2006 Acura RL Consumer Review: Nice car, but not perfect.....

2006 Acura RL - Consumer Review

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Nice car, but not perfect.....
By braindrain on


2006 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan AWD w/Navi System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Traded an Audi A8L for this. Had Mercedes, Audi, Saab, etc, and decided to shop wide due to insane pricing on german cars, lousy residuals on nice american car leases. Ended up between the RL and Infiniti M35. The RL most certainly has the most 'features' of anything in its class, although I'm not sure what class it is. Sold as a full size Honda in Japan, thats sort of what it is. Nice materials, but whacky electronics, including the dumb keyless ignition that has stranded me 5 times. Bad gas mileage too, my Durango does better. VERY loud tires too, gnaws on my eardrums on concrete highways. Acura had a good 42 month lease, that I now regret. A nice 24 month car, but no more......

Best Features

Fantastic navigation, XM radio, super turn-in and handling. Nice interior materials, very adjustable driving position. Decent exterior size given all the interior room. Looks ok, just a plain car though.

Worst Features

As mentioned, Keyless ignition is totally UNRELIABLE, car refused to start 5 times so far. LOUD tires (runflat). Electronics are massively confusing, but probably not worse than most expensive cars. Shift Gate is imprecise, hard to change gears, set up for right hand drive.
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