Acura RLX

Acura RLX

About Acura RLX

The 2018 Acura RLX is the flagship sedan from the luxury division of Honda. The RLX tends to fly beneath the radar compared to more popular rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Lexus GS, but look closer and you'll find a cutting-edge powertrain and a strong value proposition. The RLX luxury sedan is available in two forms: as a standard, V6-powered model, or the Sport Hybrid. In this case, "hybrid" and "sport" do go hand in hand, thanks to a sophisticated system that pairs a V6 with three electric motors and an impressive all-wheel-drive system. For 2018, the Acura RLX gains freshened styling, more standard features and a price drop in an effort to bring this outlier further into the circle of consideration.

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2018 Acura RLX
What's new for 2018?
2018 Acura RLX

For 2018, the Acura RLX sedan gets updates to its exterior and interior, including a stylish new grille and redesigned seats. Standard V6 models gain a 10-speed automatic transmission, and Sport Hybrid variants get a new battery pack that yields more trunk space. Also new is Traffic Jam Assist, which helps keep the vehicle centered in lanes.

  • Expert Rating: 8.0
  • Consumers Rating: 9.5
  • MPG 20|30
2017 Acura RLX
What's new for 2017?
2017 Acura RLX

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.

2016 Acura RLX
What's new for 2016?
2016 Acura RLX

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.

2015 Acura RLX
What's new for 2015?
2015 Acura RLX

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.

2014 Acura RLX
What's new for 2014?
2014 Acura RLX

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.

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Consumer Reviews

A real surprise to a car aficionado

By on Monday, December 2, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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."

38 people out of 46 found this review helpful

Exquisite Vehicle

By on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Amazing driving dynamics, comfortable, quiet, FAST"

Cons: "Double Screen takes time to get used to."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great car for the money

By on Friday, November 8, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, ride is a little stiff"

Cons: "Smaller than Lexus LS but so is the price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have only owned it a month. I previously owned a Lexus LS. Front suspension a little tight and you notice every crack in the road but apparently it is designed that way. 19 inch tires and front wheel drive of Acura probably the culprit. This car is a great value when compared to the LS at $80,000. LS was a smoother ride and had a few more trinkets like auto door, and auto dimming. Acura has a lot of pep."

22 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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