The 2017 Acura RLX is the flagship sedan from Honda's luxury division. While this model isn't as well known as rivals such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 or Lexus GS, it hides quite a few tricks up its sleeve. Those open to driving a vehicle that flies below the radar will find a comfortable, powerful and competent luxury sedan that is flush with safety and driver-assist technologies. While the standard model with its front-drive setup won't make driving enthusiasts salivate, the hybrid RLX version just might. That top-line Acura sedan has a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system derived in part from the Acura NSX, and like that supercar features a hybrid powertrain that makes it powerful and remarkably efficient.
A year after introducing the AcuraWatch suite of features that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitor, Acura has made the package standard on all trims for 2017.
Acura’s 2016 RLX luxury flagship now offers AcuraWatch (a suite of driver-assist features such as cross-traffic monitor and collision mitigation) on all trims. A Surround View monitor and Road Departure Mitigation system are new this year, and all models receive revised suspension tuning and new 19-inch alloy wheels.
Just introduced last year, the RLX luxury sedan carries over largely unchanged. More recent is the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, the range-topping version of Acura's flagship that features a gasoline engine, three electric motors and all-wheel drive. Offered as a late 2014 model, there technically isn't a
2015 Acura RLX hybrid.
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.
"My third Acura now, Sport-Hybrid w/Advance. Best Acura ever built, extremely quiet. Seats are made for long road trips. 377 HP is a thrill. Super handling all wheel drive is always a great feature for taking the curves. Lots of neat features like heated/cooled seats, power sunshade,concert quality Krell-Audio. Everything is soft touch leather. Conservative styling but also looks different from most. Mercedes quality if not better."
Pros: "Solid, quiet, responsive, tons of fun to drive"
Cons: "No interior LED mood lighting; second rate navi"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Coming from Mercedes E Class, I was told by the salesman that this car is every bit as good as E Class. I was not a believer. However, when I took a long test ride in the Krell model, I began to reconsider. Now, having been very handily impressed by the test drive and having pulled the trigger on a truly outstanding lease deal on the Silver and Black car I drove, I am now persuaded that if the RLX is not precisely as good as the E Class overall, it is so very close that it would be most difficult to argue to the contrary with the salesman.
The Krell system is phenomenal -- definitely better than the otherwise exceptional harmon kardon in the Benz.
The ride is a bit stiff as others reviews have pointed out, but not harshly so -- no different than a recent BMW I owned and my Porsche Boxster S with lower profile tires and the 19" wheels -- both just like the RLX.
This car does not ride like a Lexus LS, no question about it. But it is solid, incredibly quiet with the acoustic glass, very responsive and nearly German in feel. It is huge fun to drive -- though I only have about 1,000 miles on it, the more I drive it the more I like it.
This car is definitely light years different than the RL -- infinitely better in every way possible.
I am impressed with all things tech on this car, and all the tech stuff that is standard. Blind spot, braking and lane change warnings; LED rear and front headlights; LED lights in the door handles which illuminate as you approach the car with your smart key; Pandora integrated into the audio system; the usual luxury stuff we are accustomed to having like the Acura Link. The LED headlights are killer -- best lights I have had on a car, including Lexus. The Krell audio system, as indicated, is the only way to go if you want true quality audio -- it is most impressive. The seats are comfortable and they just ... fit. The leather is terrific and the hand stitching on the seats and especially the dash is superlative.
Two regrets which keep this from being a 10 for me: The Acura navigation is not as intuitive and as good as Benz or Lexus and the Navi screen has clearly inadequate resolution versus others; and Acura did not use the soft mood LED lighting that Benz and some of the other high line cars use in the interior -- I think that is a nice touch and would have liked to see it in this car along with a better Navi system and a screen with much higher resolution.
This car for me is the leased business car, but already I am thinking either that I should have paid for more miles in the lease or bought the darn thing because it is that good!
I am definitely impressed with this car and now a believer. With the fabulous lease deal I got, this was a much better value than a new E Class MB."
Cons: "dual screens take some getting used to...."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The 2016 RLX is thee most underrated upscale sedan out there! I've test driven Lexus GS, ES, Audi, Infiniti Q5, Hyundai Genesis, BMW, etc.... and not one car had both the smooth drive and visibility as the Acura! I'm glad I waited for the 2016 because the suspension has been improved and you notice it. You get a quality, safe vehicle that drives like a dream. It handles well and I love being able to actually see out of the car when I look over my shoulder, unlike a lot of other new model sedans that have back and side pillars that block visibility. If you want a "Legendnesque" sedan that started Acura's rise to the top, drive this car!!!"