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Default 2009 Acura RL - Interior

Chicago - Feb 06 —


The 2009 RL interior is designed to integrate richly elegant luxury and efficient design to create an environment in tune with the luxury performance sedan's clearly defined sporting character. At the same time, the interior incorporates the most advanced technology ever built into an Acura-- operated in an intuitive and easy-to-use format. Careful integration of the advanced technology ensures that they add to the driver's comfort, control and understanding of the driving situation-- all without detracting from the task of driving itself. The premium interior materials and exacting attention to detail highlight the RL's quiet interior.

The new RL interior features many new features including 10-way adjustable front seats now with six levels of heating/cooling adjustability, roomy pull pockets added to the front door panels, optional Blackwood interior trim, longer front seat belt buckles to ease belt connection, and more room for rear seat passengers. To further improve sound isolation, the new RL makes use of more sound deadening material, a acoustic glass windshield, and an all-new Active Sound Control™ (ASC™) system that helps cancel out interior noise. In addition, revised HVAC and audio controls make for more simple function while new vent outlet adjusters provide easier operation.

For 2009 the new RL ups technology with the addition of high-tech items such as AcuraLink® weather (enabled through XM's new NavWeather® system), a new Note function for XM® Radio, upgraded Zagat® restaurant information, Traffic Rerouting™, Smart Entry, improved voice recognition now with over 700 voice commands, and a new feature that allows for automated service appointment scheduling while driving.

Acura Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless phone connectivity allows the driver to dial a Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephone by voice command and satellite-based AcuraLink® allows communication between the RL owner and Acura--thus there has never been a more "connected" vehicle than the RL. The RL is equipped with the new Smart Entry, which allows owners to lock and unlock doors, open the trunk, and start the car without having the keyless remote in the hand.

Interior at a Glance

  • Luxurious cockpit designed for performance driving

  • 10-way adjustable power front seats

  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats with 6-levels of heating/cooling

  • Leather-wrapped 4-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls

    and F1®-style paddle shifters

  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column with driver recognition

  • Upgraded wood interior (including wood application to the steering wheel and shift knob with the CMBS™ package)

  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination

  • Dash gauge cluster with a new brushed-metal panel to enhance quality

  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system

  • Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions and customizable feature settings

  • AcuraLink® satellite communication system allows interface between the RL and Acura

  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera

  • AcuraLink® Real-time traffic

  • AcuraLink® weather

  • Electronic cruise control

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system (part of the available CMBS™ package)

  • Active Sound Control™ (ASC™)

  • Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio and DTS® changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, and Note function for XM®

  • USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone®, or removable "memory stick" mass storage devices)

  • Auxiliary jack interface (for MP3 music players)

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface

  • Interface Dial provides quick, intuitive access to navigation, audio, climate control and other features

  • Smart Entry keyless access system

  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation

  • 2-position memory function (for seating position, mirror adjustments, radio presets, climate control settings, MID presets, and more)

  • Passenger seatbelt reminder


The quality of interior materials, fit and finish have received close attention to reflect the discerning nature of the RL owner. The large, bright navigation system display is positioned up high, in the center of the instrument panel within easy line of sight of the driver and passenger. Below the navigation system screen, the satin metal finish of the climate, audio and navigation controls has a clean, technical look. An optional upgraded wood interior sweeps across the instrument panel, is fit to parts of the steering wheel, and adorns the shift knob.


Acura interior design has always made intuitive functionality a priority. All important systems and controls are within easy reach of the driver. The systems used most frequently--audio, cruise control, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® , satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and Multi-Information Display--have controls positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Even though the RL gives its driver access to many electronic features and conveniences, the interface is simple and welcoming. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view.

Typical of Acura interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the RL is engineered to deliver a quality feel and positive action. Helpful features make driving easier, such as power side mirrors that can be set to automatically tilt-down when Reverse gear is engaged to make parking simpler. There is also a bottom-hinged throttle pedal to provide a linear feel and natural motion. A large dead pedal on the left side of the driver-side foot well provides extra support for the driver's left foot during spirited driving.


The leather wrapped steering wheel incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel while using them. Audio system controls are on the upper left spoke, while cruise control buttons are on the upper right spoke. The lower left spoke is reserved for navigation system controls, including a push-to-talk button to activate the voice recognition system that provides voice control of the navigation system, as well as climate control and audio system features.

Also on the left, between the spokes, are controls for Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®. On the right, between the spokes, are controls for the MID. Tucked out of view, but within fingertip reach, are a pair of F1®-style paddles that upshift and downshift the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.

On models equipped with the available Technology Package plus CMBS™, control buttons for the Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ are located on the upper and lower right-hand spokes.


Most of the commonly used electronic functions have dedicated controls positioned on the instrument panel or on the steering wheel. Voice control of navigation, climate control, audio and communications functions are available, while an Interface Dial positioned just ahead of the center console-mounted shift lever provides another avenue of control. The Interface Dial is rotated and rocked like a joystick to select function menus displayed on the in-dash navigation screen. A push of the controller selects the highlighted item. Functions controlled by the Interface Dial include:

  • Audio

  • Navigation

  • Climate Control System

  • AcuraLink® satellite communications system


Given the luxury mission and performance capabilities of the 2009 RL, seating required extensive engineering development. In particular, the front seats had to blend long-trip comfort with secure lateral support given the cornering potential afforded by the advanced SH-AWD™ system. For 2009, the RL receives new front seats that feature six levels of heating and cooling along with a new Active Headrest Restraint System that is expected to generate a GOOD rating in IIHS' rear crash protection test.

Replacing the previous RL's 8-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way adjustable passenger seat are new seats with 10-ways of power adjustability for both seats. Included is a power-adjustable lumbar support mechanism that, with its smooth shape of the articulated lumbar mechanism, matches the human spinal curvature to provide solid support for the occupant's torso and pelvis. All driver's seat power adjustments (except power adjustable lumbar support) are included in the new Smart Entry system that (among many other features) stores a pair of user profiles-- one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with the RL.

New (1.57-inch longer) seat belt buckles allow front seat occupants to more easily find the buckle receptors when putting on safety belts. In addition, front seat occupants will also enjoy upgraded armrests with improved padding for a more luxurious feel.

For 2009, the RL offers rear seat occupants even more comfort and room. Redesigned front seat seatbacks are less bulky thus delivering improve rear seat legroom. The lower rear seat cushion has been redesigned to deliver added leg support for rear seat occupants. In the rear seat area, the outer seating positions are carefully engineered--complete with side bolsters--to simultaneously combine luxurious comfort on long trips with solid lateral support.

In front, 4-way adjustable head restraints with an Active Headrest Restraint System are adjustable for height and tilt. In back, the three headrests have a remote retractable feature that allows the driver to lower them with a touch of an overhead button for improved rearward visibility when there are no rear-seat passengers. When carrying rear seat passengers, the rear headrests can be raised manually for use.

The RL seat cushions are constructed of a special urethane with high damping coupled with a wide "S" spring design for better support of the urethane padding. These features work together to reduce the amount of road and engine vibration transmitted to the occupants while simultaneously delivering excellent passenger comfort.


A highly functional instrument panel gives the RL driver instant access to critical information. It also provides important vehicle information via an LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the lower section of the speedometer face. Controls positioned at the 4 o'clock position of the steering wheel hub allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources including CMBS™ and ACC.

Trip computer functions include overall mileage, trip mileage, average and instantaneous fuel economy, average speed, fuel range, and elapsed time. The MID also displays outside air temperature, engine oil life (as a percentage), SH-AWD™ torque distribution, and individual tire pressures. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the RL driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear (see Engine section for more information).


The theme of efficient driver control and easy-to-read components carries on after dark in the RL. The analog instruments are backlit with LED lighting and feature high-contrast markings with a subdued blue accent hue. The self-lighting gauge package progressively illuminates thus giving the driver a welcoming feel upon vehicle entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights then come alive, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.

All the interior switches are illuminated to make them easy to locate at night, including switches on all four doors and the steering wheel. In addition to front and rear overhead interior lights and map lights, the RL also has a complement of low-level interior cabin lighting. Blue front and rear ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console and the rear flip-down armrest. The front footwells also have blue ambient lighting that brightens substantially when the doors are opened.

Front and rear interior door handle areas are illuminated to make them easy to find, and the front door storage compartments, glove compartment and the center armrest compartment are all internally illuminated. All four doors have courtesy lights that illuminate when the doors are open. The RL interior lights feature "theater dimming," which can be specifically set by the driver to any of several dimming rates via the Multi-Information Display. The trunk has interior lighting, plus the trunk lid has lighting that illuminates the bumper and sill area when the lid is opened.


The RL interior offers plenty of storage and convenience features for driver and passengers. The front center armrest incorporates a unique dual lid design that allows the padded armrest to be used on one side, while the lid on the opposite side can be opened independently. Moreover, the upper portion of the armrest can be swiveled up to allow access to a large lower storage compartment that can accommodate odd-shaped items such as CD cases. New for 2009 is a USB port that allows for easy connectivity of an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable "memory stick" mass storage device. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack (that allows connectivity of MP3 music players) in the center console's lower storage compartment. Just forward of the console compartments is a dual beverage holder with an adjustable bottom tray that allows for the accommodation of a wide range of container sizes.

Inside the glove compartment is a separate document box that allows the safe stowage of the RL User Manual as well as important registration and insurance papers. The separate document box arrangement not only keeps paperwork neatly contained, but it also frees up storage space in the main glove box compartment. New for the 2009 RL are one foot long fold-out side pockets mounted in the lower portion of the front door panels.

In the rear seating area, an 8-inch wide fold-down center armrest has a padded top. A pullout dual beverage holder is built into the rear armrest. When no passengers are riding in the back, the rear seat headrests can be automatically folded down to generate improved rearward visibility for the driver.

Straight-gate shifter assembly

The RL employs a new straight-gate shifter assembly that replaces the previous multi-gate, multi-position shifter. Located in the center console, the new shifter delivers a more intuitive, more easy-to-use design that also takes up less space on the console surface.


The RL has a generously sized 13.1 cubic-foot trunk that is fully finished, with all wiring concealed along with the rear parcel shelf speakers and navigation unit being fully protected. The acoustic properties of the trunk and the three rear deck speakers were specially engineered to create the best possible sound performance from the Acura/Bose® DVD-Audio system. To allow room for longer and/or odd shaped items, a locking trunk pass-through is provided. A standard cargo net replete with a network of anchor points help keep trunk cargo securely in position. The spare tire is located out of sight under a folding cover built within the trunk floor.

For a cleaner appearance and to avoid damage to luggage, the lightweight aluminum trunk lid is supported by fully concealed hinge mechanisms. The trunk can be opened via a remote release mounted on the driver's door panel, by pulling the exterior release lever on the trunk lid when carrying the Smart Entry keyless access fob, or with a manual release accessible through the locking trunk pass-through. There is also an emergency trunk opener inside (located near the trunk latch) that can be found in total darkness thanks to a yellow glow-in-the-dark color treatment. For security, a switch is located in the glove box that allows the truck to be locked thus preventing access by valets. In addition, a valet key is provided that will allow a parking attendant to operate the ignition, but will not be able to open the glove box, trunk, or locking trunk pass-through if it is locked by the driver.


The 2009 RL has a unique GPS-based, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system that lets the driver and front passenger set temperature modes to their individual liking. A pair of large adjustable vents in the rear of the center console keeps rear seat occupants comfortable.

For 2009, easier-to-read HVAC buttons and system controls are positioned within easy reach, just below the center instrument panel vents. Also new are redesigned vent outlets with extended fin knobs for improved ease of use. The HVAC system can also be controlled by voice command, and additional custom settings can be accessed through the Interface Dial. The climate control system's control logic is designed to provide smooth operation with subtle changes in airflow. And now, changing vent airflow speed is easier than ever thanks to a new single-action fan control system that replaces the previous RL's more awkward two-stage design.

With its position-sensing ability, the GPS navigation system contributes to overall passenger comfort with a 3D solar sensing feature. Based on continuously updated vehicle position information, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. Combining this information with input from a solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel, the climate control system automatically adjusts the temperature and airflow from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.

System operation can be customized to suit the preferences of the driver and front seat passenger. In addition, using the navigation screen and the Interface Dial, the temperature of the air flowing through the upper vents can be fine-tuned relative to that of the air flowing from the footwell vents.


For increased rear seat privacy, reduced solar loading and greater passenger comfort on sunny days, the RL has a power operated rear-window sunshade along with manually operated sunshades for each rear side window.


The 2009 RL receives a new Active Sound Control™ (ASC™) system that is much advanced over the previous Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC™) system. Whereas ANC™ dealt specifically with the elimination of low decibel noise entering the cockpit, the new ASC™ system has a much broader range including the elimination of unwanted high frequency noise. In addition, ASC™ is linked to throttle position and engine rpm to provide a more quiet cockpit during normal cruising while allowing the 3.7L's muscular sound to be heard more during higher rpm, higher speed driving.

Sporting a new array of processing technology and sensors, the ASC™ system not only dramatically improves sound cancellation but also works throughout the entire engine rpm range whereas the previous ANC™ system only worked to cancel engine booming noise up to 2000 rpm. Moreover, ASC™ is specially tuned for various levels of "effect" generated at different throttle positions: during low rpm, ASC™ delivers a quiet cabin; during mid-rpm throttle, some of the throaty exhaust note is allowed to enter the cabin; and during high rpm the ASC™ system is tuned to allow a more crisp exhaust note to enter the cabin.

The ASC™ system operates whenever the car is running, regardless of whether the Acura/Bose® audio system is on or off. There are two microphones mounted in the headliner-- one just behind the front overhead console and another just ahead of the overhead rear light module. The microphones capture low-end drivetrain frequencies entering the cabin, and send a signal to the Active Sound Control™ unit. The ASC™ unit then creates a precisely timed reverse phase audio signal that is sent to an amplifier, which powers the door speakers and the subwoofer positioned on the rear deck.

The ASC™ dramatically reduces the booming sound of the exhaust, front and rear. In the frequency range below 100 hertz, ASC™ results in an impressive 10 dB reduction in noise level. Moreover, the new ASC™ system dramatically reduces high frequency and middle-frequency noise attenuation during normal cruising. In addition, road noise attenuation is also improved over both smooth and rough roads.


An overhead console in the RL incorporates a variety of useful features. Controls for the standard HomeLink® system and other overhead console features include controls for interior lighting, power sunroof, power rear sunshade and remote retracting rear head restraints.


The RL comes standard with a DVD-Audio system that is engineered to advance the state of the art in production car audio. The ultra-sophisticated system in the RL provides the driver and passengers with a new level of audio enjoyment utilizing a Bose® Cabin Surround® audio system.

Engineered specifically for the RL, the Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS® changer and AM/FM tuner delivers surround sound to all seating positions. In addition, the RL's sound system features as standard XM® Satellite Radio that provides 170 channels of digital programming with near-CD quality sound. A text display on the navigation screen provides information on the current program material. XM® provides virtually uninterrupted coverage within the 48 contiguous United States and some of Canada, and a complimentary 3 month XM® subscription is included with the RL.(Note: XM® Satellite Radio is not installed on RL models sold in Alaska and Hawaii as service for these states does not exist at this time.)

The RL's audio system includes a new Note function for XM® Radio that makes it easy to identify songs for later remembrance or purchase. With push of a button, the Note feature can capture a 10 second portion of up to 30 different songs, along with text indicating the song title, artist name, and XM® channel.

The RL has a 6-disc in-dash CD changer that can play DVD-Audio, CD, and MP3 media. DVD-Audio is the next step in audio reproduction technology. Many new music releases are issued in this format, and many older recordings are being re-mastered and reissued to take advantage of the superior sound that DVD-Audio offers. With over 500-times higher resolution than traditional CD audio, DVD-Audio delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound. The DVD-Audio system will not play DVD movies, DVD-Video or DVD-R/RW discs.

To improve sound quality when playing traditional CDs, the sound system includes Centerpoint® logic, which creates simulated surround sound from the two channels of CD data. Another feature, Audiopilot®, automatically adjusts the audio signal in response to exterior noises. Audiopilot® monitors the sound in the RL cabin using the same array microphone used for the Active Sound Control™ system (ASC™), and then the system adjusts the audio output to compensate. Centerpoint®, Audiopilot®, balance, fader and other functions can be accessed via the easy-to-use Interface Dial. Controls for key audio system functions are positioned within fingertip reach on the RL steering wheel. Select audio system functions can also be accomplished via voice commands.

For more precise audio imaging and impressive sound for listeners in the front and rear seats, 10 speakers are strategically located throughout the RL cabin. Each front door has a 6.5-inch full-range speaker and a separate 1.5-inch tweeter. A 2.5-inch twiddler is centered on the top of the instrument panel. Each rear door has a 6.5-inch full-range speaker, the rear parcel shelf has a 2.5-inch twiddler on each side, with a big 9-inch subwoofer centrally located beneath the rear glass. A total of 260 watts of power drives the 10-speaker system.

In addition to DVD-Audio and traditional CD source inputs, the 2009 RL is fitted with a new USB port that allows for easy connectivity to an iPod® (5th generation or later Apple iPod® or 2nd generation or later iPod Nano®) or iPhone® along with removable "memory stick" mass storage device containing WMA or MP3 format music. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack (that allows connectivity of MP3 music players) in the center console's lower storage compartment.

The RL's audio system control panel has been upgraded for 2009 to include a larger font size for wording, a color change, and a darker background color for added contrast and improved readability.


Like all Acura's, the RL has a standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands free phone interface that is designed to work with many Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones. Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that allows portable devices like mobile cellular telephones, PDAs, laptops and other devices communicate wirelessly. The RL's HandsFreeLink® system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). (Some early Bluetooth®-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol, but most newly released phones have HFP.) After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the RL can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it is within approximately 10 feet of the car. The phone needs to be on, but can be stowed in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside the RL cabin--thus there is no need to worry about where to place the cellular telephone.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® allows the driver to send or answer telephone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID) located in the speedometer face. In addition, the phone ring tone is played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the phone call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the RL's audio system speakers. Working with a new overhead array microphone, the HandsFreeLink® system cancels "echo effect" and reduces background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.

To send a call hands free, the driver can dial the number by voice, again using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers in the system's memory using unique voice tags. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the RL's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system at one time.

Additional information can be found at

AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System WITH REAL-TIME TRAFFIC

RL models within the 48 contiguous United States feature the AcuraLink®satellite communication system with Real-time traffic (when equipped with the Technology Package). AcuraLink® allows for two-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle. In cases where communication to and from the Acura Telematics server is needed, the owner's Bluetooth® phone is used (once the owner has enabled its data-transmission function).

AcuraLink® messages consist of a limited amount of text plus expanded details via Text-To-Speech. Each message is prioritized by importance. High priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt. Other messages trigger an icon on the RL navigation display. Some low priority messages show up only on vehicle start-up to avoid distraction. In all cases, the RL owner can choose to read or listen to the message immediately, or archive it to be retrieved at a later time.

A wide variety of messages can be sent to the RL, including Maintenance Minder® (detailed information regarding your next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help you maximize the benefit and enjoyment of RL features), Feature Guide (supplements to the RL Owner's Manual), Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise), and information regarding required vehicle service or repair. The RL owner has complete control over the types of messages they receive. All AcuraLink® preferences can be set via the Owner Link website (

Since the system allows two-way data communication between the RL and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink® can provide the owner with vital information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if a warning light should appear on the RL instrument panel, AcuraLink® can be configured to automatically send a trouble code along with the sensor data associated with the fault to the Acura Telematics Server, which analyzes the code, then sends a message back to the RL--such as "A software issue has been detected. It is OK to continue driving. The repair is currently being developed, so you do not need to visit your dealer at this time." You will receive another AcuraLink® message when it is time to visit your dealer to have the system repaired. This way, the owner knows if a particular fault is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques. An icon on the RL navigation display screen indicates an incoming message.

A wide variety of messages can be sent to the RL, including Maintenance Minder™, Quick Tips, Feature Guide and Diagnostic Info. The RL owner can set their preferences for the types of messages they receive in their RL via the Owner Link website.

Since the system allows two-way data communication between the RL and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink® can provide the owner with vital information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if an ABS/BRAKE warning light should appear on the RL instrument panel, AcuraLink® will automatically send a trouble code to the Acura Telematics Server (if the customer selects this preference), which interprets the code, then sends a message back to the RL, such as "ABS and EBD shut down! Drive slowly. Avoid sudden hard braking." This way, the owner knows if a particular fault is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques. The data connection is enabled even if the monthly XM® service package is not in effect.


The navigation screen can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including flow, accidents, unusual incidents, construction and weather on freeways in 76 major metropolitan areas. The information is part of the XM NavTraffic® feature (aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway patrol accident reports and transportation departments), and then is transmitted by XM® satellites to the vehicle where it is graphically displayed on the RL's navigation system from a ½- to 5-mile scale.

The RL owner can click on an icon on the map to see incident details or select Traffic Incidents by pushing "Enter" on the Interface Dial. Traffic information is continuously updated, allowing drivers to avoid congestion en route and choose the fastest path to their destination. Moreover, you can see traffic incidents, determine average traffic speed and estimate travel time along your chosen route, as you drive it. It can even automatically recalculate results as factors change. Plus, XM NavTraffic® alerts drivers of scheduled traffic incidents such as construction and road closures, plus unscheduled incidents such as accidents and disabled vehicles.

For 2009, the RL's Acura Satellite-based Navigation system advances with new Traffic Rerouting™ functionality, utilizing live data from AcuraLink® Real-time traffic information. When traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route, Traffic Rerouting™ can automatically recalculate a "detour" route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change. The RL driver can also recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting "TRAFFIC INCIDENTS" from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident. Either method can save time and frustration, thus keeping the Acura driver ahead of the curve. (Note: Traffic Rerouting™ requires a monthly subscription to the XM NavTraffic® service).With the average rush-hour commuter spending over 50 hours a year sitting in traffic, AcuraLink® Real-time traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ gives RL owners a useful time saving tool on freeways. Unlike sporadic radio or television traffic reports, Real-time traffic provides a constant flow of relevant information reflecting conditions along a driver's chosen route. Real-time traffic data services are offered on a subscription basis for a nominal fee following the 3-month free trial period. In addition to the on-screen traffic information, RL owners who maintain their XM® Satellite Radio service also receive more general audio traffic information that runs on a 2-3 minute loop in selected metropolitan areas.

76 major metropolitan

(Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)


Albuquerque, NM

Allentown-Bethlehem, PA

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Colorado Springs, CO

Columbus, OH

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Denver-Boulder, CO

Detroit, MI

Fresno, CA

Grand Rapids, MI

Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA

Hartford-New Britain-Middletown, CT

Houston, TX

Indianapolis, IN

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, KS

Lancaster-York, PA

Las Vegas, NV

Lincoln, NE

Little Rock, AR

Los Angeles

Louisville, KY

Memphis, TN

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL

Milwaukee-Racine, WI

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Mobile, AL

Naples-Ft. Myers, FL

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

New York City, NY

Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport, VA

Oklahoma City, OK

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Portsmouth-Manchester, NH

Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, RI

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Richmond, VA

Rochester, NY

Sacramento, CA

Salt Lake City, UT

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco-Oakland, CA

San Jose, CA

Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

Seattle-Tacoma, WA

St Louis, MO

Syracuse, NY

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Toledo, OH

Tucson, AZ

Tulsa, OK

Washington D.C.

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL

Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA

Wilmington, DE


Acura was the first automotive company to offer continually updated "real time" traffic information as standard equipment. Now, Acura again leads the technology front as it is the first to offer an in-dash navigation system with integrated Real-time weather information displayed in a single-screen format. In short, it's almost like having a weather man in your car.

Key features

  • All-new in-dash, single screen integrated AcuraLink® weather

  • Professional grade weather information provided by Baron Services, Inc.

  • Real-time weather information for 21 specific metropolitan areas

  • 1- or 3-day future weather forecasts

  • Severe weather alerts

  • Specific area weather information

AcuraLink® weather (co-developed with XM NavWeather®) is a personal weather tracking system for in-dash automotive GPS navigation system. The system tracks area specific, real-time weather conditions between your current location and your final destination. Plus, it provides near-term weather forecasts. Rather than just offering general weather conditions for a region, the system focuses on the specific weather on your personal drive route. Real-time weather information is continuously updated and delivered to the vehicle navigation system via the RL's built-in GPS satellite receiver.

With data provided by Baron Services, Inc., professional grade weather information (obtained and deciphered from a complex array of National Weather Service information) is now exclusively available to Acura owners. Owners of a new RL will receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink® weather along with AcuraLink® Real-time traffic and XM® satellite radio. Afterwards, AcuraLink® weather is available alone by monthly subscription or packaged with Real-time weather, with XM® satellite radio, or as a combined package of all three features.

Implementing XM's® proven WX Weather that is the recognized weather information leader in the aviation and marine markets, the AcuraLink® weather technology is further enhanced for specific travel conditions across the United States including 21 specific major metropolitan areas. The information focuses on identifying potential weather threats along with current and future forecast weather conditions.

Current weather conditions are displayed on the navigation screen in an easy-to-read format. Or, if you wish to learn of nearby weather conditions elsewhere than your current driving location, simply move the RL's navigation system cursor to the desired location on the map to obtain info for a specific location. When finished, simply press the "Map" button and information regarding your current location will return.

In addition to providing continually updated weather information, unique Threat Matrix Technology within AcuraLink® weather generates prompts with specific icons (within 46 different categories) informing the RL driver if the vehicle is headed into oncoming severe weather such as a developing snow storm, tornado warning, or ice. With such advance information the RL driver can choose to reroute driving to avoid the severe weather before actually encountering the weather.

If you zoom out all the way on the navigation screen (thus revealing the entire United States), Real-time weather will shows a global look at weather patterns across different areas of the country. Furthermore, if you plan on traveling to different states, Real-time weather offers 1- or 3-day weather forecasts for specific areas of the United States.

AcuraLink® weather information

Current Condition Weather Information

  • Clear

  • Partly Cloudy

  • Mostly Cloudy

  • Cloudy

  • Light Rain

  • Moderate Rain

  • Heavy Rain

  • Freezing Rain

  • Heavy Freezing Rain/Ice

  • Snow

  • Heavy Snow

  • Fog

  • Heavy Fog

Present Threats

  • Hail Storm

  • Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)

  • Lightning

  • Winds (expressed as Low, Medium, or Heavy)

  • Visibility (expressed as Good, Patchy, Marginal, or Very Poor)

Potential Threats (5- to 15-minute advance warning)

  • Hail Storm

  • Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)

Precipitation Forecast (30-minute advance warning)

  • No Predicted Weather Issues

  • Rain

  • Mixed Rain & Snow

  • Snow

Current Road Conditions

  • Clear

  • Flooded

  • Slippery

  • Ice, Patchy Ice

  • Snow

  • Heavy Snow

  • Road Closed

National Weather Service (NWS) Warnings

  • Official NWS warnings for 46 threat categories

Current Conditions

  • Temperature and Dew Point

  • Wind (wind speed, wind gusts, and wind direction)

  • Sky conditions (OK, haze, fog, dust/sand, drizzle/mist, smoke/ash, rain, heavy rain, thunderstorm, hail, freezing rain/ice, snow, heavy snow, tornado/funnel cloud)

Future Weather Forecasts

  • Current weather

  • 1- or 3-day forecasts (with separate night and day forecasts for each day)

  • Daytime high and nighttime low temperatures

  • Probability of precipitation (measured in 0- to 100-percent)

  • Precipitation type (rain, ice, rain or snow, snow)

  • Chance of thunderstorm (yes/no)

  • Sky condition (clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, cloudy)

  • Wind (wind speed, wind gusts, and wind direction)

Acura Navigation System WITH VOICE RECOGNITION™

RL models equipped with the RL with Technology Package offers the latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ with rearview camera (available in the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii).

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition features summary:

  • 8-inch screen for convenient viewing

  • Interface Dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger

  • Robust voice recognition function with over 700 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry

  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words

  • Seven million points of interest are stored on an updatable DVD

  • Business and recreation directory of virtually the entire continental United States complete with phone numbers

  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance in either male or female voice (voice guidance can be turned off at any time)

  • Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books

  • Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more

  • Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or heard over the audio system

  • Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective "3-D" route visualization

  • Voice Recognition operates key audio and climate control functions

  • Make calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®

  • User selectable Day/Night screen or "display off" modes

  • Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points

  • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas

  • Exit list shows what businesses are available at a given highway exit

  • On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane to use to stay on route

System Operation

Based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ tracks the RL's position. If the GPS antenna is blocked by a tunnel, tall building or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle to keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. A mapping DVD is located in the trunk within the system's ECU. Updated DVD data discs are available for purchase on an annual basis on-line or by calling 888-549-3798.

The navigation system can be controlled by voice command or by using the Interface Dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to over 700 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names.

When the "Talk" button is pressed, the audio system is automatically muted, and an all-new overhead array microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English, like "Display gas stations", "Find nearest hospital", or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." You can choose to display points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores), or have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation--all by voice command. The extensive point-of-interest database includes phone numbers, which can be dialed easily by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system and the driver's cell phone. Plus, with HandsFreeLink® and a proper Bluetooth® enabled cellular phone you can automatically import your cell phone's phonebook into the navigation system's database.

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ can also be controlled via the Interface Dial by choosing menu options or spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place) using the Interface Dial much like a computer mouse to select characters from an on-screen keypad.

The onboard database includes a Zagat® Survey Restaurant Guide. The Interface Dial makes it easy to operate the system as well as to find and select destinations. Voice recognition capability saves time and simplifies operation of the system. The 2009 RL's revised voice recognition technology allows the RL owner to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database.


For 2009, Acura again offers an optional Technology Package with CMBS™ for the RL that includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This new vehicle speed and distance control system uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar unit to monitor the distance between the RL and the vehicle directly ahead. Like a conventional cruise control system, the RL's ACC can maintain a pre-set speed. In addition, by combining radar data with data from speed sensors, ACC can regulate the RL's speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead. The system is designed for use on open highways and works only when the RL is traveling over 25 miles per hour.

The system is activated by pressing the "ACC" button on the upper right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. When this button is pushed, "ACC" will appear on the Multi-

Information Display (located directly below the speedometer) indicating that the ACC system has been turned on. To select the ACC cruising speed, the driver accelerates to a chosen speed and presses the "Decel/Set" button, which is also located on the upper right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. Once selected, the chosen cruising speed is shown on the Multi-Information Display.

The following distance interval is selected by pressing the "Distance" button on the lower right spoke of the steering wheel. Using this button, the driver can choose one of three following intervals: approximately 1 second, 1.5 seconds or 2 seconds, based on the speed of the RL along with the following distance the driver wants to maintain from the car directly ahead. Each time the button is pressed, a "vehicle-shaped" icon on the Multi-information display changes to reflect the chosen following interval:

  • One bar representing approximately a 1-second interval

  • Two bars representing approximately a 1.5-second interval

  • Three bars representing approximately a 2-second interval

Once ACC is activated, the system's electronic control unit (ECU) adjusts the throttle and applies light braking to maintain the chosen following distance interval between the RL and the car directly in front of it. If a vehicle from another lane cuts in front of the RL (between the RL and the car that it has been following) the system will beep and the "vehicle" icon will flash on the Multi-Information Display to alert the driver that a new vehicle has been detected. The system then adjusts the throttle and applies braking to maintain the pre-set following interval between the RL and the new vehicle. A vehicle icon will appear each time a vehicle moves into the ACC system's range. Conversely, when a vehicle moves out of the system's range, the icon changes to an "outlined" image.

If the vehicle directly ahead of the RL brakes suddenly, a series of beeps will sound and the word "BRAKE" will appear on the Multi-Information Display warning the driver to apply the brakes.

If the vehicle directly in front of the RL accelerates out of the radar's detection zone or moves to another lane, and another vehicle is not within the system's range, ACC will gradually accelerate the RL until the pre-set cruising speed is achieved. When a vehicle moves out of range, the "vehicle icon" on the Multi-Information Display will change from solid to outline.

The driver can switch between ACC and conventional cruise control by using the "Distance" button located on the steering wheel. Cruise control system status is displayed continuously on the Multi-Information Display.

Because the ACC system's millimeter-wave radar can be affected by rain, snow, fog and other types of inclement weather, the ACC system should not be used during these conditions.


The RL features a new Smart Entry vehicle access system with driver recognition for driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control, audio system settings and presets, and select navigation system settings. This feature allows the RL owner to gain access to the car without ever having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or key. The keyless remote has an electronic unique digital identity. The car can be unlocked when the driver grasps one of the front doors with the keyless remote in his/her possession.

Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Smart Entry allows the RL to be start by rotating the ignition switch without inserting a key into the ignition.

To unlock the door, the driver must have the keyless remote in their possession. The remote can remain in a pocket or briefcase as it isn't necessary to have it in hand. The driver simply approaches the car and grasps the door handle to the door.

To lock the doors upon leaving the car, simply touch the raised dimple on outside of the door handle. Alternatively, you can press the Lock button on the keyless remote. All doors will lock simultaneously.

Approaching the driver's side allows the opening of the driver's door only whereas when approaching the passenger's side all four doors can be opened. Via the Multi- Information Display's selectable unlocking feature, the RL owner can preset a preference to have all four doors unlock when the driver's door is engaged.

To open the trunk, simply approach with the remote and pull the lever as it will automatically unlock so you can open the lid. The system will not allow the recognized transmitter to be locked in the trunk.

Smart Entry also features a unique "quick vent" feature that (when holding the "unlock" button on the keyless remote for two seconds) instantly lowers all four door windows along with opens the power moonroof to quickly vent built-up interior heat. In addition, by holding the key in the "lock" position, all open windows can be simultaneously raised.


The Acura RL comes with two keyless remotes. Each keyless remote can be set with a unique preference, for instance to accommodate the preferences of a husband and wife.

The preferences include driver seat, steering wheel and mirror positions along with select HVAC functions. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, audio system pre-sets, air conditioning preferences, and navigation system settings. In the event both owners plan to use the car at the same time, the RL will recognize the keyless remote that approaches first.

Built-in Key

A built-in mechanical key is provided as a back up in the event that the keyless remote battery should fail, although the vehicle will signal the driver when the remote battery is low. In this case the RL can be started with the built-in key. For security purposes when using a valet parking service, you can push a trunk lockout switch located inside the glove box, and then lock the glove box and the trunk pass-through with the key. Take the built-in key from the keyless remote and keep it, then give the keyless remote to the attendant. The valet will be able to start and drive the RL but will be unable to unlock the glove compartment or trunk.


A line of Genuine Acura Accessories was developed simultaneously with the RL to provide personalization for the Acura owner. Like all Genuine Acura Accessories, the RL accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.


  • All-Season Floor Mats

  • Ashtray

  • Trunk Tray

  • Cargo Net

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