– The 2008 Acura RL features a navigation system with voice recognition. The system heeds 685 voice commands and has a destination guide with more than 7 million points of interest, 3-D graphics for freeway interchanges, on and off-ramps, and turn-by-turn voice guidance.
Acura offers the RL in three trim levels. The well-equipped base version, priced at $46,280, rises to $49,000 with the Technology Package that includes Acura Satellite Navigation System and AcuraLink information system, Active Front Lighting System and plush wood interior, according to www.charleston.net.
Though still lacking a V-8 option that competitors offer, the sedan operates behind a 3.5L, 290-horsepower VTEC V-6. Acura’s all-wheel-drive splits torque between the front and rear wheels and the left and right rear wheels. Under hard acceleration, up to 70 percent of available torque goes to the rear wheels to improve traction. When cornering, the outer rear wheel turns at a higher speed for improved handling.
The RL also features eight-way power adjustable seat for the driver and four-way power seat for the front passenger. Back-seat passengers get a center armrest and ventilation system controls. The Acura/Bose sound system is laudably audible, with 10 speakers and a six-disc changer to accompany the AM/FM/XM Satellite radio.