Used 1996 Acura RL 3.5 Premium Sedan Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

1996 Acura Rl - Consumer Reviews

1996 Acura RL Sedan

Average Consumer Rating

10 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific RL model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
My first car, drove it 2 years...
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Joel
on

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought this car two years ago as my first vehicle ever. Spent $5000, and it had 150,000 miles on it (or was it 125?). Whatever the case, I now have 172,000 on it, and the AC still works. The man I bought it from had kept it immaculate - even the engine was clean. I ended up with some body damage in the rear, but drove it several thousand more miles. The only problem is in the power steering, now... there's a leak that reached a peak, and I would have to pay $600 to replace the part/ seals. That would certainly be worth it for a car with this much comfort/power and life left in it, if it weren't for the $3000 body damage. Moving on to a Civic for better mpg, and less miles on it


Favorite Features

Very comfortable seats, soft, but supportive, memory seat, good automatic AC that doesn't kill engine, timeless interior design that ages better than similar year Accords, etc. Powerful engine, easily gets you out of tight spots, and rockets you in a way that is surprising for a 2 ton car.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage. I drive entirely city in LA now, and get around 16-18mpg. Premium, at $4.98 earlier this summer was painful. TURNING RADIUS. This car became frustrating and undrivable after moving to LA. Designed to fly FORWARD, but floats in the turns. Very, very boat-like turning. Horrid drive.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

where's the money
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By white ghost
on

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


Review

Simply the best vehicle I've ever owned. An oil change every thousand miles followed by scheduled maintainece. Never a major problem, but, he's getting old and it's time for something alittle newer.


Favorite Features

Heated seats, a steering wheel radio controls.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Best 122k Mileage Car I Have Purchased
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Gentle Ben
on

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


Review

I purchased this 1996 RL with 122K. Took it to McCall Acura to check it out before I purchased it and the car check out like it was new. I haven't had one problem with it since I purchased it unlike my 2001 Infiniti Q45. If you are looking for a nice preowned luxury car then the Acura RL is the only ticket as far as I am concerned.


Favorite Features

Very spacious, lots of power, silky ride, very reliable, navigation system is flawless, Bose sound system is excellent.


Suggested Improvements

None


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Hard to believe!!!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Dan Klug
on

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


Review

I would never consider a car with so many miles on it... however. I drove it home. Looked at the Volvo, C Series Mercedes, Lexus 300. This car is outstanding. The quietest car I have ever drove. Simple yet luxurious styling. excellent seats. I can't believe I waited so long to consider an Acura.


Favorite Features

Ride, Climate Control, Fit and Finish.


Suggested Improvements

Better located fuel door release, Full size spare,


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Love it!!!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By bpddaddy
on

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


Review

Hesitantly purchased the car with 99K on it. It's been great ever since. The ABS hum is questionable, however, the ride is unreal at the age. The wife and I fight over who's going to drive it. Repair parts are very high. Spark plugs ($11), Coils ($75), but I can tell the parts last forever.


Favorite Features

Ride is incomparable, Space is great.


Suggested Improvements

Acura needs to reduce costs of replacement parts. Fix the ABS design.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411