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2010 Acura RL Review

The 2010 Acura RL is a very good large luxury sedan with excellent cabin electronics and strong safety scores, but its fuel economy isn’t as good as the competition’s.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • High-tech features
  • Outstanding safety ratings
  • No V8 engine option
  • Low fuel economy ratings




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2010 Acura RL Overview

When it was new, reviewers appreciated the power and sure-footed handling of the 2010 Acura RL, even without a V8 engine option. They noted that the RL’s standard all-wheel drive gives it excellent grip, even when taking corners at high speeds. Unfortunately, all-wheel drive also takes its toll on fuel economy. At 16/22 mpg city/highway, the RL’s fuel economy is low for the class.

Acura packed the RL with high-tech features, but most reviewers said the cabin still maintains a level of old-world luxury and refinement. A sunroof, push-button start, heated power front seats, leather, dual-zone climate control, a power rear sunshade, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a USB port come standard. An available technology package adds items like heated and ventilated front seats, navigation and a backup camera.

When it was new, reviewers praised the seating, especially the adjustable and heated/cooled front seats. Test drivers liked the RL’s high-tech features, like a voice-controlled navigation system that adjusts routes based on real-time traffic reports. Many reviewers said the Acura RL’s systems are easier to use than those from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. However, with just 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the RL has less room for cargo than most cars in the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the RL, but want a car that’s more fun to drive, you should consider the 2010 Infiniti M. In addition, the M gets slightly better fuel economy and has more cargo space, though it can’t match the safety ratings of the RL.

The highly-ranked 2010 Hyundai Genesis offers a mix of great performance with a high-quality, comfortable interior. The Genesis has high safety ratings and gets better fuel economy than the RL, but it only comes with rear-wheel drive.

Compare the RL to the M and Genesis »


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