2005 Acura RL Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Acura RL - Road Test Specs

2005 Acura RL Sedan

(3.5L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2005
Base MSRP$48,900
As-tested MSRP$49,470


Drive typeAWD
Engine typeSOHC VTEC V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300@6200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260@5000
Transmission type5-Speed Automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion with Super Handling technology
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot MX
Tire size, front245/50VR17
Tire size, rear245/50VR17
Brakes, frontFour-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.74
0-60 mph (sec.)7.26
0-75 mph (sec.)10.59
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.29 @ 92.84
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.99
60-0 mph (ft.)Good
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)No Data
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)71
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUnder full-throttle acceleration upshifts occur at 6,600 rpm, and the redline is marked on the tachometer at 6,800 rpm. The engine has decent bottom-end power, but it really comes alive around 5,200 rpm, when the variable valve timing comes in. It's not a sudden change like the old VTEC cars used to do, but there is a noticeable change in both exhaust note and thrust. Overall the engine is refined and powerful with an audible rumble that sounds good when the windows are rolled down. In order to get the best time out of the car in the quarter we had to power brake it to 2,500 rpm with the VSA turned off, manually shifting at redline.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsThe RL has moderate ABS noise and vibration under heavy braking, which is more than we expected from a high-end luxury car. It tracked very straight and had minimal front end dive, and overall was very confidence inspiring. We were forced to give it a "good" rating because of the noise and vibration, but if those were not a factor the numbers would have earned it an "excellent."
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe RL features Acura's new "Super Handling" all wheel drive, and it is quite noticeable. The integrated stability control is very subtle and allows for some slippage and rotation in the slalom, without letting the car get too far out of control. For a big luxury car the RL is very predictable and easy to manage, and the steering feel is good but not great. It is a bit numb, as is the accelerator. The 300hp V6 provides plenty of power to maintain speed and acclerate out of the final cones, and we could actually feel the "super handling" acclerating the outside wheel to help the car cut around corners. Overall an impressive performer. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (°F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City 26 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3984
Length (in.)193.6
Width (in.)72.7
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)110.2
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)13 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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