2010 Acura RL

This sumptuous luxury sedan is so well-appointed, you'll be lavishly equipped for every excursion. With its 300-hp 3.7-liter VTEC ® V-6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD ® ) and the optional Acura Navigation System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather™, power and precision are simply par for the course.

Every RL comes equipped with sumptuous, soft seats with perforated leather that provide the ideal balance of indulgence and support.

  • Two-level heating keeps driver and front passenger warm in colder months.

  • With the Technology Package, the front seats can blow both heated and cooled air through the perforations in the leather, allowing you to reach your desired comfort level more quickly than ever before.

  • The driver will easily find the perfect position with a 10-way power driver's seat (8-way power positioning, plus power lumbar support).

  • The front passenger will bask in the luxury of an 8-way power front passenger seat.

To keep items secure and out of sight, the RL's lined and carpeted trunk provides 13.1 cubic feet of storage space.

  • A lockable trunk pass-through aperture is accessible through the rear seat—a handy feature for long or bulky cargo.

  • Access to the trunk is available by both a button in the driver's side door and through the Keyless Access System.

  • A temporary spare is nestled underneath the trunk floor to preserve cargo space.

The disc brakes on the RL are backed up by several sophisticated electronic systems to provide you with enhanced braking under any circumstance.

  • The anti-lock Braking System (ABS) helps you retain steering control in emergency braking by preventing the wheels from locking up, while allowing them to achieve their maximum level of stopping.

  • The Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system uses the ABS system to direct braking power among the four wheels, depending on their load, to help optimize braking effectiveness.

  • The Brake Assist system detects emergency braking by the driver by monitoring the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed and steps in by maximizing braking force, which terminates immediately upon release of the brake pedal.

To help reduce the potential likelihood and force of a frontal impact, the CMBS/ACC Package includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™).

  • Powered by a radar transmitter mounted behind the RL grille, a signal is constantly transmitted and the return signal is evaluated, determining the distance and closing speed of vehicles that lie directly ahead.

  • If a collision is possible, the system will provide audio and visual alerts to warn the driver.

  • If the driver does not take action to reduce speed, the CMBS will automatically tug at the driver's seat belt and begin light braking.

  • Even if no prior warnings have been given, if at any time the system senses that a frontal collision is unavoidable it will tighten the front seat belts and automatically apply strong braking to help reduce the impact velocity and collision force. However, the system is not designed to bring the vehicle to a complete stop by itself.

  • CMBS is part of the CMBS/ACC Package that also includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and genuine curly maple wood trim. The Package is available on models equipped with the Technology Package.

The Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA ® ) system monitors stability factors to detect oversteer or understeer, and if detected, VSA uses a series of the RL systems to avoid the problem.

  • VSA continually monitors vehicle speed, throttle position, individual wheel speeds, steering angle and vehicle yaw rate.

  • If potential oversteer or understeer is detected, the system will first use Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD ® ) to redirect power among the front wheels and each of the rear wheels to maintain stability

  • If using SH-AWD is insufficient, the system will reduce engine torque and use the ABS to apply brakes to each wheel as needed to help stabilize the vehicle.

  • The response is so quick that the instability may be corrected before the driver even knows it's occurring.

Since an under-inflated tire impedes handling and can be a safety hazard, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses pressure sensors mounted in each wheel that send readings to a central electronic control unit. The system then evaluates whether the pressure in each tire is within an acceptable range.

  • If a reading is approximately 25% below the recommended level, the RL will alert the driver through the Multi-Information Display (MID) located on the instrument panel.

  • The problem tire will be indicated, along with the individual pressure for each of the four tires.

  • The pressure display can be accessed anytime, using the MID controls on the steering wheel.

  • As useful as TMPS is, it is still recommended that you manually check your tires on a regular basis.

To help you see farther into a turn at night, the RL Xenon HID low-beam headlight on the side of the turn direction can swivel up to 20 degrees to the outside. This illuminates the edges of the road and guides your turn as spots typically left in the dark are lit.

  • While especially helpful on curving roads, it also operates when making a right-hand turn from a standing start at an intersection.

  • AFS will not work from a standing start on a left-hand turn, so as not to shine into the eyes of drivers of oncoming traffic.

  • AFS works automatically without buttons to push or settings to configure, although the driver may manually turn it off, if desired.

Acura utilizes Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes.

  • The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.

  • This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.

  • Every Acura designed with this system and tested by NHTSA, has received a 5 stars rating on their frontal impact test.

The RL is equipped with a sophisticated 6-airbag system consisting of two front and two front side airbags, as well as two side curtain airbags that provide coverage for the front and outboard rear seats. Advanced sensors and inflator systems are designed to enable airbags to deploy at precisely the right time with the appropriate force.

  • The front airbags are equipped with two-stage, multiple-threshold inflators. One or both airbags will be deployed only in the event of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seat belt usage and other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to supplement the seat belts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body injuries in frontal crashes.

  • Sensors in the front passenger seat determine if it is empty or if the passenger is too small for the passenger's front airbag to deploy safely and will disengage the front passenger airbag, if necessary.

  • The front passenger seat is equipped with the Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), which uses sensors in the seatback to determine the height and position of the passenger. The system will deactivate the side airbag if a child or a small-statured adult is leaning into the side airbag deployment path.

  • In a sufficient side impact, side curtain airbags deploy downward from just above the doorframes on the impacted side to help protect both front and outboard rear seat occupants.

All five seating positions in the RL have 3-point belts. The front seat belts are equipped with an automatic tensioning and load-limiter system.

  • Automatic tensioning belts react in the first milliseconds of an impact to automatically tighten the belts and help hold a front seat occupant in position against the seatback.

  • To help prevent the automatic tensioning belt from causing undue pressure on the chest, load limiters slightly relieve belt tension, as needed, to help soften the force.

The front seats are equipped with active head restraints.

  • In a rear-end collision, a front seat occupant's body will be pushed against the seatback, and the pressure to the seatback is transmitted from the lumbar plate, pushing the head restraint upward and forward to reduce the gap between the occupant's head and seat head restraint.

  • Impact forces on the head, neck and spine are diminished, helping reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries.

The RL has several features addressing child safety, from sophisticated airbag sensors to anchors that secure child seats.

  • The Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) utilizes sensors in the front passenger's seatback to detect if the occupant is a child or small-statured adult. If such an occupant is leaning into the deployment path of the side airbag, the side airbag will be deactivated until they resume a safer, more upright position.

  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) anchors plus upper-tether anchors in the rear seat allow LATCH-compatible child seats to be installed in the outboard positions without the use of seat belts.

  • All windows and the moonroof have an automatic reverse feature that prevents them from closing if a finger or other obstacle is encountered.

Like every Acura model, the RL comes equipped with a security system. In the event of a break-in, the following events will occur:

  • The ignition will be disabled.

  • The horn will sound.

  • The lights will flash.

Several safeguards are also built into the RL Keyless Access System:

  • If a jacket or purse containing the remote is placed in the trunk, the lid will pop open, and a warning sound will alert you.

  • If you exit the RL with the remote in hand while the vehicle is running, after closing the door, the navigation system screen and Multi-Information Display (MID) will flash a message, and a warning alert will sound. Details...






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