When comparing the Acura RL's and the Honda Accord's specifications and ratings, the Acura RL has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Honda Accord has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Acura RL's and the Honda Accord's specifications and ratings, the Honda Accord is a better car than the Acura RL.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Acura RL’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Honda Accord base engine makes 177 horsepower. The RL is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 463 miles. The Accord is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 629 miles. This gives the Honda Accord the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Acura RL. Both models use gasoline.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Honda Accord has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Acura RL has the advantage in the area of front shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Honda Accord has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.