2012 Acura RL Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Acura RL was new.


Interior: 7.9

Test drivers love the high-quality materials and attractive interior design of the 2012 Acura RL. However, beauty is only skin deep, and they do have some minor gripes below the surface. The RL’s back seat and trunk are both a bit small compared with rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Additionally, the RL’s button-heavy dash and navigation system aren’t the most intuitive.

  • "Appealing interior design." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The 2012 Acura RL features an attractive and well-built interior that is comparable to most other luxury sedans. The wood trim -- simulated or authentic depending on the model's trim level -- frames the waterfall-style center stack, adding warmth to the overall interior design." -- Edmunds 
  • "Inside RL makes its strongest statement, with such features as with 10-way power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, and a host of high tech goodies." -- Motor Trend 
  • "We were less enamored by the driver seat's lack of lower support during long drives, perforated leather upholstery that felt like it had been borrowed from a Honda, an utter lack of storage provisions for rear seat passengers, and a sunken cargo floor that required lifting heavy items several inches." -- Kelley Blue Book 


With six temperature settings and 10-way power adjustment, the front seats of the 2012 Acura RL do not disappoint critics. The rear seats, however, are slightly less spacious than some rivals. If you need a spacious back seat, check out competitors like the Hyundai Equus and Infiniti M.

  • "Most adults will find sufficient headroom and legroom. Some shorter drivers may feel a bit ‘buried,’ but ample seat adjustments compensate." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Tight back seat." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Some reviewers note that the RL’s button-heavy dash can be a bit overwhelming. Additionally, some say that the navigation system isn’t the easiest to use. They also comment that its graphics look dated, especially compared with higher-tech rivals like the Audi A6.

Still, the RL’s interior has its upsides. More than one critic comments on the stereo’s excellent sound quality, and the RL’s gauge cluster is easy to read. As part of the RL’s technology package, the voice-controlled navigation system also provides current weather and real-time traffic reports. Another unique option is the RL’s solar-sensing climate control system, which takes the position of the sun into account when adjusting the temperature.

  • "Busy ergonomics." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Major gauges are large, clearly marked, and easy to read at a glance. The center control panel is awash in small buttons that are too similar in look and feel." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "On the downside, the navigation system's graphics seem outdated when compared to competing luxury sedans." -- Edmunds 
  • "Acura has fitted its largest sedan with not only the usual bits like a Bose sound system and power features tied to a driver-side memory function, but also a universal serial bus (USB) port located in the center console that offers quick and seamless access to tunes on your iPod, and an Active Sound Control system that does a commendable job of muting engine noise." -- Kelley Blue Book 


At 13.1 cubic feet, the Acura RL’s trunk is one of the smallest in its class. Additionally, test drivers report that small-item storage inside the RL is just average. Look to the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Lincoln MKS for more trunk space among luxury large cars.

  • "The rear seat back has a small pass-through but doesn't fold. Cabin storage is unexceptional." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The trunk space also leaves a bit to be desired, accommodating a slightly below-average 13.1 cubic feet." -- Edmunds 

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