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.