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2014 Acura RLX KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $42,620 - $45,330.

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MSRP $51,845

Fair Purchase Price $43,160
Fair Market Range ($42,620 - $45,330)

Invoice $47,482
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KBB Expert Rating 7.9 / 10
10/7.9
This Car - 2014 Acura RLX
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Micah Muzio - Updated Date: 3/15/2013


The 2014 RLX is Acura's new flagship sedan (replacing the departed RL). Befitting its flagship status, the mid-size RLX is endowed with high-end interior appointments along with the latest technology, including an optional and shockingly capable lane departure prevention feature. Wrapped in restrained but distinct bodywork, the RLX is roughly the same length as the old RL but thanks to a longer wheelbase Acura's ultimate sedan boasts segment-topping rear-seat legroom. Refined ride and handling, and a roomy, classy interior propel the RLX to heights of excellence never seen in its RL forebear. Whether that excellence will help the Acura RLX take meaningful market share from the dominant BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans remains to be seen.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Acura RLX if you prefer subdued styling over typical luxury flash. Where the RLX really shines is from the driver's seat where the sedan's skillful suspension tuning delivers a balanced blend of bump suppression and engaging handling.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Potential RLX dislikes include comparatively low-key styling and the lack of a rear-wheel-drive option. Those looking for a super high-performance model a la AMG or BMW's M division will have to find their kicks elsewhere.

What's New for 2014

Compared to the departed 2013 Acura RL the 2014 RLX features...well...an X in its name. More substantive changes include a completely redesigned interior and exterior, a new all-wheel steering system, the addition of a hybrid all-wheel-drive model and a modernized 2-screen infotainment system.

Driving It Driving Impressions

In the ways luxury car buyers actually use their cars, the Acura RLX performs brilliantly. For long commutes or short jaunts, the suspension deftly smooths the road's imperfections. At the same time, the new electric steering system enables direct control of the vehicle while also filtering vibration and harshness that might otherwise reach the driver's hands. Further enhancing the dynamic experience is a standard all-wheel steering system and firm but communicative brakes. Acceleration from the 3.5-liter V6 is strong and smooth, aided by the well-spaced gears and silky shifts from the 6-speed automatic transmission. Amid the free-flowing praise we should also point out that the RLX is really quiet, thanks to a vibration-reducing active engine mount, an active noise reducing sound system, and on the Tech models and above, noise-reducing 19-inch wheels along with acoustic glass that further minimizes wind and engine noise.

Favorite Features

P-AWS (PRECISION ALL-WHEEL STEERING)
All-wheel steering is the Pauly Shore of automotive technology, persistent yet rarely popular. Unlike Pauly, we're big fans of the RLX's P-AWS system, which independently adjusts rear-wheel toe angles up to two degrees either direction, noticeably improving vehicle agility and stability.

BRAKE HOLD
Do you ever wish your braking foot could take a brake? Then say hello to Brake Hold, a new feature that automatically holds the RLX in place when stopped. When the light turns green just press the gas pedal with your well-rested right foot and you're on your way!


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