The second-generation Acura RL was produced from ’12-2005. A tighter looking, more athletic stance of his predecessor frumpier looked. The new car also introduced a 290-horsepower V6, an automatic five-speed transmission, a four-wheel drive and advanced single trim level.
Although he did not offer the posh reputation, luxury vehicles, the Acura RL, however, had an elegant and sumptuous interior decorated with high quality materials, leather and real wood trim. The script was awash with buttons, but served as a good alternative to the control knob and voice commands iDrive-like navigation system. 10 Stereo Surround RL six CD / DVD audio changer, satellite radio and iPod integration standard speakers was one of the best in the business. An optional Technology Package includes a navigation system, voice-activated.
In road tests, Su found that improved Acura RL was driven harder, thanks to the SH-AWD traction system tenaciously maintained. The trip was set to the cushier side of the spectrum, so despite offering considerable handling capabilities, the Acura RL was designed primarily for a comfortable cruise. While the V6 offered impressive output, still could not match the low thrust and refined mid-range V8 engines of its competitors.
The Acura RL gradually changed through the early years of this generation. For 2006, the RL won the Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, run-flat tires and an active braking system for radar collision prevention. The next few years brought significant changes until 2009, when Acura RL with face lifted its controversial design language. The front grille, in particular, is described in rather unflattering terms as “bagel slicer.” Best news was under the skin, where the 3.7-liter V6 gained 10 horsepower and six-speed automatic transmission replaces the five-speed unit.