The 2006 Acura RL combines luxury and performance. Acura, once known for its superior cars, endures a bit of a slump in this area. The company has breathed new life into itself with the creation of the midsize TL and compact TSX, both of which represent capable premium sedans that offer value, performance, and luxury all in one package. In 2005, Acura unveiled the RL sedan, giving the car company exactly what it needed.
Technology like the satellite-based traffic information and navigation system that gives information in real time complements the luxury-infused cabin. The RL combines performance, luxury, and technology in an attractive, sleek package.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Models: Acura RL 3.5 Sedan
Acura adds the optional Technology Package that includes features such as the collision mitigation braking system. This consists of a radar unit inside the grille that automatically tightens seat belts, slows the vehicle, and alerts the driver if it senses an impending collision. Because of the new Society of Automotive Engineers testing procedures, the horsepower is lowered from 300 horsepower to 290 horsepower.
The exterior standard features for the 2006 Acura RL include: 17-inch alloy wheels, a remote-controlled sunroof, manual side window sunshades, and adaptive headlights that swivel in concert with the direction of the steering. Cargo capacity totals 13.1 cubic feet.
The exterior of the RL looks attractive, sleek, and sporty. The front of the car has a long, sloping hood and the integrated bumpers and headlights give it a smooth look. The rear looks short, and it features a three-quarter view.
The 2006 Acura RL comes in one base trim, but it has a rich cache of standard features. Standard features include: leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats with driver seat memory, a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic information, keyless entry/startup, and Bluetooth. The standard automatic climate control system uses satellite data to monitor the outside temperature and adjust the interior temperature accordingly.
The interior of the cabin looks luxurious, spacious, and functional. The interior is crafted with high-quality materials and the leather upholstery has intricate stitch work. The wood trim blends well with the leather. The center stack has a large dial used as the interface for the display. Acura has employed its Active Noise Cancellation System through the Bose sound system to cancel road and exhaust noise. The gauges seem easy to read and the voice-activated navigation system easy to use.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Acura RL contains a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. The car has variable valve timing and variable flow exhaust system. The standard five-speed automatic transmission has a feature that allows you to shift to any gear you choose. This car sprints from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. The anti-lock braking system provides good stopping power.
The V-6 engine produces abundant power for highway merging, and driving and the transmission shifts smoothly and almost seamlessly. The all-wheel drive allows for greater confidence on the road. Handling feels sure and responsive and the ride remains comfortable and smooth.
Standard safety equipment for the 2006 Acura RL includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control, daytime running lights, an emergency trunk opener, child-proof rear door locks, side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, seat-mounted side airbags in front, full-length side curtain airbags, and an optional collision mitigation braking system. The braking system includes small radar located in the grille. When it senses an imminent accident, it issues a warning, tightens your seat belt, and slows down your car automatically.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Acura a ?good? rating for protection in frontal-impact collisions and a ?marginal? rating for protection in rear-impact collisions. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association awards this car five out of five stars for protection in frontal-impact collisions for both the front passenger and the driver.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura RL base: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Long list of standard features
- Optional collision mitigation braking system
- Excellent handling
- Voice-activated navigation system
- Excellent interior materials
- Premium stereo system
- All-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Mediocre fuel economy
- No V-8 engine available
The perfect car if you want a luxury soul in a performance body.
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