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2009 Acura RL

The rich man’s Accord gets some upgrades for 2009 in an attempt to make a more aggressive luxury sedan.

New front and rear clips along with larger wheels and tires give the RL a different look, one that Acura says will become the brand’s new style. Officials want their cars to be unmistakably Acura when seen from afar.

Engine displacement is bumped up to 3.7 liters, bringing V-6 output to an even 300 hp with torque at 271 lb-ft. That newfound power is routed through an upgraded transmission. An improved all-wheel-drive system and modified steering and suspension round out the dynamic changes.

The interior has been given a once-over with a focus on better ergonomics and legibility, a sign that Acura buyers continue to age gracefully, not unlike the RL. The navigation system can display current weather and will also reroute drivers based on traffic conditions. Front seats have six levels of heating and cooling while rear seat passengers are afforded more room.

Click the link below for high-resolution RL images.

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2009 Acura RL

MSRP $46,680 Base Sedan

0-60 MPH:

6.9 SECS


16 City / 22 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

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