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2005 Acura RL Sedan

 
 

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Acura RL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2005 Acura RL

  • With tons of standard features, excellent road manners and premium cabin furnishings, the new RL is a worthy competitor to the respected players from Audi, BMW and Lexus.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Quiet cabin, handles well for a large sedan, excellent build and materials quality, unique all-wheel-drive system, innovative navigation system offers real-time traffic information.

  • Cons

    Lacks the low-end grunt of a V8, still lacks the prestige of its European competition.

  • What's New for 2005

    The RL is completely redesigned for 2005, and now sports a 300-horsepower V6 and standard all-wheel drive.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (236 total reviews)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Very happy

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Vehicle: 2005 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

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.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

170 k miles and still

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Vehicle: 2005 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

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

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Vehicle: 2005 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

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.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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Full 2005 Acura RL Review

What's New for 2005

The RL is completely redesigned for 2005, and now sports a 300-horsepower V6 and standard all-wheel drive.

Talk About The 2005 RL

2005 Acura RL Discussions See all Started By

jaybee85
jaybee85
03-30-2007
There have been some disappointments posted about the only "average" reliability of RL, according to the April Consumer Reports auto issue. TL and TSX, as well as all Lexus and Infiniti sed...


ldgrmnmc
ldgrmnmc
02-18-2007
I have not upgraded the navigation system DVD that came with my 2005 RL. Two things have suprised/disappointed me. First, it often does not have streets in my city that have been around 10-12 years (I...


Kirstie@Edmunds
Kirstie@Edmunds
10-20-2004
With the 2005s hitting the floors, it's time for buyers to share their purchasing experience. Let us know how you did!...