2011 Acura
RL
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
E350

2011 Acura RL

9.8

starting from

$56,035
"Pulls with zest and remains silky smooth all the way to its 6800-rpm redline"
caranddriver.com | talking about the RL's engine
"Little of the power at hand goes to waste, with absolutely tenacious grip and an impressive ability to mitigate understeer."
caranddriver.com | talking about the RL's handling

Reasons to buy the Acura RL

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Leather
Standard
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Spacious front seats
55.3 ft3
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Navigation system
Standard
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350

9.6

starting from

$50,275
"Controls are well placed and intuitive to operate."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's stereo
"The buttons for the heated/cooled seats and Airscarf neck warmers are logically located."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's seating

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz E350

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More airbags
7
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Comparable turning radius
36.9 ft
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More gears
7
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Good range on the highway
506 miles
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Acura RL Winner: RL
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  • The RL 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the RL 's satellite radio; in the E350, too, but it'll cost
  • The RL has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 8
Safety Features 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • The E350 has 2 more airbags (including Knee, Rear Side), 7 vs 5
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • Almost the same, 36.9 ft vs 38.7 ft
  • The E350 has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 7 vs 6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Acura RL Winner: RL
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the RL
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • The best price we've seen is $5,760 cheaper (more than 10% less), $50,275 vs $56,035
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Acura RL Winner: RL
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  • The RL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the E350
  • The RL has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.3 ft3 vs 52.4 ft3
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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RL
2011 Acura RL
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Mercedes-Benz
E350
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The RL has an OK number of speakers, while the E350 has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the RL 's satellite radio; in the E350, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The RL has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Safety Features

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RL
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 7 The E350 has great airbag coverage, whereas the RL is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs mbrace

Performance

Acura
RL
2011 Acura RL
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Mercedes-Benz
E350
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM The RL is of average power, but the E350 is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The E350 has more gears and the RL is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.7 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The RL will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the E350
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.7 ft vs 36.9 ft The E350 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the RL is quite bad

Luxury Features

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RL
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the RL

Cost

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RL
2011 Acura RL
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MSRP $56,035 vs $50,275 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Practicality

Acura
RL
2011 Acura RL
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Mercedes-Benz
E350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 463 miles vs 506 miles The E350 has good highway range and the RL is reasonable
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Cargo space 13.8 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.3 ft3 vs 52.4 ft3 The RL has roomy front seats and the E350 is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The E350 offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the RL
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The RL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the E350
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The RL has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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RL
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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RL
2011 Acura RL
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Mercedes-Benz
E350
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0-60 mph 6.9 seconds vs 6.8 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 94 mph vs 15.2 s @ 94 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.86 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 2011 Lexus ES 350 E350 vs ES 350
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