2016 Acura RLX Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on March 15, 2016 12:08 PM

Acura's Flagship Puts Technology to Work for You

The Acura RLX isn't the sportiest sedan in the segment. It isn't the flashiest. And it's not the most luxurious, in the traditional sense.

It's just quietly, confidently brilliant.

The roomy, refined 2016 Acura RLX takes Acura's technology- and refinement-based brand of luxury to a new level. This year, the entire RLX line receives a retuned suspension, plus the AcuraWatch suite of driver-assist safety features is available. Also new are a Surround View monitor and Road Departure Mitigation system.

Driving It

"The Acura RLX performance-luxury sedan straddles the line between being a comfortable daily driver during treks to work and a thrilling corner-carver when it comes time to clock out. Where some performance-luxury sedans replicate the feel of driving a horse and buggy over a cobblestone street, the 2016 RLX from Acura feels serene yet confident." Read more driving impressions in our 2016 Acura RLX full review.

Build and Price

The 2016 Acura RLX starts at about $52,000, maxes out at just over $61,000 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 2016 Acura RLX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Hybrid Power

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, 32 on the highway, compared to the regular RLX’s 20/31.

Owners' Opinions

RLX owner and KBB.com reader silverlining has this to say about Acura’s biggest sedan: "very comfortable car. Has great pick up even on steep incline. For the price it should come with heated steering wheel and back up alert. Overall moderatly pleased with vehicle. The glove compartment most definitely needs to be redesigned. Anything in there falls out, nothing stays in place. Also, should come with a SPARE TIRE. The flat fix is useless if the side wall is punctured." Read more Acura RLX consumer reviews.

Other Options

The 2016 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.