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Acura RL 2012
The second-generation Acura RL is very pleasant, but wasn't quite luxurious enough to justify its $50,000 as-new price tag. The 300-hp V6 engine delivers strong performance and decent fuel economy, impressive given the standard all-wheel-drive. A six-speed transmission arrived for 2011. Handling and ride quality is sound but doesn't measure up to equivalent German sports sedans; a 2009 update helped some on both fronts. Stability control is standard. Interior noise is relatively hushed, especially for a Honda product. Cabin fit and finish is impeccable, and the front seats are supremely comfortable. However, for such a large car, rear seat space is snug; the smaller Acura TL has almost as much interior room. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking was optional beginning in 2006, making the RL one of the first cars to offer this safety technology.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $13,075 - $14,300 $9,845 - $10,995
2011 $10,600 - $11,075 $7,515 - $7,965
2010 $8,925 - $9,500 $5,960 - $6,510
2009 $7,800 - $8,225 $4,910 - $5,310
2008 $6,825 - $7,075 $3,995 - $4,245
2007 $5,975 - $6,225 $3,195 - $3,445
2006 $5,475 $2,730
2005 $5,050 $2,330
Acura RL 2004
Consider Acura's flagship RL sedan to be a good choice for those who prefer their luxury cars on the humble and understated side. It shares its front-wheel-drive platform with the Honda Accord and Acura TL. While quiet, spacious, and refined, the RL has always trailed its German competitors in performance. The 3.7-liter V6 and five speed automatic make for a smooth and sophisticated powertrain, but acceleration is modest compared to V8-powered rivals. Handling is competent but don't mistake the RL for a fun-to-drive sports sedan. On the other hand, the ride is quiet and composed, and fit and finish are impeccable. Controls are simple to use, including the touchscreen navigation system. Front seats are very supportive and comfortable but rear seat headroom is snug for tall adults. A 2005 redesign debuted in early 2004.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $4,375 $1,760
2003 $3,925 $1,405
2002 $3,325 $1,095
2001 $3,125 $930
2000 $3,000 $830