2007 Acura RL Base 3.5L V6 from North America
Nothing yet, I just got it. Everything works perfectly, including the wipers that some people complain about (use Bosch Icons, they contour properly!) -- even had surprise flash floods when I test drove it, so I got a good test!
I traded in my Charger and got this RL. The Charger was nickel and diming me to death, and I figure if I pay that much for a car with such low mileage, it should not be having these sorts of problems. Imagine what it will be like with high mileage. Clearly not the right car for me, so I found myself an Acura RL and lowered my payment significantly. It's too early to tell, but I bet I will have fewer issues over the next 5 years than I did in the first 2 months of owning the Charger. If the car is a lemon, I'll post a comment, but I highly doubt it will be.
First and most importantly, I fit in the car. I can count on one hand the number of sedans made since 2005 that I fit in comfortably, so that says a lot. The cabin itself is rather small, but it is engineered to be as space efficient as much as possible, so it's actually quite comfortable; not only for me, but my kids feel they have better space in back than my previous car, a Dodge Charger, which is a much larger car overall. The seats are high quality leather, and there is a lot of padding underneath the leather, so they are very soft and comfortable.
Second, it has the best stock audio quality I've heard in a vehicle. While it is a Bose system, which is one of the most overrated brands ever (ask any real audiophile), the speakers really are surprisingly good for stock audio. No comparison to the aftermarket system I had in my 1984 Buick Electra, but good enough where I'm happy with it and it does not need replacing.
The steering is very tight on the car, and the suspension feels like a typical Honda except a little bit softer on the bumps. Very different than the loose steering and cushy suspension on the Charger, but still handles the rough roads that still haven't been patched from last winter equally well.
The acceleration is also acceptable and has more than enough power to pass people on a two lane highway. Why do I mention this? Because many other similar "luxury" cars simply do not, such as the Cadillac ATS with the 4 cylinder engine, or the Cadillac CTS with the 4 or the non turbo V6, which have absolutely abysmal low end power and cannot downshift twice fast enough to compensate.
Using the readout, I seem to have combined 23 MPG so far with a fair amount of city and highway driving on some hilly roads. I have yet to discover how accurate the readout is.
My biggest complaints are that it does not have a USB port that I can plug a USB drive with MP3s into. Judging from the model year, that would have been unique at that time. And the trunk space is rather limited, but the trunk layout is open and easy to access. Fortunately, we got my girlfriend a SUV last year, so we will use that for next year's camping trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd August, 2015
22nd Aug 2006, 15:24
Funnily enough, Car and Driver reported quite a few problems with their long term fleet '06 RL. C'mon, Honda...