2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

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: Limited model offerings and lack of traditional options mean that RLX isn’t as customizable as other premium midsize sedans; nonlinear power delivery in hybrid; all-wheel drive not available for non-hybrid car

CG Says: The 2018 Acura RLX has revised styling and redesigned seats. The non-hybrid RLX is now dubbed RLX P-AWS (Precision All Wheel Steer) and replaces its 6-speed automatic transmission with a new 10-speed automatic. Both models get a retuned suspension. Plus, there is new Traffic Jam Assist that helps keep the car centered in its lane at low speeds. Both the RLX P-AWS and the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) 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 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. 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, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Acura
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices RLX P-AWS: $55,895
AWD RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD: $62,895

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6 engine
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
377
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

2018 Acura RLX
2018 Acura RLX P-AWS
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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