Not all Bluetooth systems are created equal, even if you compare those offered within Acura vehicles. I was able to pair my lowly Motorola with a brand new TL without a hitch, but it wouldn't link up with the RL. The process, which involves those mysterious oral commands Rusty mentions, seems more involved than that on the newer TL.

Oddly, the opposite describes the RL's interior. Drivers are still faced with a litany of buttons and switchgear, but they're arranged in a more sensible manner than in the TL. I think part of this stems from designers channeling most buttons into a svelte center stack and spacing them so they're actually legible.

I'm not the biggest fan of Acura's latest design DNA, but the RL's exterior is the least offensive to my tastes. Then again, as Phil mentioned, it's also a bit generic. Remove the ungainly proboscis, and it's there's little that identifies the car as being an Acura.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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