Used 2005 Acura RL

2005 Acura RL
List price range
$3,999 - $7,949
2005 Acura RL


  • Quiet cabin, handles well for a large sedan, excellent build and materials quality, unique all-wheel-drive system, innovative navigation system offers real-time traffic information.


  • Lacks the low-end grunt of a V8, still lacks the prestige of its European competition.
Acura RL years

Used 2005 Acura RL for Sale

Acura RL 2005 3.5 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
113,050 miles
Used 2005
Acura RL
Radley Acura
22.9 mi away
Est.Loan: $156/mo
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$209 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
Acura RL 2005 3.5 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
165,363 miles
Used 2005
Acura RL
Northern VA Motors
38.4 mi away
Est.Loan: $82/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

With tons of standard features, excellent road manners and premium cabin furnishings, the new RL is a worthy competitor to the respected players from Audi, BMW and Lexus.

2005 Highlights

The RL is completely redesigned for 2005, and now sports a 300-horsepower V6 and standard all-wheel drive.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Acura RL.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

170 K miles and still running great
I have put 170K+ miles on my 05 RL so I can confidently say I know this car. Still looks new and draws attention. Front tie rods replaced twice, once under warranty. Two sets of brakes and on third set of tires. Front head light adjusting warning light has been on for the last 100K, can't be turned off and I am not paying to replace the head lights. A few minor electrical problems but that has been it. I runs like new. I have driven 12 hours staight, great seats, quite, comfortable and reliable. Not good in snow even with AWD. Buy four Blizzak snows if you drive in the white stuff. Dealership service has been A+. The BEST GPS system made on earth. Waiting for the 2011. Best car ever.
185k and still going strong
Ok so Ive had this car since 2005 and have taken it to hell and back. I drive it hard and floor it at least a couple times a day. I spend a ton of time in it and I don't think the drivers seat could be better. Also the audio system is great as is the whole interior. Issues To date: Both side mirrors wiggling (48k) Rear sunshade rattle (55k) HID Bulbs Replaced (110k) Replaced Bank 1 & 2 o2 sensors (140k) Other then that I've only done the scheduled maintenance as recommended by the maintenance minder system. I can honestly say I will definitely buy the new RL when it comes out I assume in 2011... I might just take this one to the 300000 mile mark!
Very Happy
One of the best cars I have owned and the Acura dealer is always nice. I have had Audi and Bmw and Acura is so much better overall in every category.
The Best car overall
I searched for a luxury used car after my BMW 525 totaled by an accident. Acura rl was the answer. Its interior is beautiful and comfortable. I wasn't impressed by exterior first but it keeps growing on me. Navigation system is the best so far. My wife and baby daughter love back seat sunshades. It doesn't drive like a BMW but its awd really works. The cabin is Lexus- quiet and stereo sound is the best I ever heard. RL's unpopularity, price is more reasonable which was good for me. Unfortunately, fuel economy is pretty bad in city. For luxury used car for a price, rl just can't be beat. Last, I am happy with acura's reliability which I had suffered from BMW.
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Features & Specs

16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
300 hp @ 6200 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    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
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2005 Acura RL
More About This Model

He didn't know it at the time, but the middle-aged guy at the gas station summed up our reservations of Acura's newest luxury car, the 2005 Acura RL, when he said, "What is that, the new Accord? It looks pretty nice, wow, what an interior, it's beautiful. Honda really builds a nice car."

Not only did our friend, who was filling up his modified Nissan 300ZX, mistake Acura's new $50,000 flagship for a mainstream Honda, he used the word "nice" when describing it. And he used it twice.

Nice? Socks are nice. A pat on the back is nice. Saving 40 cents when you supersize is nice. This is an opulent, 300-horsepower, all-wheel-drive luxury car with enough high-tech gadgetry to rival a Battlebots convention.

The Acura RL isn't nice. It's a car capable of taking on Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. It's great. It's awesome. It's bitchin'. It might even be fresh if the kids are still using that one.

This kind of thing didn't happen with the BMW 530i we recently tested. Reactions to that sedan were strong from our fellow citizens at the pumps. Comments ranged from "cool" to "hot" to "that's one of the ugliest cars I've ever seen, but it's better-looking than the BMW 7 Series."

Not everyone liked the look of the BMW, but no one confused it for a car that costs half as much, which let's face it, isn't nice.

High-Tech Skin

That new skin, sexy or not, is part of this car's commitment to cutting-edge technology. The front fenders, hood, trunk lid and even some of the suspension components are manufactured out of aluminum instead of steel to reduce weight and increase strength.

The coolest part of the Acura RL's exterior, however, has to be its huge headlights that incorporate a new Active Front Lighting System. The low beams can swivel up to 20 degrees in either direction in response to vehicle speed and input from the steering wheel. In other words, the car really does help its driver see around corners. Similar systems are already on the market on some Lexus and BMW products.

Smart Chassis

Faced with the prospect of designing a luxury car with sporty driving dynamics, Acura went a step further than equipping the RL with the now ubiquitous stability and traction control systems. The Acura RL also grips the road with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

SH-AWD splits power 60/40 front to rear during straight-line acceleration, but the majority of power is sent to the front wheels when the car is cruising down the highway.

Things get really interesting in tight corners, when the SH-AWD can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to one side of the car or the other, essentially accelerating the outside wheels to make the car pivot around a corner. The process is completely transparent to the driver, and it really works.

We flogged the RL on both wet and dry roads, and found the car's handling unaffected by standing water even at high speeds. Most full-size sedans will slide when pitched around a wet curve, but the RL held its line without a hint of traction loss. Handling was completely neutral, and the tires didn't howl or complain even once.

When you're ready to bring the fun to a halt, massive four-piston aluminum brake calipers up front and large single-piston calipers out back are tied together with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and provide enough stopping power to pull the fillings right out of your teeth.

Despite its high performance, we have mixed emotions about the RL driving experience. All the different electronic systems that help the car corner take away the road feel that true driving enthusiasts crave. To put it simply, this car doesn't "talk" to the driver the way a real sport sedan does.

For the real enthusiast, the soon-to-be-available A-SPEC Kit should give an RL a slightly sharper edge. For $5,500 plus dealer installation, the Acura RL A-SPEC package will lower the car three-fourths of an inch and add 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, a tasteful body kit and a deck lid spoiler.

Power to Burn

RL buyers can choose any engine and transmission they want, as long as it's a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 bolted to a five-speed automatic. With 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, it's the most powerful standard V6 in the class, but it has a lot of weight to haul around.

At the track, the RL sprinted from zero to 60 in 7.2 seconds, which isn't bad, but it doesn't suck your eyeballs into your head either. Stomp the throttle, and you're forced to wait a few beats as the V6 winds up and starts making power.

In comparison, the less powerful BMW 530i runs the exact number while an Audi A6 takes 7.9 seconds. The bigger issue is that other vehicles in the category, including the 5 Series and the A6, can be ordered with a V8, which in the BMW's case shaves a second off its time.

Power aside, the V6 is smoother than melted chocolate, even above 6,000 rpm when the VTEC system is working overtime. In the grand Honda tradition, it sounds great at the top of the tach, emitting a gentle growl without sounding obnoxious.

The five-speed is more difficult to praise. We grew tired of it constantly searching for the right gear, and its downshifts are noticeably rough for a luxury car. They're also slow to come, even if you use the paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.

Cutting-Edge Cockpit

Inside is where the Acura RL really shines. Virtually every surface is covered in supple leather, highly polished maple wood trim, satin-finished aluminum or soft-touch composites. The twin-pod gauge pack is backlit with soft blue LEDs for a futuristic effect, and the tilt and telescoping wheel is loaded with controls for everything from the stereo to the nav system.

The high-tech theme continues on the center stack, where the interface for the AcuraLink system is a large aluminum knob. It looks similar to BMW's much maligned iDrive, but it's very easy to use and understand, we stumbled through the basic navigation and stereo controls in a few minutes.

Speaking of the stereo, a cooperative effort between Acura and Bose has led to one of the most advanced and pitch-perfect factory stereo systems we've ever heard, complete with true surround-sound technology and DVD-audio compatibility.

Other noteworthy AcuraLink features include standard XM radio, and a streaming real-time traffic feature that can update the navigation screen on the conditions of the freeways in 20 major cities, including Chicago, L.A. and New York. It works, as does the voice recognition software that allows occupants to request anything from driving directions to restaurant recommendations without touching a button.

Finally, a keyless entry system for the Acura RL allows the driver to simply walk up to the car, touch the door handle to unlock it, then climb in and twist the start knob that resides where a key would normally go. After all, keys are so 20th century.

Seat comfort front and back is excellent regardless of your body shape. This is the kind of car you drive through two states and emerge without any backache. It's also roomy, with 36.3 inches of rear-seat legroom, it's within an inch of the larger and more expensive Lexus LS 430 and about half an inch larger than the BMW 530i.

One of the best, but…

No factory options are available on the 2005 Acura RL. The only way you can buy one is loaded-to-the-gills, for a hair under $50,000. It's not a bad deal if you're a tech junkie looking for a comfortable ride with the latest and greatest gadgets. If you crave absolute thrust, however, you'll want to go with one of its bigger-motored competitors.

Used 2005 Acura RL Overview

The Used 2005 Acura RL is offered in the following submodels: RL Sedan. Available styles include 3.5 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A).

What's a good price on a Used 2005 Acura RL?

Save up to $209 on one of 3 Used 2005 Acura RL for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $3,999 as of12/10/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 3 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2005 Acura RL trim styles:

  • The Used 2005 Acura RL 3.5 is priced between $3,999 and$7,949 with odometer readings between 99208 and165363 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 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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