2017 Acura RLX

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2017 Acura RLX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

First introduced in 2014, the Acura RLX made its entry as a mid-size luxury sedan as the automaker's extravagant sedan and aimed at offering the best in its class. Treading on the same lines, the 2017 RLX sedan makes its entry to fill the space left by the outgoing RLX. 

Contrasted with the different sedans in this segment, the new RLX aims to offer the best of everything in it but in a pocket-friendly manner. From its lively engine performance to the daily driving nature, the 2017 RLX sedan, not only offers a plush driving experience but also offers a generous interior space to make every ride comfortable.

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Pros

Spacious cabin behind front seats

Fuel efficient Sport Hybrid model on offer

An array of safety features

Smooth V6 engine

Cons

Numble steering

Cost is not competitive

Fronts seats lack proper cushioning

Not so useful dualscreen infotainment

What's New?

Base Navigation trim not available anymore otherwise no major change for 2017


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

212 cu. in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

272 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2 in. ventilated front disc/12.3 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

196.1 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

3969 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

850 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

 2017 Acura RLX in Bellanova White Pearl color  2017 Acura RLX in Crystal Black Pearl color  2017 Acura RLX in Gilded Pewter Metallic color  2017 Acura RLX in Graphite Luster Metallic color  2017 Acura RLX in Slate Silver Metallic color  2017 Acura RLX in Pomegranate Pearl color
Bellanova White Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Comfort

7.5

Driving

7.3

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Acura RLX Technology Package

Technology Package

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

$54,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $54,450 MSRP (20/23/30) 310 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Acura RLX Advance Package

Advance Package

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

$60,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $60,450 MSRP (20/23/30) 310 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Bellanova White Pearl
  Crystal Black Pearl
  Gilded Pewter Metallic
  Graphite Luster Metallic
  Slate Silver Metallic
  Pomegranate Pearl

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.3

Overall Rating


The RLX is powered by a 3.5L direct-infused V6 that makes 310 HP and 272 lb-feet of torque, which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters. With a control weight of 4,000 pounds, the RLX isn't light, yet the powertrain functions admirably enough to move the auto to 60 mph in under seven seconds.


7.6/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Acura RLX Features

7.6/10

The 2017 Acura RLX comes controlled by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Two packages are accessible: the Technology package and the Advance package. The 2017 Sport Hybrid, which has a joint yield of 377 HP and 341 lb-ft from its 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors.

Trim Technology Package Advanced package Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance package
MSRP $54,450 $60,450 $59,950 $65,950
Key Features Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints Seats w/Leatherette Back Material Speed Sensitive Volume Control Krell Premium Brand Stereo System
  Perimeter Alarm Head-Up Display Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control Krell Premium Brand Speakers
  Air Filtration Systems Monitor 14 Total Speakers 14 Total Speakers
  Analog Display FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows, Sunroof/Convertible Roof and Remote Engine Start 588 Watts Stereo Output 450 Watts Stereo Output
  SiriusXM Satellite Radio -inc: SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription purchasable after trial period Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert Keyless Ignition Keyless Ignition
  Acuralink Real-Time Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert  Three Zone Climate Control Front, Side, And Rear View Camera
  Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.) Three Zone Climate Control
    Radio w/Seek-Scan Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
    Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System   Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel

We Recommend

We recommend you to buy the entry level RLX with the technology package. You will have a series of safety features like blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist.

2017 Acura RLX Engine

6.5/10

"The RLX is relatively nimble and wields enough horsepower to handle everyday tasks with ease. Although it's dynamically competent, others in the segment offer a more engaging driving experience and a wider selection of powertrains."-Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

The RLX's innovative powertrain and suspension influence it to ride well, however, it's not especially faster than its opponents. However, Acura's engine is calm across its powerband and manages to accomplish day to day driver. Indeed, the front-wheel-drive Acura RLX's 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 isn't a spec pioneer, nor is its 272 pound-feet of torque. There's very little drama in the way the RLX pulls from a stop. Front-wheel-drive forms of the RLX depend on a 6-speed automatic for gear shifts. Upshifts are smooth and downshift are fairly more forceful, however plush consistency is the objective here.

Something else, the Sport Hybrid is to a great degree receptive to cuts of the throttle, and it quickens relatively like an electric auto with a continuous line of push.

Models Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350 Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
MSRP $54,450 $50,695 $41,400 $45,595
Engine 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 3.5L V6 24V DOHC 3.8L GDI DOHC V6 3.6L V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 310 hp @ 6500 rpm 311 hp @ 6400 rpm 311 hp @ 6000 rpm 304 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque 272 lb-ft @ 272 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 293 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm 264 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

Dissimilar to its opponents, the RLX doesn't adopt a powerful strategy to execution. Rather, it utilizes one of a kind mechanical answers to separate itself. Both the base and the accessible Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (or SH-AWD) begin with a similar stage and a similar essential 3.5-liter V-6, they uncover unmistakably extraordinary identities. Being a bit expensive than its class contenders, it is a tough competitor, it is comparatively stronger than the other cars in the segment. Generating a horsepower of 310 hp, it sways up swiftly and quickly on the road. No doubt it can be placed above the above contenders in terms of engine and performance.

Acceleration

The acceleration of 2017 Acura RLX is quite appreciable as it sways up from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Being lighter than the other cars of the segment, it is easy for Acura's RLX to catch up the speed. It has a good power to weight ratio and the engine works efficiently even at high speed. Honda tried to tune the car towards more comfort but the car seems to migrate from its objective when driven at high speed.

Models Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350 Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
0-60 MPH 6.2 6.1 6.4 6.4
Quarter mile 14.7 13.8 14.7 14.8
Engine 3.5L 3.5L 3.8L 3.6
Emission
(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
7.7 7.7 8.0 8.0

Lexus GS 380 definitely has better acceleration than Acura RLX and it becomes a key point because both cars come packed with a 3.5L engine. Genesis G80 Standard and Cadillac XTS, despite having a 3.8L engine fails to achieve what Acura RLX has.

Handling and Steering

In spite of the fact that it's powerfully equipped, others in the fragment offer an additionally captivating driving experience and a more extensive choice of powertrains.

Acura Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS) conveys unsurprising, confident and competent handling; however, it is anything but a class pioneer. The steering is accurate however numb and fake, so you can't feel what's new with the front tires, harming driver trust in low-grasp circumstances.

Braking

Braking could have been better when you are paying such a heavy price, this sedan comes with smaller brakes than its competitors having brake pads of just 12.3 inches (which is quite small for a heavy sedan). Brake execution is below average for the segment. The RLX required 121 feet, and the Sport Hybrid 124 feet, to achieve a prevent from 60 mph. Lexus GS 350 gives a superior execution in this correlation taking just 119 feet to prevent from 60 mph. Alternate rivals in the segment were either better or nearly had similar outcomes.

Model Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350\t Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
Brake Front (in.) 12.3 13.1 13.6 13.6
Brake Rear (in.) 12.2 12.2 12.4 12.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3969 3726 4290 4006
60-0 MPH (ft.) 121 119 116 116

As a result, covers the longest distance before coming to halt from 60 mph. Genesis G80 Standard and Cadillac XTS are the best performers of the segment and can be placed jointly at the top of the list.

2017 Acura RLX Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The front-drive RLX wins gas mileage ratings of 20 mpg city, 30 roadway, 23 consolidated. EPA ratings for the Sport Hybrid models hop to 29/30/29 mpg. Efficiency of the RLX is on the higher end of the class: 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Model Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350 Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
MPG (city) 20 20 18 18
MPG (highway) 30 28 28 28
MPG (combined) 23 23 22 22

2017 Acura RLX Interior

7.2/10

"The RLX interior is best described as functionally pleasant; there isn't much of a wow factor. The top infotainment display has a lower resolution than the bottom touchscreen, and the controls look dated and lack an intuitive flow. Rivals come with better interiors at this price."-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The RLX seats five individuals on leather upholstery, indulging front travelers on heated seats that have 12-way power adjustments. The front seats are agreeable in their own particular right, yet excessively leveled. An absence of side support may create some discomfort on long outings.

All entryways open wide with huge portals, particularly at the back. The simple passage electric steering wheel helps driver section (a typical component in this class), yet the dash expands low at the knee territory, constraining space. Then again, it's padded if there should arise an occurrence of contact.

Model Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350 Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.6/59.6/42.3 38.0/57.3/42.3 41.1/58.3/45.7 39.0/57.9/42.1
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.9/57.0/38.8 37.8/55.7/36.8 38.2/57.1/35.0 37.8/56.3/40.0

The RLX is the biggest Acura sedan to date. Elbow and shoulder room and back legroom are liberal and among the best in class.

Interior Features:

2017 Acura RLX comes with the following interior features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Proximity key
  • Heated 12-way power seats up front
  • Rear-traffic monitoring system
  • Navigation
  • Voice-command recognition
  • 14-speaker audio system
  • Keyless Start
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Heated Mirrors

Infotainment

Of the considerable number of highlights incorporated into the RLX, the AcuraLink framework and the double screen yield of the infotainment framework will set aside the most opportunity to learn. In any case, it's an extra interface between the driver and safe driving through Acura's infotainment system. The infotainment system includes the following:

  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • 14 Acura/ELS Studio speakers
  • Krell (450W) premium amplifier
  • AM/FM radio
  • Speed-sensitive volume
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • 14 premium speakers
  • Voice activated radio
  • MP3 decoder

The RLX's glove box and entryway pockets are modestly sized, which leaves the three-way-access to armrest compartment as the most usable space. The rear center armrest has slide-out cup holders.

Cargo 

Trunk space is normal; however, the absence of an extra tire takes into account under-floor capacity. There's a ski go through rather than overlap down back seats in the standard RLX, and the Sport Hybrid forfeits the go through because of its batteries, dropping freight room from 14.9 cubic feet to 11.6 cubic feet.

Model\t Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350 Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
Cargo Volume (ft.^3) 14.9 18.4 15.3 18.0

2017 Acura RLX Exterior

7.0/10

"While the design is inherently subjective, our eyes perceive the RLX as a bit plain. A more optimistic adjective would be "understated." That's not to say the effort wasn't spent putting some pizazz into this premium sedan"- KBB

Dimensions and weight

Acura RL X is not as big as its other competitors, but still, it has more space and comfort inside. Despite being heavy, it has a fair power to weight ratio. Passengers sitting in the front may find the leg room a bit less, yet comfortable because of the padding under the dash. Rear seat passengers would be quite happy with the comfort they get but people with tall torso may find the headroom somewhat less due to less height of the sedan. Also, a driver needs to be careful on ramps and speed breakers because of low ground clearance (least in the class).

Model Acura RLX Technology Package Lexus GS 350 Genesis G80 Standard Cadillac XTS
Curb weight (lbs.) 3969 3726 4290 4006
Length(in) 196.1 192.1 196.5 202.0
Width(in) 74.4 72.4 74.4 72.9
Height(in) 57.7 57.3 58.3 59.1
Ground clearance (in) 3.8 5.1 5.3 5.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.2 112.2 118.5 111.7
Track width (in) F/R 64.3/64.2 62.0/62.6 64.1/65.3 61.7/62.0

No doubt there is a tough competition in this segment and if rated then Acura RLX finds its place somewhere in the middle of the list.

Exterior Features:

  • Standard Jewel-Eye LED headlamps with 10 polished lenses
  • Automatic wipers
  • Power Moonroof
  • All-wheel drive (Sport Hybrid)
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Spoiler
  • Auto dimming power remote heated folding side-view door mirrors with tilt down, turn signal indicator
  • Metal-look grille
  • Standard Jewel-Eye LED headlamps with 10 polished lenses

2017 Acura RLX Safety

8.0/10

All RLX sedans accompany the typical airbags and soundness control. A driver-side knee airbag is standard also, just like a rearview camera and Bluetooth, the two which are thought about relatively fundamental in fighting driver heedlessness. The RLX's back view camera really displays a 180-degree perspective of its environment, for shockingly better permeability, while a 360-degree adaptation is discretionary.

Safety features:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Forward Collision
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

The Acura RLX has been subjected to the full barrage of crash tests administered by IIHS and it came up with impressive results:

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not Rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal Marginal
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Marginal

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2017 Acura RLX 5 out of 5 stars overall.

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 5 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Acura RLX Competition

Lexus GS 350 vs Acura RLX

Lexus shows better acceleration stats but it can be neglected as the difference is not much. Both the cars have a same 3.5L engine but Lexus has larger brake pads (13.1 in.) than Acura RLX (12.3 in.). Despite a bit lesser headroom Acura RLX has the upper hand on Lexus in terms of front and rear shoulder as well as leg room. Lagging behind in ground clearance, the Acura RLX races ahead of Lexus GS 350 when the dimensions are compared.

Acura RLX is certainly bigger in size and more spacious and comfortable too. Moreover, its better fuel economy gives it an edge over its competitor. Acura RLX comes with a driver-friendly infotainment system whereas entertainment and navigation system is hard to use in Lexus GS 350.

Genesis G80 Standard vs Acura RLX
Genesis G80 Standard has more powerful engine of 3.8L than Acura RLX (3.5L). Braking stats are better than Acura RLX. Genesis G80 Standard has more cargo space than Acura RLX, but still it feels discomfort to sit due to lesser shoulder (front) and legroom (rear). The G80 is bigger in dimensions too, but this cannot be counted as a shortcoming of Acura RLX as it provides better accommodation and comfort. Acura RLX provides what any driver would wish i.e. better fuel economy and best in the class pickup, which Genesis G80 fails to provide. 

Genesis G80 Standard has more cargo space than Acura RLX, but still it feels discomfort to sit due to lesser shoulder (front) and legroom (rear). It is bigger in dimensions too, but this cannot be counted as a shortcoming of Acura RLX as it provides better accommodation and comfort. Acura RLX provides what any driver would wish i.e. better fuel economy and best in the class pickup, which Genesis G80 fails to provide.

Cadillac XTS vs Acura RLX

Cadillac XTS has a bigger engine (3.8L) than Acura RLX. Brake's performance is still better than RLX Sedan. Cadillac XTS is far better than Acura RLX when it comes to cargo space. The biggest advantage of the 2017 Acura RLX over Cadillac XTS is the power that its engine delivers. The smooth-revving V6 engine offers ample power and a smooth electric pickup whereas the Cadillac XTS V6 engine struggles to get the big sedan moving. The XTS has abruptly placed touch-sensitive controls that can be a hassle to use while driving; while the RLX gains an edge over it here. While the Cadillac XTS is far better than Acura RLX when it comes to cargo space. The biggest advantage of the 2017 Acura RLX over Cadillac XTS is the power that its engine delivers.

The smooth-revving V6 engine offers ample power and a smooth electric pickup whereas the Cadillac XTS V6 engine struggles to get the big sedan moving. Cadillac XTS has abruptly placed touch-sensitive controls that can be hassle to use while driving; while Acura RLX gains an edge over it here.

2017 Acura RLX Final Verdict

The Acura RLX justifies the price regardless of what it looks, the RLX is a sensible car. You will enjoy a lot of cabin space and comfort. The RLX performed well in the 3rd party crash testing to make it a safer car in its competitors. Overall, the RLX is a lucrative choice for the people looking for a touch of luxury and don't want to spend more than $60,000.