2004 Acura RL Review

2004 Acura RL from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240


Too much motor, not enough handling


Not too many problems, per se. Just unhappy with the performance.

Largest turning radius of any car I have ever driven.

Large, overblown motor; can't seem to get out of its own way.

Lots of fuel.

Harsh ride; maybe that's the high performance tires. Feels like you're going 100 mph and you're only doing 70.

I'd rather drive my old Volvo 240, or even a Hyundai Sonata. Or really, my Dad's Lexus 300 ES is infinitely better mannered.

General Comments:

Wouldn't buy one again; just plain didn't like it. I'm sure it's a nice car, and the reliability is good. It's just like they decided to use this obnoxious motor, so they put a car around it. I thought it was a poor example of a car made by Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd September, 2007

25th Mar 2008, 18:31

I believe the engine is "under tuned", which contributes to it's reliability. The harsh ride must be from the tires because my 02 (same suspension) rides beutifully, and gets rated as such in professional reviews. I'm sorry your RL has let you down, but I think you're a rare owner in so far as how much you don't like it.

Good luck on future vehicles.

28th Jun 2008, 09:16

I do agree that the car doesn't have much power, but my RL satisfies me well.

28th Jun 2008, 13:43

Look at the TL more aggressive model... I couldn't stand the RL or Lexus wallowing ride either.

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 1 review