2011 Acura RL Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, RL receives a new front fascia and revised grille along with updated 18-inch wheels. The interior is freshened with new headrests, gauges, stitching and trim. The biggest news is the upgraded 6-speed transmission which improves acceleration and fuel economy – although RL still trails competitors with 7- and even 8-speed units. Other improved bits include nav electronics, subframe and transmission mounts.
The Acura RL’s main competition is the in-house TL, the latter of which was recently updated. The TL is .2 inches shorter than the Acura RL, and the TL is more expensive and attractive. Word has it that the RL is in the twilight of its cycle; if a car buyer wants it; this is the year to buy one.
Despite the fact that the RL sedan is a flagship vehicle for Acura: the RL has an outmoded platform, it’s absent of V-8 power and consumers tend to overlook the car because its styling is substandard. Still, car buyers should give this car a second look. The Acura RL has Super Handling All Wheel Drive married to a V-6 churning 300 horsepower. The RL has splendid on the road handling, its feature list is extensive, and the interior is extremely comfortable.
Acura made updates to the RL sedan; the 2011 variant has a 6-speed auto gearbox; the add-on of another cog enhances fuel economy. The interior and exterior is improved too; and the subframe of the RL has been updated.
With a bold chrome beak and little else towards the rear, the RL won’t be the valet’s first pick to put out front. For those who dig its quirky styling, it does make a statement. Inside RL makes its strongest statement, with such features as with 10-way power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, and a host of high tech goodies. Real maple wood trim comes with top spec CMBS equipped versions.
RL has one engine on offer, a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower, 271 pound-feet of torque, and a sonorous exhaust note. New for 2011 is the sorely-needed 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. SH-AWD vectors torque front-to-back and side-to-side when throttle is applied, providing a sporty feel and confident handling, particularly in bad weather. Revised subframe and transmission mounts improve smoothness.
Six airbags come standard as does stability control and a host of braking and traction control aides (ABS, EBD, and BA). Active headrests in the front seats enhance front passenger protection in the event of a rear end collision.
Engines: 3.7L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: RL, RL with Technology Package, RL with Technology Package Plus Collision Mitigation Braking System
EPA Fuel Economy
RL: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway
RL with Technology Package: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway
RL with Technology Package Plus CMBS: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway
Price : $47,200 – $55,150