Acura's top model comes loaded with innovative technology, but it doesn't perform or feel like a luxury car. The RL should fit with people who are uncomfortable with more ostentatious cars.
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There are strong similarities between the design of the front of the RL and some Mercedes-Benz models, most notably the way the hood dips down and the tightly-framed trapezoidal grille.
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The 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 is transversely mounted, in keeping with a front-wheel-drive configuration. We found the fuel economy of this engine mediocre, barely averaging 16mpg in our tests.
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The side view of the RL is very bland. This car doesn't look like it costs over $50,000.
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The dual exhausts make the car look more sporty than it is.
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Although it uses nice materials and feels well-built, we didn't find the cabin of the RL particularly luxurious.
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Acura has cleaned up the RL's steering wheel for the 2007 model year, with better button placement.
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A set of buttons on the dashboard turn off various acronyms on the RL that relate to safety and traction control.
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We were very unimpressed with the five speed automatic, which doesn't lend itself to sport driving.
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The RL's voice command system is one of the best we've seen. It is fairly intuitive, controls many of the car's systems, and does a good job of understanding spoken commands.
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The RL was one of the first cars to incorporate live traffic reporting in its navigation system.
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We found the RL's interface quick and easy to use, making it stand out over similar interfaces from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
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The RL has a comprehensive points-of-interest database, with full listings for retail stores.
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The guidance graphic helps keep you informed about upcoming turns.
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We very quickly grasped how to select XM radio presets, or tune in non-preset channels.
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This folder display for an MP3 CD is very easy to use.
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An auxiliary audio jack is mounted in the center console, making it a good place to stow an MP3 player.
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Cell phone integration doesn't display on the car's main LCD, a serious drawback. Instead, it offers some information on the instrument cluster display.
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