ROC Rank: Sophomore
Join Date: Jan 2016
Model Year: 2017
Color: Lunar Silver Metalic
Re: '17 RL air conditioning
I can't speak to how it would do in Arizona, but I purchased in August and it dealt with a 95+ high humidity heat wave here in Central PA just fine. I am also coming from an Accord (2013 Sport 6MT) and felt they were about equal with a slight edge to the RL. That said, my Accord was Modern Steel Metallic (dark gray) and the RL is Lunar Silver so that may make some difference. Both had/have black cloth interiors - I can't speak to the leather interior other than to say my test drive in an RTL-T with the gray interior cooled down as fast as I would have expected.
I would say mid-day with the sun bearing down on a 90+ day, the AC cannot keep up with the ECON button on because it cycles the compressor off too often. As the sun goes down it balances out. My wife probably wouldn't notice, but I prefer it colder and turn off the ECON. I would imagine if I lived in Arizona I would not use ECON in the summer for that reason.
The other nice thing is the triple zone, which means I can keep the driver and the rear seat colder (for my daughter) and my wife can keep her seat warmer.
Had no problem with the heat in the winter either other than to say that the wipers sit lower than where the defroster vents are aimed at and a few extra minutes are needed to free them up if they are iced up with a foot of snow on them. It was not much of an issue and after it was cleared the wipers did not ice up when driving in snow/sleet/freezing rain. The Canadians get a heated wiper area which probably eliminates this issue.
Having the rear defroster worked great - I'm not sure what it was like in the gen 1 (since the window is angled a bit more and sunk in), but in the gen 2 RL snow that is sitting in the bed swirls around above 50mph or so and it will stick to the rear window. The defroster keeps that from icing up until the cabin is warmed up.
As far as MPG - I avg between 6-7MPG lower under the same conditions than my Accord with the 2.4 4cyl/6MT - A long trip I would get 34-35mpg in the Accord vs 27-28mpg in the RL. Normal mixed Hwy/Rural I got about 28-30mpg in the Accord and I am around 22mpg in the RL. On my super sucky short daily commute (taking my daughter to daycare and working from home) which is all rural up and down hills in the woods I was around 23-24mpg in the Accord and about 17-18 in the RL. Note this is what I expected - the penalty for 2 extra cylinders, 1100lbs more weight and poorer aerodynamics.
I would think your V6 Accord would be closer to the RL though. Hope all that helps
Last edited by fargin; 03-19-2017 at 02:49 PM.