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Acura RL, Sedan
Apr 13, 2012 (12:49 pm)
Everything related to style is subjective, I do not think your opinion of the looks of the upcoming RLX is wrong.
I do however have an opinion of my own: this new RLX is awful, hideous, repulsive and ugly.
First the power plenum TL (big nose, or beak), then the ZDX -- from what planet did that thing come from, the thinly disguised RDX (aka Honda CR-V) that drops SH-AWD for pity's sake -- and now this nauseating new RLX.
Honda, er Acura is really slipping out of the premium class quickly. Why not simply do what Hyundai has done, create the Genesis line and sell them alongside their other cars.
How about selling Acuras (out of the back) at Honda dealerships -- for there is way too much Honda in the Acura lineup. And, not counting the upcoming NSX, who does Acura think its kidding with all of its talk about being a Premium Car Line.
Now don't get me wrong, I really do love my 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Advance -- except for its looks. And, so equipped this TL is an absolute steal -- its value quotient is off the charts.
But it really ticks me off that Acura keeps coming out with FWD vehicles -- it needs to make ALL of its cars SH-AWD if it wants to even stand a chance of remaining or regaining Premium Car status.
The new RLX's interior may even be worse than its exterior, it has upper and lower screens and the lower one looks like an add on, a growth, if you will.
Even Chrysler 300 interiors have grown up -- look at a 2012 300 interior vs a 2007 300 interior, you can see how a brand can morph itself beautifully.
Acuras from what I can tell (since I drive one every day) drive and ride great, have smooooooth engines and transmissions and the best damn audio systems on the planet. Their content per buck is off the charts and they seem to be excellent performers (albeit sleepers due to their looks).
But, cut off my legs and call me shorty, they are the ugly, uglier, ugliest cars in the Premium segment they still attempt to lay claim on.
Cover yourselves in butter and carry lemons, there's an Acura loose!
Jan 21, 2013 (11:31 am)
Just bought an 05 RL and wondering if I should upgrade the NAV system? Any opinions/thoughts?
#7369 of 7386 Re: 05 Acura RL [mrjohns]
Jan 21, 2013 (12:39 pm)
I would. It's around $100 for a new DVD and a worthwhile investment.
#7370 of 7386 Re: 2011 RLs [markcincinnati]
Jan 21, 2013 (11:07 pm)
(I'll preface this post by saying that this Forum is very stagnant and I don't know if Mark will even see this post. But the RLX is coming out in a few weeks and I did not see an RLX forum in Edmunds but I did find Mark's old post!)
Mark, Your Post was interesting to me because First, I recognized your name right away from years ago when the 2005 RL was being introduced. I bought the 2005. Still have it. Still love it. At that time you owned something like 27 consecutive Audi's. You almost bought a new Infiniti M, I believe it was a 2005, but changed your mind when the Audi people encouraged you to stay with them. You may remember Acuraphile. He and I met in that forum, both having purchased 2005's. We still keep in touch today. He purchased a 2012, one of the few that came off the assembly line last year. It appears that Acura pinned it's hopes on the new 2014 RLX to be their long awaited new Flagship. George, (Acuraphile), now 87 told me his dealership has made arrangement for him to be invited in to be the first one to test drive it when it arrives at the dealership in a few weeks. He is excited! I told him to give me the complete story on it and I look forward to his assessment. If you may recall Acuraphile has a way with words and will give us his honest opinion. Until then I'll reserve my opinions. Pictures don't tell the whole story. Thanks for your assessment. So you bought an Acura TL huh. I never thought that would happen. Good luck.
PS I see some familiar host names Kirstie and Karens... is Pat still with Edmunds?
Jan 22, 2013 (12:19 pm)
Unfortunately, Pat passed away a few years ago (and we still miss her).
#7372 of 7386 Re: 2011 RLs [kirstie_h]
Jan 22, 2013 (8:38 pm)
Oh, I am sorry to hear that and I can understand how you do miss her. I will let George (Acuraphile) know. He remembers her for sure. After this forum quieted down I would check in every once in a while and she would always greet me with something nice to say. Pat was a good person.
#7373 of 7386 Re: 2011 RLs [jjacura]
Jan 24, 2013 (9:18 am)
While not nearly as "upset" as Mark is, I agree with most of what he says about the TL. Performance/build per dollar spent is where Acura shines.
If money were the only factor, I'd have nothing but Acuras gracing my garage.
I'm not a FWD biggot. I've owned some good FWD cars (TL included). As we all know, RWD trumps FWD in the handling dept, all day, every day. But, I also agree that Acura has kind of made a name for themselves with their SH AWD system. It's a good one. I'd make every model as a SH AWD vehicle, as Mark suggests.
The more I read, the more I think I must be the only one on the planet that likes the styling direction of Acura these days. Clearly, I'm in the minority.
Although not in the market, I do look forward to seeing the new RLX (and also the TLX?) in the flesh.
#7374 of 7386 Drove 2014 RLX
Feb 24, 2013 (7:09 am)
Recently drove the new RLX. Much nicer than the previous generation. Still the ride is harsh and the base RLX only comes with black leatherette. If you want real leather in a color other than black, you have to spend substantially more for a higher package. Front seats are very comfortable. At least this iteration is not a gussied-up Accord as the previous model was. Interesting feature is the brake hold, which frees up your feet for texting at stoplights. Tap the accelerator and the brakes release and you're on your way.
#7375 of 7386 Re: 2011 RLs [kirstie_h]
Feb 28, 2013 (10:00 am)
Pat passed- my condolense.
She had me reprimanded more than once (for temper tantrums post) back in the days.
#7376 of 7386 Re: Drove 2014 RLX [kenb757]
Feb 28, 2013 (1:15 pm)
Do you work for Acura?
How did you get to test drive the RLX?
Wow, did Acura really went that direction in charging for leather?