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2011 Acura RL

$11,901 — $21,265 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 5 reviews

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
2011 Acura RL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Acura RL
  • New six-speed automatic
  • Noise-reducing wheel resonators
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Standard AWD
  • 300-hp V-6
  • Available collision mitigation system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 leat...
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

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

Very pretty car.

by The Good Wife from Kent, WA on October 17, 2017

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

(5.0)

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

by Aban on October 14, 2017

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. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Acura RL currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Acura RL has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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