2005 Acura RL, quite disappointing

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HP, cabin, trunk size? All of the above. I'd be OK with a 300hp V6, but the new RL is just too small. At 6'3" and about 250, the driver's seat is usually pretty far back when I'm driving, and from the pics I
saw of the new RL, the occupant behind the drivers seat would have virtually no leg room. I'm sure the new RL is a fine car, but I have owned many Acura's in the past and have been pretty loyal to the name brand, so I'm more disappointed with Acura (Honda Corp) for not designing the RL as a larger full-size sedan that would compete with other top flagships (Lexus, Audi, M-Benz, BMW, etc). The new design of the RL (now a mid-size vs. full-size) looks like Honda just up and quit, thinking "Why should we design a full-size RL when we know we can't compete with the other big guns?". I'm just disappointed because I now have to leave the Acura brand because the engineers at Honda were thinking small instead of thinking big. I'm sure I'll be very happy with my used LS430.
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On 5 Jan 2006 17:59:03 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net wrote:

You are certainly entitled to your opinion but it's MY opinion that you're way too hung up on size -- and what you believe is a too small RL. It's really not a small vehicle -- even in comparison with the vehicles you mention a bigger. Personally, I'd not have purchased one of it were bigger.
As I said, we are all entitled to our opinions.
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HP, cabin, trunk size? All of the above. I'd be OK with a 300hp V6, but the new RL is just too small. At 6'3" and about 250, the driver's seat is usually pretty far back when I'm driving, and from the pics I saw of the new RL, the occupant behind the drivers seat would have virtually no leg room. I'm sure the new RL is a fine car, but I have owned many Acura's in the past and have been pretty loyal to the name brand, so I'm more disappointed with Acura (Honda Corp) for not designing the RL as a larger full-size sedan that would compete with other top flagships (Lexus, Audi, M-Benz, BMW, etc). The new design of the RL (now a mid-size vs. full-size) looks like Honda just up and quit, thinking "Why should we design a full-size RL when we know we can't compete with the other big guns?". I'm just disappointed because I now have to leave the Acura brand because the engineers at Honda were thinking small instead of thinking big. I'm sure I'll be very happy with my used LS430.
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HP, cabin, trunk size? All of the above. I'd be OK with a 300hp V6, but the new RL is just too small. At 6'3" and about 250, the driver's seat is usually pretty far back when I'm driving, and from the pics I saw of the new RL, the occupant behind the drivers seat would have virtually no leg room. I'm sure the new RL is a fine car, but I have owned many Acura's in the past and have been pretty loyal to the name brand, so I'm more disappointed with Acura (Honda Corp) for not designing the RL as a larger full-size sedan that would compete with other top flagships (Lexus, Audi, M-Benz, BMW, etc). The new design of the RL (now a mid-size vs. full-size) looks like Honda just up and quit, thinking "Why should we design a full-size RL when we know we can't compete with the other big guns?". I'm just disappointed because I now have to leave the Acura brand because the engineers at Honda were thinking small instead of thinking big. I'm sure I'll be very happy with my used LS430.
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Yep, got the idea the first time.

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wrote:

Looking at the information below, I'll agree that it's a bit bigger -- but not very much at all.
RL vs Avalon Interior Dimensions ---------------------------------------------------- Headroom (Front) 38.5 38.8 Headroom (Rear) 37.2 37.5 Legroom (Front) 42.4 41.3 Legroom (Rear) 36.3 40.9 Shoulder Room (Front) 58.5 59.4 Shoulder Room (Rear) 56.1 58.2
RL vs Avalon Exterior Dimensions ---------------------------------------------------- Height 57.1 58.5 Length 193.6 197.2 Track (Front) 62.0 62.2 Track (Rear) 62.4 61.6 Wheelbase 110.2 111.0 Width 72.7 72.8
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In the 30000.00 range the Avalon brings more to the table then any other vehicle I've seen . Too bad you lose a year of warranty compared to the Lexus . However ,you probably wouldn't need it anyway. -Dana

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On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 22:45:41 GMT, Dana said:

Another POS Toyota product.
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wrote:

Concurrence. I've *never* bought extended warranties on Honda, Toyota or Mazda, and it turned out that - even after 10 years in one case - I simply didn't need it. I did, however, buy extended warranties on a couple of GM products, and boy, did I make out like a bandit on those.
I wouldn't worry about warranty on Honda or Toyota. Mazda may be a little more iffy, though it was actually a '94 Miata that the wife had for 10 years and it never had any problem at all, other than normal wear and tear.
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wrote:

exactly. Too bad they didn't go with a little bigger car. Good car, just too small for the money they're asking. Bigger isn't the only criteria required to judge a vehicle. It's not even close to being the most important -- at least to me.
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