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2011 Acura RL Review

Competent and comfortable, but no flagship

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Acura RL is a luxury sedan that has reached the end of the road, since a successor to it in 2012 is not planned. The Acura RL has the Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) married to a V-6 churning 300 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission, giving the RL superb road handling.

Luxurious interior features are plentiful and it is extremely comfortable. The subframe of the RL has been updated and the fuel economy rating has improved to 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway. The 2011 Acura RL provides an extensive safety system, such as you would expect of car in this class. In addition to the base sedan, technology, and advance packages are offered.

New for 2011

The 2011 Acura RL received a new front fascia and revised grille, along with updated 18-inch wheels. The interior has been freshened with new headrests, gauges, stitching, and trim. The six-speed transmission was upgraded, improving acceleration and fuel economy. Other improvements include navigational electronics, subframe, and transmission mounts.


Engine: 3.7L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: Base Sedan, Technology Package Sedan, Advance Package Sedan, Technology Package Plus Collision Mitigation Braking System

On the Outside

With a bold chrome beak and little else towards the rear, the Acura RL will not be the standout in the parking lot. However, for those who do like its styling, it does make a bolder statement from most.

From the Inside

Inside the 2011 Acura RL, the strongest statements are made, with features such as 10-way power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, and a wide array of high technology gadgets. To a touch of class, real maple wood trim comes with the higher end Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) options.

Driving Performance

The 2011 Acura RL is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower, 271 pound-feet of torque. New for 2011 is the much needed six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) provides a sporty feel and confident handling, particularly in bad weather. In addition, revised subframe and transmission mounts improve smoothness.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Acura RL are six airbags, stability control, and a full complement of braking and traction control systems, such as ABS, EBD, and BA. Active headrests in the front seats protect front passengers in the event of a rear end collision.

Gas Mileage

RL: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy
RL with Technology Package: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy
RL with Technology Package plus CMBS: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy


  • High technology options
  • Abundance of standard features
  • Snappy handling
  • Stylish interior appointments


  • V-6 power
  • V-8 fuel economy
  • Bland exterior styling


Competent and comfortable, but no flagship

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