The Acura RLX is a midsize luxury sedan designed for those who seek prestige and performance from their vehicle. It is the RLX is a brand new model for 2014’s model year and replaces that of the RL as Acura’s top-of-the-line sedan.
The Acura RLX is massive leap forward over RL. However, the RLX isn’t as good as the competition that is fierce in the premium sedan segment in terms of performance, power and road-handling. It’s not because the RLX isn’t a great car, but it is up against exceptional vehicles that surpass its rivals on a variety of aspects. However, the RLX is one of the most smooth engines in its class , and despite its size, it handles turns with ease, or even athleticism.
What’s New in 2018?
The Acura RLX is refreshed and gets numerous changes. A new exterior design is as a result of revamped bumpers, hoods, and grille. Other exterior modifications to the RLX include LED lighting as well as a new 19″ wheel design. P-AWS models get a brand new automatic transmission that has a speed of 10 speeds. Interior design has been upgraded too. AcuraWatch driver assistance is now standard equipment.
Trims and Pricing
Acura manufactures it’s RLX in five trim levels including the base model, RLX with Navigation, RLX with Technology package, RLX with Krell Audio package, and RLX with the Advance package.
Base models are equipped with standard equipment , such as an adjustable steering wheel and sunroof keyless ignition and entry LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats with memories, leatherette upholstery and rearview cameras tri-zone climate control with automatic temperature control, SMS text-to-speech, Bluetooth connectivity and an ELS audio system that has 10 speakers with digital music storage CD player high-definition radio with USB/iPod connectivity satellite radio with HD radio.
The RLX with Navigation adds several features such as an navigation system as well as acces to AcuraLink collection of smartphone apps and the climate control system which utilizes the vehicle’s GPS to regulate the temperature of the interior based on the sun’s angle in the region.
Then, moving up towards the RLX with the Technology package, it comes with acoustic windows that cut down the sound, a blindspot monitor system with power folding mirrors on the side and 19-inch wheels. They also have rain-sensing windshields, wood accents inside, leather upholstery, an ELS audio system that has 14 speakers, and the keyless entry system which works for the entire four doors instead of only the two front doors and the trunk.
The RLX equipped with Krell Audio package includes the Krell sound system with 14 speakers, as well as an entire set of sunshade covers to the rear seat area.
The top of the line Advance package comes with collision mitigation technology which uses automated brakes, adaptive cruise control with front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats.
An RLX is sold with an invoice from the factory of around $51,000 and an MSRP around $55,000. Being an RLX member implies that the Certified Dealer treats your well by offering you a fixed price that includes savings.
Engine and Performance
The standard engine of Acura RLX is a standard engine. Acura RLX is an 3.5-liter V6 that is capable of producing up to 312 horsepower and 272 lbs of torque. It is equipped with a six-speed automated transmission which features an sport mode that allows for more rapid shifts, as well as the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to allow manual gear selection.
The EPA estimates that the fuel efficiency of cars to be 20 mpg for city driving, and 31 milliliters in highway driving, and 24 mpg combined highway and city driving.
Buyers looking to improve their performance may select a hybrid engine option such as what Acura calls”the Sport Hybrid. Its gasoline motor will link together with an electric engine to produce the combined output of 350 horsepower. A semi-automatic seven-speed transmission is paired with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system to improve performance and handling.
The ratings for fuel efficiency on the hybrid model of the RLX are 30 mpg within the city and 30 miles per gallon in the open road.
Interior of Acura RX is finished with a black-colored overall scheme, or two-tones of black and cream scheme, with metal and wood accents scattered around tastefully. Acura has upped the level of luxury with the RLX as opposed to the RL of the past, featuring lots of lovely materials such as wood and leather utilized in the cabin. The fit and finish are also superb, with no elements that appear shaky or of low quality. The quality of the materials used in the interior is still lower than the materials you’ll encounter in competitors German luxurious cars however, inside the RLX is not the most appealing.
The interior space of the car is spacious and significantly better than the RL. Drivers who are taller will be able to relax for hours at a time, due to ample headroom and legroom aswell with a supportive and adjustable seat. The seats in the rear also have some extra space, though taller people will notice that headroom is somewhat restricted and legroom isn’t much as wide as back seats. However, the seats in the rear are spacious and comfortable to lounge in for long journeys. The trunk area is 15.3 cubic inches, an the average for a mid-sized sedan. The optional Krell audio system reduces the trunk size by 15.1 cubic feet. The rear seats cannot fold back to increase the capacity of the trunk’s cargo however there is an access point for heavier objects like skis.
Similar to other contemporary Acuras as well, the navigation and infotainment features for the RLX are simple to understand and use while driving. The controls on the middle stack as well as the gauge cluster are both organized and simple to navigate and use.