2012 Acura RL

Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. The brand has been available in the United States and Canada since March 1986. It was introduced in Hong Kong in 1991, Mexico in 2004 and China in 2006. Acura holds the distinction of being the first Japanese automotive luxury brand. In its first few years of existence, Acura was among the best-selling luxury marques in the US. Acura has been setting new standards in automotive design and engineering for two decades through bold innovation, a refined sense of aesthetics, and precision manufacturing.

Entering its final year of production, with a successor for 2013 expected to make its debut at New York Auto Show in April 2012, the 2012 Acura RL has not undergone any changes from the previous model year. Acura’s flagship RL sedan competes with midlevel luxury car like the Infiniti M and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While the Infiniti M and Mercedes E-Class offer all-whell drive as an option, it is standard on the Acura RL. The 2012 Acura RL seats up to five people.

The 2012 Acura RL is available in three trim levels: RL ( at $47,700 MSRP), RL with Technology Package (price from $ 51,850), and RL with Advance Package ( starting at $ 55,650 ). All RL’s feature as standard a Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, leather trimmed interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, power actuated front seats, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system, power windows, power moonroof, Bose Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity and a Multi-Information Display that allows easy access to multiple electronic functions. The Technology Package adds a satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, rear view camera, back-up sensors, Active Front Lighting System (AFS), ventilated front seats and a simulated burlwood accented steering wheel and shift knob.

The top Acura RL trim is the Advance Package which adds Accura’s Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), power folding side mirrors and genuine maple wood instrument panel trim.

The 2012 Acura RL’s exterior styling is not only distinctive and upscale, but delivers excellent aerodynamics and a stable feel at higher speeds. At the front of the RL is a grill that teams with the athletically styled body to give visual indication of the vehicle’s performance capabilities.

Inside, the Acura RL features an elegantly styled interior that includes leather-trimmed heated front seats, comfortable space space for rear seat passengers, plenty of storage areas and easy-to-use functionality. Like the driver’s seat, the passenger front seat has 10-way power adjustability.

The advanced technology built into the 2012 RL includes a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque thanks to an innovative VTEC valvetrain system for both the intake and exhaust valves, a high compression ratio, along with a special dual-stage magnesium intake manifold that enables the intake to function as a simple- or dual-plenum manifold design based on engine operating parameters.

A sequential Sport Shift 6-speed automatic transmission is used that not only generates strong acceleration performance, but also helps delive good fuel economy. The 2012 Acura RL achieves an EPA rated of 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.

The 2012 Acura RL utilizes Acura’s rigid Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that features extensive use of high-tensile steel and lightweight aluminum components to take vehicle construction beyond conventional safety protocols – all while keeping overall vehicle weight in check. Standard safety features for the 2012 Acura RL include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The optional collision mitigation system uses a radar system to monitor the road ahead. If it detect a fast-approaching obstacle, it can alert the driver and if the driver fails to react in time, it can apply the brakes and tighten the front seat belts.

In the 2012 Acura RL review the experts from autos.aol.com conclude:

The Acura RL is a satisfying luxury sedan with a supple ride and ample power. Its cabin is comfortable and friendly and it offers seriously high tech features, making the RL one of the best buys in the class.

 

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