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Acura RL, Sedan
#10 of 39 Re: So would you do it again? [ross16]
Apr 28, 2007 (10:04 am)
In a New York minute.
The RL should actually be known as the 4th generation Acura Legend--it's called the Honda Legend in Japan and most of the world. It would sell a lot better with the proper moniker.
I bought a 2006 RL Tech (CMBS/PAX) in December 2006 for $11,500 off list price. I traded up from a US-built 2004 TL which was sweet but squeaky, not to mention a little cramped for my 6'1" frame.
My wife calls the RL a "grown-up car." It's that and much more. The styling is elegant and understated. The refined driving experience and thoughtfully designed creature comforts really take time to seduce you.
The RL may not be quite as peppy and tossable as the TL, yet the serene cabin makes me less concerned about dueling with other drivers. When you stomp on it and the VTEC kicks in, this big dog can haul. SH-AWD makes the car go precisely where you point it. NavTraffic is essential in Los Angeles. The ACC/CMBS system is an unexpected delight and occasional lifesaver. The 18" PAX tires handle more crisply than the stock 17s, though having the CMBS trim means you give up the option to upgrade to A-Spec suspension, body kit, tires and wheels--something to consider if you really like the excitement of the M. Oh, and the tranny learns from your driving style so if you like higher shiftpoints, just push it harder.
I rarely see another RL but when I do, I find myself thinking, "Wow! What's that!?" Then realizing, "Duh, that's MY car!"
I have tried very hard to like the styling of the Infiniti M since Consumer Reports lavished so much praise, but to me it looks exactly like a bloated G35 with blingier taillights. I never considered BMW as I find the 5-series to be ubiquitous, unbearably ugly and grossly overpriced for a car that comes with vinyl seats. Never even thought about Mercedes (Chrysler quality), Audi (nice Volkswagen, not too reliable) or Lexus (overpriced Toyota with a floaty ride). Opinionated enough for ya?
So yeah, I'm delighted with the RL/Legend and would do it all over again. Acura really needs to market this car--it seems only the thoughtful and analytical types (like us) are attracted to it.
#11 of 39 Re: So would you do it again? [acurat]
Apr 29, 2007 (5:22 pm)
I'm okay with being part of a relatively small group of people that own of this great car.
I bought the '07 recently and love the car.
#12 of 39 Re: So would you do it again? [carfan28]
Apr 29, 2007 (7:56 pm)
I would do it again, so far. I have had the car an 07 rl cmbs/pas for 1 month, and it is pretty cool. I had an 03 cls and 05 TL and this one has so much more, and I love the everything in it. Even if you think it looks like an accord, which may be true from certain angles, but not the front or the rear, it is far superior to an accord or other acura I have had. You can't go wrong with the price vs all of the included options. If you order the same options on any other car, like as an Infinit M35 or 5 bmw, you will see the price skyrocket. It definitely isn't cheap, but it isn't overprice either.
#13 of 39 Re: So would you do it again? [gcook]
Apr 30, 2007 (6:21 pm)
I agree with everythng you said.
#14 of 39 Re: So would you do it again? [gcook]
Apr 30, 2007 (7:01 pm)
The wife and I blasted down to Nashville and back (900 miles) this past weekend and I was reminded about how good this car can be. The RL is rock solid stable at 85-90 mph, secure in handling, and very quiet. We made amazing time and I just felt good driving it after nearly 6 hours. Got 25 mpg, which is decent given the indecent speeds we hit. I am hard pressed to find a better value in the $40K to $45K range. The styling is understated, for sure, but I feel it will age well and still look classy in a decade. The interior is unique and of high quality, and once you get used to the ergonomics and technology, the car is very easy to live with. Our's has been trouble free and mechanically sound as we approach 30K miles and 3 yrs of ownership. For us, the car is a keeper.
#15 of 39 Re: So would you do it again? [pat]
May 07, 2007 (2:49 am)
You know, people say that the RL looks like an Accord, but I really don't see it. Maybe that just makes me wrong. I don't see very many, but when I do they always make me look and say to myself what is that? If it looked like an Accord to me, I wouldn't get there.
I agree. As I'm driving, I've never made the mistake of confusing one for the other. There are similarities, but that's as far as it goes, in my opinion.
#16 of 39 Would I buy it again?
May 07, 2007 (2:54 am)
Absolutely!! I've never for one moment regretted my decision to purchase my 2005 RL. Sure, there have been a couple of problems, but nothing major, and nothing that has changed my opinion. It's still a dream to drive and it always turns my head when I see another one on the road.
Depending on what the 2008 RL offers and the price, I may buy one this fall when it comes out.
#17 of 39 Finally decided on the RL
May 10, 2007 (9:35 am)
I purchased my 2007 RL Tech on April 26th and headed to N'ville that weekend, too. I absolutely love it! I looked hard and heavy at the M35 with Journey and Tech for about two months but the minute I drove the RL, I knew it was the one. I drove the A6 as well and concluded that you simply can't beat the features on the RL for $$. I will love this car for years to come.
#18 of 39 Re: Finally decided on the RL [veritas7]
May 15, 2007 (3:55 pm)
Congratulations! Enjoy the car. Were you there for the Country Music marathon/half marathon in Nashville per chance? It was one of the best races I've entered in a long time! Ready to do it again next year.
#19 of 39 Re: Finally decided on the RL [cstiles]
May 16, 2007 (6:41 am)
Yes! I ran the CMM. It was my first one. I live in MS and was told that N'ville is very hilly. That's true but the hills were not as bad as I thought they would be. And, with 32,000 people, I was so psyched that I didn't even think about them. Did you do the full or the half?