The 2009 Acura RL remains at the cutting edge in terms of features, and while not necessarily sporting, its performance and ride are very smooth. Interior electronics are due for at least a facelift, however.
Acura updates the RL for 2009, which means changes to the styling, a bigger engine, and adding necessary features to the cabin tech.
Acura makes few options available on the RL, but one, Collision Mitigation Braking System, uses this grille-mounted radar to detect imminent crashes. The system can cinch up seat belts, unlock doors, and hit the brakes.
We complained about the five-speed transmission in previous RLs, but Acura seems to have remapped the shift points on this new one for performance. Cruising at near 100 mpg, we found the fifth-gear powerband wide enough to keep engine speed down to 3,000 rpms.
Acura's navigation system has some nice features, and was the first to incorporate traffic reporting, but it is still DVD-based, making its performance and map storage capacity inferior to hard drive-based units.