It wasn't in contention for the award this time around, but the 2010 Acura RL showed up in Hell a few weeks ago anyway, at the North American Car of the Year jury drives.
For frequent flyer miles? To make a point? To have some awkward public confrontation with the nominees, a.k.a., a Sean Young moment?
Nothing that dramatic brought it to Michigan. I did, and in more than 2000 miles round-trip in the RL's front seat, some of it spent eyes closed, I confirmed some of the reasons why the 2010 RL scores so well on TheCarConnection's scales, and why it blends so neatly into the background.
Over at TheCarConnection, we've given the 2010 RL an overall score of 8.4 out of 10, with its great safety features, techno-gadgets and sumptuous interior. But styling matters, and the first thing you notice--or don't--about the RL is its lack of presence. Bionic-beaver grille aside, the RL simply comports itself without much visual drama. None of the flair of an Infiniti M is evident, and though it's...