Acura RL Review

Posted on 03. Jan, 2005 by in Auto News

After a foot fresh snow fell on New England, I was ready to take the Acura RL for an action traction Thrash. Unfortunately, the RL is a keyless miracle. If you turn the ignition knob in the off position, it's not really off, it is in accessory mode. You must press the plastic do-hickey and turn another notch. Who knew? OK, there was an electronic warning. But modern cars bong more than Hawaiian dope smoking. I would check that the RL were off the lights in the night and called it good.

Anyway, I was not the only car to hack flatten the battery. And the thing is, can not afford the $ 50k RL such a basic blunder. Acura "I-swear-I-not-a-bling-Honda" is competing deep inside Caddy, Merc, Bimmer, Audi and Lexus territory. When BMW iDrive with its learned Nuts debacle, a luxury car that you think is too much of the back of the pack does. A car that will not start, well …

After a rapid defibrillation, I hit the slopes. The slippery stuff Flummox not the Acura Super Handling when they say this is not even all-wheel drive. The system sends power from the rear to the front or from left to right, depending on which wheel or wheels have traction. In other words, an RL. An arrow-like ability to continue in the direction where you show it Unless, of course, go for some ice cream, run it and throw the steering wheel hard over, at which point the RL is sideways with the best of them.

This is great fun, but it's not the point. The RL is made for imperious wafters. Or is it? The design is not a luxury car for me. While the rear corner and side profile are calm reassuring the car's nose is a disaster. It's too small for the RL framework, poorly positioned, increased badly bent and over-represented. What's more, to make the car look cross-eyed headlamps and lower grill it the way it is giggling at someone who just fell. Empathetic Euro-philes is not mandatory.

From inside the RL ugly snout is not much of an issue, the windshield is so strong you can not see the sloping hood. Find for those who drive this TV screen view strange surround the 5.1 digital sound audio system provides ample distraction. On the other hand, perhaps it's best to keep your eyes on the road. The dashboard is a complex RL ugly farrago of curves, angles, materials, textures, displays, award letters and switchgear. Thin rim of the steering wheel is a particularly egregious example of RL to pass their failure to 50G taste and texture test.

On the positive side, the Acura cabin seats four large adults in reasonable comfort, and with every toy known comes carkind provide Navi, real-time traffic information, voice recognition, Bluetooth compatibility, heated memory seats, dual-zone climate control that automatically adjusts fan speed according the position of the sun (determined by optical sensors and the on-board GPS Positioning System). You can even press a button, call OnStar and ask them how it works.

What the Acura does not have is a V8 engine. The RL-300HP V6 spits enough momentum to the two-ton sedan from zero to 60mph in a push in handy 6.7 seconds. You can switch the semi-automatic mode and wheel-mounted paddle shifters to keep the gears for longer drive. Nevertheless, the RL sweet-spinning six as bringing a knife to a gunfight. At this price, customers expect the unruffled progress of an engine with two cylinders. If nothing else, the RL sounds wrong to slightly more than partial emphasized gas even if it is not.

In fact, you can create a directive to push without breaking a sweat. The hard-riding suspension will go all floaty-drifty when pushed, but there's enough body control to accommodate an enthusiast in a hurry. For the same reason the RL brakes lack feel, but slow the car with real conviction. The rack and pinion steering is over-assisted, but still manages to keep you in the loop to handle events as they occur. And the super-handling stuff is really the biz, some seriously squirrelly facilitate maneuvers.

As a whole, the RL an aesthetically-challenged gizmo lover Honda with admirable road manners unless you go there at night. Then, suddenly, it all comes together. The RL lures with softly glowing door handles, greeted with blue light in the foot well and pampered with leather and air. The active noise cancellation creates a sophisticated ambience, the switchgear stops screaming and the car well sorted dynamics provide the perfect attitude. Gliding through the dusk, the RL own man: cool, calm, collected, and … debonair.

With a V8 engine, a nose job and an interior makeover, the Acura RL BMW 5-Series would be a decent run for the money. In the meantime, fixing the keyway would be a good start.