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2007 Acura RL

  • 2007 Acura RL Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/256
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $45,780
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2007 Acura RL Review

A lot to admire about its comfort and accessories.

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Overview

As an offshoot of Honda, Acura cars were the Japanese auto-maker’s push into the luxury-minded car market, a full four years ahead of Toyota’s Lexus launch and Nissan’s Infiniti. At first, it was pretty risky business for Honda Acura, but by the launch of its renowned ""Legend"" sedan model in 1986, the upswing towards high sales and rave reviews was quickly noticeable.

By 1996, the Legend would morph into the roomy Acura RL, which stood for Refined Luxury. Well into its second generation’s third year of production, the 2007 Acura RL is lagging a tad in the engine department, with 290 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque. However, it barrels ahead confidently when it comes to its wide range of standard features, nifty interior, driver/passenger cabin roominess, and a stereo system that’s off the charts.

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed shiftable automatic
Models: RL

What's New

While there are no significant changes to the 2007 Acura RL four-door sedan, the once-standard on-board navigation system is now part of a Technology Package that features many additional options, such as 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon lights, a rear view safety camera, and the above-mentioned real-time traffic navigation system.

Exterior

Redesigned for the launch of its second generation back in 2005, the 2007 Acura RL is a virtual match in terms of exterior design. Sandwiched somewhere in between ""sporty"" and ""luxurious,"" the Acura RL conveys a more powerful look and feel than its previous models, thanks to a curvy front end, sleek chrome highlights along its sides, 17-inch alloy wheels, a steep, inclined hood line, and larger tail lights. While some may casually dismiss the 2007 Acura RL’s body design as bland or unimaginative, it’s still unmistakably Acura, which despite any shortcomings, is still beneficial to being noticed on the road.

Interior

The 2007 Acura RL’s blue-lit dashboard is dominated by a towering console and topped off with a seven-inch LCD screen, the home base of its technological showcase. The overall design of the RL’s dark, wood-trimmed interior is impressive, from the quality of soft leather used to the amount of comfortable passenger space that’s good for four adults to the multi-function three-spoke steering wheel. In addition, the longer-than-average list of standard features is one of the RL’s high points. Included are a hands-free Bluetooth phone interface, Bose surround system with six-disc DVD/MP3 and DTS changer, keyless entry/ignition, a rear power window shade, and an Active Noise Cancellation feature that keeps the RL’s cabin quiet. Despite having numerous interior amenities, the RL falls short on storage space—only 13 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Acura RL comes equipped with one engine: a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 290 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque. Not a bad power output by any measure until buyers factor in the RL’s rather massive curb weight of slightly over two tons. Expecting 256 lb-ft of torque to effectively move that kind of weight around with any effectiveness is indeed naive, even with the Acura’s SH-AWD functionality.

While many cars in the RL class graduated to a six- or seven-cylinder transmission, the 2007 Acura RL makes due with just five. The 2007 Acura RL is certainly not quick, but it’s nonetheless a competent, controlled ride that actually performs better during higher rpm.

Safety

Awarded a five-star rollover resistance and front/side impact safety rating by the NHTSA, the 2007 Acura RL comes standard with plenty of protective features to quell anyone's nerves: safety airbags throughout, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, brake assist, front/rear multi-adjustable whiplash protective headrests, dusk sensing headlights, an interior trunk release, child seat anchors and rear cabin safety locks, daylight running lights, and stability/traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

RL: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Latest in high-tech gadgetry
  • Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive
  • Great interior design
  • Good sticker price

You Won't Like

  • Weak V-6 engine
  • Low torque can’t handle its weight

Sum Up

A lot to admire about its comfort and accessories.

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