After researching and driving the Lexus ES350, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon, and Buick Lacrosse CSX, the Acura RL won out due to ride comfort, reliability factor and quality reputation.
While other competitors may offer more updated staying and better navigation system, the 2011 RL is an overall great car for the long haul.
Even though Acura sells very few of these vehicles, it's still an Acura with luxury features not available on the TL.
Ride comfort, spacious, reputation for reliability.
Outdated exterior styling but not a concern for this driver due to propensity to keep vehicles 8-10 years.
Navigation system behind the times, but still has good basic functionality.
Our 4th Acura. We usually keep them 3 to 4 years. Hold their value. Never had a problem. Great dealer service.
Acura includes many features that are extra cost on competitive vehicles.
A great car without being pretentious like a Mercedes or Lexus.
Comfortable for someone over 6'.
Back up camera.
Secret compartment for the owner's manual.
My 6th Acura, very comfortable and well equipped for the price.
But multiple gremlins including a transmission malfunction, directional headlights don't operate, keyless entry malfunctioned, the new 'directional' microphone for voice command must point in another direction because the system is unuseable, the nav doesn't include HD graphics, is still DVD rather than hard disk based and is therefore slow and distressingly inaccurate.
I'd like to like the car, and there is much to recommend it, but from the time I picked it up (and discovered 45 lbs. of pressure in the tires) it has been a disaster
quiet and comfortable ride, great seats, good visibility, decent handling, great sound system, transmission shifts seamlessly when it isn't breaking down.
dealerships used to do pre-delivery checklists.
The end of that practice seems to have coincided with a breakdown in Acura quality control.
Multiple malfunctions within the first 1000 milles.
Perhaps mine is just a lemon; but Acura didn't used to make lemons.
Not a model I would buy again.
Get the non tech package RL and you'll have a great bargain.
The new six speed tranny is great, the ride is the best, and the new wheels do cut interior road noise (wind noise doesn't exist below 90), plus all materials are to Acura standards.
Drawback: the awful navigation: inaccurate, difficult to learn and glacially slow, with low res and voice command that's hopeless - worse than on my 2005 or 2007.
I have a Garmin 1450T which is incomparably better.
I'm going to put it on the dash and leave the acura system off.
Then it will be a great road car, and just got 26mpg over 1600 road trip
The arrested adolescents who work for car magazines want to pull 1.0 g on the skidpad.
I want to have an agile and responsive car, but also keep my kidneys attached.
Quiet at road speeds.
My TL (2007) was much stiffer and noisier, without being a lot more agile.
The RL combines the best of both worlds.
It's also a handsome car often underestimated because of its ugly younger brother, the new TL.
HID headlights are great, but bluetooth is held back by the terrible voice command.
Was supposed to have a 'directional mike' this year.
It must be pointed in some other direction
Acura was a pioneer in navigation and voice command.
How could they have slipped so far.
Also, the computer set a transmission code, and the car would only shift into 3rd and 6th.
This happened 100 miles from an Acura dealer, so we drove on.
The code in P0990, and the solution is put it in sport, shift with the paddles.
Next morning at the dealer, car was operating normally.
Hope this was a gremlin.
Also hope the navigation will stop telling us to make a u turn in the middle of the desert and leading us to restaurants that don't exist.