2009 Acura RL Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2009 Acura RL - Road Test Specs

2009 Acura RL Sedan

(3.7L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
Style4dr Sedan AWD w/CMBS (3.7L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$54,460
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$54,460


Drive typeElectronically regulated all-wheel drive
Engine typeTransverse mounted V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,664cc (224 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft with variable valve timing and lift on intake and exhaust
Compression ratio (x:1)11.2:1
Redline (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)271 @ 5,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic with sport mode and paddle shifters
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.697; II = 1.606; III = 1.071; IV = 0.694; V = 0.491; R = 1.888; FD1 = 4.533; FD2 = 1.238


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional electric-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HX MXM4
Tire typePerformance all-season
Tire size, frontP245/45R18 96V
Tire size, rearP245/45R18 96V
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear12.2-inch ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 92.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)43
@ Full throttle (dB)79
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot much to do but time the off-brakes, on-throttle dance. Revs hang around 2,000-2,500 momentarily while the car decides what to do with the request, but soon gets with it. Upshifts are crisp at redline without being harsh. Some VTEC surge at 4,000 rpm.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsDespite what the stopping distances indicate, the typical Honda-style brake fade revealed itself on the third stop, when the pedal went to the floor without ABS pulsing. Distances did not grow significantly, but feel went away in a big way. Rotten-egg stench ensued.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: The RL teeters on understeer using "maintenance throttle" technique, but can manage an ever-so slight slip angle if you jab/prod the throttle to wake up the SH-AWD system. Steering isn't very talkative, though. Slalom: The RL refuses to be manhandled in the slalom. If you try to enter with an enthusiastic technique in mind (e.g., quick hands and with some speed) only the first gate works and the rest is a game of catch-up. The only way through is slow-in with gradual application of throttle throughout to make use of the AWD at the exit. As per usual with Acura products, the low-rolling-resistance tires give up early and often.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)95.0
Wind (mph, direction)3.0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/22 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,110
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,086
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)195.8
Width (in.)72.7
Height (in.)57.2
Wheelbase (in.)110.2
Track, front (in.)62.0
Track, rear (in.)62.4
Turning circle (ft.)39.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)13.1, non-folding seats, pass-through only


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars

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