2012 Acura RL

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2012 Acura RL
2012 Acura RL

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

195.8” x 57.2”


All-wheel drive



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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Six-speed automatic
  • Noise-reducing wheel resonators
  • Standard AWD
  • 300-hp V-6
  • Available collision mitigation system

2012 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 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.

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

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Nothing Like my 2008 Acura RL

It isn't hard to imagine why the 2012 Acura RL failed to sell. For whatever reasons, compared to the 2008 RL I own, the 2012 RL I recently bought has a questionable transmission and just lacks an imposing appearance. The look is as blah as could be without just being a slab of sheet metal. Perhaps Blah means there is a lower possibility of the car being stolen. Hopefully, it'll be respectably reliable, even if not like the bulletproof 2008 RL.


Most comfortable car I've ever and I wish I had an

This car is a great family car and a luxury car is very comfortable to drive and it has all the power that you need gas mileage is acceptable very comfortable and beautiful car


BEst car I've ever purchased

I have owned several cars in my life, from Toyota to Chevy and from Mazda to Mercedes. My Acura is by far the most reliable, beautiful and easiest to own and operate car in my life. I would definitely recommend anyone to purchase an RL and see for themself!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
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
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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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