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2010 Acura RL

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2010 Acura RL Review

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Though many suggest that the prescription for a genuine luxury sedan must include an available V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, the 2010 Acura RL continues to be built for buyers interested in an alternative approach. A mild make over last year netted Acura's top-of-the-line four-door a more powerful V6 engine, refined all-wheel-drive and suspension systems, a longer body, a quieter cabin, and an available Technology Package stocked with modern conveniences designed to make your time behind the wheel more comfortable and enjoyable. There's plenty to admire in the 2010 Acura RL, especially by those not intent on owning the quickest luxury sedan on the cul-de-sac.

You'll Like This Car If...

Shoppers of luxury sedans will applaud the 2010 Acura RL's long list of standard equipment and its simple pricing structure, while those with a zest for driving may find themselves on curvy roads testing the capabilities of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite its powerful V6, shoppers considering the 2010 Acura RL may be turned off by the lack of rear-wheel drive and a V8 engine. Competitors from Audi and Mercedes-Benz promise superior fuel economy, and models like the Hyundai Genesis deliver surprising levels of luxury at a significant discount.

What's New for 2010

The Acura RL sees no major changes for 2010.

Driving the RL

Driving Impressions
For everyday driving, the 2010 Acura RL's 300-horsepower V6 performs admirably, matches the EPA's fuel economy estimates, and delivers plenty of refined momentum for mingling with lead-footed commuters. Power is...

on par with cars such as the Lexus GS 350 but arrives at higher rpm and, as a result, makes the RL feel relatively sluggish when starting from a standstill. The accompanying five-speed transmission is smooth but can be slow to downshift, a trait that's noticeable when attempting to pass another vehicle; drivers can shift on their own schedule by using paddles on the steering wheel. Serving to offset any engine and transmission deficiencies is Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), technology that makes the RL sure-footed in inclement conditions and a delight on twisty roads. Braking is usually a worry-free endeavor, though we did notice a slight loss in effectiveness after an afternoon of spirited driving.

XM Note
With the touch of a button on the 2010 Acura RL's console, XM Note allows you to capture up to 10 seconds of up to 30 songs heard on XM satellite radio, as well as the artist name and song title.

AcuraLink
Falling under the AcuraLink umbrella are real-time traffic information, up-to-date weather forecasts, and a rerouting feature that steers drivers away from heavy congestion. Navigating your way through the chaotic evening rush hour just became more palatable.

2010 Acura RL Details
2010 Acura RL photo Interior

As a flagship model, the 2010 Acura RL's interior disappoints as much as it impresses. Kudos go out for spacious accommodations, the Technology Package's triple-setting heated and cooled front seats, padding in all the right places, and a cabin that's both quiet and easy to enter and exit. We were less enamored by the driver seat's lack of lower support during long drives, perforated leather upholstery that felt like it had been borrowed from a Honda, an utter lack of storage provisions for rear seat passengers, and a sunken cargo floor that required lifting heavy items several inches.

Exterior
2010 Acura RL photo

Most obvious among the 2010 Acura RL's exterior styling is the large, shiny grille that is quickly becoming the marker for every model within the Acura lineup. Carried over from last year's redesign are standard 18-inch alloy wheels, a reshaped rear end with revised taillights, and a more pronounced lip on the trunk lid that helps to make the sedan more aerodynamic. Overall, there's more RL to love, thanks to 70 pounds of added weight and a body that's been stretched by two inches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Given the RL's luxury car status, Acura has fitted its largest sedan with not only the usual bits like a Bose sound system and power features tied to a driver-side memory function, but also a universal serial bus (USB) port located in the center console that offers quick and seamless access to tunes on your iPod, and an Active Sound Control system that does a commendable job of muting engine noise. Safety is addressed by a plethora of airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, and a strong passenger compartment that helped the 2010 Acura RL achieve five-star ratings in government crash tests.

Optional Equipment

An available Technology Package has been designed to make commuting a bit less stressful in the 2010 Acura RL. At the heart of it all is a voice-activated navigation system that delivers current traffic and weather information, a timesaving traffic rerouting function, xenon headlights that swivel to illuminate the direction of travel, and heated and cooled front seats. The Technology Package can be ordered with Acura's Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). CMBS is paired with adaptive cruise control and prepares the driver in the event of a sudden emergency by tightening the driver's seatbelt and applying light brake pressure.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Acura RL shares the same 3.7-liter V6 found in the Acura MDX. Coinciding with greater displacement are ratings of 300 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. The automaker's five-speed SportShift automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters, continues to represent the single gearbox offering. In terms of fuel economy, the EPA suggests that the 2010 Acura RL will travel 16 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 22 mpg on the highway (down from 24 mpg in 2008) while burning premium fuel. Those figures mirror ratings for the Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic but are slightly less than figures reported for a V8-equipped Audi A6 quattro.

3.7-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
271 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22

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2010 Acura RL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 133 Ratings for the 2005 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Best car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, June 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cannot be beat for the money"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned many cars over the decades and this is absolutely the best. It has the SH-AWD system which provided fantastic traction and response. Will get you "there" in any weather - rain, snow, etc. Comfort is amazing. My wife prefers it over her Mercedes for any road trips. Have owned 3+ years and no problems, weaknesses, etc to report. Well-designed, engineered and built. Probably the best-dept secret on the road. Will look seriously at Acura for any future car purchases."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Very, very nice sedan!

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "AWD Strong V6 great handling great ride & looks"

Cons: "Rear view camera optics could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased fully-loaded Acura Certified 2011 RL with Technology & Advanced packages. The RL had only 10K miles on it at just under 3 years - and got an amazing deal on what is a very nice AWD luxury sedan. Owned Acuras previously and know they are exceptionaly well-built. Had it 3 months now and have a combination of city and highway driving. I am very pleased with my purchase."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Friday, February 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great ammenities standard"

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had my RL for almost 3 years and it has been a fantastic car. I bought it used with 30K miles on it and added an extended warranty. I had to replace the A/C system but other than that it has been very reliable. I wish gas mileage was a little better (I average around 20mpg), but I love the way it handles. The AWD is awesome and the car really sticks to the road in all weather conditions (we don't really get snow in San Antonio). I plan to keep this car and pass it on to my daughter in a couple years when she starts to drive...."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

great combination of style and performance

By on Sunday, November 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "sleek look, fun to drive, feel very safe driving"

Cons: "brakes/tires pricey-expect w/high performance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very comparable performance to BMW 5 Series which I owned previously at lower price point. Comfortable leather interior with wood grain provides high end look. 3.5 liter engine has great power when you need it most for passing or entering ramp on expressway."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best car ever!!!

By on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great ride, nice looking, reliable"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car, I get great mileage, a great ride with no major repairs just routine maintenance. This car is extremely reliable and fun to drive. If it was up to me, I would never trade this car and drive it until it dies but my accountant insists that I need to get a new car for tax purposes."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

An amazing automobile

By on Thursday, October 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, reliability, comfort"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Acura RL is one of the most amazing cars I have ever owned, and I have owned many. Comfort and reliability are top-notch, but as importantly is that when you take this car on a twisty road you think you're driving a sports car. The handling is superb. What a car!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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