some of us here at RTM, it's a marvel that the sleepy RL luxury sedan continues
to sell next to Acura's bargain-priced, equally powerful TL sibling. After all,
the stellar TL is nearly identical in size, and is laden with lots of luxury features
and a $10K-lower base price.
what does the RL have that justifies such a premium? Well, objectively speaking,
not a whole lot, save an anti-skid system as well as standard connection to GM's
nifty OnStar system. Then again, both of those feature are available on the TL
as options, so again, what gives? Well, subjectively speaking, the RL is undeniably
a better luxury car, going about its tasks in a more relaxed, more isolating manner.
It is a thoroughbred luxury vehicle, not pretending to be a sport sedan, but fully
intending to coddle its occupants with high-quality leather, rich wood and loving
the RL is a competent 225-hp V-6 powering the front wheels via a four-speed automatic
transmission. There's no V-8 available, nor is there a five-speed automatic or
a manual-shifting automatic. However, the standard setup is so good that it begs
the question; why would you want such frivolities? Truly, only the most aggressive
of drivers will find fault with the RL under the hood.
standard niceties include Xenon
lights, traction control, front and rear automatic climate control and side air
bags. As for options, there's only one: a Navigation System that continues to
stand out on account of the intuitive operation of its touch-screen setup. Prices
are $43,150 for the RL, $45,150 for the RL with Navigation.