2009 Acura RL Values
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2009 model year changes
Acura's flagship RL sedan is restyled and then some for 2009. Exterior changes include a new "power plenum" grille, following the other models in the Acura lineup, as well as a new aluminum hood and trunklid, front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, headlights and taillights. The engine is new, too. A 300-hp 3.7L V6 replaces last year's 3.5 liter, and includes variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust valves. Steering wheel paddle shifters now accompany the standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The suspension has been revised for sportier handling, and inside, the RL gets new gauges, a revised steering wheel and climate controls, more rear seat room, and a new Active Sound Control (ASC) system for improved noise reduction.
Excellent reliability; ample power from standard V6; all-wheel-drive stability; luxurious interior
Special features for 2009
The 2009 Acura RL comes loaded with features normally reserved for the options list on other cars. With its revised styling, new 300-hp powerplant, and its own healthy options list, the RL is a luxury sedan without a luxury price.
Heavily upgraded for 2009, the Acura RL mid-size luxury sport sedan now offers a more powerful engine, exterior facelift, and improved suspension. The 3.7L V6 engine produces 300 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control that sends power to the SH-AWD system that works transparently to maintain traction under the worst of circumstances. The RL has an EPA rating of 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined. The interior is attractively designed and features a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system that gets audiophiles humming. This year's model boasts revised climate controls, a new steering wheel and new metallic accents. More sports car than luxury sedan, 2009 Acura RL performance provides a good balance of great ride and desirable handling, making it the perfect luxury sedan for everyday driving.