The 2013 Acura RL was a full-size luxury sedan produced by Honda Acura division for model years 1996-2012 over two generations. The 2013 Acura RL was the flagship of the brand, having succeeded the Acura Legend, and was replaced in 2013 by the Acura RLX. All models in the line Legend, Acura RLX and 2013 Acura RL were adapted from the Japanese domestic market Honda Legend. The name of the “RL” model is the abbreviation of “refined luxury.”
The first generation Acura RL was an unbranded version of the third generation Honda Legend, and was introduced to the North American market in 1996 to replace the second generation Acura Legend. The second generation Acura RL was an unbranded version of the fourth generation Honda Legend, introduced to the North American market in September 2004, as a model 2005. This iteration of the RL has received extensive mid-generational facelift for the year -model 2009, and a new update for 2011. the third generation debuted for model year 2014 as the Acura RLX.
In 1996, Acura introduced the Acura 3.5RL, known internally as “KA9,” to replace the legend. Acura Legend dropped the name when market research showed that consumers knew Acura products by their model names “Legend “and” Integra “and do not necessarily associate the name with” Acura “the Honda brand. the Acura RL 3.5 longitudinally mounted V6 engine had its center-line mounted in line with the axis of the car, and not transversely as most other four-wheel drive cars. This longitudinal placement has allowed smaller turning radius and easy maneuverability in the city, and the weight distribution of 56/44 front / rear.
The new generation car, known internally as “KB1” was launched in late 2004 for the 2005 model year Still without the widespread V8 engine, it introduced a sophisticated AWD system Acura “Super Handling-All Wheel Drive “(SH-AWD). It integrates active differentials with the all wheel drive system and traction control to improve handling, similar to the “ATTS” system featured on the Honda Prelude SH 1997. At the time of its introduction, the Acura RL SH-AWD the first four-wheel drive system to vary the distribution of power not only from front to back, but also side to side at the back using a technique called torque vectoring.
2013 Acura RL Safety
In October 2010, the Acura RL was named by Consumer Reports as the most reliable new car among luxury sedans, one of five Honda models so honored in their respective categories. The others were the front-wheel-drive version of the Acura TL among the high-end sedans, the small SUV Honda CR-V, the small high-end Acura RDX SUV and the Honda Ridgeline compact pickup truck.
From 2005 to 2008 Acura RL has been ranked No. 1 and reached the highest score of automotive safety (46.4) knowingly for ‘scores from 2003 to 2009 risk index on the vehicle “LIFE. for the two years 2009 and 2010 models, the Acura RL has received a note from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) five-star crash safety. for the 2009 model year, the Acura RL received a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) obtaining a “good” – the highest score possible. – frontal offset, side impact and rear crash protection tests scores “good” for all the continued testing of the model 2010. When a roof strength rating (rollover) was added to the battery of tests, the Acura RL was evaluated only “marginal” in this category, making him lose price Top Safety Pick.
2013 Acura RL Successor
In April 2012, the Acura RLX concept was introduced by Honda, and the production model made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The lining of the initial available 2013 Acura RL will be front-wheel drive; later, four-wheel drive version will be published with a hybrid engine 370 horsepower mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch.