2000 Acura RL

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2000 Acura RL Review

Matches the competition in features but beats them in price.

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The 2000 Acura RL serves as the flagship model for the North American luxury car manufacturer. The RL stands for Refined Luxury. The RL debuted in 1996 as a rebadged Honda Legend to replace the second-generation Acura Legend.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Acura 3.5 RL

What's New

The 2000 Acura RL gets a new Vehicle Stability Assist System that keeps the car pointed straight ahead. The 2000 RL also gets a new navigation system that relays more information and uses a larger screen to accommodate additional information. Apart from these additions, the V-6 engine under the hood of the 2000 Acura RL updates to meet the new low-emission vehicle standards.


The 2000 Acura RL has an overall length of 197 inches, almost equal to the length of the Lexus LS400. The RL sits on a wheelbase of 114.6 inches, which falls a little short of the LS400.

The RL maintains the same conservative style as most other Acura models, with the boldest statement coming from the front. The car’s front fascia includes prominent hood creases, xenon HID headlights, and a large horizontal-bar grille. The chrome accents add a final touch to give the car an upscale, luxurious look.


The long wheelbase of the 2000 Acura RL translates to increased room inside, but the rear seats do not feel as comfortable as the seats in front. The front seats offer lots of space all around, although the slippery leather upholstery causes the occupant to slide sideways during turns. Rear seats offer adequate legroom, but they lack the headroom needed to keep the occupants comfortable.

The trunk of the car holds 14 cubic feet, and a pass-through section connecting to the interior allows the car to carry longer items as well. Up front, the dashboard looks well designed like any other Acura vehicle, with a simple, intuitive, and attractive layout. The optional touchscreen navigation system sits high at the center so that both the driver and passenger can access it with ease.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Acura RL comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 210 horsepower and mates to a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers smooth and brisk acceleration with the front-drive RL. However, with most other competitors offering a V-8 engine for their luxury sedans, the V-6 falls behind.

The 2000 Acura RL goes from a standstill to 60 mph within eight seconds, which does not meet the standards set by the rivals using V-8 engines. Fuel economy remains competitive but not exceptional.

The overall ride quality of the RL feels firm but supple and comfortable, and the suspension takes on must bumps without relaying even a rattle or a shudder. For a sedan, the 2000 Acura RL also seems quite agile. Body lean remains minimal, and the car steers very quickly and reflexively. However, the steering makes the road hard to feel.

The engine itself stays quiet, with a discrete snarl while accelerating hard. Wind and tire noise remain minimal as well, as expected from a luxury sedan like the Acura RL.


The Vehicle Stability Assist System, which marks a new feature for controlling skidding, works excellently with the traction control system and anti-lock brakes. With the combination, the car rarely ever skids while accelerating, cornering, or performing accident-avoidance maneuvers.

The 2000 Acura RL uses a dual-stage front passenger airbag, which means that the force with which it deploys depends on the force of impact. In low-speed collisions, the airbags deploy slowly.

The car comes with side-impact airbags for the front and rear, although the ones in the rear come with a sensor to detect if children are seated behind, in which case the airbags deactivate.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura RL 3.5-liter V-6 automatic: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great construction
  • Refined look and feel
  • Good value

You Won't Like

  • Lack of a V-8 engine
  • No rear drive

Sum Up

Matches the competition in features but beats them in price.

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