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.