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Old 03-13-09, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2009 Acura RL

If you're in the market for a luxury car that's a bit different, choices are slim. But I wager that Acura's RL may just be what you’re looking for — if you can forgive a few foibles.

Apparently, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But in this case I disagree. If you take a look at the "old" RL and the "new" RL, it's obvious that a quick restyling of the front and rear fascia was all Acura had in mind to make it look like its siblings. That mentality created two problems. First, the RL is no longer one of the most attractive modern luxury cars on sale. Second, it looks just like the better-selling (and better performing) TL SH-AWD — that also happens to be less expensive. Sales of the RL were never very strong, sure, but at least buyers could claim the extra went toward paying Acura's talented design team.

Where the extra cash goes to now, I don't know…oh wait, what about its toys?

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its just a shadow if it predecessors
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The new RL's charm is on the inside. Its got all the comfort the legend had originally (before the leather hardened and the pads wore) plus all the modern tech gadgets. I'm a tech nerd and it took me 3 days to figure out all the things this car did.

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Any RL that has been made since 2005 has been too small or just too ugly, it’s true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! However, I am not too sure what is in the mind of Acura/Honda when they design this knowing that they have horrible sales of this car. No one wants to spend 50k on a small car that claims it is a sedan, yes it may come with all the bells and whistles, but let’s face it, beauty sells…
The new Ford Taurus design is beautiful and will out sell this in a heartbeat, reason, because the new Taurus is beautiful and you can tell that Ford realized that beauty does indeed sell…
My own personal thought, I would rather spend thousands fix and updating my Legends then to buy a new RL or any other expensive car that is a good ride but ugly. And let’s face it, these RL’s are not holding any value, for this price, I would be looking at the new Audi’s that are much better car’s and way much better looking hands down….
Acura needs to realize that beauty does matter, which is what makes their TL’s/MDX their number one selling car’s! If they continue like this, they are going to suffer just like SABB….
Every single car maker has realized this, Ford has reshaped their entire car line so has ever other American car maker to sleeker and more eye catching designs, this RL was just another waste of money to be made and will fail just like the others…..
The only people that you ever seeing driving new RL’s are much older people and even that is rare….
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the new design has NOTHING on this...



IMO they should have left this style for like 10 more years
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I dont know what Acura is thinking right now. There top of the line car is horrible compared to other car companies. I would get a Hyundai Genesis before I get the RL. Their design team needs to redo the entire Acura line. IMO.
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I dont know what Acura is thinking right now. There top of the line car is horrible compared to other car companies. I would get a Hyundai Genesis before I get the RL. Their design team needs to redo the entire Acura line. IMO.
And rename it to Legend once it starts looking better.
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I agree with all the comments above. I too am not enthused about the new RL/Legend and don't think I would buy one. Certainly not new anyway with massive depreciation and the customer service that you get (or don't get rather).

Honda had a great recipe for success with the first two generations. They put countless hours into developing the first generation ensuring they got a balance of luxury and power. The Legend had everything you needed and nothing you didn't.
The second generation proved to be even better with new Honda ideas such as the completely new 3.2 Litre V6 mounted longitudinally which drove the front wheels.
Unfortunately the Third generation failed to continue the Legend tradition. With a slightly larger motor going from 3.2 to 3.5 Litres, no more coupe and not much by the way of advancements, it was heavier and looked like an older persons car. The facelift in 1998 was just what the Legend needed to make it look like a luxury saloon once again, however no more major improvements had been applied.
2005 introduced the all new Legend with a 3.5 VTEC Motor and SH-AWD. The car had finally caught up to modern standards which shamed its predecessor with its all new design and technology.
Although there was nothing wrong with the post 1995 Legends they failed to excite. They were missing the soul which was once present and as such it became another car which is exceptionally good but not particularly intersting.

That is my impression of the Legend history and where I believe the new 'RL' sits at the moment. They need to style the body a bit more, make it a drivers car and put some soul back into it to make it the flagship it once was instead of just another car with leather and a sunroof.

There is nothing wrong with any of the Legends but in my opinion the first two generations is where it's at, everything after that was more mechanical rather than human motivated.

Having said all that I do like the look of the Legends grill and I also think the lines on the RL below are interestingly good



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