2005 ACURA RL

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154,439 Miles
2,844
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Vehicle Details

Mileage: 154439
Color: Red
Body Style: Sedan
Doors: 4
Transmission: 5 speed Automatic
Engine Type: 3.5L V6 24V MPFI SOHC
Drive Train: Unknown
Fuel: Gasoline
Location: Allentown, PA

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Option & Equipment

1st and 2nd row curtain head airbags
4 Door
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
4-wheel ABS Brakes
A/C
ABS
ABS and Driveline Traction Control
AM/FM Stereo
Adaptive headlights
Adjustable Steering Wheel
All Wheel Drive
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum spare wheel rim
Anti-theft alarm system
Audio System Premium Brand Speakers: Acura/Bose
Audio System Premium Brand: Acura/Bose
Audio controls on steering wheel
Audio system security
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Automatic Headlights
Automatic front air conditioning
Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
Body-colored bumpers
Brake Assist
Braking Assist
Bucket Seats
Bucket front seats
CD Changer
CD Player
Cargo area light
Cargo tie downs
Center Console: Full with covered storage
Child Safety Locks
Chrome grille
Climate Control
Clock: In-dash
Coil front spring
Coil rear spring
Cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheel
Cupholders: Front and rear
Curb weight: 3,984 lbs.
DVD-Audio
Daytime running lights
Diameter of tires: 17.0"
Door pockets: Driver and passenger
Door reinforcement: Side-impact door beam
Double wishbone front suspension
Driver Adjustable Lumbar
Driver Air Bag
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror
Driver airbag
Driver and passenger heated-cushion, driver heated-seatback
Driver seat memory
Dual front air conditioning zones
Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual reverse tilt mirrors
Electrochromatic rearview mirror
Emergency Trunk Release
Engine immobilizer
Express open/close glass sunroof
External temperature display
Floor Mats
Floor mats: Carpet front and rear
Fog Lamps
Four-wheel Independent Suspension
Front Head Air Bag
Front Head Room: 38.5"
Front Hip Room: 55.1"
Front Leg Room: 42.4"
Front Reading Lamps
Front Shoulder Room: 58.5"
Front Side Air Bag
Front Ventilated disc brakes
Front and rear reading lights
Front and rear suspension stabilizer bars
Front fog/driving lights
Fuel Capacity: 19.4 gal.
Fuel Consumption: City: 18 mpg
Fuel Consumption: Highway: 26 mpg
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded
Generic Sun/Moonroof
Genuine wood dash trim
Genuine wood door trim
Headlights off auto delay
Heated Front Seat(S)
Heated Mirrors
Heated driver mirror
Heated passenger mirror
Hid Headlights
In-Dash 6-disc CD player
Independent front suspension classification
Independent rear suspension
Instrumentation: Low fuel level
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Interior air filtration
Intermittent Wipers
Keyless Entry
Leather Seats
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather seat upholstery
Leather shift knob trim
Leather steering wheel trim
Leather/metal-look center console trim
Left rear passenger door type: Conventional
MP3 player
Manual child safety locks
Manufacturer's 0-60mph acceleration time (seconds): 6.0 s
Max cargo capacity: 13 cu.ft.
Memorized Settings for 2 drivers
Memorized Settings including door mirror(s)
Memorized Settings including steering wheel
Multi-Zone A/C
Multi-link rear suspension
Navigation System
Navigation system with voice activation
OnStar
Overall Length: 193.6"
Overall Width: 72.7"
Overall height: 57.1"
Overhead console: Mini
Pass-Through Rear Seat
Passenger Air Bag
Passenger Air Bag Sensor
Passenger Airbag
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Permanent locking hubs
Power Door Locks
Power Driver Seat
Power Mirror(S)
Power Outlet
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power rear window sunshade
Power remote trunk release
Power remote w/tilt down driver mirror adjustment
Power remote w/tilt down passenger mirror adjustment
Power windows
Premium Sound System
Privacy glass: Light
Radio Data System
Rear Defrost
Rear Head Air Bag
Rear Head Room: 37.2"
Rear Hip Room: 54.0"
Rear Leg Room: 36.3"
Rear Reading Lamps
Rear Shoulder Room: 56.1"
Rear Stabilizer Bar: Regular
Rear bench
Rear center seatbelt: 3-point belt
Rear door type: Trunk
Rear seats center armrest with pass-thru
Regular front stabilizer bar
Remote Trunk Release
Remote activated exterior entry lights
Remote power door locks
Remote window operation
Requires Subscription
Right rear passenger door type: Conventional
Satellite Radio
Seat Memory
Seatback storage: 2
Seatbelt pretensioners: Front
Side airbag
Silver aluminum rims
Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside under cargo
Speed-proportional power steering
Stability control
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Sun/Moonroof
Surround Audio
Suspension class: Regular
Tachometer
Telematics
Temporary Spare Tire
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Tire Pressure Monitor
Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tire specific
Tires - Front Performance
Tires - Rear Performance
Tires: Prefix: P
Tires: Profile: 50
Tires: Speed Rating: V
Tires: Width: 245 mm
Total Number of Speakers: 10
Traction Control
Transmission gear shifting controls on steering wheel
Trip computer
Turn signal in mirrors
Two 12V DC power outlets
Type of tires: Performance AS
Universal Garage Door Opener
Universal remote transmitter
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Variable intermittent front wipers
Vehicle Emissions: ULEV II
Video Monitor Location: Front
Wheel Diameter: 17
Wheel Width: 8
Wheelbase: 110.2"
Window grid antenna
Woodgrain Interior Trim
XM AM/FM/Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio

Recalls & Defects

VIN JH4KB16595C008940 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE | TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

Honda is recalling certain model year 2005 Pilot vehicles manufactured July 29, 2004, through August 29, 2005; model year 2005-2006 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured September 16, 2004, through September 22, 2005; and model year 2005 Acura RL vehicles manufactured March 1, 2004, through June 29, 2005. An electrical capacitor may have been damaged during the manufacturing of the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control module causing intermittent, automatic, minor brake application. However, if the driver applies the brakes while the VSA is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop. Additionally, due to a loose ground connection, certain model year 2005 Pilots have a VSA system that may apply partial brake force, without the illumination of the brake lights, whether or not the driver is using the brakes.


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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
  Based on 237 reviews

A hidden gem.

5
D del on 11/05/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 4

I traded an 05 Lexus GS300 for this car. I found the GS extremely comfortable, quiet, and with solid build quality. But I wouldn't go back to that because it was just a bore to drive. Now to the RL. I could care less that this looks or is often mistaken for a Honda Accord. I'll readily admit Acura doesn't have the prestige factor of a Lexus or Audi, both of which I've owned. It's not why I buy cars. The RL is really a hidden gem, a sleeper of sorts. It might not look special, it might not be the fastest, most luxurious nor the best driving car. It ccomplishes what I both need and desire in a car - AWD (sh-awd is no gimic, this system should be the AWD standard. I've owned a few Audi's and while Quattro is great in its own right especially in snow, Honda has something great in SH-AWD), reliability, sportier driving dynamics, luxury features, decent style in/out (nothing flashy, not overstyled, something that will age well, which conservative styling typically achieves) And honestly, I think it's a great looking car. There are a couple things I'd change which I know Acura has in newer models. The 5 speed tranny is slow to shift in manual mode. It also seems more geared toward fuel economy over sport, which I'd get but the fuel economy isn't the greatest. There are bigger cars with V8's that get better mileage. I don't like that I have to switch to a different menu to control the climate. The voice commands are helpful but not always practical (like if a passenger is trying to sleep)

Very Happy

4.9
fargin on 09/09/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

One of the best cars I have owned and the Acura dealer is always nice. I have had Audi and Bmw and Acura is so much better overall in every category.

170 K miles and still running great

4.8
ejet on 08/18/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have put 170K+ miles on my 05 RL so I can confidently say I know this car. Still looks new and draws attention. Front tie rods replaced twice, once under warranty. Two sets of brakes and on third set of tires. Front head light adjusting warning light has been on for the last 100K, can't be turned off and I am not paying to replace the head lights. A few minor electrical problems but that has been it. I runs like new. I have driven 12 hours staight, great seats, quite, comfortable and reliable. Not good in snow even with AWD. Buy four Blizzak snows if you drive in the white stuff. Dealership service has been A+. The BEST GPS system made on earth. Waiting for the 2011. Best car ever.

Great Cat

4.9
paul4sure on 08/13/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car, had it for 2 years and no problems at all. I was looking at Lexus, as i had Es300 for 6 years when i went to school, but wanted something more sporty. G35x was another possibility, but it was too small for me. Car is very reliable and comfortable for long rides. This is the car you can take for skiing trip in the winter and feel safe during any weather. Its 5 years old now, but i still get compliments how nice it looks. Mine is blue metal, tinted. I drove my roommates Mercedes E550 many times, and RL is very similar to E550. It doesn't have as much toque but picks up speed as quickly as E550. Its a keeper for the comfort, AWD and BOSE system sounds great with XM by the way.

The Best car overall

4.8
Kim on 08/05/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I searched for a luxury used car after my BMW 525 totaled by an accident. Acura rl was the answer. Its interior is beautiful and comfortable. I wasn't impressed by exterior first but it keeps growing on me. Navigation system is the best so far. My wife and baby daughter love back seat sunshades. It doesn't drive like a BMW but its awd really works. The cabin is Lexus- quiet and stereo sound is the best I ever heard. RL's unpopularity, price is more reasonable which was good for me. Unfortunately, fuel economy is pretty bad in city. For luxury used car for a price, rl just can't be beat. Last, I am happy with acura's reliability which I had suffered from BMW.

Dissapointed with my RL

3.6
John H on 07/22/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

I have purchased my last few cars (all used) and I've tried to move up with each purchase. I traded an Infiniti I35 and purchased this used RL (which had 16.7K miles on it). The car has been a pleasure to drive, but the amount of money that I have had to put into repairs has been a major disappointment. In the 16 months that I have owned the car I've had to replace the driver's side power mirror, a major repair to the air conditioner and replace one of the motors in the passenger's side seat. The total repairs cost $3,000 and the car has 50K miles on it. I've owned used Mazda's and Infinit's and never had these type of major repair issues. I am very disappointed in the RL's reliability

Great car but needs more quality control

4.5
Fritz on 02/15/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The SH-AWD is very fun to use around turns, but I doubt most people will ever push this car hard enough to experience it. When you go into turns you really just have to push it and let the computers take over which is a bit unnerving at first, but you can really feel it pivot as the car overdrives the outside wheels. The dash is controls are very easy to use and pretty intuitive and I love that everything can be done through the Navigation screen which is large, easy to read and sits high in the dashboard. My biggest complaint with this car are the rattles and creaks. That is a deal breaker for me, but fortunately it doesn't bother my wife who drives it.

Dependable but boring

4.4
Chris on 11/14/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I wish the Acura RL could use "real looking wood" like my 05 Acura TL did... it's so plastic looking. It is a great car though. Seems not as sporty as a car like a 5 series, but reliability is its strong suit. 80,000 miles on it and plan on keeping for long term... only issue is it is boring (true disclosure most cars after a while bore me:).

185k and still going strong

5
Bob on 08/18/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Ok so Ive had this car since 2005 and have taken it to hell and back. I drive it hard and floor it at least a couple times a day. I spend a ton of time in it and I don't think the drivers seat could be better. Also the audio system is great as is the whole interior. Issues To date: Both side mirrors wiggling (48k) Rear sunshade rattle (55k) HID Bulbs Replaced (110k) Replaced Bank 1 & 2 o2 sensors (140k) Other then that I've only done the scheduled maintenance as recommended by the maintenance minder system. I can honestly say I will definitely buy the new RL when it comes out I assume in 2011... I might just take this one to the 300000 mile mark!

A wise choice

4.8
giorgichigo on 07/26/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Drives like a Mercedes and has more features at a lower price point. It took me a while to adjust after years of driving BMWs but I have grown to appreciate this vehicle, its comfort and outstanding reliability.

They Keep Getting Better

4.9
Gordon on 04/11/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This 2005 model replaced an earlier RL 3.5. It is roomier, faster, adds all wheel drive, adds all the electronics and voice commands you can imagine, the Bose 5 channel surround sound is the world's best. Nice car!

The Best Car Ever Owned

4.9
Moore on 11/30/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned 6 different cars including 2 Acuras and have driven at least 5 different types of cars owned by my husband. This is the best car I have owned or driven. I would highly recommend it because of its reliability, technology, and styling. Thank you.

Love this Car

5
Gary on 01/12/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my RL. It gets better with age. I put RonJon Legend 19" wheels on my car and get many compliments. Celestial Silver and Taupe. Love it!

Acura RL review

4.9
TOMMIE on 05/15/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is an autombile that is a joy to drive and the comfort is unsurpassed. I will say that the RL experience from the day I purchased until today has truly been an enjoyable experience.

Great Car At A Great Price

4.9
R on 05/11/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I moved from an 02 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro w/ sport package into an Acura RL. All I can say is that I love this car. It's loaded with just about every option you would expect from a luxury car. It handles great considering the size of this car and sharp turns aren't dramatic and feels well planted. The ride quality is great although some might consider it a bit harsh, as for me, it's a huge improvement compared to the A4. Coming from an Audi, I'm used to expecting good material and build quality and this car doesn't disappoint. Just drive the cars you are considering and see which you like better. There's not much to complain about the RL, it's a fine automobile and you can bargain on price.

Great car... but

4.3
Clip616 on 04/10/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Leg room driver's side needs improvement. Large foot block left side prevents extending left leg unless you are less than 5 feet tall. Mileage not good in city driving. Highway mileage is good. Needs more insulation. Hard to carry conversation with back seat riders due to road noise.

Electronics are a problem

2.9
Darren on 04/03/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Drives great, but watch out for too many gadgets. Battery drain is a common problem, especially since awkward 2nd key position issue leads to frequent battery drains. Make sure you carry a jump box, I've owned the car for about 1.5 years and have had to jump it 20+ times.

Luxury does not need to cost more...

5
Gerry on 01/21/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

When you determine the price you wish to pay for a luxury sedan and compare features with peer groups the choice is a snap especially with the all the "ginger bread" tech features. Will drive this car for many years to come... and style it's a beauty.

Ultimate Driving Machine

5
Nayeem on 01/21/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The ride and the drive are EXCELLENT. Drive 65 mph and you get 30+ mpg Road handling in rain & snow ? Handles without pain. The radio (XM) and the Bose!! Feels like you are in a concert hall.

MY RL

4.9
xxxx on 01/18/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A great car. Driven weekly and often for short trips. No issues. One trip, Chicago to Orlando. Pleasure to drive, navigation system works well. Climate control and audio flawless. Would recommend this auto to anyone including grandmother.

2005 Acura RL

4.9
boston on 01/06/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Car has performed much better than expected in all categories. Dependability has been especially good.

Acura RL - Best of the Best

4.9
Mjustice on 12/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Awesome car, I love it. The RL is fast, luxurious, roomy. It's the best purchase for me and my family.

Excellent Car

4.9
Houston 05 RL on 11/07/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is an excellent car. Very well designed with all the features you need or want. Even better all the technology works and is easy to use. This is vastly different than so many of the other cars in its class. The BMW and Mercedes NAV Systems are hard to use and inferior, the Lexus GS has no back seat or trunk space, and the AWD puts all of them in the shade. It is a quality car for the real world, not a special use vehicle that can only be used part time for some things. The only thing I would add would be some additional torque since the AWD will allow it to be used effectively.

Bob's Car

4.9
bobb on 10/31/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After much research and thinking between Toyota and Acura plus several test drives I decided on the Acura. I must say I am very happy. I have taken several trips from Chicago to Florida with no issues. I have navigation and it is a help and comfort. I once got lost in Milwaukee and the navigation system got me right out of trouble. I highly recommend this automobile.

Acura RL Luxury Bargain

4.9
Sandra on 09/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 Acura RL is state-of-the-art with a superior navigation system, live traffic alerts, and terrific voice command design. All of my luxuries come standard. The ride is terrific and wow does it ever take corner well. I have owned Mercedes, Lexus, and BMW in the past - I am now a permanent convert to the Acura RL. Best buy for the money, and, sexiest car I have ever owned. If you want luxury and performance at a bargain price get an RL!

My Golden Chariot

4.9
Marjorie Nave on 09/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am 82 years of age and I am the one who furnished rides to all my friends day and night. I appreciate the headlight turning feature. I am a golfer and often take three friends on out of town trips so appreciate the size of the trunk. Also the sun screens in the back area are great.

Good Value? Yes. Great Car? Hmmmmm...

3.5
Beltway Bandit on 08/23/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

I am a BMW 7-series and Benz S class owner. Also had Escalade previously. The RL looked unique in design and the interiro was impressive at first. Factory refuses to address design flaw...exhaust stains the rear fender and no response provided. Stereo system about the best I've ever heard in a car...first-class. Like the 6- cylinder performance and road mileage. Tends to rumble in low gear early in the day. Dealer hasn't fixed yet. Lots of interiro rattle from rear window shade. Dealer has not fixed. With MSRP arounds 50 or a little less, a good value. But I don't know I would get another.

The AcuraTaxiCab

2.3
Captain Truth on 08/02/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 3

Just keep 5 words in mind..HONDA ACCORD WITH BIG PRICETAG - thats what it is. I've given this vehicle about a year. Initial quality seemed okay. Since then it's a horror show. Rattles, squeeks, noises from windows, dashboard, back panels, seatbelts ...everywhere.. make it sound like a NYC taxi. I heard this before buying but didn't believe it. Now I do. Customer care is NON EXISTANT. Dealer is clueless and can't fix anything, even after bringing in new service mgr...car not fixed when returned, not ready when promised, etc. etc. Headquarters also seems unconcearned and is not responsive. Overall a major waste of money and miserable ownership experience compared to my prev. 2 Lincolns.

Awesome Car!

4.9
stingerbtry on 07/31/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased the RL after looking at the GS and the M as well but found that I liked everything about the RL way more and for the price it couldn't be touched by the others. I am very happy with all aspects of the car and impressed with the performance from a 6cyl luxury car.

Best Car Yet at age 65; well, really 66

4.6
Jerome Ney on 07/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I've owned 3 Mercedes; 1 BMW; 1 Audi and this is the best. I enjoy the performance and great features. I also enjoy the top quality without drawing as much attention as one does with the higher profile cars above.

Undervalued

5
rhorne1 on 06/29/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven this brand for 6 years with excellent reliability. I rate this vehilcle fully capaple of holding it's own. The RL adds style and the right package of "standard equipment" that meets your needs. The power from the high perf. V6 is awesome with respectable MPG. Clearly undervalued in my book. Enjoy yours!

GREAT VALUE

4.6
harvey on 06/03/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I previosly owned an Infiniti and while I enjoyed that car for the price you just can't beat the RL. Very good ride quality and everything is standard including On Star and GPS. By comparison I would have had to spend $8,000 more for an M35 with the same equipment and not get On Star which is something I wanted ever since my wife has had it in her Mercedes. Everyone who has driven with me comments on the beautifull interior. I just wish the back seat had a little more room. No problems at all. When you compare features to features with other cars, it's a no brainer. hb

Gets it Done

5
bbyrone on 05/20/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Probably the best riding car I've ever owned.

Best value in its class

4.8
RL in Chicago on 05/16/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Coming from a 1997 Mercedes E420, the Acura RL is a "downgrade" from a V8, but it's an upgrade in every other way. I was sick of the repair bills on the Benz ($500 to fix a outside mirror motor!), and so far, the RL has been without fault. I miss the torque of a V8, but I appreciate the improved fuel-economy, and for 90% of driving, the RL has plenty of power. However, if they had offered a larger version of this car with a V8, I would have bought that. One of the biggest reasons I bought this car is price. I paid $44,100 for it, before taxes, which is a bargin for all the content the RL includes as standard. With the same features, BMW, Mercedes, and even Lexus are much more $$$.

Lovin It

4.9
Bert on 05/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought a certified preowned low mileage RL. The car was everything I thought and hoped it would be. I looked at Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and found this to be hands down the best value for the money. If you are considering this car, buy it, you won't be disappointed.

Don't Be Fooled

3.3
tmedman on 05/04/2006

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

I bought this car a little over a year ago and within a month I started experiencing total electrical failure. This has happened about six times over the last 14 months. I brought it to two dealers and nothing seems to fix it permanently. Acura roadside assistance is a joke unless you liking waiting 3 to 4 hours for help. The car looks great and when it is working (which is rare), it performs well. Gas mileage is dismal.

2005 Acura RL

4.9
Mary Ellen Gase on 05/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The RL is a wonderful car to drive as it's very smooth riding and is extremely comfortable. It also has a beautiful design. It's a very quiet riding car. The AWD, navigation center, XM radio,and moonroof are all positive features of the RL. I bought it also for the many safety features. Love it!

awesome vehicle

5
Brad on 04/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a phenominal car with all the extras you could ever want and the real time traffic is a must have in any big city in which you drive. The easiest nav system to use on the market.

Couldn't be happier

5
KWOH on 04/06/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my RL for about 9 months now. This is an amazing vehicle. It could use a little more low end torque, but I knew this when I bought the car (V6 can't give V8 torque). The ride is smooth and quick, but still with some "feel". The interior is incredible: comfortable seats, well laid out controls. Best of all everything!!! is adjustable, and retained in memory, for each driver: from seat and mirror positions, to when the auto headlights turn on, to auto door locks, to radio presets. Voice recognition is very good. Looks a little too much like the Accord but this is minor when all the rest is considered. This is the most tech. advanced car on the market.

2005 Acura RL

5
John Ryan on 04/03/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased the 2005 RL. What a great car. Had a Lexus GS, looked at the Audi A6, and new Lexus GS. Really no comparison. Liked the no options idea. The others had too many option packages. The car rides great, has great interior and is quick for a V6. This car by far had the best value for what you get. Would recommend it over the others no problem. If you're thinking of buying one, do it!

Great for road trips...

5
Woods46 on 03/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just finished a 4000+ mile trip in this vehicle - performed great! Mostly interstate driving, but some dirt road travel for hiking, and through Vail pass during a major snow storm. Handling was great, no performance problems. The X-M radio and Nav package were really nice to have on a trip like this, although the Nav package got confused a couple of times with new construction - but I guess that is what updates are for.

time has told

5
ewelker on 03/09/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought the car last summer and traded our 2001 E class because of the continuing Mercedes dying battery problem when the car was left unattended. We have always had Mercedes, Audis and BMW and hoped the reliability factor would be better with Acura/Honda...it is. The only issue was with the tire balance and Acura replaced the tires! Service has been wonderful and the car is far better in every way than the Mercedes. The Mercedes mileage was a little better, about one MPG, but we average 21 overall and 26 to 28 highway so it isn't bad and, of course, best of all, the reliabiliy factor after six months is great.

2 months

4.8
almost new on 03/03/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this vehicle with about 2000 miles on it. Apparently the person who owned it before me could not master its array of controls and turned it in early. I find the controls very intuitive and love everything about this car except the shifts which seem leisurely. Handling is great, acceleration is smooth and more than adequate, and the climate control system is quite effective. This car offers much more than a comparably priced BMW which I test drove.

Bob's Review

5
bob on 03/03/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car, have done a couple of trips to Fla from Il and no issues. Used nav all the way and do so frequently. Zero problems with the car and abot 22-25 mpg depending on my habits. Will buy another.

Very Happy

4.9
GL on 02/27/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this car a year ago -- very pleased. Sound system is simply amazing. Front seats are comfortable and controls easy to reach. Smooth, solid ride. I'm not a car enthusiast, but love driving this car. Traffic integrated into nav system is nice and I've used the nav system more than I ever expected to. On the downside, keyless remote is not great for women (who don't always have pockets and have to find somplace to put it) and it is VERY easy not to turn the ignition off completely, resulting in a dead battery. Ride could be quieter at high speeds.

05 Acura RL

4.6
al on 02/13/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

car handles very well, gps and bluetooth are cool features, compared infinity, e class mercedes before buying and for the money they could not compare with all you get included in the rl.

'05 RL is my pride and joy

4.9
Nancy McKinley on 01/29/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Every time I get in this car I think about how much I love it. The sound system, satellite radio, and interactive command system are great, and not having to dig for a key every time I get in the car is really nice. I have had 2 other Acuras and a Honda, and I have no complaints. But this RL is the best!

An all in one package

4.8
Kim on 01/18/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

All the features you'd want at an affordable price. This car has overexceeded my expectancies with the technology of today. I was in the market for an Infiniti G35 but fell in love with the RL as soon as I sat in it. Very impressive!

Acura RL 2005 Model

3.8
John Owings on 01/18/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The 05 RL is a fine automobile. The main complaint I have is on the transmission. The car does not downshift when slowing down to corner. As a result, the car will shudder at low speeds until you begin to accelerate and the transmission and the engine finally get back in sync. I have taken the car back to the dealer several times for the problem, they have installed the new software patch to solve the problem. But it does not work any better. I have called Acura's national service organization and had them review it and they say it is working per "specifications". It was a nice way to say they have blown it on the spec.

absolutely love this car

4.8
els on 01/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

extremely well handling and fun to drive car---super GPS. No problems thus far but still bought the 100,000 mile warranty---would hate to think something would go wrong with this complicated system after the regular warr. expires. Get 18MPG combined city/highway---but worth it.

Best of the best

5
Black05RL on 01/06/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has lived up to my expectations, and I am happy with my choice after narrrowing down to RL, A6 and 530i. Ride quality, interior features and quality and overall drivability are tops.

luxory car forless

5
Gus on 01/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Drives great, Hard to make this car get out of track. I enjoy it, sporty, and sleek.

Truly A Drivers Car

4.9
carlover on 12/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wow what an amazing car. This car has got everything and I mean everything from SH-AWD the only AWD that transfer torque from the front and the back and also right and left. From the sun sensors when you have your AC they sense where the sun is to make everyone equal temperature even when the suns beating down. Two sunshades one on each rear window and one power one on the rear that when you have the sunshade up and you pop it into reverse it lowers. From keyless entry to the voice activated DVD and when you want fast food you click the button and say "Nearest Fast Food" and it brings up the nearest fast food place to where you are. Very comfortable seats and very quiet inside. BEST CAR EVER

A Japanese BMW

4.8
Philip on 12/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Acura has built a fine automobile with all the "bells and whistles", but unfortunately my car was delivered without the latest updates resulting in three dead batteries. Additionally, the upper information display is not visible in bright sunlight so a better design should be made so that feature can be useful.

Well Worth the Money

5
houston05rl on 11/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I looked seriously at Lexus and Mercedes and Infiniti. For the money there was no comparison. Very reliable, all the high tech items work (BlueTooth, XM, Navigation, Voice Commands, etc. Gas Mileage better than I had anticipated, 28 mpg at 75-80 mph. The ride and interior are first class with much more room than the E Class MB and Lexus GS. So far I have had no problems with the car. I had the Ground Effects added to the car and it greatly enhances its looks and gives it a much sportier stance. The only issues that I do have are: The trunk is too small and poorly shaped; the auto on/off feature on the headlights rings a chime when you turn off the ignition and exit the car.

The Best Car I have ever owned!

5
Special K on 11/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The new Acura RL is the best car I have owned in every facet of your imagination. It is a Lxy Sdn when you want it too be and with in a moments notice, it is a Spts Sdn on demand. Cornering with this car is phenomenal, I feels as though it corners even better with your foot heavily down on the accel peddle. This one of kind SH-AWD (Super handling AWD) sys gives you confidence that you can never imagine with out actually driving the RL. I have taken in on road trips and was very impressed with the 28 mpg I got on the hwy cruising along at 80 mph. The sound sys makes you think that you are actually in a music hall but in reality you are in your RL. The ease of use the bluetooth cntrl.....

2005 Acura RL

4.9
Melvin DenWiddie on 11/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is just amazing!! The super handling is great and features like the keyless access, hands free use of the navigational system and cell phone are the greatest. The ride is extremely comfortable and cabin is very quite which allows complete enjoyment of the sound system.

Treat, no Tricks

5
bydand on 11/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Took delivery of Redondo Red Pearl RL on Halloween and have been in heaven for my commute ever since. Rock solid ride, quiet luxurious interior, PLENTY of power (looking forward to getting past initial break-in) and fantastic handling for such a heavy car. Nits being picked in some reviews should be taken as just that, everybody has an opinion. I'm sure that after a few months I won't know how I survived without Navi & Voice Command in the past; neat to find restaurants, ATMs, etc. Sound system is worthy of a large room; 5.1 Surround Sound Audio disc free with purchase is a feast for the ears. Co-workers and neighbors all want to know what it is.

Very nice car

4
Doug in NYC on 11/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

This is a wonderful car. However, prior to accepting it, please ensure that the dealer handles all service bulletins, because otherwise several things may not work as well as you wish. Definitely sit in the driver's seat and try to get comfortable. I was never able to get completely comfortable, but close enough to be happy. After 1,000 miles, I'm still happy.

Great Acura

5
Bill Gimby on 11/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Last 3 cars, 2 MBs and a G35; the Acura tops them all. Drove all the competition and found the Acura the most solid on the road. Absolutely no problems for the Acura in first 7000 miles, delivers fair city mileage and excellent highway mileage, driving an even 70 on interstate have achieved 30 MPG but more often about 27 to 28.

My Silver Bullet

4.9
Deborah on 11/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have been driving my RL for the last two months and I am very pleased with the vehicle. As the owner of a 2002 TL Type-S, I find the difference in the two cars to be everything I expected it to be. While I enjoy the sporty ride I get from my TL, when I get into the RL I can still appreciate sporty but I get a hugh dose of luxury. The comfort of the interior is beyond what you would expect from a car that on the surface appears so sporty. The handling is also excellent. Very quick and responsive.

Excellent Value; Give it a shot

4.5
snrub1 on 11/09/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Having test driven the competition, I feel the RL stands up to all comers. The car rides very well, is packed with features (the stereo is incredible) and, though lacking a bit in the excitement department, the car does everything very well. Dollar for dollar, the RL was by far the best value in the class. Thus far we are delighted by our purchase of the RL. Give the RL a shot if looking for a luxury sedan.

Best Value

4.8
CGPRL on 11/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Test drove most of the competition from MB, BMW and Lexus. I think the RL is the best value and best overall performer in its class. It may not have the best handling and road feel, nor the most horsepower or torque, but I feel it is close to being the best in all categories. I didn't find a perfect car in my test drive (with a budget of under $60,000) and the RL is as close as it gets.

Unique Luxury Sleeper

4.6
Bruce Bolen on 11/03/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have owned five Mercedes, four BMW, two Saab. Acura RL is the best of the bunch because it has has modern, timeless styling that grows on you with time. The interior is totally modern and a pleasing, comfortable, friendly environment. Performance is more than adequate and 28 mpg at 80 mph on the highway is good for a 300 hp 4x4 luxury sedan. What I like most is you have something modern, enduring and unique with long term durability, and you don't see yourself coming and going in upscale locations. Mercedes has too many models and is no longer unique; and their quality is sagging. BMW is too flashy and yuppie and has durability problems. GM has ruined Saab and it may never recover.

I Love my Acura RL

4.9
HenryTD on 10/26/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my RL. I test drove the competitors and I bought the Acura because I loved the interior, the technology, and the SH-AWD system. I've had it for 3 weeks now, and it hasn't disappointed me in any respect. The technology all works, and the car handles great. For my money, a far better value than any of the others I test drove.

Review

4.8
Lovin on 10/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I would rank this car in line with the Audi A6. It has absolutely everything you would ever want on a vehicle...the ultimate in luxury.

My RL

5
grimie09 on 10/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After driving most of the others in this group, the test drive of the RL was all it took to buy. Experiencing the combination of handling, killer sound system, build quality, technology & solidness was over the top. The car is fun.

Best Car for the Money

5
Emile Riendeau on 10/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Thsi is an excellent vehicle in every respect. It is loaded with electronics that make driving more enjoyable. All the standard features make this one of the best values in this class. Excellent all around performance and cabin comfort. Ideal on the highway and back roads. All wheel drive ahead of its time.

best car i've ever owned

4.8
Marc on 10/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Undoubtably the best car I have ever owned, and I've been through quite a few. Great combination of performance and comfort. Recently drove 525 miles with one brief stop. Made great time and avergaed 27 mpg. Was not the least bit tired when I got home. I give the credit to the RL - driving is not work in this car. Technology is awesome. Navigation system has been on the mark 100% of the time. Have 10000 miles without a glich. Last car, 2003 Volvo XC70, had 3 visits to dealer by now. Trunk a bit small and kids (3) wish for a little more width in back seat. Highly recommend it.

05 Acura RL

5
Richard N. on 10/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the fourth Acura I have owned and each time I get a new one, every three years, I am thrilled with it. However, the new 05 RL has so many improvements that I do not know where to begin. The best feature with the biggest difference that I have found is the ALL - WHEEL drive; very necessary if you live in the New England area. Not having all wheel drive would have been my only reason for looking at another brand of automobile. I get approximately 19 to 20 miles per gallon average with the 300 hp engine. No need to look at another vehicle.

Amazing Acura

4.8
acura fan on 10/10/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has everything from the keyless entry, 4 auto windows, no keys needed to start, amazing interior and exterior, voice command, and bluetooth. Fresno Acura is a very good dealership to buy from no hassle, very knowledgeable and a lot of nice incentives to buy there.

It is what it is.

4.9
sharkcar on 10/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have read some reviews about a lack of performance, acceleration in particular. I come out of the sports car group of guys but I bought this for highway use and in town business use. It's a great sedan, not a great sports car. I was bolting through town tonight at about 65mph and the thing was surrealisticaly quiet. Beautiful, really good handling, tight, deliberate, but quiet. I like it. I bought the black. It's beautiful. The onboard system, if you like that kind of thing, and thats an important question, the systems are by far the best ever. When you get it new, just work out one system at a time or you will be overwhelmed. Today I put up the last one, the phone system. You gotta like it.

Great Car, Great Deal

5
Kupe15 on 10/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just got Black RL w/Tan interior. Got a great deal. Upgraded to wood trim steering wheel, shifter knob, 18in wheels and spoiler. Looks great, handles perfectly and is so fun to drive. Can't beat this car for value and performance.

2006 Acura RL review

5
Tom Browne on 10/06/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Many postives about the RL....ride, handling, looks, sound system. Would like to see quieter tires put on the car so that road noise would not come through as much.

Acura RL

4.9
kgd_007 on 10/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Owned 92 Legend and a 2000 RL previously. This new RL is a great car. The interior is amazing, I love the wood and the leather. The exterior- the front could have been better, the rear is great. The 18" chome wheels made a huge difference as did the rear deck spoiler. One of the best stock audio systems I have heard, no need for an iPod connection as it will play MP3 CD-R's (about 120 songs per disk) and they sound great. Navi voice commands work great, the traffic is sometimes not accurate, but I am sure will get better. The command knob for the Navi, audio and climate is much improved over the pointer and touch screen. Rear window sun shades are great. Handling with the AWD is awesome.

Lester's choice

5
Lester Gruda on 10/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Of all the cars in this class, by far the best available options available come standard. If you can forego sleek design, the RL is by far the best car available.

Best price/performer I've ever driven

4.6
Bobthetomato on 10/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I looked at every equivalent Mercedes, BMW, and Audi before deciding on the RL. While each model had it's pluses and minuses, the combination of price, features, and prior experience with the reliability of the RL made it an unbeatable combination. As with the first year of any new model, I certainly was in the break-in phase for much of the electronics. Lots of little glitches with OnStar, Navigation, and XM Radio, but they were all minor annoyances. The performance and handling of the SH4WD is just unbelievable, especially given you're technically driving a near- luxury sedan. Finally, this last winter was a tough one, and there were times when I got stuck in my 4WD F250, but not my RL

Best in its class

4.8
james on 09/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Amazing! I have driven and owned the German competitors and nothing gives you the bang for your buck like this machine.

The best of two worlds

4.9
Murry Cohen on 09/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is just the best all around vehicle from Acura yet . For its class which is the largest luxury size yet, it gives excellent mileage for this class as compaired to other ex. Mercedes Benz. Workmanship is top of the line, horsepower is 300 hp without sacrificing mileage. It's what one would call in the old days a sleeper that blows the competition away!

Acura RL

5
Theresa on 09/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Acura RL is the absolute best automobile I have ever owned Previously Cadillac's)- it handles superbly (rain or shine)- looks/design fantastic - evaluation would honestly by 10 + + - headlights, suspension, interior, exterior - roominess - all excellent

My First Acura

5
MG on 09/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It is a fun car to drive - very responsive steering and suspension. The Bose stereo system is excellent - the quality of sound phenominal and it equalizes the outside noise so all you hear is the music - very unique. Good visibility from the drivers seat all around the car. The seats are very comfortable with automatic controls for an excellent ride. The telescoping steering wheel is easily adjusted for comfort. At night the lighting in the car provides very good visibility to all controls. An added feature includes little blue lights that provide visibility for the door handles and foot area so your not fumbling for things. The adaptive headlights are responsive and brightly shine.

RL

4.9
tb on 09/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

GREAT

Love the Car!

4
tegman on 09/17/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Although I bought my RL in July of 05, I'm still finding new reasons to love it here in Sept 05. The styling is great, the interior is 1st rate and the amenities are top notch, i.e., the steering wheel tilts up when the engine is turned off to allow free access out of the car. Although the city gas mileage is not great (I get about 22mpg freeway driving), I know it's because I have heavy foot and demand performance from my vehicles. When I hit the gas to go around a suddenly braking car in front of me I need my car to respond and the RL does, admirable. Also, the real time traffic on the NAVI is great for my commuting in the mornings. I am a satisfied customer.

I Bought The Perfect Car

5
San Diego Bruce on 09/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After 7 months and 6k miles, the RL is still perfect. Took it back in for first service recently, oil change and tire rotation, and there is still nothing wrong, no squeaks, rattles, leaks, or problems of any kind. I compared it with MB E320, BMW 530, Lexus, and Audi, and now realize I definitely made the right purchase decision. I can recommend it to anyone who is looking for a luxury performance automobile.

Nroke down at 1200 miles sensor replaced

2.5
ron on 09/08/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

Cannot see the fenders for parking, hard handling, feels like I am steering a truck. Doors in front much to heavy. Mileage is way off. Too many bells and whistles. This is my third Acura.

2005 Acura RL

4.9
2005 Acura RL on 09/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The RL is extremely smooth riding. I feel very safe with the size and weight of this car. Enjoy driving it. I get better mileage than expected. Very comfortable ride for someone with back problems. I tested multi cars and this was my favorite.

Luvin My Car

4.6
AcuraOwner on 09/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is one of the smoothest, most responsive vehicles I have ever driven.

Unreliable

3.3
Howard Kelley on 09/03/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

This car has a computer glitch that discharges the battery when the car isn't driven for a few days. The car has been towed to the dealership twice and is currently sitting at the dealership waiting for a "fix" from Acura. This problem isn't peculiar to my car but is a significant problem that other Acura RL owners have encountered. I am currently going thru arbitration with the State of Ct to get a refund since Acura doesn't know when the fix will be available. The keyless feature to start the car can lead to problems if you let a valet park the car. Sometimes the ignition is left in the acces position. The GPS works better in the TL model. The transmission has a very long lag time.

The best of RLs yet!

5
Lessie on 08/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the 6th Acura I have owned -- starting w/ Legends. This is the best yet. Love the bells and whistles, plenty of them. Quick movement from 300 horsepower. However, not a knock out in styling, too much like the TL. But performance, top of the line. Happy to be an owner. Sound system is the best ever, listen to the 5.1 surround sound music in this car, I need a chauffer. To the owners who have not learned the detail of this vehicle, you are missing out.

My Acura

4.8
Acura RL SH-AWD on 08/22/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Acura is a decent car. It should have rain-sensing wipers but hey, not every car is perfect.

Excellent overall value

4.9
acusacto on 08/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I went back and forth between the 2005 RL and the 2006 Lexus GS300. The GS300 had a better feel for the road, but you are paying a few thousand dollars just for the name. The RL ride may be a little more boring, but it is much more spacious feeling than the GS300, and the seating position is better to see the road. The RL's standard nav, awesome sound system system, and XM radio represent much better value. Getting around 19 mpg city.

Best Value in the Market

5
Lamar on 08/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I looked at the Lexus & Infiniti, and by far nothing compared to the RL. The Acura is so loaded with stuff I couldn't ask for anything else! The all-wheel drive is seamless and absolutely incredible around turns. I love the Voice-Activated Nav system, I can say "temperature 57 degrees", it's crazy. If you want the best bang for the buck go with the Acura.

Great, but needs improvements

4.4
taitando on 08/11/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

The Good: The RL is a technological marvel that offers a superb value in its segment. Most of the options that you would pay extra for in other makes are standard in this car. Keyless Access, Navigation, Surround Sound, Hands Free Link, Xenon Adaptive Front lights, Rear Sunshade, Onstar, XM Satellite Radio & Real Time Traffic, etc... The list goes on and is quite extensive. The ride is quiet and smooth. Complemented with the superb SH-AWD system with 290HP, the RL is fun to drive. This is not a sports car, but it has plenty of 'go' to help you pass other people in the left lane. The Bad: The paint is thin and chips easily. Others have posted problems with the battery.

Love it, recommend it

4.9
Petemc on 08/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Nice luxury vehicle. Tested against most competition (BMW, Audi, Infinity) and was best overall. Technically advanced...do not purchase if you are technically challenged. Interior is outstanding, 5.1 surround sound is excellent. Exterior paint quality is best out there. Drives like a smaller car, SH-AWD does work and enables advanced performance around corners. I would definitely buy it again. Pete

Superb!

5
ziggy on 08/09/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had a 2000 TL for 5 years and 134000 miles. I hated to part with it but now that I have, OH BOY ! Love this car ! Powerful, excelent handling, loads of toys that for the most part are intuitive. The hard part of driving this car will be avoiding tickets.

Keep this car in mind

4.9
CJL on 08/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Acura may have been easily overlooked in the past for the over conservative styling and mediocre performance when it came to a luxury sedan - no more! This car is packed with everything you could need - and then some. It could be a generational thing, but I'm 39 and found the technology smart, easy and fun to use. Well thought out and with so many ways to do things, you can pick your style - voice, direct or a combination of both. It really feels like a luxury sedan when you want it to be, but steps up to the plate for some fun, sporty driving when you need it to be. The technology, sound system (wow!), fit and finish will blow you away. Look out Lexus, Acura has come a knocking.

AWD vehicle but not a SUV.

4.5
HenryW on 08/06/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my car back in march after test driving numerous vehicles. The RL is by far dollar for dollar better than leading competitors.The only thing that still puzzles me is this rattling noise that comes either from the front brakes because of the mounting or underneath the body while going over cobble stone roads or just cracks on the road, but the SH-AWD is what sold me.

RL 2005

4.9
donna graham elliott on 08/06/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I test drove it twice; it is the second RL that I have purchased. That is because the first one was so reliable. I still have it. I have never owned two of the very same vehicle. I thought that did not make sense when people did that. Now I understand why.

Great but not Perfect Car

4.6
wmhipps on 08/05/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my RL about 6 weeks. Love all the tech toys and no one seems to get ergonomics better. Usually too many bell's and whistles is a bad sign of a thrown together product, but this car is great. I got the 18" chrome wheels with blue exterior and I get lots of compliments.

I'm lovin' it

5
richard m on 08/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I use my RL for my short commute to work, and taking the family around the town, it's just terrific. It has every feature that I need, and a lot I will never use. The 6 cylinder engine puts out more than ample power. This is a great car and i would recommend it to anyone who can afford its steep price.

Acura RL

5
Acura RL on 08/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you want to be pampered, this is the car to purchase. Though not short in performance, its strength is its smooth effortless ride and its on board technology. Best navigation package in the market with a full compliment of voice activated systems.

mckay's toy

4.9
???? on 07/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just love my car. I have driven others and owned other more expensive cars and none came close to the overall pleasure I get from my rl. I love all the instrumentations and all the extras that come standard with this car. It is the best I have ever had. I like it even better than my corvette.

love the car

4.5
john smith on 07/30/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Comfort on the road is outstanding. Visuals as far as instrument panel are perfect. Room in back seat is outstanding. Also love the gps and the voice activation system. Also the best sound system i've heard, better than my 430 mzb.

Love the 05 RL

4.8
mebanedog on 07/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have now owned new Acura RL for one week. LOVE this car. The V6 is quicker than I thought it would be - it really flies, albeit not as pulse- raising as a BMW or Audi. LOVE the tiptronic - can really zoom in low gear. Have averaged 22.5 mpg in mixed suburban/highway driving. The ergonomics are spectacular. Absolutely the best overall VALUE in its class, no question.

All-Around Awesome Vehicle

5
Matt Carmody on 07/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car really has the best of everything. Luxurious and roomy, yet responsive and fast. Quiet, yet possessing an unbelievable sound system. Simple to operate, yet loaded with features such as handsfree Bluetooth telephone, real-time satellite traffic and XM radio. And best of all - it's all standard. There is no other car in this class - not BMW, not Mercedes, not Lexus, not Audi - where you get what the RL offers for $50K. When you get done with all the upgrades needed on other models to even come close to matching the RL, you've already moved into a whole different price range. You just simply cannot go wrong with this car, and its a pleasure to drive.

not what i expected from a $50 k car

4
Peter on 07/28/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the car looks nice on the outside and in, but has the acceleration of a v6 accord. i was very disappointed with the acceleration of the car and the sound the engine makes- it just sounds like a weak car.

Best In A Crowded Field

5
BillK on 07/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Never thought I'd switch from Mercedes, but this car is everything and more — I had to own it. It drives and handles better than any Benz or BMW I've owned and handles curves the way no other car I tested could. I'd seen the Infiniti designs for the M and didn't care for them. Glad I went with the Acura. It's interior and exterior get raves and comments everywhere I travel. Even parking jockeys are amazed at this car. This is the real thing, a nearly perfect luxur/sports sedan and at a more than competitive price. A new BMW owner took one drive with me and hung his head woefully, wondering if he could still get his money back!

Happy New Owner!

4.9
solcalrl on 07/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

...just crossed the one week mark of ownership on a 2005 RL. I am extremely happy with it. I am a bit surprised at the gas mileage but in speaking to other RL owners, gas mileage should improve steadily and level off at about 4,000 - 5,000 miles. The NAV system features are incredible. The voice command system works flawlessly although there are a lot of commands to memorize if you want to control everything by voice. The sound system is AWESOME.

Great Car

4.9
justWayne on 07/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I choose the RL over a 5 series BMW because of value & reliabilty. I priced a 530 BMW w/ the same options and its over $5k more. I love all the electronic gagets. The AWD allows to to drive the RL like a sports car with out all the road noise and bumps. Acura did a great job.

2005 Acura RL

4.8
sfagel on 07/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent handling, comfortable and reliable. The electronics and features are awesome. The only negative is that it passes everything on the highway but the gas station.

Loads of fun!

5
Lessie on 07/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have been the owner of 2 Acura Legends and 4 RL's over the last 15 years. By far, the 2005 RL is the best ever in every category. The speed and all wheel drive give me a feeling of control that I have never had before. The conversion of automatic to 5 speed is really neat. The list goes on!

Great Car

5
TB on 07/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Very good sedan. For the money there is no better value. The DVD audio XM radio navigation system etc make this car the best value in its class.

RL and Star Wars

4.5
Bill Kowalski on 07/12/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The quality and overall technology put into this vehicle is outstanding. The voice recognition features and use of technology is the best I've seen in any vehicle. I've owned BMW's, an Audi A6 (Quattro) and Mercedes. I and have test driven Infiniti's M35. Based upon my experience the Acura is the most user friendly vehicle I've encountered. While it is quick, the Acura could use more low end torque to get it off the line quicker and a little more responsive, such as Infiniti has done with the M35.

super all round transportation

4.6
Steve on 07/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Much to like about this car. Sharp enough lines, classy look inside and out. Performance is nice. While not a "lincoln" ride, thats not what you expect here - but more than comfortable.. plenty of room..more than ample power and handles super. Computerized nav/climate/audio system 2nd to none and very intuitive and easy to learn and use. Love the level of driver customization available. Voice activation is terrific - 99% and is a must since this car can be distracting. NAV saved me many hours 3 days after buying when I was out of town and had a 1.5 hour trip .. highway was backed up and closed .. "detour" function steered my to alternate route. Quiet ride/int. Audio system SUPER

Happy Owner

4.9
Nonsense31 on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had a choice of this or Mercedes E500 I chose this because the Acura RL offers so much more to offer and has a different look. I'm tired of the same cars on the roads. I got more for my money and from what I hear the Mercedes are in the shop a lot and at a big cost.

A pleasure, indeed.

4.5
Iman on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We purchased the vehicle and then proceeded to drive it over 4000 miles on an extended holiday. The car handled beautifully, the sound system is extraordinary and the ability to receive and respond to calls without having to handle our cell phone is, indeed a wonderful safety measure. Surprising but much to our satisfaction was the fact that we realized over 26 miles to the gallon of gas while on the highway.

Nighthawk Review

4.9
Dale on 07/06/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Has a very solid feel, grips road like a sports car. Smooth ride with killer stereo. Draws attention on the road.

RL Thoughts

4.5
Mike on 06/30/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is a very nice blend of luxury and performance. While it lacks the handling of a BMW 5 series, it also has better real world driving characterisitcs. It has a very well integrated approach to technology and I love the features, all of which are standard; Navigation, XM radio, OnStar, All Wheel Drive. Add the beautiful interior, refinement and the fact they are willing to significantly reduce the price and you have a great combination.

This Car Rocks!

5
dempanther on 06/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Smooth ride, beautiful and well designed interior, user friendly, wand entry, no key to start car, driver memory remembers XM channels as well as seat adjustment. ROCK ON.

Highly competent daily driver

4.6
david41750 on 06/29/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is not only a pleasure to drive, but it's a pleasure to be driven in. An exceptional body structure, sophisticated electronics, excellent handling characteristic, and more than sufficient power for every day driving experiences made this an excellent choice for me. My other car is a Boxster S, so I get to play with something that is much more fun, but for a satisfying commute to work, golf, or a long trip, I know of no car in this price range that I would find to be of greater value. I test drove the e-class Mercedes, Audi's A6 and the 5-series BMW and preferred Acura's RL to the Germans.

MG

5
MG on 06/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A very quiet car to drive and the Bose Stereo system is something to be heard. Incredible sound and with the quiet ride it makes the experience even more enjoyable. The navigation system, sat radio and other voice activated features are very easy to use and interface with. Cornering capability is tight and holds the road very well. At night the road is well eluminated by the adaptive headlight system.

Just a Sweet Toy

5
My Toy on 06/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was intending to get the Infinii M45/35 lexus GS330 or the Audi A6. This beats them all in all aspects. The SH-AWD is really awesome even in heavy downpour. This is the BEST.

Great driving experience so far

4.8
Prakash on 06/18/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After a lot of deliberations decided to go for RL instead of LS430(couldn't justify shelling out extra 15k for loaded LS). No regrets so far. Ride is superb as is the audio and SH-AWD. It has several high tech electronic gadgets and almost all of them are very easy to use. The interior is very luxurious.

My RL

5
Allen on 06/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this '05 RL just 2 months, but I love to drive it. Build quality is perfect and Honda has thought of most every comfort and luxury. This car is a very close match in handling, comfort and luxury to my former '02 BMW 530i - which was problem prone from day one.

Great Car

4.9
Jim Ferrari on 06/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love the car. Car is quick, comfortable and very well built. compliments from family and friends on my choice of the RT. Still working on the Nav system, and doubt that I will ever be able to use it to its full potential. Its still fun and it seems like I find something "new" everytime I drive the car.

RL the new "Legend"

5
Terry Hemeyer on 06/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been waiting for this car. I traded in my 94 Legend and couldn't be happier. My only wish is that they rename it and bring back the "Legend" name. I've always liked the "no add ons" "all included" aspects of the RL. It drives great with more power than I need. I'm still learning all the new high tech aspects and it is a challenge to not be distracted by the technology (messages, voice commands, etc) while driving. Since there aren't a lot of new RLs on the road yet I get quite a lot of attention and questions from interested people. All are impressed with its looks. I also drive an X5. The X5 is great for a weekly commute I do (523 miles) because its higher and I feel safer in it.

Great Car with some problems

4.5
Steve on 06/10/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I read up a lot about this car before I bought and have generally been very happy with it. However, about 2 mos after purchase, a rattle developed in the driver side dash. I have taken it to the dealership three times to have this corrected and they have yet to fix it permanently. They freely admit that this is a common problem with this new model and that the factory has no good fix for it. A $50K car should not have a problem like this. I like the way it handles and the overall comfort level. The voice activated system is "over the top" and generally unnecessary (there are more that 4 ways to adjust radio volume alone, why not just turn the knob?). The all wheel drive is great.

Best value in Luxury Sedan

4.9
Richard Winstead on 06/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This Acura is the fourth Acura in a row that I have owned or leased. When you compare the RL with the Lexus 430 the Acura beats it hands down in price and the quality is just as good if not better. The RL comes only one way, loaded and if you want all of these extras on a Lexus, the price just continues to climb. Did someone tell me the Lexus now has rear wheel drive? How antiquated! Give me the RL anyday!

My RL

5
Tom on 06/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I like this car so much that I feel like I should write to Acura and thank them for selling it to me!!!!!It is technologically "loaded" but still simple to operate. The Nav system, voice recognition, and xm radio are great. It also handles almost as well as a sports car without the bone jarring bumps.

Acura RL

4.9
jacks on 06/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A fun car to drive. Electronics great. Car handles very well with all wheel drive. Would not trade it for any other comparable car.

2005 rl

4.8
russo on 06/01/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Very well designed and excellent quality. Best factory sound system in the industry

VERY HAPPY WITH NEW ACURA

4.9
JEFF on 05/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This Acura RL replaced my BMW 745i. The ride in the Acura is comparable to the BMW---only the Acura is MUCH more reliable. I have had the Acura for 3 months. My BMW had been towed twice in the first three months!

Nice but not perfect

4.1
David on 05/28/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This care is really comfortable and has some great technology that could use just a bit of tweaking. Love the sound system. Mine came with loose battery cable, sunroof & door gasket damage, and a problem with the starter switch that left me stranded in my garage and still is not resolved after 3 visits to dealer. Bluetooth phone is great but not fully functional with Verizon phones. Turning radius a bit wide. Rear visibility is not terrible compared to other new models, but overall visibility is still a bit restricted. Lots of the features (auto door lock, displays, etc) are easily programmed to suit your prefs. Overall I love this car -- it's a pleasure to get in and drive somewhere!

Cool, Classy, and Fun

4.9
H. Zipper on 05/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

When I first picked my RL up I was a bit anxious about all the new technology, but after days of playing and asking questions I fell in love with my car. I feel like a female Bond in it. The handling is superior to my other vehicles including my Lexus. It's built strong but sleek. It gets lots of head turns at the gas pump.

2005 RL

4.8
BoSox on 05/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

As Fun a car to drive as I have ever owned. The only issue with it was when I went on vacation and the car sat for 2 weeks, it did not start. I was originally told that due to the amount of computers in this car, the draw on the battery was causing the problem. I did not buy it. After the second time it happened, the dealer said they found the problem and fixed it. We will see if the next time I park it for an extended period it starts.

cabin noise

3.8
tom abate on 05/26/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Although my wife and I have only 250 miles on the car, she really likes all the technology and the handling. My biggest complaint is the interior cabin road noise. Completely unacceptable in a $45,000 car. I am not sure why all the noise, but I have inquired with the dealership and am waiting for answers. I drive a 1994 Lexus LS 400 and was very surprised at the difference in the road noise between the cars

RL Topped My Nearly Purchased 2K5 MB

4.9
BillFinkRI on 05/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was just about to purchase my 3rd brand new MB when I accidentally ended up in the Acura dealer's parking lot. I was taking "that" drive to make that final purchase decision on the MB, but...the rest is history. There isn't any reason to purchase a Luxury sedan with half the features of the RL and at 1/3 a higher price. Compare the RL's features, size, and safety features against the MB "E" class. (Whoops, don't forget to look at the price tag after you do that.)

2005 Acura RL

4.9
Waltermac on 05/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We had a bad accident in the rain in an FWD performance car (Volvo S60). The car spun out of control when the front weels hydroplaned. RWD and AWD had to be considered for the next purchase. I tried a number of all wheel drive alternatives (Audi, Volvo, BMW) and the RL was the only one that didn't plow around corners at speed. The responsiveness of the RL to driver input is terrific, and the handling is better than a BWW or Mercedes, IMHO. I think the cars exterior style is much better than you can you can see in photos. In person it has a wonderful agressive stance. The interior is beautiful, and well assembled: no rattles, very quiet, very Lexus like.

RL Lover

5
Bob Adair on 05/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

As a former Acura TL owner I leased a 2004 Mercedes when I was ready for a new car because I didn't like the new shorter TL style and hated the old boxy RL. When the redesigned RL hit the market, I feel in love with the new sleeker RL body style and all of Acura's technology. It wasn't long before I was saying goodbye to my Mercedes and hello to a new RL. It's a dream to drive, has all of the amenities a driver could ask for, and at a very reasonable price. Before getting my new RL I considered another Mercedes and looked at the Lexus GS and for my money the RL beats them both. As soon as I drove my RL home I felt as if I had just put back on an old pair of comfortable slippers.

pimp ride!

4.9
love it on 05/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Powerful and very stylish. The ride could be a little smoother, but for all of the standard features that come with this car, it's worth it to feel a couple of bumps in the road. The interior finish is impeccable, and the seats are the most comfortable car seats that I have ever sat in. I test drove the RL, Audi A6, Lexus GS 400, and the Mercedes E-Class ... the RL was hands down the best value of the bunch, or else I wouldn't be driving it! It had all the same features of its competitors, yet the price is thousands less. I don't see this as a quality issue ... I think that since the car comes standard with everything, Acura can cut its costs by making just one car and get economies of scale. Bravo!

I LOVE THIS AUTOMOBILE

4.9
Jack Burke on 05/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have only owned auto for two months and every day I become more impressed. To begin with, it is a real "Head Turner" and it's luxurious white color with cashmere interior is truly striking. The technology package has to be the very best on the market, although I must admit it took some time to be able to put it all into effective use! But, it is time well spent. The Navigation, Boze Surround Sound, and Bluetooth systems are all outstanding. This is all topped off by the fantastic handling supplied by the All-Wheel Drive system. It is just a great automobile and a great price/performer, which I think far outdistances it's competitors (and I tried them all!) Edmunds low rating is a surprise.

Near Perfect Car 9.5 out of 10

4.9
Arthur M. on 05/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Handling The best I have experienced. I have not driven comparable G35 and E320 for longer then 30 minutes (test drive) nor, can I claim previous luxury car ownership. What I can say, however, is that entering a 120 degree, very sharp corner at 55 mph and exiting at 40 effortlessly impressed me, it impressed me even more, when the next morning I saw 15 mph speed limit on the same road coming from the opposite direction - I can only wonder why the sign was available only one way. Steering is extremely precise, the car goes EXACTLY where you point it, coupled with SH-AWD. Comparing that to my slightly wobbly jeep's steering - night and day.

First Acura

4.9
Jim Dobrzynski on 05/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The RL is a fun car to drive. The handling of the car is fantastic. The ride is very smooth and the acceleration is very responsive.

The Realtors vehicle of choice

5
Roberts on 05/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent comfort for ALL passengers! Plenty of leg room, quite and wonderful handling. All the power you will ever need! Beautiful interior design with just about everything "voice actuated!" The only negative thing I can say about the new RL is that the trunk space is a little too small for my "for sale" signs.

Love it all ... but the lights.

4.9
New Acura Owner on 05/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall an extremely attractive, well built, fun to drive automobile. Thoughtful in its design, seamless in its execution. Has almost every feature you would expect (and then some) for a car at this price point. Honda pedigree ensures car will be reliable for years to come. May not have the road panache of an MB (we had previously owned 2 E-Class MBs) but the features/technology beats MB (and BMW) hands down. Purchased the Lakeshore silver exterior...really sharp.

Lovin' my RL

4.8
Manuel Marquez on 05/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall, I think the car is wonderful. I have been impressed with the combination of technology and creature comforts. The Bose sound system is top- notch. I am enamored of the keyless access remote, the design of the dashboard and steering wheel, and the quality of the exterior finish. Less satisfying have been my experiences linking my new Bluetooth Treo 650 to the HandsFree Link System and the changeover to a new DVD for the Navigation system which "lost" my ability to get real-time traffic reports. My dealer will address the latter as soon as I get the car in for a review. Acura sent me an updated DVD disc, which I loaded. That was when the trouble with the traffic updates began.

Acura RL - Hidden Gem!

4.8
SoCalCarDude on 05/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I think that the Acura RL is a hidden gem amongst the $50k luxury sedans and that's all right by me! I like the exclusivity of driving my RL in the "OC".....the land of MB, BMW, Lexus and Audis. I test drove the RL and the MB back-to-back and felt more at home with the RL. It had the right blend of luxury and sport, a solid reputation for quality, the highest ranking for safety, and a laundry list of techno- features to keep me entertained during my commute to work. As for the looks, it has a conservative, classy style which I have grown to appreciate, especially after upgrading the wheels to the 18in Acura chromes and adding the deck-lid spoiler...my RL is looking mighty fine now!

Acura RL, the best choice in its class

5
Danny Martin on 05/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Since the purchase of my Acura RL I have enjoyed many miles of user friendly technology, and exhilerating performance. The Acura RL offers the best interior styling of any of its competitors hands down. The graceful lines of the dash are carried through into the trim throughout the cabin. The ride is exceptionally quiet and smooth with just enough feedback from the tires to make for a fun drive. The performance from their superior V6 engine is exceptional when coupled with the RL's advanced SH all-wheel-drive system. Also, the navigation system has been flawless, the voice recognition is precise, and the bluetooth interface for my cell phone is beautifully simple.

Excellent Geekmobile!

4.5
James Robinson on 05/08/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is an absolute joy! However, I will admit that the RL is not for everyone. It has more features for the price than any other car in its class. In some parts of the USA, you can get this car for close to invoice, which makes the price/features ratio even better. If you're a driving enthusiast, then the 5 series or Infiniti M might be your cup of tea. However, it you are a technophile who also like to drive, then the RL is for you! The audio system is phenomenal for standard equipment and the nav system is the most advanced I've experienced. "Super-Handling" All Wheel Drive might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does work well. The RL is definitely worth it!

Aside from the rattly suspension.....

3.9
Raja Bhat on 05/02/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

Sporty luxury sedan. Somewhat rough, choppy ride which perhaps is what it costs to get a tight, precise handling. Worrisome rattle from the suspension going over ruts and bumps, clearly audible at low speed. I have not heard of this problem from anyone else on this forum, however. Hope they can find the problem. Incredible array of electronic gadgetry; Onstar's phone system won't accept incoming calls, yet to be fixed. Sound system is superb, but XM satellite radio suddenly loses its memory of its presets. Would I buy this car again...yes, but if they can fix the rattle in the suspension. It is not becoming of a $50K Acura flagship car! I'd say this: always test drive car with radio off!

My First Luxury Performance Car

5
JJAcura on 04/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Driving the new RL almost from the moment of the first test drive for me was the culmination of an expectation that I have looked forward to over 20 plus years of Honda ownership. The 2005 RL represents the ultimate luxury performance car for me. I am satisfied. In some way it was like reaching a goal. (Now maybe my new goal will be moving beyond anything automotive related)

2005 Best Buy 6 cylinder

4.9
Sohan on 04/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Acura may not be able to out perform European competitors such as Jaguar, Mercedes, and BMW, but remember it is only a V6. The Acura is really in need of a V8 that can offer much more performance as its competitors. For a V6 though it outperforms many cars.

Like driving a Music Room

4.9
stevie b on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I moved from a 2000 A6 to the RL. The A6 may be a little tighter in handling but this is the best car I have ever owned in terms of value, handling, safety features, power, and above all the interior. The music system is like none I have ever heard. I think I may sleep in the seats and just listen to DVD-A's all night. Handling in the snow in New Hampshire was fabulous with the standard all season tires.

Want to drive!

4.6
John Mancini on 04/19/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Advanced Technology is everywhere in this car. What a fun car to drive. I moved up from a 2002 RL, which I enjoyed driving. The '05 RL is a different beast. The Audio is top shelf. Bluetooth technology is great allowing handfree cell phone use. Ride is great with excellent handling features and power to spare. I like the SH-AWD feature with the 300 hp. Not a family sedan (due to limited leg room in rear) nor in the same class as the MB S, BMW 6/7, or Lexus LS. But nor is the price. You can save yourself $20 - 40 k over`those other cars. It's amazing Acura placed so much new technology into the new RL with such a modest price increase over the 'old' RL.

Has it ALL - best value on the road

5
Bob D on 04/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Picked up my RL 2 weeks ago... first impressions - the SH 4WD is the real deal. I just came out of a C5 after 6 years of ownership.. this RL handles incredibly on the curves at high speeds. The build quality is superb. I've had 2 legend coupes in the 90's and an RL and this one is by far the best quality Acura has ever produced. The best combination of power, fun 4-wheel drive, super dependability, style and great dealer support. Seats are terrific and the car is as quiet as any Lexus I've ever been in - but this car doesn't isolate the driver - the steering gives you great feedback while being both quick and light. The stereo is THE BEST OEM UNIT I'VE EVER HEARD in a car.

Pretty Awesome

4.9
Phil on 04/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Handles very well, nice power. Also very luxurious and a smooth quiet ride.

Superb car except for choppy ride

4
Raja Bhat on 04/10/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I've got 2000 miles in now. Great car overall, AWD gives confidence on wet roads. Handling is very precise. But tight handling comes at a price: a rough, choppy ride, disappointing for Acura's flagship car. Electronics including GPS navigation, superb Bose sound system with fully integrated satellite radio, are grand. Has a disconcerting rattle in potholes.

Acura RL at 500 miles

5
nyuboy23 on 04/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car, by far the best value in its class. Acceleration slow at start due to its low torque, but from 30-100mph it is comparable to the bmw 540 (my old car). Excellent interior design, all wheel drive system makes it turn like a European car... excellent handling at high speed... excellent design

Ecstatic About My New Car

5
Bruce H on 03/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After researching and driving the German cars in this class, I had no problem picking the '05 RL as my new car. It has everything the Germans have plus the reliability that they don't. Handling and the comfort of luxury features are as good as any other car available, and my family feels safe and secure no matter what the weather or road conditions.

Lux-ride

4.8
Merrit on 03/27/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I picked up the car and at once felt comfortable and secure. On the highway home was at 80 MPH and didn't feel a thing. Handles like a dream and on curves the SHAWD is GREAT. Learning the voice commands takes a little time but worht it . Best car in the market segment for the money.

big bang for the buck

5
3rdrcn on 03/25/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven a lot of different vehicles from Cadillac to Jaguar and this vehicle is all around one of the vehicles that is most fun to drive. It is a great trade off for the gas mileage and creature features.

Best of the Best

5
Robert Durso on 03/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Went from a BMW 760LI to the 2005 Acura RL. The Acura although smaller (didn't get it for the people in the back anyway) is just as comfortable. It's also quicker and you can't beat the all wheel drive. The nav computer and bose sound system is better in the Acura.

2005 Acura RL

4.8
Bob Martel on 03/20/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

An excellent four-wheel drive medium-sized luxury vehicle that will give BMW and Mercedes a run for their money.

RL

4.8
Mark Shedrofsky on 03/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car. The interior is fabulous, the exterior could look a bit more elegant. With all wheel drive the car handles incredibly well. XM Radio and hands free Blue tooth phone capability is great. Using the voice commands to adjust almost anything is nice, especially in bad weather, when you don't want to take your eyes off the road to adjust a dial.

Best Acura Yet

5
kwaidoi on 03/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is what the flagship of the brand should be like. Great car to ride or drive. Great traffic information and sound system. An A+++. Cannot say enough.

Love it

4.9
Grenouille on 03/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love everything, the car is not perfect - but it is very close. It is not super sporty - but then it is not meant to be. It is a well-rounded, safe, comfortable luxury sedan with an excellent stereo. (Not a kid’s boom box – instead high quality sound is stressed.) Love the AWD in the winter, can do amazing things with the VSA turned off, or ultra safe with it on.

Roberto's review.

4.9
Roberto on 03/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is a pleasure to drive. Its acceleration and movements are excellent. Very comfortable interior with easy to use controls. The voice activation system requires some practice, though, but works fine. Excellent audio system. And the price is competitive when you compare it to the BMW 530.

Third Time's A Charm

5
Bob on 03/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my third Acura product and it is the best yet! It is a luxurious, high performance ride with enough high tech equipment to keep any gadget freak happy. I love this car!!

2005 Acura RL

5
Ron Bowness on 03/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I live in a very snow ridden area and this vehicle is amazing in the snow, my driveway is on a grade and I live on top of a big hill, no Problem.

Solid Buy

4.6
tom on 03/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

First automatic in 35 years (last car was BMW 528). Shift paddles are good, but would prefer clutch and a good six-speed. That said, this is a fine, fine car. Handles very well at speed. Put 6500 miles on it in first two months without a complaint. Fit and finish are superb.

MY RL

4.9
mark esswein on 03/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the vehicle is incredibly a lot of fun to drive, handles well, excellent in all all driving conditions, had alot of fun driving in the snow this winter. it is just a great car to drive,

Solid

4.9
osc on 03/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Car feels very solid. Power is adequate. Would like to see a hybrid version. This is my third Acura and this one is definitely the best.

HAPPY

5
WILLIAM VAN ALEN on 03/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the best car I've ever driven. It holds the road better and driving at night is a joy. The navigation system works like a dream and the transmission is like silk in changing gears almost seamlessly.

2005 Acura RL

5
Paul on 03/09/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my Acura RL two months ago and love it. I read the owner's manual twice to learn all the features of the car. Handles good and wonderful brakes.

one happy customer

5
lance boswell on 03/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Not only does the Acura RL do what I expected but it exceeds my expectations in just about every catagory. It accelerates faster, corners better, is more striking inside and out than I ever imagined. With all these pluses, after putting in synthetic oil, I now get nearly 28 mpg highway. Not bad for a car that goes from 0-60 in 6 seconds. Also, just wait until you get to Dallas/Ft Worth or one of 20 or so more covered metro areas and the nav system interacts with XM radio to reroute you around bottlenecks on the major highways. Out of sight!!!!!

My 4th Acura, and by far the best

4.9
Bill on 03/04/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the RL one month ago after doing some research on the new GS300 AWD, the M35 AWD, and having test driven for extended times the A8, E500 4-matic, etc. I must say that the performance times in the Edmunds review could be misleading. In a month, I've noticed the engine start to "free up." Owned 7 Acura/Hondas, and every one starts out really tight. My acceleration seems to improve every day. The handling-cornering is incredible. The SH-AWD system actually allows the car to overstear slightly right a RWD car, although not nearly as pronounced when you get on the gas. I could not imagine considering any other luxury AWD car. I traded by 04 TL for this car-and the RL is far superior

A Fine Automobile All Around

5
San Diego Bruce on 03/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been driving my '05 RL just over a month now, and am totally pleased with everything about it. My family feels safe and secure in it, and it's been the car to drive here in So. Cal. during our wet, rainy winter. It is by far the best car I've ever driven at night, because of the excellent headlights and overall handling. It's very quick, so I really have to watch my speed to keep it legal. The interior is quiet,luxurious, and supremely comfortable, and the Bose audio is awesome. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a long-term relationship with a world class machine. If you're an enthusiast, this is your car. I can't wait to drive it again today.

Honda build, Value Leader

4.8
j read on 02/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The NEW RL 3.5 is a HUGE move in the right direction for Honda's premium line. When considering an E-350 M/B4-Matic, or the BMW-530, the RLs build and content wins, hands down. This car was a BEAR in the 10" snow we had in January. Who needs a 'gasguzzling' SUV, when you can have this much performance and luxury for around 50 large. Sure it doesn't have the cachet that its German rivals have, but then again it doesn't have their "problems" either! For me, it's not ALL about 'bang for thebuck', it's about performance, quality,and luxury. To my mind the 05 RL 3.5 has it all. Did I mention "Japanese Build Quality" ??

Love My RL

4.9
FredPhiPsi on 02/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am a car buff and an Audi junkie. My last 7 cars have been Audi A6's or it's equivalent (i.e. 100, 5000). When I decided to buy the RL I was hoping I would not suffer Audi separation distress. No problem. The RL is a joy to drive. It is geared so well, I never use the auto stick which I used 100% of the time when driving the A6. The radio is the best I have ever heard in an automobile. The ride is a perfect blend between sporty responsiveness and comfort. Steering is awesome with good feedback from the road and great on-center control. Seating is extremely comfortable. I am a Realtor and the NAV system is the best I have ever used. The all wheel drive is the best out there.

High Tech Heaven

5
JOVI on 02/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is everything I expected and more. Smooth silky performance, luxury feel at every touch, and as much fun as a sport sedan can offer. I was waiting for the M35 AWD to launch but saw my Redondo Red RL and fell in love.

Jimbo's car

4.5
Jim Brody on 02/08/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The carhandles well. The gas mileage is not what I expected, much less about 15 mpg.The Navigation system is great but hard to learn.

First Blush

4.8
Big D on 02/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far I'm satisfied. It does what I expected. (My third Acura) However I am a little concerned/puzzled about the "throttle by wire" feature. I don't know if it's a characteristic of the system, or there is a fuel injection problem. When I nudge the accelerator the vehicle hesitates, almost as if one snubed the brake, before it moves forward. I'd appreciate reading about others' experience in this regard.

Spectacular!!!!!

4.9
San Diego Owner on 02/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

You will never want to drive anything else once you involve yourself with this vehicle!! It is comfort at it's best and performs beautifully!! The interior design features are well thought out. The real time traffic display on the navigation system is very helpful as well as the ability to us voice to operate. It is easy to use too! XM Satellite radio is awesome too. The Acuralink website is the greatest asset for maintaining your vehicle and handling your pymts, scheduling appts, etc. The is simply the best!

Options of a Benz at half the price!

4.9
Dr Julian Greco on 01/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall this car is an excellent upgrade to the old dog RL. The all wheel drive is spectacular! We just got a foot of snow in NE PA and this car went through drifts like an SUV. The stability control makes winter driving less worrisome! The 300 hp is not the aggressive hp you will find in sports cars, however, it will acceletare you off the stop light well ahead if it's competitors. At highway speeds, the 300 hp is at its best. Just push the throttle and you are doing 90 MPH before you know it. The interior has all of the technological equipment needed to keep you ammused. The nav system and audio controls are very easy to use and feel natural.

First rate car - fun to drive

4.8
ADLEY CLARKE on 01/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Audio is first class with superior sound. Speed, cornering, braking is excellent. Comfortable seating with ease of locating dials and knobs to operate this vehicle. Hands free phone linking along with a superb GPS system. Overall this is the car of the year. Well done Acura, you guys have exceeded my highest expectations.

Very Nice Car but a little bland

4
NG on 01/22/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Nice car, good value for money, very nice interior. Peppy V6

Acura's Real Luxury

4.9
Jim Blazer on 01/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The RL (Real Luxury) is just that. A great auto to drive and beats all the competition in it's price range. The Ulitmate Driving Machine isn't a Beemer. It's an RL!

Replaced my BMW 528

4.5
Tom Curry on 01/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased a new 2005 TL (6 spd) in November to replace a '98 BMW 528 (5sp) (that had reached 125,000 miles with repair bills to match). The TL turned out too small with too much front wheel torque steer; thus, the new RL in December. Very impressed with fit and finish. Overall performance is just fine (I do a lot a higher speed open road driving); the handling is much better with none of the TL's torque steer. I spend about 3 hrs per day in the car. Only problem in first 1,000 miles is a non-performing CD player, and that's about to be repaired. The rest of the audio system is great. The mileage is less than I would like; about 5 mpg less than the old BMW.

Extremely Satisfied

4.9
bawl on 01/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

For over a year I've been evaluating luxury sedans. I've driven them all with the exception of the Infiniti M - personal distaste. I found that the RL's combo of aesthetics, features, reliability (yet unproved, but it's a Honda)and performance left the competition (530, E, new A6, GS) far, far behind. The throttle response is superior to that of any of those mentioned, and though I really liked the ride of the 530 w/ sport package, the RL's is very competitive. The interior is as plush and finished as the E, GS and A6, but better conceived than all. I didn't like the 5's inside. It's much more handsome in person than in any of the PR pics. 10 of 11 most unreliable cars are Euro.

Honest and thorough review

4.6
victorCA on 01/07/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is one unbelievable automobile. It is probably one of the most technologically advanced vehicles out there! However, I expected much better acceleration for a 300hp car!! My cousin's TL feels much faster. Handling is also a couple notches below the German vehicles, but overall very good. Ride and comfort are great and it is very quiet, though not as quiet as my friend's LS 430. Seats are ultra comfy, and interior materials are first class!

So far, just worries

3.6
AcuraRLBlue on 01/06/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

My 2005 RL came with diagnostic codes indicating problems with the AWD and emission systems. The dealership just deleted the codes and explained that it was just "temporary codes" for other issues. This is hardly assuring, and further inquiries to the sales person/his service manager are being ignored. No one should be expected to have to worry about a $50K+ car. To be fair, the car is fun to drive, and my rating is "temporary" in nature until I get to the bottom of what it really means to have these diagnostic codes. If there were real problems with my car that were ignored by the dealership before handing the car over to me, I expect the dealership and Acura to make it right.

A True Flagship

5
Travis on 01/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 2005 RL is without a doubt the TRUE FLAGSHIP of the Acura Line..finally a competent successor to the Acura Legend ..since discontinued... Unbelievable sound system...wonderful handling..elegant cabin..and amendities which are endless.. Once you sit in this NEW RL...you wont want to get out...worth giving a spin for sure....

Great ride

4.9
mike on 01/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Like riding on clouds. Very quiet interior with super sound system, esp the DVD audio. Great handling and power, esp with the paddle shifters. Fit and finish are perfect. Navigation is intuitive.

The best car on the market

5
Dean Primavera on 01/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I personally can't find a thing wrong with it. I would say it's the best car purchase I have ever made. everything from the handling to the keyless entry is phenomenal!

Don't Hesitate

5
DocK on 12/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We own only four-wheel-drive vehicles ('95 Jeep, '00 Passat, '04 Tahoe). By far, this is the best 4/AWD vehicle we have owned, but... in automatic mode, the car tends to stay in first gear a bit too long. The car does not drive like a front-wheel-drive vehicle but I have noticed a small amount of front and slide when I make a hard turn from a standstill on wet pavement. My Passat did not. The interior layout is very sensible for the basic features but it takes several hours to figure out all of the intricacies and take full advantage of the technology on board. Without the monstrously large Britax child seats in the rear seats, we could easily fit five. With them, only 4/small 5th.

A lot of value for the $$$

5
David on 12/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a wonderful automobile - nice ride, good power, luxurious. I've driven an Audi A6 for six years and test drove the new 2005 model. The Acura RL has it beat in all but a few features.

What a car - How much fun!!

4.9
JMC on 12/22/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

First car I decided to buy brand new, got it with 11 miles. I'm very fortunate to have gotten such a great car for my first buy. Its just a fun car to drive and I feel proud to own one. Dont miss out on this car - you wont regret it for a second!!!

Outstanding automobile

5
steven on 12/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is one outstanding car; must be DRIVEN to be appreciated. I love the attention that was paid to the technology in the car--very impressive and enjoyable.

Awesome new RL

5
Exum on 12/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The new RL is significantly beyond expectation, and the expectations were quite high. Handling is awesome, exceleration outstanding, and the interior features....banging!

Performance

5
Kevin M. Kraft, Sr. on 12/20/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I think that BMW needs to change their slogan regarding the BMW being the Ultimate Driving Machine. Apparently they haven't driven the new 2005 Acura RL. This is my 3rd Acura RL and this car is completely redesigned. The handling and ride of this car has far exceeded my past RL's.

1200 Miles and Happy

4.5
FlyBye on 12/20/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is a great value for the money. This car has the best paint job around (body is hand sanded before paint). The acceleration of 6.7 seconds to 60 is fine for day to day driving. Brakes are good but a bit "grabby" when nearing to a complete stop. Tech features such as navigation, XM Radio, Voice Control, etc. are awesome! The RL has to have one of the best factory sounds systems on the road-especially when playing DVD- A in 5.1 channel surround. Interior ergonomics are excellent overall. This car just fits in every way. The steering wheel mounted shift paddles are too slow for me however. I added the color coded mud flaps and spoiler. To top it off, AWD and 5 star safey rating.

Does the Acura Link really work?

5
Gerry on 12/17/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is great! I enjoy the voice commands, the power and stability. The navigation and futuristic dash make driving fun. It really holds the turns.

Acura RL

4.8
Rocker on 12/16/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is awesome. It has all of the gadgets. It takes turns like a dream.

in time revamp

5
greg on 12/16/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Awesome handling,smooth ride with all the creature comforts.

So close, but still great

4.6
spclst on 12/03/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A great overall car. Trunk is a bit small and I wish the rear seat folded down since space is already limited, but it is what it is. I can't understand why the radio can't display the CD (especially a DVD-A) info with song names, etc. And the FM RDS which is pretty standard nowadays is also missing....hmmmm? Oh, and why the heck did Acura change the lug and hub pattern of this car so that I can't get any aftermarket rims until the wheel manufacturers catch up to the new layout.... But, overall, I love the car. I guess nothing is perfect.

Redondo Red P

5
BobB on 12/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

An excellent auto with well thought out features for road trips and finding places in the big city (Chicago). XM is wonderful and AM/FM just as fine. CD player works well and 6 cd's a time is great. Fit and finish on par with MB and Lexus if not better. Navigation feature the best I have ever seen and even got me out of a traffic circle. Ride smooth, acceleration good and quite adequate for an ex-Suburban driver. Would recommend to anyone who wants a higher end auto.

A well designed car!

4.8
Sam on 12/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a very well designed car. SH-AWD is awesome, I can take corners @ 50MPH and the tires don't even squeak! The interior design is the reason I got the car. I really want a NAV, my previous car had one (driving in Boston without a NAV has a large impact on the stress level). The NAV in the RL is the best in the market. It is simple to operate, very informative and the voice command is actually usable and in some cases better than hand input.

2005 acura rl

5
cjhash on 12/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This one has it all- power, comfort, good mileage, and full of techie gadgets. Comes with michelin tires though the spare is Bridgestone (have to buy as much as possible from the home country!). Great warranty includes roadside assistance including airfare if needed. A better buy than the Lexus which is cost inflated by the name.

Great car for work

5
rlpearl2005 on 12/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great Car! I've had this for over 6 weeks now with close to 3000 miles. Not a single issue so far. Reminds me of my 92 Legend that had no problem outside of the routine maintanence. I love my drive to work now that I have live traffic updates to avoid the jams and SH-AWD for some fun on the twisty roads.

Better on paper

3.9
PVTK on 12/02/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Feels like a frontwheel drive vehicle; out of touch-cannot tell when the vehicle is at the limits. The weight distribution is biased toward the front, exacerbating the front wheel drive feeling. If you have only driven front wheel drive vehicles, you will love this car. If you have driven A BMW, or Infiniti GS you will be disappointed. (Wife's vehicle, she loves it. Drove a Camry before the RL).

greatest car I have ever owned

5
hohoho on 12/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have back problemand this car is the most comfortable I have ever driven, I feel safe with the heaviness of the vehicle and it is fun to drive. It perform much better than my last car which was an IS 300 lexus which had a lot of power and no heft so that it was all over the road in any kind of bad weather...The RL perfoms great in snow and wet roads...I will always enjoy this car and the bells and whistles are fun and the navagation system is something that I would never live without again...the car drives like a dream.

1st Car I've Loved

5
dcowan on 12/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had a lot of cars that I've liked a lot - 1st Cutlass, 1st Toronado, 1st Jeep, 1st Aurora, 1st Lincoln LS, 1st Lexus SUV - this is the 1st car I thoroughly love. It is a "gadget" lover's dream. The power, the ride, the engineering are all superb.

RL after a month of driving

4.8
malibuflyer on 12/01/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car has proved to be what I expected. Responsive, comfortable and quite. The sound system is great. The technology is fine but will still take a while to learn. At the start, it is distracting to use but i expect once I use it for awhile it will become second nature. I am quite disappointed with the lack of co-ordination between Acura, the cell phone manfuctures and service providers. At the moment I won't buy the only bluetooth phone offered by Verizon because of software glitches. Bluetooth was an important part of why I wanted this car. Acura needs to take the lead in co-ordinating the implementation of bluetooth. Just too many players with different agendas.

Love my 05 RL

4.8
nebraskaguy on 12/01/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love nearly everything about this car. It's fun to drive and very comfortable on long drives. After a minor, but scary accident with my 99 RL (I spun out on a wet curve), I feel much safer with the SH-AWD. Even on dry curves, I can feel the difference in handling as the outside rear wheel kicks in extra power. The stereo and XM radio are awesome. In fact, the XM is so great I'm not sure I'll ever listen to CDs again in the car. The seat support is great - you're really held tight as you fly around curves (though some stockier people might find them too confining). Even though I fell in love with the styling the first time I saw it in person, it's not that exciting - I still love it!

Awesome Acura RL

4.9
TexasKSU on 11/27/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have had TL for three years. Very happy with it. Stopped by dealer on lark to see new RL, was blown away. Now own one. Most impressive technological device ever exposed to. Will take a while to learn all the things it does and will tell me. Outstanding design, performance, convienence, styling. Bose 5.1 Dolby sound is unbelievable. Car is extremely safe and drives like race car or limosine, your choice. So much more car for the money than it's piers that you almost don't mind paying sticker which is what they hold you to. Love the car and look forward to a road trip. Can't rave enough, you must check out this car before doing any other shopping.

WOW!!!!

4.8
Cheapclock on 11/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

First of all, this is the third Acura I have purchased in three years. I love the overall value for your dollar that Acura offers in their vehicles, so this may sound more than a bit biased. My first Acura, now my Wife's, is a 2002 TL S-type. My second Acura, which I traded in for the 2005 RL, was a 2004 RL. So my review starts with the observation that the 2005 RL is the combination of everything that is great about my other Acura vehicles. They have combined the sportiness and responsiveness of the TL S-type with the comfort and stability of the old RL, and then applied a liberal dose of steroids. It is hands down the best, most fun to drive, technology packed, car I have ever driven

SH-AWD Problem

3.3
jsato on 11/17/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

I've been waiting for this car for months. All the gadgets in the car work well. Fit and finish is excellent. With all the anticipation, I really want to love the car. I am pretty conservative, so the somewhat bland styling is okay with me. My friend thought I got the new Accord! The driving performance is big improvement over my older Acura. However, my car is in the shop right now getting the SH-AWD system worked on. All the warning lights lits up during the first week I had it. The rear tires felt very jerky. Let's hope it's an isolated incident and that they get it repaired. The TSX loaner is not even close.

Short, but oh so sweet...

5
David Snyder on 11/15/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far this car has been a dream...wonderful to drive, well crafted, attractive - inside and out, etc.

RL outshines each car in this segment

4.9
readyformyRL on 11/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had the RL for almost a month and the car is amazing, so many features and the ride is wonderful. The XM Radion/Nav, Bluetooth, Voice activated navigation, all are amazing, the ride comfort and quality are second to none. The car is smooth, strong, athletic and luxurious, the versatility is amazing especially with SH-AWD. I am completely satisfied with my purchase.

Great Car

5
RxM on 11/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After owning an A6-2.7T for the past three years, I can say that the RL has surpasses the A6 in virtually every category. I was prepared to buy a new A6, but after comparing the luxury features of both, I went with the RL and haven't regretted it for a minute. (honestly I also had a tough time with the big nose on the Audi).

Good alternative to Lexus

4.8
Bertrand 2 on 11/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My other car is a 2004 Lexus LS430 which I like so much I thought of buying a second, until I drove the RL. RL is a little nicer inside (design), sportier (handles much better), and a little more high tech feeling. The Lexus is quieter (despite the active sound dampening) and quicker and more responsive below 3500 rpm (320 ft/lbs). The Acura feels much stronger in the 4500-6500 range and the engine really likes to rev (unlike the Lexus V8 that loves to high idle around town). Even stepping out of the smoothest quietest car on the road (the LS 430), the RL feels very smooth, slick, quiet & sporty all at the same time. For $49K, it is also a steal!

Great Overall Car

5
aclc on 11/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have found the new RL to be a pleasure to drive. The technology is outstanding, with Voice Control that is superb. You can control the Nav system, Climate Control system, Radio, Information screens and Bluetooth enabled phones WITHOUT removing your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road. The interior is well laid out. Controls are located logically, where you expect them to be. The halogen headlights with the adaptive front lighting system and fog lights produce excellent night visibility. No more fumbling with a remote, since the Keyless Access System does all the work for you. I do a fare amount of driving and enjoy every minute of it behind the wheel of my RL.

so far so good

4.5
goGBP on 11/13/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

very happy with my purchase. this is a solid, super-handling vehicle. i test drove bimmers, audis, and have a c- class. This car is better than those vehicles. And the telematics are just a bonus. Looking forward to getting the AWD in the snow.

A great tech package!

4.9
Mon Premier Acura on 11/12/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's the real deal! From the user friendly interior controls to the tech- gadgets, it is first class. The car is very responsive and handles extremely well. I have been pleasantly surprised by the large number of people who have complimented favorably on the appearance of the RL. I thought that the car was attractive, but I did not expect total strangers to tell me it looks fantastic. If you are looking for luxury, but want the feel and ride of a sports car, the RL will do the trick.

World-Class Automobile

4.9
robert.wilson on 11/12/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The RL epitomizes automotive excellence! Silky, solid and smooth best describes it. The handling is incredible as demonstrated by its agility and immediate responsiveness. The ergonomics are text book perfect as evidenced by the size and placement of the Nav system screen and center stack controls. Quality materials abound, nice touches such as electric rear and manual side window shades impress. Voice activated controls actually work and seem magical. It's performance/power is strong! It is without question, IMO, the - "best in class". I have no regrets or buyers remorse. It exudes luxury and elegance - it just feels so good! Highly recommended!

It has set a new Standard for Luxury

5
AcuraGirl on 11/10/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It has set a new standard for Luxury. When you look at the price of any of the cars in its class and the price tag that goes along with them, why spend more when everything is standard in the RL and it has so many more amazing features like the Real time traffic, DVD Audio, Active Front Lighting system and especially Super Handlind Rear Wheel drive..nothing else touches it! There is so much value here, and talk about fun to drive!

Thumbs up (pretty much)

4.6
Isaac Litchfield on 11/01/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you are looking for a 50,000 car that won't turn heads, the new RL is for you. even in the dealers lot you'll have a hard time telling the Rl from acura's lineup. Get inside though and the fun begins, actually even before I got into the car the keyless entry thing is way cool (no more fumbling for keys). the interior design is very sensible and pleasing to the eye, the nav is great (i'm coming from a 01 mdx) and this rl nav blows it away. The power and confidence of this machine is awesome, pull away from a traffic light and watch people on the side shaking their head asking each other "what was that". my only problem is finding a comfortable position,(coming from a suv)

This RL rocks!

4.8
hmcelmur on 10/30/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you're technically challenged, this is not the car for you. But if you love technology and use it, you're gonna love the voice activated technological advances this car offers. By voice one can control the gps system, bluetooth phone, temperature control, audio control and OnStar. Once you figure out how to work everything you never need take your hands from the wheel or your eyes from the road. It corners like the BMW I test drove - maybe better. I think I'm in love!

Worth your money

4.9
Rehman on 10/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

1) All wheel drive. Handles great in curves. 2)Amazing sound system 3)Terrific real time traffic 4)Luxurious interior 5)AMazingly quite ride Acura has a car that is safe and relible in the winter. With all the luxuries I want in a sedan

Black on black - what a ride!

4.9
JLK on 10/27/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the third RL/Legend I have owned from new. I owned my previous RL for 7 years and didn't even replace a lightbulb; my previous Legend had a similar track record. If you are looking for a European style, throw you back in your seat acceleration along with significant tail pipe effect, this car isn't for you - it is silky smooth and it out performs my wife's 2004 Volvo T5 Wagon automatic (barely) - you just don't know it until you look at the speedo and realize the scenery is moving by very quickly, thank you. Quiet! When you push it the unique all wheel drive that transfers torque from left to right almost feels like you are being sucked around a corner. Great ride! Enjoy.

A Mountain Climber

4.6
Ron Abate on 10/26/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Quiet, smooth-running car with sufficient power. I drove it up a narrow, twisting, dirt road to the summit of a 1,750 ft. mountain (Mt. Riga, Salisbury, CT). Traction and stability were outstanding - even on the steepest grades. Highly recommended!

Thank you Acura

4.6
corplhicks on 10/25/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wow, what a car this is. Acura nailed the midize luxury sedan market on the head. Exterior is nicely sculpted, especially the mid and rear quarters-- the front is classic Honda. The interior materials are solid and of high quality. Ergonomics and comfort are great. A tremendously vast computer system is programmed EASILY thanks to smart design. The ride is solid, pickup and power to pass and just plain feel acceleration are great. Reliability is unknown yet as its so new but given HONDA/ACURA reliability, it should be first rate!

Very Pleased

4.8
wes may on 10/25/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the first car I can really say is FANASTIC. I certainly did not have to settle for less this time as everything I could want is included&at a fair price! A winner for sure!

Best of the Best

4.9
HAPPY RL OWNER on 10/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is nothing short of a dream car—a dream car that you can buy. It's performance is well above the comparable V6 Mercedes, Audi, and BMW competition and it exudes quality all around. The interior is spectacular and the exterior draws looks and questions from strangers everywhere I go. No one builds cars better than Acura these days, at least not for this kind of money. Thrilled with my purchase!

A Class Automobile

5
HoustonGuy1 on 10/23/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is like the all-around winner in Olympic gymnastics: it isn't the best in any give category (BWM: slightly more nimble, perhaps; Lexus: More plush; MB: more brawny), but it's the all-around winner in that it does doesn't nothing wrong, and almost every as right as any other car in its class. The fact that it's less than comparably equipped cars speaks to its value. There can be no buyer's remorse with this car.

my acura

5
b ferreira on 10/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this is our 5th acra 6th coming up as i just viewed the 2005 and loveeeeeeeeeeeee it! we find it a great driving car- very good on gas- very comfortable-- great all around performance

Acura the luxury of the future

5
Brieee on 10/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

a very good car


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