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 finished interior with comfortable seats. A refined and powerful V6 powertrain provides good fuel economy and performance. But the same can be said of a Toyota Avalon.
The big Acura lacks the ride comfort and driving dynamics that are key elements of a luxury sedan. Neither particularly luxurious nor sporty to drive, the RLX doesn't have the quiet cabin and ride comfort of even a Chevrolet Impala or the agile handling of an Audi A6. Lifeless electric steering only makes matters worse. Most RLX models will be equipped with front-wheel drive, although a more powerful all-wheel-drive hybrid model is an even pricier option.