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2012 Acura RL Priced at $47,700

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author photo by Nick Palermo October 2011

For the 2011 model year, Acura introduced the first significant update since the 2009 redesign of their flagship RL sedan. In addition to cosmetic and equipment updates, the 2011 RL received Acura's Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic and updates to its already cutting-edge noise reduction program. While the 2012 RL will not see such important upgrades, the sedan remains a high-tech and luxurious option and a good value among competitors.

The sole update for the RL enhances performance of the navigation system. The satellite-linked system now features continuously updated traffic maps for 130 major metropolitan areas in the US and Canada. RLs equipped with the Technology or Advance Package include AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting. Continuous updates to the system allow drivers to navigate easily around traffic or unexpected incidents. Along with Real-Time Weather, the navigation system will even notify the driver of potentially hazardous weather along a route.

Other specifications and equipment on the RL carry over from the 2011 model, including the 300-horsepower V6, Acura's torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, and the first-ever cast aluminum wheels incorporating noise reduction technology. This technology, along with standard Active Sound Control, eliminates substantial road, wind and engine noise for a quiet cabin.

Three trim levels are available. The base RL is luxuriously appointed with leather, solar-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control, power moonroof, and Acura's Multi-Information Display to access audio and other electronic functions. The mid-range RL with Technology Package gets the AcuraLink navigation including Real-Time Traffic and Weather, rear view camera, back up sensors, ventilated front seats, and more. The loaded RL with Advance Package adds Acura's radar-based Collision Mitigation Braking System, adaptive cruise control and maple wood trim for the instrument panel.

The window sticker on each of the RL's three trim levels reflects a $500 increase over last model year's pricing. The very well-equipped base model is now $47,700. The RL with Technology Package is $51,850, while the RL with Advance Package is $55,650.

While the 2012 model year brings a slightly higher price without commensurate improvements, the RL remains an excellent value versus its competition. Many vehicles in this class could easily rack up options adding over $10,000 to the base price. In the RL, drivers will find a highly sophisticated vehicle for under $50,000 and a premium of less than $8,000 to load the RL up with every available high-tech feature. At the bottom line, Acura's $500 price hike may seem irrelevant.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2012 Acura RL Priced at $47,700 - Autotrader