Considered on its own merits - that is, without thinking of its price or competition - the RL is a fine car. Like everyone else, I loved the stability of the AWD system through the corners. It feels more confident and somehow smaller than the TL SH-AWD we had a few months ago (in fact the RL is a bit larger and heavier). It also has better weighted steering. The 3.7-liter V-6 provided impressive, if not amazing, power and made for great highway cruising.
I, too, had some trouble working the multi-button interface, but my girlfriend, whose father owned an RL, hardly had to glance at it when entering a destination in the navigation system.
My only real issue was with the styling. Acura's new BIC razor face works well enough on its newer, heavily creased models, but looks rather forced and out of place on the RL's older, more conservative sheet metal - sort of like putting a nose ring on your grandmother.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor