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Acura RL Model Overview

Acura RL Questions


Check Starting System On 2005 Acura Rl

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Any Last-gen Acura Rl Owners Out There? If So, Your Review?

Right now for a bunch of reasons, a last-year top-trim RL is top of our list of possible luxury cars for a couple years down the road. Would appreciate thoughts from those who have actually owned the ...

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Joe Wolf

2010 Rl W/ 42000 Miles, Turns Over, Won't Start. Happens Intemittently -- S...

Happens intemittently -- sometimes not for a month, then next day, etc. Dlrshp can't find issue. Starts after many tries. Says "Check keyless entry" Check SHAWD, ABS, brakes." Reprogrammed the only...

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Should I Change The Timing Belt On A 2009 Acura Tl With 26k Miles On It - R...

2009 Acura RL with actual 26,000 miles on it. Dealer wants us to change timing belt because it is at the 7 year mark (recommended change is 7 years or 105,000 miles). We only plan to keep the car for...

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Where Is The Location Of The Crank Sensor On Acura Rl 3.5 1997

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Older Acura RL

1997 Acura RL Overview
1997 Acura RL
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1997 Acura RL reviews:
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1996 Acura RL Overview
1996 Acura RL
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1996 Acura RL reviews:
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About the Acura RL

The Acura RL was first produced in 1996 to replace the Legend.  Although the "RL" officially stands for "Road Luxury," many surmised that it actually stood for "Replace Legend."  

The Acura RL has maintained its 3.5-liter V6 engine despite demands from drivers for more cylinders.  Horsepower started at 210, and torque at 224 lb-ft.  Horsepower for the 2007 RL is listed as 290 and the accompanying torque at 256 lb-ft.

The luxury sedan takes premium fuel, and mileage has hovered around 18 miles per gallon in the city, and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.  Drivers have complained about the fuel inefficiency, even though the Acura RL qualified as a low emissions car.

The RL line has struggled in the crowded luxury sedan market.  The recent technological improvements made during the 2005 redesign may help, but Acura may need to bump the engine up to a fuel-efficient V8 before the critics are quieted.