2017 Acura RLX

Pros: Lots of exclusive high-tech features; unique hybrid model; fine ride and handling balance makes RLX feel agile on curvy roads but comfortable and absorbent in everyday driving; clean, sophisticated cabin has genuinely upscale ambiance

Cons: Several features are available only in most expensive model; limited model offerings and lack of traditional options mean that RLX isn’t as customizable as other premium midsize sedans

CG Says: The Acura RLX is unchanged for 2017. Both the RLX and the RLX Sport Hybrid use the same 310-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, but that’s where the powertrain similarities end. In the RLX, the V6 is mated to a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. In the RLX Sport Hybrid, the engine mates to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission that incorporates a 47-hp electric motor/generator. Meanwhile, the rear wheels are driven solely by a pair of 36-hp electric motor/generators, which negates the need for a driveshaft. Acura’s flagship sedan strikes a fine balance between luxury, technology, and invigorating performance, all while maintaining the distinctive character of the Acura brand. The RLX is brimming with available high-tech equipment, including class-exclusive 4-wheel steering. However, since Acura doesn’t offer traditional stand-alone options, acquiring some features means stepping up to expensive trim packages. Still, RLX is worth checking out if you’re in the market for a premium sedan with an athletic, contemporary personality.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Acura
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices RLX w/ Technology Pkg: $54,450
RLX w/ Advance Pkg: $60,450
RLX Sport Hybrid w/ Technology Pkg: $59,950
RLX Sport Hybrid w/ Advance Pkg: $65,950

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
377
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid