The Acura RLX, a midsize luxury sedan, is a new addition to the prestigious Acura line-up. The Acura RLX Concept was unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, intended to replace its outdated predecessor, the Acura RL. The production model that was eventually released was almost identical to the concept model.
While this newest Acura has plenty to boast about when it comes to luxury and performance, it’s still struggling to keep up with the competition that offers an even more luxurious ride.
Acura RLX Origins
Acura is the luxury division of Honda. The Acura RLX was released in 2013 as a 2014 model and is the successor of the Acura RL. It’s relatively similar in size to the original RL, but takes more of its styling from the Acura ILX. Although Acura doesn’t offer all of the powertrain choices that are found with some of its European rivals, the cabin environment is among the best in the class.
About the Acura RLX
The RLX is the new flagship of the Acura, the luxury brand of Honda, released in 2014. It sticks with the powerful V-6 engine, even as many of its closer competitors roll out more powerful V-8 versions. This is in part due to the fact that Honda has not traditionally used a V-8 engine in any of its cars. As a result, the RLX enjoys relatively good fuel efficiency at 20/31 mpg city/highway. A hybrid version is also expected which, of course, will have even better fuel efficiency, but should still be a powerful force on the road.
This four-door sedan is loaded with all of the fun features one would expect to find in this class including LCD touch screens, a 14-speaker audio system, and plenty of safety features.
Acura RLX Features
The Acura RLX is available in base and hybrid versions. There are five trim levels: Base, Navigation, Technology package, Krell Audio package, and Advance package. As one would expect from Acura, the RLX offers a luxurious interior, including a stitched instrument panel, steering wheel, and a center console with wood and metal accents throughout the cabin. The RLX seats five comfortably and offers best-in-class rear seat legroom, with nearly three inches more room than comparable Japanese and European luxury models. It also boasts some of the widest front and rear passenger space in its class.
Standard and available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a multi-view rearview camera, LED headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, and AcuraLink connected services. Adding the Krell Audio and Advance packages provides an upgraded 14-speaker audio system. Depending on the trim, the RLX comes standard with 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires.
As already mentioned, this luxury sedan does not come with a V-8 option. However, the 3.5-liter V-6 gets the job done producing 310 horsepower and generating 272 lb-ft of torque. This efficient engine is paired with a six-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission.
The Acura RLX is also loaded with state-of-the-art safety features including blind-spot and front collision warning systems, lane departure, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, a comprehensive airbag system, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, three-point belts for all seats including the rear center seat, electronic brakeforce distribution, and rear door child safety locks. There are not yet safety ratings available for the RLX, but if the safety features and Honda reputation are any indication, it is likely to perform well.
Acura RLX Evolution
The Acura RLX replaced the almost forgotten Acura RL. Acura hopes to wow consumers with its new, sleek looking flagship.