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Acura's flagship falls well short of its competitors and misses some of the key attributes that make up a luxury sedan. The ride is jumpy and unsettled, undermining the car's main mission. Lack of handling agility makes the car feel ungainly. A high point is the responsive 310-hp V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Our tested front-wheel-drive model averaged 23 mpg overall. The pricey all-wheel-drive hybrid gets an EPA-rated 29 mpg combined. The spacious cabin is well-made, but it isn't particularly luxurious and the overly complicated controls serve as an ergonomics lesson in what not to do. Safety features such as a surround-view camera and cross-traffic alert are available.

Road Test

Acura's flagship sedan fails to match the standards of its luxury car competition. Even worse, multiple alternatives, costing $15,000 less, surpass the RLX's look, feel and driving dynamics.Not without virtues, the RLX has a very spacious and well fi...

Highs

  • Luxurious and spacious interior
  • Relatively fuel efficient for this class

Lows

  • Choppy, unsettled ride is inappropriate for a luxury sedan -- or any sedan, for that matter
  • Ungainly handling falls short of Acura's claims of a sporty driving experience

Best Version to Get

The Technology package brings the base price to about $55,000. It includes features most luxury buyers will want, including navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and folding mirrors. At this price, we expect other features like rear sun shades and ventilated seats, but they require...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (377 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (310 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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