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The Acura RL was Acura's largest 4-door sedan since the 1996 model year. The luxury car lasted for two long generations, until it was replaced by the Acura RLX in March 2013.

Year-to-year changes[]


Replacing the old Acura Legend sedan, the 3.5RL was the largest, most luxurious vehicle Acura has ever built. With its standard 3.5-liter, 210-horsepower engine it delivered impressive performance in a silky smooth package. The RL was a premier luxury sedan with hand-selected, leather trimmed interior, rich wood accent, an Automatic Climate Control System, a power moonroof and an 8-speaker Acura/Bose music system with CD changer.  Like all Acura sedans and coupes, the RL featured a double wishbone suspension derived from Formula One technology. It provided amazingly precise response and handling and exceptional ride comfort.

The first Acura RLs went on sale in February 1996.


The 1999 RL was introduced on October 30, 1998, and went on sale through late September 1999.


The RL gained 15 more horsepower, for a total of 225. The first-generation RL remained in production until 2004.

Retail prices[]

Model year(s) List price Destination charge Effective date
1996–1997 $41,000 $435 February 10, 1996
1998 $41,200 $435 November 10, 1997
1999 $41,900 $455 October 30, 1998
2000 $42,000 $480 September 29, 1999
2001 $42,150 $480
2002–2003 $43,150 $500