, outside/inside, sound system"amazing" vent seats rear camera, well anything will give it any Justice, IS JUST PERFECT.

4.9

Sporty Luxury Sedan

The 2011 Acura RL is easily one of the nicest sporty luxury cars made that year. The SH-AWD is amazing, the 3.7L engine loves to run, the interior is beautiful, the Bose sound wonderful. Hard to believe these did not sell better - AND if you can find one second-hand, jump on it. You'll be glad you did.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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