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2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A) 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I am a car guy. Have owned three beemers, four Mercedes, a couple of 3rd generation RX-7s, etc. I am now a dad with two youngsters and decided to go "practical" and buy a responsible used car. After much research settled on a very, very clean 2006 RL. While it does not have the marquee value of my last to Mercedes, it's a pretty darn nice car and one heck of a value. Paid about 20K for a car that listed for 50K new and still has very few signs of wear and tear. Interior features are just great. Voice recognition isn't perfect but everything else is spot on. You really feel coddled in the cockpit. Stereo is best I've experienced, materials are top notch.
Stereo, interior in general. Overall build quality. I hate to say it but it seems better than all four of the mercedes and the two beemers I owned. This car, especially used, is one terrific bang for the buck.
A little more get up and go would be helpful. Styling is just okay; too bad for a car this nice.
2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A) 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased this car wanting to buy Infiniti M but was annoyed by the dealership and harsh ride of the Infiniti. Overall, good car and good buy, however, not as comfortable and refined as I expected. Suspension is mediocre and outside looks, well.... not that great for many. The value of this car is in its sophisticated technology features, all wheel drive, engine and the interior. I think I could buy the RL again but Acura needs to improve its looks and image as compared to BMW, Audi or even Infiniti.
SH-AWD, stereo, interior, navigation
Quality is not as great as you would think; paint is very delicate and all small scratches can be quickly seen; front seats not very comfortable on long trips unless you pump-up lumbar support, small room in the back seat, problems with interior lights- the illumination of central panel goes off.
2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A) 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
This is a great car that everyone can appreciate because it's got everything standard which includes SH-AWD, DVD-audio 5.1 surround sound, navigation, smart key, and on an on... I get around 19 mpg on city, that's pretty decent for a car that almost weights 4000 pounds. As far as the exterior goes, I would describe it "inoffensive", it's a good looking car but not spectacular. Interior is among the best in class, I don't think there are other cars that can match acura's interior style and quality (maybe a Lexus or Audi).
My fav. is DVD-audio surround sound system, smart key, blue ambient light at night, and pretty much the whole interior.
Back seat could use more space, exterior styling could improve... 09 RL is kinda hideous, so Acura please do not screw up the next generation RL and RDX!
This car is so much fun! I would recommend this car to anyone. My car has 46k and still runs like new.
My fav's are the moving headlights and I dont need to use my key to unlock my door... all I need to do is have the key in my pocket and put my hand on the door handle and it unlocks!
Smoothness on the ride. Still doesn't compare to a Lexus or Mercedes.
I bought this vehicle used with 6800 miles. Very comfortable, very quiet (with exception of some minor rattles) and decent gas mileage for AWD. I'm waiting for snow to see how well the SH-AWD performs.
Navigation, XM, seats are very comfortable (I'm 6'1").
Too many rattles. My battery was going out, took it to the dealership and they discovered an accessory (blu-tooth) was shutting down after the engine was turned off (this has been common with the RL).
Bought the car July 2006, wife agrees with me that it is the nicest, most luxurious and fun car we ever owned. Just a total pleasure to drive. Power, comfort, sound system: everything is great BUT: we are on the third battery in 2 years, left us stranded twice. Dealer can find nothing wrong with the electrical system, very frustrating-- waiting for the next time we get stuck.
Nav system, smooth powerful ride, XM radio, comfortable seats, big trunks.
Electrical system glitches, driver side cup holder, better interior noise reduction, better mileage.
My 2006 Acura RL has everything I always wanted from a car and much more. This is a car that exceeds expectations in many ways! They really included every detail imaginable to make the car safe, fun, powerful, comfortable and beautiful. It's not too flashy, and from a distance one might mistake it for an average car, but nothing could be further from the truth. Up close the sleek and stylish design make you take notice, but inside is where things get really interesting. The 2006 model doesn't have cooled seats or an iPod connector. Aside from that, if you can think of a feature it probably comes standard.
290 hp with SH-AWD! Voice activated: A/C, AM/FM/XM, phone, navigation. Rear view backup camera. Bose 10 speaker sound system with subwoofer. Keyless ignition, memory driver seat, and mirror settings. HID headlights that turn. Leather and wood interior with rear shade LEDs in interior
Get rid of startup warning on nav screen! Add a couple more inches of legroom in the back. Add iPod/USB and seat cooler. Add more coin sized slots, and a sunglass holder. Simplify radio and A/C controls.
Love my new Acura RL. Have gone over 30000 miles now with no problems at all. Comfort is second to none. I put a K&N air filter in right away and only run synthetic oil with lucas oil stabilizer. I average 23 mpg around town and get 28mpg highway.
DVD navigation - easy to use, great display screen. Rear sun shade comes up with a touch of a button. The sound system is like no other with surround sound technology.
Gas mileage needs help for todays standards. The required premium gas also costs $$$. Doesn't need any other improvements.
The Acura RL is a fantastic, luxurious practical performance sedan. I've ownwed BMWs, Saabs, and various other domestic and Japanese brands over the years. The Acura RL is, hands down, the best. The only trips to the dealer have been for oil changes and routine service -- absolutely problem free driving. Fuel mileage is outstanding for this class of vehicle -- I get 26-27 mpg on interstate trips while cruising well north of 70 mph. It's a fun car to drive thanks to the SH-AWD, and it's quiet, comfortable and luxurious.
Keyless ignition, Bluetooth, XM radio, great nav system, great stereo system, comfortable seats, quietness, handling and foul weather security from SH-AWD and ASC yaw control, good acceleration, and good fuel mileage.
Height and pitch adjustment on front passenger seat. Ventilated seats (much more important to Floridians than heated seats).
While the Acura RL handles extremely well and is generally a solidly built vehicle, I am disappointed by the amount of interior rattles. I traded out of a VW Passat that had no squeaks and rattles into the RL and the unwanted noises are most annoying. The quietness of the cabin just serves to amplify the interior squeaks and rattles. I would not buy another for the price of the car.
The technology, the reliability, the SH-AWD, a very accurate navi system, voice recognition, and bluetooth phone connectivity.
Lose the squeaks and rattles, reduce the turning radius, improve the city mpg - 13 mpg in city driving is absurd for a 6 cylinder engine but hwy mpg is double that and add height adjustment and memory for passenger seat.
2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A) 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System, Tech Package (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Hands down the best handling car I've ever driven. SH-AWD completely transforms the drviving experience and benefits both inclement and regular weather driving. Build quality and materials are top-notch and the amount of technology in the car for the price is incredible.
Acura reliability. Voice control of virtually all car functions. Bluetooth voice dialing. Adaptive cruise is great on highway trips. SH-AWD is awesome in the snow. Back-up camera is a great option due to high rear trunk lid.
More powerful V6 and V8 option. Get rid of the PAX tires/wheels. Add ventilated seats, USB flash drive compatibility for MP3's. Drop Bose sound system for upgraded ELS system.
Great autormobile for driver, not so great for passengers. Front passenger seat should be 6 way to go up and down, not just forward and back. Back seat area is small for long trip for two guests. For driver a perfect car,best I've ever owned and I've had them all.
Performance and reliability. Great in snow compared to Mercedes rear wheel drive I owned before the RL. Superb handling at high speeds. No rattles after 23,000 miles or problems of any kind.
6 way power seat for passenger. A few more inches in back seat area so passengers can be more comfortable. If no changes is made are made by 2008 I will buy an Audi A8 next time in spite of the price.
Have had my Opulent Blue Pearl RL for 6 months & have just over 12,000 miles on it. No problems. This is my 4th Honda product. It replaced a Lexus GS 400. The RL has the best integration of tech on the market. Bluetooth, nav voice recognition all blow the comp away. Esp the nav that you can use while driving instead of just in park like the Lexus. The SHAWD is great I live in the south & did not think I needed it ut it works great. Car is a great highway cruiser.
Electronics, nav, voice recognition audio. Comfort, keyless entry.
Cooled seats, audio to play std DVDs instead of just DVD audio. Do away with the nag screen at startup. A better iPod integration.
Great vehicle, had a Mercedes E320 nice car not as many features. Same 2006 E320 as Acura 10k more. Acura is a great car.
Navigation and bluetooth.
Little more power.
Have been an Acura owner from the first day they went on sale in 1986, this is my fourth, still have my 1992 Legend. I am getting 20 to 22 mpg in daily driving, my 2002 TL type S was about 1 mpg better. If you overlook this car you are missing something very good.
Navigation, AWD, Keyless entry and starting
More optional wheels, is a strange offset so very few available.
2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A) 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System, Tech Package (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
No problems after 11,500 miles and only regular service so far (second at 15,000 miles or so). Easy and fun to drive, very comfortable and quiet.
Collision mitigation braking system, active cruise control, nav system ease of use, bluetooth phone system and voice recognition system.
Ventilated seats, a bit more room in the rear seat and heated steering wheel would be nice.
2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A) 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System, Tech Package (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Fun car to drive, unfortunately I totaled it last week. Got hit head-on by a large SUV. Car did its job well, I got a broken foot but I'm lucky to be alive. I already ordered another one. The five star crash ratings are well deserved.
Navigation system, DVD audio, handling.
Little bit more horsepower, ventilated seats, rain sensing wipers.
I really agonized over the decision to trade up from my 2004 TL - I loved the technology, styling, acceleration and fuel economy. The "killer app" on the RL was navigation with real-time traffic. The first time I drove the RL it felt "floaty" to me. Now that I've driven it for a month, it feels serene. Interior amenities are much nicer than the TL - I don't ache anymore after an hour and a half on the road. The sound system ROCKS and technology is nicely integrated. The real-time navi saves some time, though mainly it gives a sense of mastery over the environment. Handling is secure, especially in the curves. Gas mileage is so-so, around 20. I love that there are no options.
NavTraffic, great sound system with XM radio, adaptive cruise control, great seats, amazing value relative to competitors, rarity on the road.
A few more HP, 6-speed tranny, standard iPod link, edgier stying.
I purchased a leftover 2006 RL w/o tech in September. I got a car with stately design and that, once I added A-Spec suspension and 18" wheels, handles well in the twisties while maintaining excellent composure on local bumpy streets. The interior is nearly perfect except for small buttons. Luckily, voice activation works for all the common controls. I have owned Hondas previously and so am used to having to stomp on the gas to get adequate power and when you do, this car really does accelerate fast. In 50/50 city/highway mileage I am getting about 17.5 mpg, not so great especially when gas is so expensive. Overall, a good deal on a gorgeous ride!
Interior quality, voice commands, stereo system, driving dynamics, AWD performance in winter.
V8 power or find a V6 with better low-end torque please. Bigger trunk. Bigger dash buttons.
Performance is really good. Power, handling, ride quality, interior comfort are all good. Tire noise is a little high. The headlights that turn when cornering is just high tech for the sake of it, not really useful. The Navi system is really difficult to use and dangerous when driving alone. The voice activation is hit and miss, especially with a window open, sometimes works, other times does the wrong thing. The electrochromatic mirror is garbage, the old fashioned flip types for night mode work much better.
Handling, power, comfort.
Get rid of the Navi system or at least make it an option. Provide quieter tires. Get rid of the electrochromatic mirror. Improve the voice activation system.
Smooth ride, great handling, beautiful interior and comes loaded with everything. Nav system is nice & easy to use. Interior is much nicer than my 530i, build quality is about same, but the paint finish is poor. Paint chips easily and is very thin vs BMWs. My wife has commented it's much easier to drive than her BMW. RL looks great from the front, but looks too much like a Honda Accord from side view. The Acura rides and handles like a luxury car and the AWD gives you an added sense of security on wet and snowy roads. RL is an excellent value if discounted.
Keyless entry and ignition, AWD system, navigation system, blue tooth and 1 yr. free subscription to XM radio. Standard options would cost a fortune on another vehicle. Xenon headlights are wonderful. Perforated leather interior is very comfortable. Easy to drive. Head room is great for tall person.
Needs better paint job and wheels are too small & plain. Would look much better with a set of 18" wheels. Gas mileage is low - 24 mpg avg so far. Passenger seat should be fully adjustable like drivers seat. Back seat leg room and trunk space are very limited.
One year so far. I like most of the features, a lot of electronic gadgets ahead of competition.
Audio system A++, AWD works very well, makes you confident to drive in snow and wet pavement, bluetooth, AC/heating very fast to reach desired temperature, seats and leather quality, satellite NAV with real time traffic.
Noise in the cabin, engine could have a bit more oomph.
Great car to drive,does require learning manual with dvd provided to learn extras. Not as easy as manual settings which is a downfall for more senior citizens. Runs very smooth and comfortable. Owned previous 3.5RL. Loved it and hated to part with my 2000 model. Trust the acura technology.
Smooth feel of the way it makes turns, loved the sound system, and look really cool.
Easier manual settings when you don't have to use voice activation to run things in car which sometimes fustrating to do. Technology does not always make it easier for us older people.
I purchased my Acura back in July of 06. If I am shelling out $50,000 plus for an auto I do not want it stuck in the repair shop. This Acura met and exceeded my expectations in regards to handling, comfort, quality and according to a very popular consumers mag, reliability! To sum it up, this is the one of the best values for the money.
Super handling, AWD, real-time NAV, True 5.1 Bose sound system, adaptive xenon headlights.
MPG improvement, maybe a 6 or 7 speed tranny would do the trick. Heated steering wheel, air conditioned seating.
This is simply a fine, fine automobile. Wonderful ride, incredibly quiet, plenty of power when needed. Exceptional build quality. Went from a 2004 Acura TL to the RL and, contrary to what most "professional" reviewers say, that is a huge step up. The SH AWD is quite noticeable when rounding curves at speed. The car just wants to go where you point it - no hint of understeer. Nav & sound systems are excellent. There's another upside to the RL - you don't see yourself coming and going all the time.
Navigation, sound system, voice recognition, SH AWD, quietness, comfort, power, uniqueness on the road, interior quality and design. Best of all - price to value ratio, especially now that the '07s are coming without navigation.
I've had this car for about a week. I love styling of the car, it has all of the amenities I would expect from a luxury car, but is generally lacking in performance. This car replaced a 2001 M5 (396hp) and was not anticipated to provide the same performance, but at 300hp, I had higher expectations. I believe the weight of the car materially decreases performance. In general it is quite comfortable and handles well, but needs a bit more power to round out the driving experience.
The integrated navigation/XM/Blue tooth system is very easy to use and makes navigation around DC a breeze. The interior is very classy, yet not overdone. This is a daily driver with style.
Needs more power. At existing weight, it is probably 50hp underpowered. A 6-spd automatic transmission may help this a bit, but the existing setup provides for slightly numb feeling acceleration. A little less weight or a little more power will go a long way in making it a hard car to compete with.
Went back and forth between Lexus GS 350 and Infiniti M35. Then looked at the RL and after one drive realized it was better than both and the year end pricing was just the icing on the cake. The RL is a breath of fresh air compared to the Mercedes I drove for the last 5 years - no problems whatsoever with the Acura.
Keyless Entry and Start. Powerful and quiet engine. AWD handling, Great build quality, comfortable seats, stereo, navigation, backup camera.
Would like to dial out via from my cellphone as well as Voice Activation.
An excellent value. This car is so much fun to drive. Long trips seem short with the comfort and quality of the sound system. I drive slower or sometimes out of my way to relax in the vehicle.
Audio system, nav system, SH-AWD, voice recognition.
Active cruise control packaged by itself would have been a nice feature.
This car is great for traveling. I retired in January 2006 & have taken several road trips this year. I usually get 28-30 mpg on the highway. I have had many positive comments on the interior design & sharp appearance of this vehicle. I previously owned 2 TLs before the RL. The TL is a great car too, but at this point in my life, I thought the RL is better suited for my needs. Overall, I love my car!
The navigation system, keyless ignition & XM satellite radio are by far my favorite features.
I think the front seats could be a little more cushy & designed a little better. It would be great for the rear seats to seat 3 people comfortably. There is a slight hump in the middle of the back seat. I have found a couple of mislabeled highways in the navigation system.
After looking at this and several others (for over a year), I finally broke down and got one of the last '06s. I had an '01 CL and never had a problem. This is a good reference site and after readimg all of the reviews I bought the base model for $40K. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on the site.
AWD, audio, build quality.
We shall see...
This perpective from trade in of a beloved 530i..New RL is tight & high build quality. Impressive ride comfort, great handling & power. Nav and other tech interface is intuitive. End of yr incentives added to strong value equation. Other: good view of road, clear displays day & night,good driver position & cockpit orientation. Many plus comments from passengers and wife (who drives an Audi A6 quattro). Now for winter drivin & more time to wash & wax it! Looked at GS350,530xi but Acura best perf/value/quality solution. Dealer contact in NH A++
favorite aspect is the total package that the RL delivers -design, performance, safety, tech and value
Acura could add a plus with "S"port type options like less wood & some brushed aluminum on dash & leather color options, a minor critique. Acura misses some opportunities make the buying process simple & equitable for options like winter mats etc. Nice to have powerport up high for radardector.
2006 RL Tech package, great car. Very comfortable quiet ride. I have looked at Lexus, BMW, Infiniti, this is the greatest car for the value and standard options which are optional on the other vehicles. The options on this car compared to the other vehicles would cost 10-15K more. The ride is second to none. Build quality is excellent. Highly recommended.
Navigation and keyless FOB.
Just picked this up a couple days ago. Was looking at many others. I always went back to Acura RL. Has every option one could ask for in the best price. Looks great, sound system rocks, nav looks good. Need to spend some time on learning how to voice activate all options.
Seats, look, nav and all other features, and price.
None that I can think of as of yet.
Considered 3 and 5 Series BMW. 3 too small, 5 OK - both too expensive with the options I wanted. RL has them all. Acura nav system is exceptionally easy to use. Plenty of power from 6 cyl. All I need. Handling just excellent, SH-AWD is as advertised. Excellent. And, most of all, I really like the fact that I don't see myself coming and going every day. The RL is a fantastic automobile, built in Japan with all the features and handling I wanted.
Power, nav system, comfort, quietness (amazingly quiet), surround sound system, distinctiveness.
6 speed transmission, bit more room in trunk
Just fun to drive. Accelarate on the curve the you will know what I mean. Stability is outstanding. Powerful and smooth drive is really. Voice activated navigation, handsfree phone is excellent and on star satellite service is really first notch. Quiet inside but when put on gas pedal, racing Honda sound awakes. Braking is superb. Inside is roomy with enough leg room for rear seat. Voice activated temperature and audio controls are handy. Auto cruise control will keep the distance with the car in front of you, and the seat belt will rattle when you get too close to the front car. Nice safety feature.
SH-AWD. Flatless tire. Monitoring system, tire pressure, even loose gas cap. Navigation system is handy and easy to set. Voice command system will recognize even Janglish !! Keyless enter system is well thought with fool proof features.
Windshield wiper is a bit noisy when it is not so wet. Front bumper is a bit too low for my steep garage slope. Well this is not suggested improvement but my headache for daily use.
I have owned 2 Accords and 3 Acuras, this being the third, and I have never owned an auto I thought so much of. My friends call it the "rocketship" or the James Bond car, because of all the technology. It makes me proud every time I look at it and drive it.
XM satellite radio, surround sound, 300hp, keyless entry - no more fumbling for the keys.
I think this is the best Acura I have owned to date. The handling and braking are excellent. The ride is great and very comfortable. I am still getting use to the keyless system. The drink holders after all these years still are not in a position that make them useful. For them to be usable in my opinion it has to be able to be accessed by the driver without a concern of spilling or tipping. That is not possible in the RL. It is the only interior design flaw. It has been in all 5 Acura's I have owned. I hope I get an opportunity to buy one that has a good drinkholder before I stop buying them. Otherwise it is an excellent vehicle. I had found some aftermarket drinkholders that work no longer.
Nav system is great.
The only single issue I have with the design are the terrible cup holder locations. I have had Acura for my last 5 cars 14 years, and they just can't get the cup holder into a location that works. The location in front and below the armrest does not allow you to reach without looking.
Has all the gadgets one can imagine, very good quality of materials used.
Keyless entry, turning headlights, sound system, leather quality.
CD/DVD player could read and display the track information. Also the DVD-A could display still images on the disk.
The RL is my second Acura. I bought a CL Type-S in 2001, and was very pleased with its performance, reliability and fun-to-drive factor. The RL is awesome. With 3500 miles, everything has worked as advertised. It's roomy, plenty of power, every gadget imaginable... great technology, and it all works.
Believe it or not, my favorite feature is the XM radio... not even an ACURA feature!!! Also like the navigation, Bluetooth phone, voice commands, and power everything, including rear sunshade.
More levels of front-passenger seat adjustments would be nice. The rear defroster doesn't warm up quickly or hot enough. There is a slight lag upon acceleration, a bit disappointing for a 50K car... overall performance, however, is strong.
This is the car I've always wanted, and finally, someone built it. It's the most fun car I've ever driven because it was so well designed. Every control is within my reach without stretching, voice recognition, although not perfect, is pretty close. My favorite part is the gas mileage. I just came back from a 150 mile trip, and got 31.6 mpg on the highway with the air conditioning on. I held to the speed limit (65 mph), and used cruise control. Long trips are a dream with the quiet cabin, smooth ride and excellent Bose stereo system. I've heard people say it looks like an Accord, but I disagree. Certainly not from the front. I like the styling and the total quality of the car.
Super-handling AWD, stereo, better than advertised gas mileage, navigation and traffic info, and especially the endless list of technology that makes the car so fun to drive.
None, really. I am totally satisfied, and I'm pretty picky.
Great car, a real blast to drive. Nav. system works great on finding location from ind. homes to special restrauants. Sound system is second to none. No service problems at this time (8,000).The all wheel drive works great in the mountains.
Sound system, Nav. system & voice Command are great features.
More side leg room for front seats.
I bought the non-tech car for $40,000 after using the Edmunds site to get quotes from 3 different states. Then took that quote to the local shop and got it for 40 flat. Very nice car, wish it had more pwr and ventilated seats. Sterio is killer. Nav is very good. Have just over 1,000 miles on it, so really do not know about reliability yet. I'm coming from 3 Lexus coupes into this car and that brand is awesome. Had the IS500 been available, I'd be driving that. At $40 thou it is a bargin, so do your shopping.
Exterior - interior styling, sterio, nav, blutooth, very quite ride.
More power, a little more tuned exhaust note. Faster shifts using the paddle shifters.
Traded in my 2007 Trailblazer LT for this car. I love my trailblazer but the thing had so many problems from the brake lights going out to the check engine light coming on so when i saw one of my school teachers driving a Rl and i asked what kind of car it was and when she told me that it was an Acura RL I had to have one. I cried when i traded my trailblazer but when i drove this car off the lot the tears stoped flowing. I plan on keeping this car forever now if my chevy trailblazer was as good as my HHR LT is but i now have a good car.
The only thing i do not like on my car is the color that was the only color they had on the lot my color is silver
Had the car for 1 day drove 200 miles and had to drive it back to the dealer. The dealer has had it for over 2 weeks straight. The headlights do not work properly. They come on during the day when they are not on and they go off at night when they are supposed to be on. The internal lighting also comes on and off as they please and is always blinking a warning light for the adaptive lighting. The dealer has flown parts in but still cannot fix the cars lighting problem. Great car or atleast I thought so just can't drive it.
Navigation no doubt...
Get the electrical problems ironed out. Maybe too much high tech on the car.. Also bluetooth phone has a hard time recognizing the number "9" when spoken to.
The car has been everything I expected and more. Great ride and the power is there when needed. I have been very impressed with the navigation system. Its easy to use and has already saved my wife and I time while tring to find places in cities we were not familiar with. The gas mileage has avg 23 in the city and 27.5 at 75 miles per hour on the freeway. XM radio Bravo!
Navigation system is great.
Low end torque could be better.
Traded a 2004 Mercedes 4matic E320 for the RL because I couldn't take the shifting lag any more. Have owned MB vehicles since 1973 and can say the RL is as good if not better than the recent MB's. My only complaint is the fact that the driver's seat is not adjustable otherwise this is a wonderful and fun car to drive
really like the car.bought it because of the price and the all wheel drive.also like the fact that it is a honda product.
I just Traded my manual tranny TL for a trch package RL. I loved my TL specially in the thrust department but boy this RL is a CAR! Although noticeably slower than the manual TL from a standstill, they are very comparable on the highway. In all other categories the RL wins hands down, quieter, better handling, more comfortable ride, much quieter, better nav, much improved voice recognition. The stereo is simply fabulous (big compliment from a B&W fan why can't bose make something anywhere this good for the home???). The adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation system are worth their money in gold.
Stereo, handling, comfort fanatastic gadgets that truly work and improve the overall driving expirience.
A v8 to utterly humiliate competing european vehicles would be nice:)
Car has everything anybody could want on the inside and the power of most sports cars.
Navi is helpful, XM standard is great
About the only things missing are a back up camera and vetilated seats.
Have been very pleasantly surprised with this vehicle. Some criticisms on the Acura RL forums lowered my expectations but my experience with the high maintenance and repair costs on BMW 530I nudged me back to Acura. I felt that the RL was marginal at $50K but at $42.8k it seemed to be good value. Have only had it for 2 weeks but it has been extremely solid, rattle free, and everything works. My second RL after an '88 Legend and they get better and better.
General quality of interior and exterior. Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Adaptive Front Lighting System (Turning Headlights). Typical Honda quality (and hopefully reliability).
Passenger seat that moves up and down. Also some way to make it easier to learn how everything works, esp. the interface to the Navi System. It's a real challenge to understand how everything works.
I have owned premium cars like Cadillac and most recently a Mercedes E320. The Acura by far is the BEST! It was between a BMW 5 series and the Acura won hands down.
The interior design and electronic toys.
it is the prettiest car on the road, fun to drive,unbelievable in the corners and smooth ac celeration ,fine fit and finish and most of all is admired by those who see it.
Should have included cargo net in trunk for a fifty thousand dollar automobile
I drove roundtrip to Canton,MI and it performed flawlessly. The car average 26 mpg which was excellent for a car its size. The SH AWD was outstanding in the mountains of Colorado on I70. Driving the car produced minimum fatigue because it handles so well. My wife owns an E Class 430 that was bought new in 2000. When it was brand new, we drove the same trip and the problems were many as to relability. ACURA is a much better car than E Class 430.
Increase the torque.
Very happy with the RL. Controls are sensibly placed. I'm tall but confortable (in the front). Very quiet ride, smooth shifting, good voice recognition and bluetooth. Keyless works good with adjusting mirrors and steering wheel. Its been a pleasure so far.
XM, Nav and information panel. Sound system. Ride is nice and quiet. The improvements suggested are minor. They have put together a terrific car for the money!
Automatic wipers (like on my MDX), rearview camera standard (like on my mdx), tighter turn, more read legroom, more low-end HP, better gas mileage
this is the type of car we get to appreciate for talented appeal and sturdy construction. It is authentically beautiful and acute in driving and looks, it is a looker no doubt, congrats on designers. This is a goody.
Frontal approach, versatile maneuver, liquid center, price in tech factors.
Weigh vectors: titanium on flexors will support carriage even better. This is a favorite.
I had two reqs. when looking for a car; AWD and reliability. The RL seemed to be the best of a few options (M35,A6,Passat,500,Benz). The RL is expensive, but is a reasonable value. I moved to the RL from an Avalon and miss the rear-seat/trunk room. Many comments about lack of low-end torque/need for V8; I disagree, the RL has acceptable power but lack of road noise and handling give the impression you are traveling slower than you actually are. Easy to be going 80 mph and not realize it. The RL controls are confusing. The RL feels 'heavy' (which it is) making the vehicle feel sluggish but solid. I fill the tank 75% to reduce veh weight which helps performance and MPG.
Nav System. MP3 stereo. Highway speed handling.
The stereo is very good, but not great, could use +20% volume. Guzzles Premium gas. Too much toggling required to access interface systems - AC / Stereo / Navigation. Voice recognition not reliable enough to use frequently. Trunk too small. Two more inches of leg room in the back seat.
enjoy the tightness of build and sureness of handling. Bose stereo is the best ever. Easy for my wife to master and dealership is woman friendly, something just never seen!
standard satellite radio, navigation and all wheel drive
should have 18 inch wheels standard at this price level.
Great car, no regrets. The technology embedded in the car is a bit intimidating, but once you figure it out, very cool. Having troubles with the Hands Free feature using the Palm 650. The dealership experience was exceptional. Kudos to Minh.
Sat Nav and Handsfree, when it worked.
Add voice-based internet feature
I've owned Mercedes, multiple Lexus's, Infinitis, and an earlier version of the RL (FWD) and this car is definitely the most fun to drive. The handling is unbelievable. The features are so extensive on the base model that it takes a while to learn them all, but it's worth it...especially the navigation system.
The verbal commands. Basically anything can be done verbally. You rarely have to even touch the controls on the dash and it recognizes any voice (even with accents).
The Bluetooth phone technology will not read the contacts on your phone, they must be entered into the RLs contact list. The car should be a little larger in the back seat area. And I would prefer extra room in the trunk.
You can tell it is a heavy car, but the 290hp V6 moves it along fairly well. It cruises effortlessly at 80. The Voice Recognition is the best of the ones I tried (Lexus & Infiniti). And, you can change or cancel destinations on the fly. The seats are very comfortable with plenty of leg room for me (5'11"). I love the XM radio. I keep it on most of the time. The car is very quiet. I guess that is a combination of the Active Noise Cancellation and the sound deadening materials. The Bose stereo sounds great. Around town my mileage is 15-16, but I have a lot of traffic lights. I drive a lot of back roads at 65-70 and consistenly get 28 mpg. I have about 1,500 miles on mine so far.
Voice recognition, leather seats, keyless ignition, navigation, smooth and quiet ride, Bose.
A small V8 with a six or seven speed automatic. Back-up camera standard. I paid extra for mine and find it very useful.
Recently traded my 05 Acura RL for the 06 with Tech Package. What a great upgrade -- virtually all the bugs worked out and great new technology. Ride and handling seem to be improved with the stiffer, larger PAX tires. Little nits like a warning when lights left on auto and a warning when key leaves the car are fixed. No rattles and no squeaks so build quality seems solid. Navigation appears to be a release later with better graphics and more accuracy.
Navigation system is the best around. Intelligent Cruise control (ACC) is great on the Interstate and definitely works. Ride and handling are supple and predictable. Safest car around -- my insurance cost actually went down from an 05 to and 06.
VTEC engines have a distinct whine that makes them sound not as powerful as the are.
This car has everything I need. Sure it only has a v-6 but the power delivery is smooth and the ride is solid.
The A-spec pakage and wood steering wheel and shifter. Great sound system.
Add a V-8 or V-10 and make a longer wheel base version.
A great value for the money. Technologically in par with German rivals. The real time traffic and the crispy LCD are in concert. The verbal commands & the Bluetooth functions are much more advanced than the 2004 TL that I own. Acura makes great cars; this is my third one in 7 years. SH- AWD makes the car hug the road regardless of the weather condition.
Awesome Bose Audio- gives you the real surround sound feel. Bluetooth connection is pretty solid, very few dropped calls compared to the TL. Of course, the SH-AWD- stability all the way. Love the fact that I do not need a key to unlock, lock or start the car. Nav screen size and position, just right
More Horsepower- with all the weight from SH-AWD, the car takes its sweet time from 0-60. The F1 paddle shifts are a gimmick, no real use for those. Gas mileage is questionable for a V6, might as well have a V8 with 360- 380hp.
Excellent value...period! I've owned Acura for 15 years now and the new `06 RL will keep me coming back!
The nav is sooooooo much better than before and blows Lexus' away.
I test drove the BMW 530 and Benz E320. The RL was far superior to both at much less price. The techno gadgets are amazing. I have had absolutely no problems with the car.
Bluetooth, voice recognition system, handles great, very comfortable driver's seat, sound system, real time traffic system
Too much wind noise when the sunroof is open
this car is well built and has a lot of wonderful features to offer. i like the cornering capability and high tech functions. i dislike the seat as it is hard to exit and enter from the vehicle. i hope acura change the for the next year model.
super handling all wheel drive,and navigation system
change the seating to a more comfortable
Just got this car after driving a TL for a few years, loved my TL. Love my RL even more. This car does almost everything. The handling is great, it is quick the stereo is awesome and it has all kinds of bells and whistles
the stereo, 260 Watt 5.1 digital surround sound, plays MP3s of a cd and displays the songs on the screen, best navi I have seen. comfortable, pleasure to drive
The IPOd hookup, it was a complete waste of money. the sound is good but what is the point if you can't control it or see what is playing, do not buy the ipod hookup, it is a guaranteed disappointment. Gas mileage is pretty bad.
I finally found the car I was looking for - initially the performance is great, the ride is smooth and wonderfully responsive, both on the highway and in the mountains; the controls are not as complicated as some indicate, the noise level is the best (lowest) of all the cars I tested, and the interior is exquisite. The car loves to be driven and the driver feels alive and excited. There is plenty of power and plenty of luxury - combined with a sense of sportiness, makes this a competitive combination almost unbeatable. Perhaps a more expensive Lexus might be a better choice, but after hours of homework and many, many test drives, I think I found the perfect combination for what I wanted.
Comfort, performance, ride, sense of luxury without being overstated; many little things make this car special.
Only thing missing is the rearview camera.
Upgraded from a 2005 TL. Checked most others in this category and the RL just offered too much for much less cost. The handling is very good and excellent on wet and snowy payment......Interior well thought out and exterior a "not in your face" classy design. Slow off the mark, but I keep my pink slips in the glove box at my age. Great acceleration when needed to pass or when getting on the highway. After 6,000 miles have average 23.4 MPG. Navi easy to use, bluetooth great, Audio screen really helpful and with a large screen to display ball scores, golf leaderboard and programming. You can see all the words and data lines, not just a few ie Infiniti.
all wheel handling, Sound system, quiet ride,displays, comfortable seating. The headlights project out nicely and the swivel headlights cause you to make more drastic turns just so you can watch them swing around..but it is fun
As with most cars the window down a crack allows rain to poor in from the roof and wipers. Why they can't fix this is a major mystery.......Reading lights in front are a bit dim in front. It would have been nice to offer the tech package without the runflat tires.....
Traded an Audi A8L for this. Had Mercedes, Audi, Saab, etc, and decided to shop wide due to insane pricing on german cars, lousy residuals on nice american car leases. Ended up between the RL and Infiniti M35. The RL most certainly has the most 'features' of anything in its class, although I'm not sure what class it is. Sold as a full size Honda in Japan, thats sort of what it is. Nice materials, but whacky electronics, including the dumb keyless ignition that has stranded me 5 times. Bad gas mileage too, my Durango does better. VERY loud tires too, gnaws on my eardrums on concrete highways. Acura had a good 42 month lease, that I now regret. A nice 24 month car, but no more......
Fantastic navigation, XM radio, super turn-in and handling. Nice interior materials, very adjustable driving position. Decent exterior size given all the interior room. Looks ok, just a plain car though.
As mentioned, Keyless ignition is totally UNRELIABLE, car refused to start 5 times so far. LOUD tires (runflat). Electronics are massively confusing, but probably not worse than most expensive cars. Shift Gate is imprecise, hard to change gears, set up for right hand drive.
This car feels solid,handles like it's on rails The interior is as nice as my 2003 lexus gs300 (just sold) You get all the possible "toys" you could imagine This car offers a great value for the $$ I thought i would replace my lexus with the new gs300 but i was disappointed with the power It just didn't feel any more powerful then my 2003 gs300 Lexus missed the boat on this one I am very please so far & sinc i have owned acuras before i am sure my satisfaction will continue
Navigation,on star,xm radio Manual shift (either stick or paddle) Handling is excellent
Just a bit more power (probably being pickey)
This is a great car to drive, very responsive, navigation system is very cool, traffic moniter very useful. Not for the driver that is easily distracted or is uncomfortable with technology. AWD is very responsive and sure in wet weather
Navigation System, Sound System
Voice system is sometimes difficult, floor mats should be darker color to not show dirt, should include backup camera like in MDX, and since ground clearence is so low, maybe additional protection for under car
OK, so we just bought the RL with the Tech pkg. Leasing was not an option since we were told that the Tech Package is too new to have a calculated residual. Anyway, the financing was sweet at 2.9% for 36 months. Its only been four days, but soon enough to say this is sweet. We didnt want a car with high *bling* so we opted for this over the Mercedes E, Infiniti M, or Cadillac. It ultimately came down to this RL, another MDX, or a Range Rover. The Rover was just a nicely appointed Ford truck. The MDX is undergoing re-design in 2007, and it was too big this time around. The RTL is just right not flashy but humble and understated. Only you, the car, an another RL owner actually k
* The Tech Package rocks * Overall driving experience
Acceleration from below 4-5K RPM
This is a great car. I looked at the BMW 525 and the Lexus LS430, but with all the options the RL offers, you can not beat the value. The car is a rocket and the handling can not be touched by any other makes. Sound system is the best I have seen in any car. High tech in the car takes a little time to figure it all out, but once you do, you will love it. This is a fun sports car to drive.
Stereo, AWD, navigation system, voice commands
None: I love it.
I drive a lot, so I treated myself to the RL. For a little less than I paid I could have gotten a comparably equipped 325, but not a 330. But this car is definitely in the 5-series, or E-class field and, comparably equipped, either one would have been $15,000 more than the price I paid for the RL. Plus, I genuinely liked the RL better. I also drove the M35 which in the sport version has a comfortable seat but a harsh ride, and in the non-sport version the seat was mushy soft and uncomfortable. My RL car is very satisfying to drive. Plenty of acceleration. Great headlights. Fantastic stereo. Intuitive electronics. The real-time taffic is useful. And I think it is gorgeous.
Bluetooth, the great stereo sound, and very quiet ride.
Better gas mileage would be a big plus. Still under a 1000 miles, I am averaging 21 mpg.
I picked the 2006 RL after driving Audis (1998 A4 2.8, 2002 A6 4.2) for the past 8 years. Performance is comparable to my A6 4.2 with better gas mileage. SH-AWD does offer superior handling compared to my A6 4.2. Car corners flatter with a quicker and more solid turn-in feel. Suspension is firm, but not harsh. This car is a real value in it's class. Loaded with features and technology for the price when compared to other 6-cyl. cars in it's class (A6 3.2, 530i, GS300, etc.). Interior design is very nice. I like it better than the new A6 and the GS. Exterior is sleek and clean. I hate what BMW did to the 5-series. Seats are very comfortable. Back seat big enough for adults.
Love the surrond sound (DVD-audio, DTS) audio system. I'm an audio/home theater geek and it's great to be able to enjoy surround sound music in my car. Best in class navigation system with real time traffic updates. 1-year free of XM satellite radio. SH-AWD is the real deal.
Wheels are rather plain. All-season tires aren't the most sporting, however, all this can be fixed with a visit to the Tire Rack or by ordering the A-spec wheels and tires. As with any car, some more horsepower would be nice or more low-end torque, but please keep the gas mileage up!
Having owned about every brand of car on the market and currently owning a 2004 BMW 545i, which was $15,000 more than the Acura, I have to say this is the best car I have ever owned. If you are looking for exceptional balance in design, ergonomics, luxury, comfort, performance and, oh yeah, if you care about the environment and global warming (300 hp engine that is ultra low emissions) there is no better choice on the market. Bimmer is faster, but Acura has plenty of power and kills the Bimmer in every other measure of performance. Awesome car, built in Japan - truly the Zen Master!
Everything about this car - the way this car blends its attributes to be flawless in almost every way.
My RL has proven to be a myriad of gadget glitches. No doubt the RL is a quality constructed vehicle, however this does not extend to the electronic gizmos of Acuras flagship. The voice recognition does not work properly; it is a cumbersome and time consuming system, frequented by voice interpretation errors. The 300hp VTEC is sluggish, and has a very annoying 2- 3 second mid-range acceleration lag. Dealer service says they all do that. It is sluggish and lacks torque. Self adjusting headlights cause some serious safety concerns. Acura missed the target here, and RL sales are showing it. Look to the Infinity M for a true sports-luxury car.
comfortable seats, build quality
poor performance, low torque, better stock tires and wheels, poor ergonomics and visability. Many voice recognition errors.
The Acura is a great car. The SH-AWD is a great addition and makes going fast around turns very easy. The car understeers too much unless truly pushed and if you want any performance over 109 MPH (3rd gear at rev-limiter) then look elsewhere. If the car was geared differently it would be much faster and would actually pull to the 134 MPH governor. Great gas mileage, beautiful interior, and very easy to use. Overall very happy with the car and as long as you do not need something incredibly fast this is a great car for you.
Trick SH-AWD. Voice activiation. Navi system. Stereo.
More power and different gear ratios or a 6 speed automatic.
Just bought our new Acura RL. Exhaustive research convinced us it had what we wanted: AWD, OnStar, HandsFree, VoiceActivated. So far, very pleased. Trunk a little cramped, otherwise beautifully designed interior, whisper quiet, great handling, solid, powerful, Nav is stunning, tech features awesome. Night lighting in dash and ambiance lighting are breathtaking. Picked this over TL, Lexus IS350, Toyota Avalon. Longtime Toyota owner. But, so far this is a great car. Keep you posted.
Voice-activated Nav; HandsFree, OnStar, interior lighting, power, handling, AWD, acceleration (Wow!), comfort, beautiful styling.Even the front headrests are hightech and great!
Bigger trunk. 10-way passenger seat adjustment.
Other than a few flat spots in the acceleration this car is everything you could ever want in a vehicle. It rates number one in tech. , good looks without being flashy, interior layout is perfect and drivability and handling is close to perfect. Well worth the money. With a little more guts it would be the ultimate
The navagation system is not believable and its not an opion
Some more torque in the 40 to 60 MPH range. It has flat spots in the acceleration
We have owned our 06 RL for about 60 days. What a great car to drive. The driving experience is wonderful, great handling, cornering, performance. The technology continues to amaze me. Navigation system is probably the most extensive on the market. AWD system is great in the snow and rain. Very comfortable seats and ride quality. Only negatives are city fuel economy (highway economy is good) and backseat legroom is a little tight. All the magazines say it needs a V8, but for 90% of everyday driving the 300 HP V6 is plenty of power. Much more comfortable and more features for the money than BMW.
Navigation system, Bluetooth key entry, stereo, all 4 windows express up/down, AWD performance.
Maybe a non-AWD version to improve city fuel economy.
Awesome Vehicle, best value of ANY car out there. Gives the enthusiast what they need and also gives the family what it needs. NEver leaves anyone wanting for more
BEst engine ever created. And the best navigation system out there. Not to mention the whole layout and the tech features.
none at all.
The Acura RL handles like a sports car and rides like a luxury sedan. Great looking and the voice activated naviagation system is easy to use.
The AWD is makes you feel like a skillful driver when handling curves; and the headlights truly light up the road in the dim mode.
None I am please although I have not had the car that long. I will let you know in 6 monthes if I am still satisfied.
Acura made it simple for me to buy the RL. It comes completely loaded with all the bells and whistles. Two months of test driving everything the competition had to offer and nothing compared to the RL.
Air cool seats
I may not have as much pull as other owners in here because this is my first mid luxury sedan. I can tell you I did drive almost every other vehicle in this class. Although the power of the M seemed to be a little more it didn't have the finese of this vehicle. The Acura RL has some of the most comfortable seats in the class and with the AWD you can really shoot around corners. With the VTEC you don't get that low end torque (altough its not wimpy at all),but you do get great mid range power (30-70 MPH range) this is where this car really performs. Although a vehicle with this much technology is kinda intimidating at first, Acura seems to be easier to leanr than the other brands. Great car!
Bose DVD sound system ROCKS! AWD, Interior comfort (this care is not at all cramped as some say), supportive seats. Adaptive Headlights, Bluetooth, XM radio, paddle shifters, did I say Bose sound system! Cupholders you can adjust to the size of your drink cup. Keyless access/start, XM NAV traffic!
Although it is lightyears ahead of the last RL, the exterior styling could have been a little better. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't resemble to accord from the side. Though the cars drive nothing alike. Voice recognition dosn't always get right command. Back sensors should be standard.
I researched all of the luxury cars and found that none of them measured up. In order to come close to the features and performance of the RL, the others jumped to V8 engines and rear wheel drive and sacrificed any semblance of fuel economy. Every detail of this Automobile has been thoroughly considered and skillfully executed. Anyone who chooses to spend more than the cost of an RL is striving for ego satisfaction and not function.
Sophisticated voice recognition system; true all-wheel drive; effortless acceleration. Gives the impression of driving a hovercraft.
Darker floormat carpet colors for the Light colored leather upholstery choice. The light color match shows dirt too easily. Carpeted kick pads on the lower forward section of the front doors.
The dealer recalled our vehicle for some radio issue and as a result of that visit, we had to return it four time to finally fix the satellite radio. We have also made several trips to the dealer to fix the exhaust stain at the tail pipes. Starts appearing the day after the car wash and looks horrible. Dealer said the problem will be fixed with their 2007 redesign.
Plush interior and great features.
Increase the interior space and hold off buying until the 2007 redesign.
New 2006 RL with Navigation system, Tech package and camera is the great combination of the quality, comfort, and fun. For $54K you get much more than BMW and Mercedes can offer. Voice activation system can recognize any accents. Electronic system is very complicated, but owner manual is very easy to read and understand. Rear view camera and automatically tilted outside mirrors are great addition to comfortable backing.
This car does nothing perfectly but everything very well. the technology and ride are great. The gearing is interesting, I get the same MPG at 80 that I do at 45.
Computer system, all wheel drive, stealth like appearance.
This car could use a bit more interior storage. I-pod interface and some more low end torque would be nice but not necessary for a fun ride.
This is my 4th Acura experience. It seemed the prior models always lacked something the other luxury sedans had, i.e., horsepower. The new RL has it all; horsepower, design, performance, electronics, and very good fuel economy. What a pleasure to drive, especially on mountain highways.
4-wheel drive; navigation; system monitoring display; voice activated features
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