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2009 Acura RL



  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    One dealer offered $1000 off and another $500- that is definitly not attrative to me.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    When the redesigned 2005 first came out most of us ordering in advance did not get any discounts. My dealer threw in mudguards, trunk liner, and winter floor mats. that was it. The RL has been a dream car. It's worth the full list. A Grand discount pays for replacing the Michelins at 50,000 miles... :)
  • Seems they are moving fast here too. Did a test drive and there is certainly more room on the back seat. I normally touch the ceiling with my head, and in the 2009 is acceptable, not in the 2008. I do this in a lot of other cars, so the 2009 is OK.
    It now looks great, front and rear end.
  • docrwdocrw Posts: 94
    Are you talking just about headroom or leg room as well? I read that the way they improved leg room was to make the front seat thinner, by making cutouts in the back to increase knee room.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    Well atleast this time around, the RL looks a bit more youthful, younger, I would say the older RL looked sort of like a Buick. The new RL is nice, though expensive. The Acura brand looks very techy, very cool! Though a different approach to design, I appreciate it, its almost like the car is alive, like a computer on wheels. Thank them for atleast stepping outside the box, and not putting something out there that looks like every other car.
  • If I may offer a speculation on this topic.
    One could predict that Acura will remain stingy on rear seat accommodation if we accept that the brand is being developed to attract young (at heart at least) clientele that favors the Sporty set up of the vehicle. In pursuing such a philosophy of performance over comfort they are merely following leaders in this area of the automotive segment. I can speak more specifically about BMW because that is what I have tested when shopping recently. A series 5 has marginally more leg room than a series 3 as I found out. The reason for that is that for a car best enjoyed under a 'spirited' driving the fun is for those sitting in front so there is where the prize for this premium vehicles is placed. At least that is what I suspect is going on. Certainly Lexus plays by other standard (and benefits from a much larger offering) but I doubt that Acura will depart much from the current philosophy.


    P.S. due to a change in my garage lineup I should now change my nick to SteveBMW
  • I finally got the chance to test drive the new 09 RL. I was very impressed all the way around. Here are my comments:

    Exterior styling: I really liked it. From the pictures, I wasn't sure I'd like the grill, but it works. The rear styling is a marked improvement. One thing I never particular liked about my 05 was the "pushed-down" look of the front end. This has definitely been improved.

    Noise level: it's very hard to tell whether it's quieter than my 05, but I did feel it was somewhat quieter.

    Ride: I didn't feel it was any smoother than my 05.

    Turning radius: definitely much better than my 05.

    Rear legroom: definitely no better than my 05.

    Interior styling: mostly unchanged from 05 with the exception of the wood insets on the steering wheel and the shift knob.

    Back-up camera: definitely very nice and didn't have any significant delay like I've read about some models. I think I like my back-up sensors better, but some people (especially those with kids and things in the driveway) might really like the camera.

    Heated/cooled seats: I never felt the lack of cooled seats was a major deficiency like some on these boards. However, I have to admit I really liked this feature. Another improvement - electronic switch instead of rocker switch. I really like this since it turns off when you turn the car off instead of always being on until you turn it off (ever wondered why you were getting so warm, then realized you'd turned the seat warmer on that morning when it was cold and never turned it off).

    Verdict: if you have, and like, your 04 or earlier RL, I'd definitely give the 09 a serious look. If you have an 05 or newer, you might still want to give it a try.

    I think I'll stick with my 05 for now. I've always been very happy with it and I didn't see enough of an improvement to upgrade now.
  • Thanks Nebraska....nice review.
  • As the current owner of a 1994 Legend Coupe LS, 6 speed, take my feedback for what it is worth. The new Acura RL is an improvement, particularly over the Buick-like RL which preceded it, but it is does not inspire passion nor does it give you something that is built and engineered to a higher standard. Acura appears to have fallen victim to accountants and cost cutting. When Hyundai really gets on their game - the new Genesis is a fine vehicle for its price - Acura, Lexus, Toyota and Buick will be in deep trouble. I also feel obligated to comment on the "beak" that Acura has adopted as a front end styling cue. If that is the best that Acura can do, then I will never own another.
  • dandgdandg Posts: 91
    Been comparing the RL with the E350 and the GS (I ruled out the BMW due to idrive) and went to test drive a RL.Seemed like a nice car a bit more road noise then the GS I thought and lacking a few things (multi position heated seats) but still a real possibility.After check the interior of the E350 and finding many to be vinyl( MB-Tex) I wanted to be sure the RL had real all leather.I called and aske Acura and it does,however when asking what
    "Simulated curly maple wood-grained trim" is.
    Its not wood !!! Wow.
    The RL does offer quite a bit for the money but one would think real wood would be a given.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Thanks NebraskaGuy, I've been meaning to get in to Acura one of these days to check out the 2009 in person. The 2005 is running perfect at 44,000 miles. Good to see you are still in the forum.
  • Yes, you should definitely check it out. I suspect, though, you'll come to the same decision I have. I have just over 37,000 miles on mine and still running perfect. Only problem I have is lack of gas - currently in Asheville and haven't found a gas station that actually has gas!!! Who knows when I'll get back home.
  • went to test drive a RL.Seemed like a nice car a bit more road noise then the GS I thought and lacking a few things (multi position heated seats) but still a real possibility.

    I'm not sure I understand correctly what you wrote, but my interpretation is that you're saying the RL does not have multi-position heated seats. If that's what you said, it's not correct. The RL does have multi-position heated and cooled seats.
  • RL is a nice car... but I cant think of its purpose. Its not significantly better then TL... both in terms of performance and cachet!! so what the rationale to buy RL?

    Have you considered Infiniti M, Jag XF, or Audi A6?

    If you like the drive of might want to wait till Jan/Feb when revamped model hits... and you probably will be able to get #350 with leather around guess.
  • Doesn't the RL have real wood?
  • Doesn't the RL have real wood?

    I assumed it did since the RL always has had real wood. However, the RL page on Acura does not say it's real wood which is suspicious.
  • dandgdandg Posts: 91
    The RL does not have real wood its "simulated" (plastic).I called Acura when I read the "simulated curly maple wood grain trim" in the brochure.One other thing I found out was the only only leather was on the seat bottom and back,the edges are "leatherette" (vinyl) Very dissapointing as I really liked the look inside and out but think I may have to try some others makers.The GS does have real leather and wood,the MB has real wood but same thing with the leather only inserts (and only with option),otherwise its vinyl ("MB-Tex")

    The M does look nice,will have to se about that as well.
  • The RL is available in 3 configurations. The base option does have "simulated" wood, but the other 2 packages both have real wood as follows:

    Technology Package - "Upgraded genuine wood interior trim"

    CMBS/ACC package - "Genuine curly maple wood trim"
  • dandgdandg Posts: 91
    Direct from Acura: its all plastic.Call them
  • "....One other thing I found out was the only only leather was on the seat bottom and back,the edges are "leatherette" (vinyl) Very dissapointing as I really liked the look inside and out but think I may have to try some others makers."

    I used to feel this way too but I changed my mind when I noticed that after a number of years--despite using the best leather care products--I found that the seatbacks and seat (the leather parts) were showing a lot of unhappy aging with cracks, delaminations and an overall discolored, shiny appearance, while the "leatherette" parts of the seat still look fine. This has happened to two of my cars including one I currently own. Interestingly, the passenger seat looks fine, but nobody usually sits in it.
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