By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Acura RL Elite
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CMBS™ (Collision Mitigation Braking System™), SH-AWD (Super Handling – All Wheel Drive), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) are just some of the acronyms that can be used to describe the RL (Road Luxury?) from Acura. This vehicle is packed with technology from stem to stern: a real gadget junkies dream.

The first thing you notice when you slide into the driver’s seat of the RL is the smell of leather — or perhaps more precisely defined as the smell of chemical treatment. I don’t mind the smell, but some may find it a little on the strong side. The next thing you notice are design elements such as the swooping dash that surrounds the cockpit giving you a real sense of space and visually extending the width of the car.

2007 Acura RL Elite
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The RL only comes in two package trims: there’s the base “RL” and the “Elite” package. Both are what I could consider loaded, but the Elite package adds some final touches for the ultimate luxury experience at a premium of $5,600.

The standard RL package — it wouldn’t be right to call it the base model — includes such things as Navigation, rear backup camera etc., so what do you get for $5,600? Well, you get more acronyms! There’s AFS (Active Front Lighting System), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), CMBS™ (Collision Mitigation Braking System™) and a few luxury trim items like genuine curly maple wood trim and ventilated front seats that are heated and cooled.

The RL is Acura’s halo vehicle right now, being the most luxurious vehicle they build and packed with the most technology. The RL is powered by Acura’s 3.5Litre V6 engine producing 290hp and 256lb/ft of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with sequential SportShift and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The RL was the first vehicle in Acura’s line-up to put its power down to the pavement using the SH-AWD system, which actively transfers power forward and back as well as side-to-side to provide the best possible traction in all situations.

2007 Acura RL Elite
MSRP as tested: $71,275

For more information on Acura and the RL visit Acura Canada

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