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#7250 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [bartalk3]
Feb 24, 2008 (7:31 am)
Long time since I saw your posts in here...Good to see you again. Automotive News "Tier 1" Does that mean the RL will have finally "arrived"?
Edmunds has had the RL in their Luxury Performance Sedans group since 2005 competing with BMW 5 series, Lexus, Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac STS, etc.
Looking forward to see what Acura does with the TL next model year. We've seen the 2009 RL.
Feb 25, 2008 (3:57 pm)
Fellow Acura loyalist I think Acura would somehow like to elevate the status of their vehicles to the BMW, Mercedes, Lexus level. Prestige is tricky. How do you do that? For one, they need to separate themselves more from Honda, as Lexus does from Toyota. A lot of Acura parts, I notice, are labeled Honda. That doesn't help the elite image. Also, as Lexusguy sagely observed on that other chat room, the TL almost always follows the introduction of a new Accord by one year. In other words, built on the Accord platform, the TL is just an upscale and sportier variation. That will probably be true this year as Acura rolls out the new TL following by one year the new Accord. Expect similarities.
Lexusguy also observed that one limitation of the RL over the other elite brands is that there's virtually no choice of engine or transmission options. We'll see what Acura does. Prestige is a tricky thing to manipulate.. Infinti, by the way, would like to do the same. Their cars are great, but the name doesn't have quite the cache of the others.
#7252 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [bartalk3]
Feb 26, 2008 (3:27 am)
I agree that the prestige issue is very tricky. Acura has a very high quality automobile in the RL but has not been universally thought of in the same prestige level as Lexus and Mercedes or even BMW. Why is that? Lexus Guy has some good points but there is something else that is missing. Is it the Bling Thing? PERHAPS!
#7253 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [jjacura]
Feb 26, 2008 (12:21 pm)
From what I read, Acura gets knocked the most for not offering an 8 cylinder engine and not offering RWD. Bland styling is also part of the knock, though.
#7254 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [pat]
Feb 26, 2008 (2:51 pm)
How can I argue with a hostess... (Good to see you are keeping an Eagle eye on this tired old forum, Pat.) Actually though for me...When I see an RL, a Lexus, a Mercedes, or a BMW coming down the road I'll quickly look but I still do a double take on the RL. I love the subtle lines, the unheralded handsome good looks of the RL. I don't know about a V-8 in their plans but it is rumored that Acura is bringing on a powerful diesel 6...now that could be interesting. They have also refined the SH AWD in the 2009 and I can't imagine bringing on a RWD now.
#7255 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [jjacura]
Feb 26, 2008 (5:17 pm)
Oh, I'm always here and it's always very good to see you, George and everyone else. You all should come around more often!!
Personally, I do like the understated looks of the RL. I was just saying what I read. I guess we'll see what happens down the road. A diesel would be quite interesting!
#7256 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [pat]
Feb 27, 2008 (6:09 am)
Yesterday I purchased an RL for $ 42500 in Bay Area Ca. I had to hassle with the trade but I got with my Lexus RX 330 1k less than blue book.
Previously I tried out Lexus 350 and found it very fast but felt like I was in a sardine can, way to small for me. Also tried out a GS 460, luxury, fast, and very expensive at least for me.
Just for me, I feel the Acura RL gives more for the money than the same priced Lexus. And I still love Lexus, but having owned two prior "Acura Legends, one excellent and one a pos, (89) I am looking forward to a good 100-150k miles.
Good luck to all and stay safe.
#7257 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [jensad]
Feb 27, 2008 (12:10 pm)
Enjoy your new ride!
I have enjoyed reading your posts in the Inconsiderate Drivers topic, by the way.
#7258 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [pat]
Feb 27, 2008 (2:13 pm)
"Inconsiderate Drivers topic"
FOR REAL? Must be an interesting place to vent.
#7259 of 7386 Re: Tier 1? [jjacura]
Feb 27, 2008 (9:56 am)
Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)
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