Honda Motor Company may have been the first to go upscale
and establish a separate brand to capture an evolving
public, but with the introduction of this completely
new sedan, let’s figure which crowd they’re
really after. Not a large automobile and not V8 powered,
the RL inserts itself by default in the middle range
rather than in the top segment. Considering the staggering
amount of standard equipment that comes with its $50,000
price tag, the Acura RL has the chance to compete in
a crowded market as a top contender in its class.
for starters one of its biggest assets: the drivetrain.
If you have read some of our previous automobile
reviews, you know that we are fans of four-wheel
drive systems of any type, because of the handling and
security they deliver. With this complex SH-AWD system
composed of electromagnetic clutches and lateral g sensors,
torque is distributed as necessary to all four wheels
independently. A pictogram gauge on the dash will show
you the actual activity. All this hardware has added
quite a few pounds to the sedan. So in an effort to
keep weight low, aluminum is used a lot in the car’s
construction, along with magnesium and carbon fibers.
forerunner in the high-tech world, it has super easy-to-use
computer DVD navigation and a Voice Recognition system
that picks up hundreds of commands. Add to that —
an industry first — an active noise cancellation
device that comes on as soon as the engine is started
via keyless ignition. Although we did not use it, you
may receive real-time traffic updates via XM Satellite
radio feeds. As a side note, many of the listings in
the database (restaurants etc.) are out of date.
its smaller size, the interior cabin is comfortable
for all and you get an instant feel of luxury. It would
be hard to consider this a sports car, but you can really
get it moving with the 300 horses and the use of paddle
shifters on the steering wheel. It’s a great road
car and functions well in the city. So where does this
leave you? Okay, let’s throw in the fact that
its emission system meets the strict CARB LEV2/ULEV
standards, that it has a killer sound system and a very
safe traction control system. Well, if you are in need
of upgrading to the newest technology, it’s time
to head to a dealer www.acura.com and set up a test drive.
mile limited warranty; 6-Year/72,000 mile powertrain
warranty; lifetime seatbelt warranty, toll-free customer
assistance, 24-hr. roadside assistance.