This car was purchased used with more then 200k miles, at 300,300 miles, it still runs like a champion, she's smooth, quiet, fast, stylish, and reliable! The Bose audio is crisp, the seats are plush, lots of room, bells and whistles, heated seats, and rear view mirrors, memory seats, wood grain trim, tan soft touch material and leather, ski passthrough, climate control, power seats and automatic windows, this car was well worth the MSRP of $48,500. Now a steal at about 5k-6k, if you're looking at a used model, rest assured it's going to act right!
To be fair when this was released as Acura's Flagship, the front drive, V-6 RL was more in line with Toyota's top of the line Avalon than the current V-8 offerings from both Lexus and Infiniti. As a result the RL's sales were slow. I have always liked the styling of the then current Accord, which the RL closely resembles, however again when setting out to make a luxury flagship it would have behooved Honda not to make it resemble it's volume selling family sedan. If you bought one new, because of it's rather anonymous position in the luxury field, you may find yourself singing the "depreciation blues" as the RL depreciated much faster than the Accord simply because of lack of name recognition. For those buying one used, they were getting an incredible deal, as most RLs appeared on the market priced not too much higher than Accord, for a car that cost of maintenance is comparable to any Honda and built and appointed much like a Mercedes-Benz. I bought my RL used with about 119,000 miles on the odometer and it was like buying a new car. Everything worked as it should, no leaks, the interior holds up well as does the paint. Mine now has 150,000 miles and still feels like a new car. As I need a car simply to be enjoyable to drive, be comfortable and reliable, this one cannot be beat. Whenever a low mileage example shows up on the used market, I am tempted to purchase it to have when this one wears out. I change the oil using Mobile 1 high mileage synthetic and treat it well. There is a small spot of rust showing up on the rear quarter, but this seems to be common among Hondas of this era, so I am not to worried. Given all the Hondas and Acuras of this age and older that are still in daily use, I feel me and my RL will travel many miles together.
For a 2002 model and purchased used with 79000 miles, this car has been FANTASTIC, period. Ride is very nice, a bit soft but handles well. Road noise is minimal most of the time unless you are running snow tires. At 113,700 miles she is still running very nice and is for sale. #acurarlforsale