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2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
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2019 Acura RLX Ratings & Reliability
Acura's large sedan has been freshened recently, gaining a new 10-speed automatic transmission 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 seem 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 are frustrating to use. All the important safety features are standard.
2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
Acura RLX 2018
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
2018 $36,475 - $41,450 $33,410 - $38,010
2017 $27,925 - $34,125 $25,140 - $31,040
2016 $21,325 - $26,400 $18,700 - $23,600
2015 $18,275 - $21,325 $15,220 - $18,620
2014 $16,625 - $19,225 $13,105 - $16,570