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Acura RLX

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Acura's large sedan has been freshened for 2018, gaining a new 10-speed automatic and styling updates. Still, it falls well short of its competitors and misses some of the key attributes that make up a luxury sedan. The ride is unsettled, undermining the car's main mission. Lack of handling agility makes the car feel ungainly. A high point is the smooth, responsive 310-hp V6 engine. Our tested front-wheel-drive model averaged 23 mpg overall with the old six-speed automatic transmission. The pricey all-wheel-drive hybrid gets an EPA-rated 28 mpg combined. The spacious cabin is well-made, but it isn't particularly luxurious and the 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 optional, and the AcuraWatch safety suite is standard.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014 Redesign Year
Acura RLX 2017
Acura's flagship falls well short of its competitors. The ride is jumpy and unsettled, and the lack of handling agility makes the RLX feel ungainly. Its responsive 310-hp V6 and six-speed automatic powertrain is a high point. Our tested front-wheel-drive model averaged 23-mpg overall. A pricey all-wheel-drive hybrid is available, and gets an EPA-rated 30 mpg combined. The cabin is spacious and well-made, and includes a raft of electronic and connectivity features, but it isn't particularly luxurious and the controls are overly complicated. 2014-2015 models offer forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, but only on top-trim Advance models. 2016 models bring that AcuraWatch safety suite down to the mid-level Technology trim, as well as adding cross-traffic alert. A surround-view camera system was added to the top-trim Advance. 2017 made AcuraWatch standard on all trims.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A
2015 $23,025 - $26,575 $19,350 - $22,750
2014 $19,725 - $23,550 $16,140 - $19,810