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2019 Acura RLX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2019 Acura RLX is quite a lovely car in all honesty. It isn’t too sporty, but sometimes sporty can be given a miss in favor of comfort, which this car has in spades.With a 3.5-liter V6 motor under the hood though, you probably would be expecting a sporty saloon, but that isn’t the case. The engine makes its 310 HP in an unhurried manner, and the seats offer Mercedes-level of support and comfort.

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Pros

Spacious interiors

Amazing ride quality

A long list of features

Cons

Steering feels dead

Dated interior design

The infotainment system is quite bad

What's New?

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

212 cu. in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

272 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

198.1 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

3977 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20 /29 /23 mpg

ev range

370 mi.

highway range

536.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./70000mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ Unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Acura RLX in Brilliant Red Metallic color  2019 Acura RLX in Fathom Blue Pearl color  2019 Acura RLX in Gilded Pewter Metallic color  2019 Acura RLX in Majestic Black Pearl color  2019 Acura RLX in Modern Steel Metallic color
Brilliant Red Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Acura RLX P-AWS

P-AWS

power
310 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$54,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P-AWS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 10A) Starting at $54,900 MSRP (20 mpg/23/29 mpg) 310 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial July 20, 2019


Honda is a Japanese car manufacturer known for making great cars at an affordable price. Their passenger cars offer great comfort, performance, and economy. They also make luxury cars, but those are sold under a different brand name; Acura.

Acura cars are typical Japanese luxury cars, much like Infiniti and Lexus. You get a lot of space and practicality, but not much excitement. Luxury is usually German car rivaling, but the price tags are usually on the lower side. So, would the Acura RLX make a great deal for someone wanting to upgrade to a higher state of luxury? Or should you look elsewhere, maybe even go higher still?

2019 Acura RLX Features

The 2019 Acura RLX comes in two variants, just like the 2018 variant. There's the base RLX, known as the "Technology Package", and a hybrid variant, known as the "Advance Package". The Hybrid variant has been reviewed separately (check that out if you will) and only the Base variant will be discussed here.

Trim

Technology Package

MSRP

$54,900

Key

Features

Twin Screen Infotainment display

 

Acura Navigation System

 

AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Rerouting system

 

Voice recognition

 

Jewel eyed LED Headlamps

 

LED Tail lights

 

14 speaker audio system

 

Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio

 

USB Audio Interface

 

7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII)

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The technology package is a singular variant, with no trims and options, and that is quite a nice car. If you're thinking of buying this car, go ahead and buy it already!

2019 Acura RLX Engine

It's a solid engine with decent acceleration, but the real star of the RLX's driving experience is in the ride, which is expertly dampened and plenty quiet. -The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 model offers the same engine as the 2018 Acura RLX. The 3.5 Liter naturally aspirated isn't a very exciting engine, even though it is quite a powerful unit, churning out 310 horsepower. Even with over 300 horses under the hood, the car doesn't have a sporty character, as reflected by the front-wheel-drive setup.

The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is a few gears too much for comfort. This isn't a dual-clutch gearbox, but you paddle shifters behind the wheels. Still, driving around in auto-mode is much more preferable as 10-gears a little too many to operate.

Models

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MSRP

$55,895

$47,635

$50,960

$51,295

Engine

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.7L V6

Transmission

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

310 hp @ 6500rpm

241 hp@ 5800rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

330 hp@ 7000rpm

Torque

272 ft-lbs. @ 4500rpm

258 ft-lbs.@ 1650 rpm

269 ft-lbs.@ 1200rpm

270 ft-lbs.@ 5200rpm

Lexus GS series of sedans give a tough competition to the Acura RLX, while undercutting the price a significant margin as well. The Jaguar is less pricey than the Acura too, but it both the Lexus and Jag are available with a smaller base engine, 2 liter as opposed to the 3.5-liter base engine on the Acura. Infiniti Q70 does get a similar engine spec as the RLX though, and still saves a couple thousand bucks on the price.

Acceleration

The 2019 RLX uses its 310 horsepower to quite a worthwhile effect. While the Acura sedan doesn't claim to be a performance-centric car, it isn't a slouch either. 0-60 MPH comes up in a slow, while the quarter-mile run takes about. Behind the wheel, you can clearly feel the car's weight hindering its performance.

Models

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

0-60 MPH

N/A

7 sec

5 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

13.5 sec

14.2 sec

Engine

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.7L V6

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

6.3

8.4

Ride and Handling

The RLX is a luxury sedan, and luxury sedans usually favor ride quality over handling prowess. On top of that, Acura cars are particularly known for a supple ride, which is quite lovely. If you plan to use this car primarily for ferrying your family around, then this is the perfect tool for the job. The driver though won't love the car as much as the passengers. The handling isn't bad, but cornering abilities are certainly limited in this car. The weight, along with the soft suspension, gives this car a considerable amount of body roll.

Braking

Just like any other modern car, you get a disc brake setup all four wheels in this car. The brake discs have a substantial diameter, at 12.3 and 12.2. Under panic braking situation, the car holds up quite well.

Model

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

N/A

12.8

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

N/A

12.8

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3977

3805

3590

3876

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

174

170

167

2019 Acura RLX Fuel Economy

In the 2019 Acura RLX sedan, the economy takes the spacious backseat. The large V6 motor is a thirsty unit and gulps down a gallon for every 20 miles of city riding. Out on the highway, this figure increases up to 29. This brings the

Model

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MPG (city)

20

22

25

18

MPG (highway)

29

32

34

25

MPG (combined)

23

26

28

21

Range (miles) (city/highway)

370/537

17.4

19.5

20.0

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

383/557

488/663

360/500

2019 Acura RLX Interior

The craftsmanship and selection of materials inside the 2018 RLX feel top-notch, but the overall effect falls a little flat due to styling that some critics deem unremarkable. A fair amount of road noise also makes its way into the cabin. -Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The RLX is a proper luxury car on the inside, and its interiors are extremely premium. The space in the front seats is very generous, which is primarily due to the generous exterior dimensions. has a very comfortable and spacious interior. The seats are soft but supportive and feel more like a couch than a car seat.

The rear seats are also quite spacious, with Mercedes rivaling space, although it isn't as great as the front space. Still, if you prefer a chauffeur driven ride, this car makes a great choice, owing to its space and comfort.

Model

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.6/59.6/42.3

38.0/57.3/42.3

37.5/NA/NA

39.1/58.4/44.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/57.0/38.8

37.8/55.7/36.8

38.2/NA/NA

37.7/56.7/36.2

Infotainment

Standard Infotainment features in the 2019 RLX gets a two-display infotainment setup, one touchscreen and the other a simple unit. The system which includes the following features:

  • Acura Navigation system and real-time traffic
  • USB port
  • a six-speaker audio system
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 14 speaker audio system
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

Even with such advanced features, the system feels a little dated, primarily because it misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Cargo volume

At 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, the RLX saloon doesn't have the largest trunk around. The seats don't fold down, which is disappointing, but there is still a lot of usable space in this car, enough for your daily family needs, such as carrying luggage.

Model

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.9

14.3

17.8

14.9

2019 Acura RLX Exterior

Nobody notices this car, which now looks like a cross between a new Acura TLX and a Honda Accord from a few years ago. -Car and Driver

Dimensions and weight

The RLX is a full-size sedan and thus has considerable dimensions. It is considerably larger than, let's say, a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry. Still, it isn't as high as it is long, and if you look at it from a distance, you'd probably think its quite a low car. The wheelbase isn't too big either, which helps keep the turning circle in check. The weight is a just under 2 tons, a lot for a sedan, and you feel the weight under cornering and braking.

Model

Acura RLX P-AWS sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3977

3805

3590

3876

Length(in)

198.1

192.1

195.0

196.1

Width(in)

74.4

72.4

78.2

72.6

Height(in)

57.7

57.3

57.4

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

5.1

4.1

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

112.2

116.5

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.3/64.2

62/62.6

61.4/61.8

62/61.6

Design and styling

The 2019 Acura RLX Sport is quite a distinct looking car, but to call it handsome would be a bit of a stretch. It doesn't necessarily mean it's not a good-looking car, as looks are extremely subjective. The front end of the car barely avoids a fashion disaster, with shapely headlamps and spiderweb style front grille. The rear tries hard to be sporty but isn't much. The proportions are good though, and in the side profile, the car looks quite handsome. The dual quad tailpipes are the sportiest design detail on this otherwise boring looking car.

2019 Acura RLX Safety

Safety Features

The list of standard safety features in the 2019 RLX hybrid sedan includes the following:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blind Spot Information System Blind Spot Sensor
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System Forward Collision and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor Rear Collision
  • Lane Keeping Assist System Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist System Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Acura RLX Competition

Acura RLX vs Jaguar XF

The Jaguar sedan holds the privilege of being the one of most beautiful cars in the world. Its British charm starts working even before you enter the cabin, and once you do, your visual senses will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty. The seats are lovely, so is the dash. The transmission is operated by a dial instead of a level, and it hides in the center console when you turn the car off. These are the touches that elevate the car well above the simple and practical RLX sedan.

Acura RLX vs Infiniti Q70

Infiniti is a luxury brand by the Japanese Auto giant Nissan, much like the relationship between Acura and Honda. Just like Acura, Infiniti offers a lot of equipment, is very practical, and pack a lot of luxury in as well. Both of these get a large V6 engine with upwards of 300 horses pulling the reigns. The Infiniti inches slightly ahead due to its lower price tag, but you can choose any one of these cars and be extremely satisfied.

2019 Acura RLX Final Verdict

Acura RLX is a very comfy and spacious, with a lot of standard features on board. Space inside is great for passengers, even in the back. The styling is a bit on the boring side, both on the inside and outside of the car. The large engine does offer a lot of torque to lug you and your family around, although the car isn't particularly fast. If you aren't looking for a flashy performance car, but rather a simpler car with a simpler purpose, this Acura will suit you perfectly.