Used 2000 Acura RL

2000 Acura RL
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2000 Acura RL

Pros

  • Quality construction, refined look and feel, value priced.

Cons

  • Competition offers rear-wheel drive and V8 power.

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The wallflower in the luxury sedan class.

vehicle overview

Acura has decided to take the road more traveled. After suffering at the hands of Lexus for several years, Acura has what can truly be described as a flagship sedan. Sporting an extremely solid feel, the 3.5RL carries itself athletically and is a serious entry in the luxury sedan market.

Acura engineers have worked overtime figuring out how to make this car quiet and vibration-free. Innovations like low-friction ball joints in the suspension, Teflon seals on the valves, a liquid-filled rear-trailing arm, foam-filled B- and C-pillars, honeycomb floor panels and vibration absorbing seats are just a few of the things the 3.5RL serves up to make you forget that you are in a car. Indeed, the entire purpose of the 3.5RL is to deliver passengers from point A to point B with minimal fuss and intrusion from the outside world.

Of course, to accomplish that goal, Acura had to make things nice on the inside. The instrumentation and controls are first-rate, nothing new for Acura. The effective climate-control system even offers rear passengers control over their environment. Seats are not just comfortable; they're feather bed-like. The driver's seat has an eight-way power adjustment that makes finding an exact fit easy. Supple leather and firm but comfortable padding makes long trips a breeze.

The RL is available in a single trim level and includes everything you'd expect in a top-notch luxury sedan at a lower-than-top-notch price. Add to the value equation safety equipment such as high-intensity headlights, side airbags and a new, highly advanced handling control system called Vehicle Stability Assist, and the RL looks even more competent. Then spruce things up with a functional interior and an aerodynamic exterior, tune the suspension for sublime handling and a stable ride, and you're looking at the best value in the luxury segment this side of $45,000.

If all of this doesn't have you reaching for your checkbook, consider Acura's optional navigation system. This system was redesigned for 2000 and now covers the entire continental United States on a single DVD while simultaneously offering even more detailed information than last year's system. Unlike similar designs, the Acura navigation system can supply verbal instructions that allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road. We may never get lost again.

With so many advancements over the last few years, we wonder why the 3.5RL still doesn't offer a V8 engine. Every entrant in the luxo-barge segment has eight-cylinder power except for the 3.5RL. The 210-horsepower V6 is far from anemic, but buyers in this segment often look at the RL and ask, "Why can't I have a V8?"

2000 Highlights

A new Vehicle Stability Assist system keeps the RL pointed straight, a new navigation system offers a larger screen and more information, and the 3.5-liter V6 now meets low-emission vehicle standards.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2000 Acura RL.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Life or Death!
Alive!,08/13/2002
After reading the other reviews, I thought it important to discuss features other than power and cup holders...like safety. I just totaled my 2000 RL. I hit the cement dividing wall of an interstate...head on at 60 mph. I walked away from the accident. If you saw the vehicle, you would not believe what I just told you.
Flawless
beancounternc,07/05/2011
I bought my RL new with 6 miles on it. It now has over 205,000. This rascal has never let me down and while components have failed they have been silly things (trim across back glass, and cup holder gets stuck now and again). The EGR system and driver/passenger seat belt buckles were repaired/replaced under warranty. I've had to pay to have a passenger window regulator replaced ($450), front chin spoiler two times ($125ea) and the rear window trip three times ($125ea). Other than that...everything works as it should. Others complain about power but I don't have any complaints at all. This car moves when I want it to. My "older" car is a 1988 Legend L 5sp coupe with close to 380,000 miles.
RL Rules!!
chanceme,07/27/2011
Great car best I have ever owned,take care of the car,it will take care of you! All the features you would ever want and need,great leather,love the sunroof.
2000 RL thoughts
Drew Foster,05/25/2010
I can't help myself from talking very positive about this car. It is by far the best car I have ever owned, and I think it is the best car ever built! As a driver for 43 years, I have owned everything. This car is better than any Mercedes ever built. What a great decision when I bought it with 81k on the clock. This is my dependable friend, and I care for it like it is my child. Mine is perfect with 133k now on it
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    0

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Used 2000 Acura RL Overview

The Used 2000 Acura RL is offered in the following submodels: RL Sedan. Available styles include 3.5 4dr Sedan.

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Should I lease or buy a 2000 Acura RL?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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