Just came from a Lexus GS 430 and the Acura RL wins in almost every way the ride is excellent the interior is perfect I miss the low end power of the Lexus V8 but the all wheel drive system is a plus in the Utah snow Great car highly recommend excellent value for the price.
This is my 4th RL; the exterior design, while well executed, is boring. It is solid but not as reassuring to drive as the previous models. It is surpringly fast when passing. The fit and finish are as expected; the metallic paint is beautiful. The voice activation system remains a mystery, but the navigation system is easier to use than before: no need to touch the screen. The front doors are larger than they need to be and are hard to reach to close. In general, getting in and out is not as easy in this model. Steering is lighter than expected; road and wind noise can be intrusive, but for the excellent sound system. The trunk floor is not flat.
build quality; Bluetooth; XM radio; navi system
Less complicated electronics; make settings apply to both keys; move head restraints closer to the head; make passenger seat fully adjustable; add A/C to seats; eliminate ridge in trunk floor and enlarge trunk; redesign to resemble older models; eliminate road, wind noise; front doors s/be smaller
Hmm. Where to start... I bought my dealer demo with 5K miles. The driver's door shuts on me on entering and exiting the car--on level ground. The key fob works when it feels like it (I am told it's in how I hold it). My wife and I use the car and it has trouble with the seat memory settings. I had to take the car in to get a fender realigned, though I did not have an accident. The doors are very tinny sounding-- especially when you release the handles. It is not powerful from the start and you have to gun the engine to get the torque up to sufficient levels. But it's not all bad, the ride is nice, the interior is all of excellent quality, and the seating is comfy.
Test drove all the usual suspects and actually bought a Lexus GS300 AWD and had to take it back because of transmission issues. So glad I did. An 07 RL came up for sale in my area and I jumped on it. Absolutely love this car. Got rid of a Tahoe and wanted AWD for my wife. Interior quality is better then the GS, Engine is better then the GS, Interior room is better then the GS, AWD is better then the GS, Exterior is not as pretty as the GS, but considering the RL was the same price for a year newer, same mileage, and more feats it was an no brainer. Just wish the Navi was available. This was literally the only RL available in a metro area of 2 million people. That has to say something!
Seats, Interior, Wife loves the rear and window shades for our daughter, Acura reliability, Bose Stereo so much better then the Bose from the Tahoe.
Wish I had the Navi. Cooled seats. Don't tease me with a Navigation DVD- Rom in Trunk when I don't have Navi Headunit.