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Acura RL, Sedan
Oct 20, 2004 (7:25 am)
I am interested in either the RL or Audi A6. I drove the rl over the weekend and liked the car. I currently own a 2004 a4 cabriolet and love the car. The Acura handles well and has a nice fit and finish. My concern is the usual about the first year out on such a drastic change for a model. Also is this the first awd system in a car for acura? I think they did a good job of stacking this car with option and it compares favorably to an a6 with dimensions etc. IT is priced in between the 3.2 and the 4.2 and the stats seem to mirror that. I am waiting for the audi dealer to get the 3.2 in so I can compare it. Has anyone done this comparison yet?
#4319 of 7386 Re: Blackberry 7100t and RL bluetooth? [adam_kelley]
Oct 20, 2004 (8:06 am)
The Blackberry 7100t pairs fine with the RL. I tried pairing during my test drive on Friday with no issue. Battery and Signal strength display on the dash board once paired.
#4320 of 7386 Re: Accura RL [dmartocci]
Oct 20, 2004 (8:26 am)
dmartocci - I have an '01 A6 2.7T today and looking to lease either a new '05 A6 3.2 or an '05 Acura RL. Test drove both this weekend and I posted my comments earlier on both cars.
However, in summary the Acura is a darn fine car. The interior was amazing and the technology was perfectly integrated into the driving experience. My major complaint about the interior was no height adjustment on the passenger seat. My girlfriend is only 5'3" and said she couldn't see very well. However, that's a person issue for me and may not apply to many people. Outside of that the car was very quiet and I have no issues with the interior. Its up to Lexus standards. The Audi on the other hand is more elegant and less flashy than the Acura. Not a negative comment toward either car, but just a different approach. The technology with the Audi (ex: MMI) is a bit more in your face than the Acura in that you have to use it to drive the car. So Acura takes a Lexus approach and Audi takes a BMW approach (but not nearly as bad as that i-Drive). The other thing is that the Audi has a 60/40 split rear seat and the Acura only has a shi bag pass through if that's important to you.
Exterior is where the Audi sets itself apart. Whereas the Acura (IMO) is conservative and some might call it bland, the Audi is aggressive and chiseled. You either love it or hate it, but recommend that you see it in person before you judge. Audi's trunk is larger also (15.9 cube feet vs. 13.1).
The AWD abilities on both cars are similar. Granted Acura is geared more toward performance with the SH-AWD system, but in reality for me living in Chicago they are equal to each other. Not like cruising down Clark Street with SH-AWD vs. Audi AWD is gonna make a difference.
Some other technology type differences between the 2 cars is that the Audi has rain sensing wipers, folding outside mirrors, 18" wheels (not the bling dealer ones like Acura has) and no-charge maintenance. The Acura has the DVD-A player, On-Star, Real time traffic and the active noise cancellation system.
I recommend you drive them both once the 3.2 Audi arrives.
#4321 of 7386 Re: Prices in Houston [shotgun]
Oct 20, 2004 (8:40 am)
OK so list is $49,470. I understand.....so the guy tells me 42 month lease is $750.00 mo. This seems high. Might be based on a higher retail price? Anyone know what rate factor they are using or what your monthly payments are?
#4322 of 7386 Re: Blackberry 7100t and RL bluetooth? [shotgun]
Oct 20, 2004 (9:30 am)
I got the Motorola v710, Verizon's only Bluetooth phone. It works fine.
#4323 of 7386 Re: Got it!!! [gbabaluk]
Oct 20, 2004 (11:43 am)
Good for you. You probably were not going to buy the Acura anyway. They won't miss you.
It is true that I was looking for a lower price, but quality has its price and Acura is now beginning to realize that! Do you think the other makes Infinity, Lexus, BMW and Benz are worth the cost?
#4324 of 7386 Re: Ventilated Seats in the Canadian RL [legendman]
Oct 20, 2004 (12:36 pm)
Will check it out next time by the dealer and provide any info that may be helpful.....
#4325 of 7386 Acura vs. Audi
Oct 20, 2004 (3:57 pm)
I currently have a 2000 Audi A6, 2.7 T and have placed a deposit on the new RL. I test drove it tonight. The RL pick up is good, although still slightly behind my 4 year old 2.7T. However, many more toys in the RL. The navigation system, integrated phone, 6 CD changer, bose speaker system and all. The Audi has more of the sports car feel / look.
I found the Audi to be very expensive once the maintenance period expired. I put over 20K miles per year and I am currently pouring money into maintaining the Audi. I just needed a new ABS pump for $1,600. I am hoping that the Acura will be a better value, long term. Entry price is comparable.
I am listed for the carbon black. The "sand" will be available sooner. Anyone seen this one yet?
#4326 of 7386 Re: Got it!!! [kaisofan]
Oct 20, 2004 (4:00 pm)
Yes, I was considering the new 2005 RL but for a Honda, over $70,000CDN is ridiculous! The new Infiniti and Lexus V8 models of the M & G will be out within 6 months and I will buy one of them. I have owned Hondas before, the last one was a V6 Accord which was "bullet" proof but boring as watching paint dry; to drive!
Not that I wouldn't consider it for less than $60,000CDN. That's all it's worth and I will continue to make that point.
Have a great day;
#4327 of 7386 Re: Smaller Interior in RL vs. Accord [varmint]
Oct 20, 2004 (4:23 pm)
>Kinda surprised that the Accord has more legroom than the RL.<
>>If true, that is a sad statistic.<<
My point was simply this: Having to pay $50,000 for an Acura luxury automobile that now apparently has less room inside than a Honda Accord seems like a step down and a step backward. The smaller trunk is hardly a selling point either.