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Acura RL, Sedan
#6131 of 7386 Re: v8-v6 comparisons [bodble2]
Mar 24, 2005 (3:28 pm)
You have a point. I pulled out a copy of Automobile magazine (July 2004) issue, On the cover was a picture of the 2005 Acura RL, the 2005 Cadillac STS, and the 2006 Infiniti M45. A great story inside. It was my first good look at the new RL. I knew I immediately liked the RL design over the M at that point but forgot that the M was a 2006. Now that the M has made it's debut, nothing has changed my mind.
#6132 of 7386 Re: v8-v6 comparisons [jjacura]
Mar 24, 2005 (3:41 pm)
I'm not in the market for a new car (I'm too busy enjoying my '04 TL), but am keeping up with these models for my parents, and while I haven't gotten to test drive or see them in person, I like the RL better than the M, too. The M seems to cheapen itself with the interiors, using cheap seat insets to look like stitched piping and the color-scheme can be chaotic since unless you get the light tan, the dash, floor and center console are black, and regardless of the color choice, the headliner is gray. The RL is definitely classier, and even if the M is faster, I'd imagine for most of us, the RL has more than enough ponies for our enjoyment.
One nod Ihae to give to the M is that their voice nav system recognizes spoken street names. It'd be nice if the acuras did that.
#6134 of 7386 Re: v8-v6 comparisons [ljwalters1]
Mar 24, 2005 (8:14 pm)
I like your style young Walters. Stick around for a while in this forum. It could get interesting.
#6135 of 7386 Re: RL looks [Shotgun] [bodble2] [jjacura] [bodble2] [jjacura] [bodble2] [jjacura]
Mar 25, 2005 (4:50 am)
In the C&D $55K sedan comparison, it is amazing how the V6 RL is compared to a V8 GS430 & M45....and rates HIGHER than the GS430!!! I suppose that the RL would crush the M35 or GS300 AWD, based on those results.
#6136 of 7386 Re: RL looks [Shotgun] [bodble2] [jjacura] [bodble2] [jjacura] [bodble2] [jjacura] [aclc]
Mar 25, 2005 (5:17 am)
Not really, MT already put M35 first ahead of 2nd-place RL, and others. Drivers Japan also put Nissan Fuga 350GT (M35 Sport) ahead of Honda Legend (RL). M35 is 200 lbs lighter than RL, down 20 hp but up 10 lb/ft of torque, is much faster than RL.
Mar 25, 2005 (5:49 am)
Edmunds ranked the GS430 1st, followed by the RL, followed by the M. Here's a very much abbreviated summary: the GS is sporty enough to be enjoyable and is the most luxurious of the 3; the RL is between the other 2 in sportiness and luxury; and the M is the most sporty, least luxurious. The cars are close enough that the M's sportiness doesn't make up for its shortcomings over the GS & RL, but the GS' shortcomings are made up for by its luxury.
If there's a discrepancy between C&D and Edmunds (and maybe consumer reports?), I'd probably go with Edmunds' report until I can make up my own mind. C&D is probably for the super-enthusiast who would do pretend slolams if on the road alone; Consumer Reports is more for the person who just wants to get from point A to point B without having to stop at the repair shop. Edmunds seems to be in between.
#6138 of 7386 Re: RL v GS v M [ljwalters1]
Mar 25, 2005 (7:03 am)
As has been discussed a lot here and other sites, that was one of the most ridiculous and bizaar comparison results in automotive magazine history. How in the world does the LEAST sporty car win a SPORT SEDAN comparison??? The M45 utterly embarrassed the RL and GS in EVERY performance category, yet they ranked it last in a SPORT SEDAN comparison! I might be behind the times, but when did LUXURY become a PERFORMANCE aspect???
And keep in mind they used a nearly stripped M45, if I recall. Virtually everything on the other two cars is available to the M. That SPORT SEDAN COMPARISON isn't worth the electrons that form the words. I think they should limit themselves to just doing driving impressions and research; leave the "comparisons" to dedicated automotive comparison magazines.
#6139 of 7386 Re: RL v GS v M [tayl0rd]
Mar 25, 2005 (9:41 am)
" leave the "comparisons" to dedicated automotive comparison magazines."
Which one do you recommend?
#6140 of 7386 Re: Hands Free Phone Recommendations [shs111]
Mar 25, 2005 (10:06 am)
Thanks. My Verizon contract ends on June 12th, so I save $175 by waiting it out. Salesman in Cingular store promised to honor the current offer.....$50 for the V551, in conjunction with a 1-year contract. Is anything missing that you would have liked?
My RL has run perfectly, from the get-go. I don't care if it takes a slice more of "one, one-thousand" to get me off the line. I bought the WHOLE PACKAGE, so no comparo is possible. I put all of the info that's passed before my eyes into the hopper...and "ground out" an RL. I did a dozen walk-arounds, paid attention to this forum, touched every knob, sniffed the leather, loved the dash, was thrilled by the power and smoothness, read all the specs, was entranced by the audio, pleased by the nav's simplicity, stunned by my wife's enthusiasm ( a first!) and I wasn't deterred by the price. So the A6 or 530i may present one or two better stats, BUT HOLD ON, I BOUGHT THE WHOLE PACKAGE!!! My nature is unwilling to deal in ULTIMATES and ABSOLUTES. I do have one firm rule that I obey: Never buy a car that's reputed to frequent the shop more than the highway! In the shop, 0-60 loses its panache and the shop becomes a virtual showroom for a few celebrated marques.