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Well Pleased
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By TOM H.
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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


Favorite Features

Navigation,on star,xm radio Manual shift (either stick or paddle) Handling is excellent


Suggested Improvements

Just a bit more power (probably being pickey)


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New RL - Urban area
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By RCook
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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


Favorite Features

Navigation System, Sound System


Suggested Improvements

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


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2006 Acura RL with Tech Package
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By Marc G.
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System, Tech Package (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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. It’s only been four days, but soon enough to say this is sweet. We didn’t 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


Favorite Features

* The Tech Package rocks * Overall driving experience


Suggested Improvements

Acceleration from below 4-5K RPM


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Great car
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By hmseminole
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Stereo, AWD, navigation system, voice commands


Suggested Improvements

None: I love it.


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Luxury car that isn't ostentatious
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By Bobink
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Bluetooth, the great stereo sound, and very quiet ride.


Suggested Improvements

Better gas mileage would be a big plus. Still under a 1000 miles, I am averaging 21 mpg.


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Happy owner of 2006 RL
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By CWD
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

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.


Suggested Improvements

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!


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The Zen Master
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By Rich D.
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System, Tech Package (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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!


Favorite Features

Everything about this car - the way this car blends its attributes to be flawless in almost every way.


Suggested Improvements

None.


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RL full of electrical gremlins
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By NewRL
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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 Acura’s 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.


Favorite Features

comfortable seats, build quality


Suggested Improvements

poor performance, low torque, better stock tires and wheels, poor ergonomics and visability. Many voice recognition errors.


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Almost Perfect
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By RL man
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Trick SH-AWD. Voice activiation. Navi system. Stereo.


Suggested Improvements

More power and different gear ratios or a 6 speed automatic.


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Lovethecar
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By JiminSC
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2006 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Voice-activated Nav; HandsFree, OnStar, interior lighting, power, handling, AWD, acceleration (Wow!), comfort, beautiful styling.Even the front headrests are hightech and great!


Suggested Improvements

Bigger trunk. 10-way passenger seat adjustment.


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