Acura's luxury sedan is like a Honda gone to finishing
school. The time-tested engineering of some of the most
dependable cars on the road lives on beneath a new level
of comfort, style and boldness.
Poise is a word Acura likes to use when speaking of the
RL. It is something they strove hard to create with the
first RL and then maintain with forthcoming models. The
2004 Acura RL is given a number of practical technological
applications to improve driver awareness. It was test driven
at high speeds on some of the most demanding roads in the
world in order to keep the ride stable and smooth no matter
what the situation. The result is the type of poise Acura
envisions for its RL sedan.
The 2004 Acura RL is offered in one model trim.
The refined interior environment of the new 2004 Acura RL
is subtle and practical. The four-door, five-passenger sedan
doesn't overwhelm you with features and gadgets. Rather,
they are integrated into a seamless, flowing design.
Among the most notable features inside are those that are
both technologically advanced and user-friendly. A standard
Acura Navigation System now has a voice recognition system
for ultimate ease of use. And XM Satellite Radio, with a
digital signal and a satellite network of 100 stations,
lets you pick up music all across the country.
There are no factory options with the 2004 Acura RL, but
you probably won't need any. There are many standard features
to keep you occupied, including leather upholstery with
a wood interior trim, air conditioning with front and rear
automatic climate controls, a power tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped
steering wheel with radio controls, the OnStar System with
one-year service (roadside assistance, emergency services;
other services available), heated front bucket seats and
a Bose AM/FM/cassette player with in-dash 6-disc CD changer.
The painting process alone in the 2004 Acura RL's construction
gives you an idea of the attention to detail used at Acura.
Four separate coating operations were applied, followed
b y four baking procedures.
The sole engine powering the 2004 Acura RL is a tried and
tested one. It is a 3.5-liter V6 with 225 horsepower at
5200 rpm and 231 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. This engine
is mated to an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic
transmission with its own microprocessor for seamless shifting.
The Acura RL's four-wheel independent double wishbone suspension
has been modified for better handling and cornering ability.
The system now features thicker front and rear stabilizer
bars and higher damper, spring and front upper-arm-bushing
Safety and Security
Poise also refers to the confidence of knowing you are safe
and secure. With the RL, this is a direct result of its
safety features, which include traction control, dual front
airbags, front side airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes,
an antiskid system, an emergency inside trunk release and