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2012 Acura RL

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$9,869 — $22,905 USED
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5 Seats
20 MPG
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Overview

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(5.0) 4 reviews

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Small trunk
  • No V-8 available
  • Crowded center controls
  • Requires premium gas
2012 Acura RL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Acura RL
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Noise-reducing wheel resonators
  • Standard AWD
  • 300-hp V-6
  • Available collision mitigation system

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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 offer. While the Infiniti M and Mercedes E-Class offer all-wheel drive as an option, it's standard on the RL. The RL seats up to five people.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The RL's face, with its thin headlights, falls in line with Acura's current styling trend. The grille was updated last year, 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 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-...

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 offer. While the Infiniti M and Mercedes E-Class offer all-wheel drive as an option, it's standard on the RL. The RL seats up to five people.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The RL's face, with its thin headlights, falls in line with Acura's current styling trend. The grille was updated last year, 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 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 RL features a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 that requires premium gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission allows manual shifts with console lever or steering-wheel paddle shifters


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 the driver 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
  • Optional collision mitigation system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

It just keeps getting better and better

by Frankieboy from charlotte NC, moved from dallas area after 32 year on December 23, 2015

I have owned Honda's since 1972, two cylinder coupe. civic, civic cvc, then just released 1977 accord first new car bought for $6000. then 4 door accords, then in 05 RL , drove night and day different ... Read full review

(5.0)

Stealthy & Understated

by stage4survivor from NY Metro on May 5, 2015

Buller-proof old world craftsmanship combined into near perfection. Somewhat dated infotainment technology belies the reliability. Champagne at a draft beer price. Exudes quality and value, never ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Acura RL currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 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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