The 2005 Acura RL wins CNET's first
annual Tech Car of the Year award. Our
judges, including the voting public in our
online poll, came down unanimously for
the 2005 Acura RL as the best
expression of technology in a car. We
chose the 2005 Acura RL partly
because it led the way by offering a
number of technologies before any of its
competitors and partly because it did
such a seamless job of implementing
them. It has live traffic information
2005 Acura RL
CNET Car Tech judges and CNET users have selected the 2005 Acura RL as Tech Car of the Year.
integrated with its navigation system, and it connects to Bluetooth phones. It has a Bose DVD audio system with a road-noise-canceling feature. Its power train isn't as sophisticated as a hybrid system, but it comes close with some very fine engineering. Congratulations to the 2005 Acura RL and the forward-thinking team that designed it.
Tech Car nominees:
Award criteriaCabin electronics (this is pretty much anything in the dashboard, including the stereo, navigation, and Bluetooth phone integration): Does the car have a full array, with no major component missing? Are the electronics easy and intuitive to operate? Do they contribute to or distract from the overall utility of the car?
Performance (where the rubber meets the road, this covers power train and road-holding technologies): Does the engine use something more advanced than simple cam-controlled valves? Is it a hybrid? ABS should be present, but does the car also have traction control or more advanced anti-wheel-slip technology? Do all these components make it pleasurable to drive?
Safety (this area covers crash prevention, such as road holding, along with postcrash protection): Does the car have a full array of air bags? Does it have a vehicle stability program, traction control, and all-wheel drive? Are there advanced systems such as lane-departure warnings?
What's your pick for the Tech Car of the Year?
See all 10 tech car nominees