Elegant yet conservative, mid-size yet larger than average, and packing a powerful, ready-to-rev V-6 engine, the 2011 Acura RL delivers sophistication and technology in a well-controlled package, yet it somehow ends up unsatisfying despite its strengths. MotorAuthority rates the 2011 RL a 6, as these shortcomings hamstring what matters most to us: the sense of speed and capability a luxury sedan should bring.
Those strengths are muted by staid, uninspired styling, lackluster driver feedback despite a by-the-numbers approach to performance, and somewhat stale technology in what is clearly meant to be a cutting-edge sedan.
It's not that the 2011 RL isn't fast; in fact, you'll find it easy to break the speed limit without even meaning to. It's quiet, body motion is controlled, and eminently comfortable, even over broken roads. but it doesn't deliver the intuitive feeling you want from a sports sedan; the six-speed automatic is detached, the SH-AWD system provides grip but not gusto,...
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