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You are in the Acura RL
What is this discussion about?
Acura RL, Infiniti M35, Sedan
May 18, 2005 (4:17 am)
RL is a mid-side FWD sedan(Accord) masquerading as a AWD sports sedan.
M is based on a FM RWD platform designed with sport in mind (Z,G35).
If you like bland and boring go with the RL- I doesn't look too different from 2000 Accord. On the plus side bland designs age well unlike flavor of the month. RL interior is slightly better.
Historically Acuras had better re-sale value than Infiniti, but Goshn-era Infinities hold their value quite well.
#43 of 269 Re: ACURA RL vs INFINITI M45. Its narrowed down to just these 2. Please HELP!! [s54]
May 18, 2005 (8:03 am)
The M is a first year model too, so I would be just as concern about reliability issues. The G35 has had its share of problems.
I think you guys are giving Ghosn too much credit too soon. Yes, he introduced some nice models to resuscitate a dying company, but he's had problems with quality issues, and some dubious designs (Maxima, Quest). He's got some work to do before I would qualify him for the hall of fame.
With Nissan where it was when he took over, even I could have improved things!
#44 of 269 Re: rl vs m [ffb13]
May 18, 2005 (9:38 am)
glorified honda accord for twice the price. for AWD, NAV, +60
You nailed it.
May 18, 2005 (3:15 pm)
Oh yes, I'm sure its just that easy. You should take over for both Bill Ford and Rick Wagoner, after all, Ford and GM arent in nearly as bad a shape as Nissan was in the late '90s, so it should be a breeze for you to fix both companies in say 3 years or so, as Ghosn did.
#46 of 269 Re: bodble2 [lexusguy]
May 18, 2005 (4:41 pm)
Umm...lexusman...how long have you had been inflicted with this condition....of interpreting what people say literally? Well, I hope they can give you a prescription for it. Good luck.
#47 of 269 Re: Chintan [cstiles]
May 18, 2005 (4:51 pm)
RL without a doubt. I haved had the car since november 04 and love it; i drove infinity m45 & lexus and there is really no comparison as to what SH-AWD will do for you on a 60 mph 45 degree turn.
May 18, 2005 (6:20 pm)
no comparison as to what SH-AWD will do for you on a 60 mph 45 degree turn.
Can you point us to any source which says RL's AWD is better than M35's.
On the contrary, there has been few reviews commending the rear-wheel bias of Infinity AWD which gives it a sportier handling. M35 also has better weight distribution.
#49 of 269 Re: AWD [irnmdn]
May 18, 2005 (6:53 pm)
SH-AWD accelerates outer rear wheel relative to the turn (i.e. hard turn left will result in rear right getting more torque then rear left) That significantly adds to stability during turns where you get high lateral G force. I have seen (and felt) the difference during test drives on both G35 and RL; in final analysis, SH-AWD was a selling point for me.
The only thing Acura screwed up (IMHO) are the tires -for some odd ball reason Mich. hx mxm4 are the stock tires - and God, they are horrible in snow although wet/dry traction is really good
#50 of 269 Bland DNA
May 18, 2005 (7:28 pm)
I expect slightly different styling for $25000 more
May 18, 2005 (7:44 pm)
What you're not mentioning is that the RL NEEDS SH-AWD in order to not suffer from extreme understeer because of its unbalanced weight. The M35 doesnt need anything like that. Its not derived from a FWD platform, and thus no AWD magic is required to fix problems that arent there.