2018 Acura RLX Buyer's Guide
Acura's Flagship Puts Technology to Work for You
The Acura RLX isn't the sportiest sedan in the segment. It's not the most luxurious, in the traditional sense. It isn't the flashiest -- although updated styling gives the RLX some newfound flair.
The RLX is just quietly, confidently brilliant.
The roomy, refined Acura RLX takes Acura's technology- and refinement-based brand of luxury to a new level. Recent changes included retuning the suspension and adding the AcuraWatch suite of driver-assist safety features, Surround View monitor and Road Departure Mitigation system. For 2018 Acura has added more standard features, redesigned the RLX's sheetmetal, and updated the interior.
While we appreciare the RLX as a "sophisticated sleeper," the RLX Sport Hybrid earns high marks for its performance: "If you live where it snows or has inclement weather, you'll appreciate the excellent traction from Acura's 'super handling all-wheel-drive' (SH-AWD) system. This is also the model to get if you have a performance bent. With a total of 377 horsepower from the V6 and three electric motors, the Sport Hybrid has a 67-horsepower advantage over the standard model. Beyond the extra power is how it's implemented." Read more driving impressions in our 2018 Acura RLX full review.
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Build and Price
The 2018 Acura RLX starts at about $56,000, maxes out at just over $63,000 and qualifies as a solid value when compared to many of its competitors on an apples-to-apples equipment basis. Build and price your own 2018 Acura RLX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
The RLX is one of the few sedans in its class to offer a hybrid option. The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD marries a sophisticated hybrid powertrain with the brand's excellent Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system to deliver both more performance and greater efficiency than the standard V6, front-wheel-drive RLX. The Hybrid’s fuel economy is an EPA-rated 28 mpg in the city, 29 on the highway, compared to the regular RLX’s 20/29.
The 2018 Acura RLX is worth further consideration, but don't make a move before getting to know all your options in the midsize luxury sedan segment. Check out KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide.
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