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2012 Acura RL Overview

The 2012 Acura RL midlevel luxury car seats five and combines a roomy interior and quiet ride with an impressive list of technology features for an understated elegance and quality driving experience.

The RL has a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter, V-6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission and Super Handling all-wheel drive. The automatic transmission is equipped with SportShift and features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to switch between automatic and driver-controlled shift control. The all-wheel drive delivers better fuel economy and handling by directing engine power to match weight distribution and available traction for better handling and a smoother ride.

The 2012 Acura RL is rated at 17 mpg for city driving and 24 mpg for highway driving.

Perforated leather seating is included with the RL, and come standard with driver and front passenger heated seats, 10-way power adjust driver’s seat with lumbar support, eight-way adjustable front passenger seat, and available seat ventilation for warming and cooling. Rear seats have a fold-down center armrest with lockable pass-through space to accommodate long cargo items. Available cargo space in the trunk measures about 13 cubic feet. The automatic climate system includes separate controls for rear passengers, and integrated sunshades have power-operated controls from the driver’s overhead console. An optional GPS-linked temperature control system adjusts to compensate for heat gain depending on sun positioning.

The RL includes a standard Bose audio surround sound system with 10-speakers, DVD-audio, XM Radio and USB/iPod integration. Bluetooth hands free calling is included and a voice recognition feature enables hands free control of the audio, climate control, and optional navigation system. The navigation system is included with a Technology Package, and features an eight-inch screen, real-time traffic and weather, and other destination and entertainment databases.

The exterior of the RL captures the angular front-end design characteristic of Acura’s current lineup, and features the Acura shield-emblem grille and aggressive headlights. The standard 18-inch wheels include sound-reducing resonator technology, and drive noise is further reduced with foam injected sound-dampening insulation, an acoustic class front windshield with hidden wiper arms, totally flush side glass at the B-pillar, and a dual-exhaust system with six mufflers. Xenon headlights may be upgraded to include adaptive technology to maximize night driving on curving roads.

The Acura RL’s six-airbag system includes front, front-side airbags, and curtain side airbags that extend coverage to the rear passengers. The anti-lock brakes use electronic brake distribution and brake assist to ensure maximum stopping distance, and an optional collision mitigation braking system uses radar technology to detect potential collision drivers and apply braking and audio and visual alerts to prompt driver action. Optional adaptive cruise control adjust speeds in light traffic to keep vehicles ahead at a safe distance, and optional rear parking sensors take the guesswork out of maneuvering into difficult parking spots. The optional rearview camera works with the navigation display to provide additional visibility in reverse, especially for shorter items below the driver’s normal field of vision.

The 2012 Acura RL boasts an impressive standard audio system, solid driving performance and handling, and a reputation for reliability. The RL offers two packages that combine high-tech optional features that complement a wide array of luxury standard features.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 17 MPG
  • Highway: 24 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good