Objectively, it's hard to find fault with the Acura RL. It's comfortable, refined, and very high quality. To me, what the RL lacks is personality. The exterior is not unattractive, but it's anonymous and bland, despite its unusual nose. The interior is nicely designed and of very high quality but it lacks style and flair. Hopefully with the redesigned RL, Acura will inject some personality into this otherwise excellent automobile.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
Because I've spent enough time in our long-term ZDX, I've become accustomed to Acura's somewhat confounding nav/stereo controls. That doesn't mean that I like them, just that I've learned how to use them, scrolling through menus and submenus just to do things like use the change the satellite radio station. Sigh. On the plus side, the nav screen is nicely recessed so that light reflections are minimized.
The rest of the interior of the car is very nice, however. The wood-and-leather steering wheel feels solid and fits nicely in the driver's hands. The leather upholstery is supple and the seats are nicely supportive and comfortable. The cupholders can be adjusted to fit your drink size. The wood trim that sweeps across the entire dash is very attractive.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor