2012 Acura RL  RealSafeCars76Safety Rating

#32 of 2012 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#72 of all 2012 vehicles

Pictured: 2005 Acura RL
The RL, a mainstay of Acura's lineup since 1996, is a large sedan with seating up to 5. The Acura RL packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). Acura offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2012 Acura RL is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Acura RL has a score of 76, implying a 0.048% chance of driver death (4.3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Acura RL has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0477% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.4502%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0477% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.4502% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Acura RL is 1% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2012 Acura RL is 7% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9864INFINITI M-37Acura RLLincoln MKXM.-B. R-ClassVolkswagen TouaregBMW 5 SeriesAcura MDXM.-B. E-ClassAudi A6Lincoln MKSVolvo C70Acura ZDXComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Acura RL with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 98. The 2012 Acura RL is safer than the 2012 INFINITI M-37 and less safe than the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the 2012 Acura ZDX, the 2012 Volvo C70, the 2012 Lincoln MKS, the 2012 Audi A6, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2012 Acura MDX, the 2012 BMW 5 Series, and the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg. It is about as safe as the 2012 Lincoln MKX.

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