2009 Acura RL
Practice Makes Perfect
Over the past few years, the Acura RL sedan has experienced a few problems, both mechanically and sales-wise. While none of these problems were deal breakers by themselves, the overall vehicle couldn't fulfill its vast potential and dominate the mar-kets. The 2009 Acura RL seeks to turn around that trend, and it looks like it could suc-ceed. First of all, gone is the 3.5 liter engine of previous models. In its place is the po-werful 3.7 liter V6 engine best known for powering the 2008 and newer Acura MDX. This engine puts out 300 horsepower and 275 foot pounds of torque. Harnessing that power is an upgraded version of Acura's Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. Controlled either by paddle shifters on the steering wheel or a gear select on the console, this transmission makes for a very fun ride.
A Better Ride
When you put a lot of power into a sedan, you run a risk. If the suspension and steering systems don't measure up, then it doesn't matter how good the acceleration and top speed is, because you're in for a bumpy and uncomfortable ride that doesn't go where you want it to. To combat this issue, Acura implemented fully independent suspension and made numerous improvements to their already stellar suspension components. Also, the power steering rack components have seen similar improvements.
Cruise In Comfort
One of the drawbacks to the previous RL models was in the cabin. The back seat was cramped and didn't allow for much passenger comfort. If you were tall and ended up in the back seat of the old RL, you weren't in for the most comfortable ride. But, the 2009 Acura RL has added to the leg room. And as for style, Acura has always been known for making cars that look good and the 2009 RL is no exception. Expect superior interior styling and an elegantly contoured body.
Like most every other car model available today, the 2009 RL features Acura's real-time traffic navigation system. An upgrade this year bundles a real-time weather feature into the system, a function that is sure to come in handy, as well as a dynamic route system that will help you avoid traffic snares. Also, a 10-speaker Bose sound system will provide acoustically balanced music and improved insulation will make sure that your tunes won't be disrupted by road noise. All in all, a fun, and hi-tech ride.