10 Facts About Acura RL


The second-generation Acura RL was a rebadged version of the fourth-generation Honda Legend, introduced to the North American market in September 2004, as a 2005 model.

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At the time of its introduction, the Acura RL's SH-AWD was the first all-wheel-drive system to vary the distribution of power not only from front to back, but side to side in the rear using a technique called torque vectoring.

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In Canada, the 2008 Acura RL was available in two different models, Base and Elite Package.

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Reportedly Acura RL chose to make the RL's A-Spec suspension more compliant than the very stiff A-Spec sport suspension upgrade for the Acura RL TL, in keeping with the two different missions of the cars: luxury for the RL, luxury sport for the TL.

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Acura RL A-Spec retained the same suspension geometry as the stock Acura RL suspension alignment specifications.

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MSRP for the 2009 Acura RL increased by $500 over 2008 model for each of its three trim levels.

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Second-generation 2005 Acura RL appeared on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 2005.

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In October 2010, the Acura RL was named by Consumer Reports as the most reliable new car among luxury sedans, one of five Honda models so honored in their respective categories.

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For both the 2009 and 2010 model years, the Acura RL received a five-star crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .

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Unlike Honda dealers, Acura RL dealers were not required to become PAX certified service centers, which included expensive training and specialized machinery.

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