2019 Acura RLX Hybrid

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2019 MODEL

$61,900

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Detailed Review

Acura is one of the best luxury car manufacturers out there, and the 2019 RLX Sport hybrid is a pristine example of what they have to offer. With 377 horses on tap, this is quite a powerful hybrid car, even if not particularly sporty. The highlights of the car include its generous cabin space, standard features list, and most importantly, Japanese reliability.


Hybrids are slowly flooding into the market, and with the current global warming trends, we need them more than ever. The current crop of hybrids may be far from perfect, but they are much better cars than they used to be a decade earlier. Some have evolved to become considerably better than conventional, fossil fuel powered cars, like the 2019 Acura RLX Sport.

Acura RLX hybrid is not a luxury sedan that has you head over heels over anything. It may have inherited the same tech as the NSX hybrid performance coupe, but it doesn’t have the same character. Sportiness is a box left unticked by the RLX. If you look beyond that though, this car starts to shine. Fuel efficiency is lovely for a car this size, and you have loads of space in the back too, even when compared to other cars in the segment.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid Features

Acura loves to keep things simple, and as such there is just a single trim option in this car

Trim

Advance Package

MSRP

$54,900

Key

Features

Auto high-beam headlights

 

LED headlights with auto-on/off

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and turn indicators

 

LED taillights and brake lights

 

160-watt audio system with 6 speakers

 

Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio

 

USB Audio Interface

 

7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII)

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There is just one trim, and that is the one to have. The creature comforts will have you fall in love with the car in no time at all.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid Engine

Boasting a potent hybrid powertrain derived from the NSX supercar, this aging sedan is a sporty green alternative to conventional German luxury options.-The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 model offers the same engine as the 2018 Acura RLX. It isn’t a very exciting engine, even though it is quite powerful unit, churning out 310 horsepower. The powertrain also features 3 electric motors, one driving the front axle, and the other two driving individual rear wheels. The combined output from the system comes up to a healthy 377 horses, which works great for those performance figures. The Acura offers a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, which is integrated with the electric motor. You also get paddle shifters behind the wheels.

Models

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

MSRP

$62,895

$64,895

$63,635

$56,400

Engine

3.5L V6 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Turbo/Supercharger Gas/Electric

3.5L V6 Gas/Electric

3.5L V6 Gas/Electric

Transmission

7 Speed automated manual

8 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

377 [email protected] 6500rpm

400 [email protected] 6000rpm

338 [email protected]

360 [email protected]

Torque

341 [email protected] 4700rpm

472 [email protected] 2200rpm

257 [email protected]

258 [email protected]

With the exception of Chevrolet Volt, the cars here have a higher combined output compared to the Insight. The elder Honda hybrid sibling offers upwards of 200 horsepower. The Toyota Camry and Avalon are direct competitors to the Insight and Accord respectively, but demand a significant premium over them.

Acceleration

The Acura RLX hybrid is officially called the Acura RLX Sport. The hybrid nature of the powertrain helps with both extracting performance and raising fuel economy. Still, this is a heavy car, and you won’t be breaking any speed records with the RLX. Burying the pedal into the will see you go from standstill to 60 MPH in 8 seconds. The quarter mile run takes around 16 seconds, which although not fast, isn’t too bad either.

Models

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

0-60 MPH

N/A

N/A

6 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

14.4 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

3.5L V6

2.0L Inline 4

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

5.7

5.9

Talking performance in hybrids is quite moot, as they weren’t intended nor are, they designed for speed thrills. As, such, not a lot of them have been tested for performance figures. If you have the need for speed, remember, not all needs are fulfilled in this world.

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 supple ride. You will never have any complaints about ride quality in this car, although handling is a different matter. The all-wheel drive system offers immense grip, but the weight limits the abilities a little. It is masked quite well can feel the bulk under heavy cornering, but still feel it under heavy cornering and braking.

Braking

You get conventional brakes alongside a regenerative braking system in the 2019 Acura RLX. This system converts the car’s motion into electrical energy, and stores it in the battery. Thus, it saves the energy that would otherwise be lost while braking. If you really need the stopping power though, the system transfers the load to the brakes, which then bring the car to a halt.

Model

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

13

13.6

13.1

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.6

12.2

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4380

4579

4112

4134

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ford Fusion Energi is one of the heaviest hybrids around, weighing close to 2 tons. That is sure to affect braking distance, although the final judgement is reserved until the figures can be tested.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid Fuel Economy

Economy is strength of a hybrid, however in the RLX, economy takes the spacious backseat. The regular gasoline engine in the RLX isn’t a tiny motor, but a rather large V6. The hybrid variant has a good city efficiency of 28 MPG, but highway efficiency is just 29 MPG, the same as the Regular RLX.

Model

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

MPG (city)

28

N/A

29

28

MPG (highway)

29

N/A

34

33

MPG (combined)

28

29

31

30

Range (miles) (city/highway)

423/438

N/A

505/592

498/587

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.1

15.9

17.4

17.8

Toyota Camry hybrid follows right behind the Insight’s tail, stretching a gallon for 52 miles on an average, 51 in the city. The larger Toyota is a farther still, managing 44 MPG on an average. Chevy’s hybrid warriors are quite nice too, with Malibu hybrid pulling 46 miles to the gallon, and the Volt a little less than that.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid Interior

Interior material and fit-and-finish quality are in line with the class, however, and the RLX’s firm sport seats are well shaped, heated, and cooled.-Car and Driver

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 rivalling space, although it isn’t as great as the front space. Still, if you prefer a chauffer driven ride, this car makes a great choice, owing to its space and comfort.

Model

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.6/59.6/42.3

37.8/57.5/42.2

38.0/57.3/42.3

39.1/58.4/44.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/57.0/38.8

37.8/55.4/40.4

37.8/55.7/36.8

37.7/56.7/36.2

The biggest car in the segment, Toyota Avalon, has the best interior space amongst all cars here. The rest of the cars are smaller, and consequently have lesser space too. The Fusion is the most expensive car here, but fails to impress with its average accommodation levels.

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

Cargo volume

At 12 cubic feet, the hybrid RLX doesn’t have a lot of space in the back, there are plenty of smaller cars that offer more trunk space, including a few hybrids as well.

Model

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.0

13.5

13.2

11.3

The Ford disappoints heavily here, offering the least cargo space in here by far. There are sub-compact hatchbacks that have more space in the trunk that the Fusion Energi. The Avalon hybrid has the most cargo space of all the cars here, which is a direct after effect of its size.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid 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 however, is a little too much. The hybrid system is quite a sophisticated piece of equipment, and the obvious drawback to it is in the weight. The car tips the scales at over 2 tons, which is quite a lot for a car this size.

Model

Acura RLX Sport hybrid

Volvo S90 T8 Momentum hybrid

2018 Lexus GS450h

2018 Infiniti Q70 LUXE Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs.)

4380

4579

4112

4134

Length(in)

198.1

200.1

192.1

196.1

Width(in)

74.4

74.0

72.4

72.6

Height(in)

57.7

57.1

57.3

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

6.0

5.1

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

120.5

112.2

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.3/64.2

63.7/63.7

62/62.6

62/61.8

Ford hasn’t designed their Fusion Energi with much weight saving material. As a result, it carries the most weight around, close to 2 tons. Surprisingly, the compact Volt is extremely heavy, too heavy even, for its size. Even the much larger Toyota Avalon is lighter than the Chevy.

Design and styling

The 2019 Acura RLX Sport is quite a distinct looking car, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good-looking car. 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 side profile, the car looks quite handsome. The dual quad tail pipes are the sportiest design detail on this otherwise boring looking car.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid Safety

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 hybrid Competition

Acura RLX Sport vs Volvo S90 hybrid

Volvo; lovingly known as the maker of safest cars in the world. You could try to drive one onto a wall in your neighborhood, and depending on the stars, the car would avoid crashing completely. In terms of luxury, both the Volvo and Acura are pretty much the same. In terms of brand value though, you could say the Acura is a little better. Volvo is primarily seen as a lorry manufacturer, while Acura is a proper luxury brand.

Acura RLX Sport vs Lexus GS450h

Japanese Showdown! Lexus is a luxury brand by the Japanese auto giant Toyota, the same way Acura is for Honda. Both are utterly reliable and extremely efficient., and have quite a lot of power under their hoods. Honestly, these cars offer performance no hybrid should, let alone a hybrid SUV. Both are excellent choices.

2019 Acura RLX hybrid Final Verdict

A few years ago, hybrid cars would have only been an option for the rich, and that too as a third car at best. They were ugly, powerless, cramped, and many other undesirable things. The cost of saving the planet was quite high, and many people who put their money on these did so only for the bragging rights. Oh, how the times have changed!

Acura may be just a fancy Honda with a premium price sticker slapped onto it, but the lovely proposition it makes deserves a special mention.

Pros

Wonderful balance between performance and fuel economy

Spacious interiors

Amazing ride quality

Long list of features

Cons

Steering feels dead

Dated interior design

Infotainment system is quite bad

What's New?

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$61900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

212 cu. in.

horsepower

377 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

341 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

198.1 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

4380 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

36.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

37.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

850 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/28/29 mpg

highway range

437.9 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

437.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Platinum White Pearl color  2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Modern Steel Metallic color  2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Majestic Black Pearl color  2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Gilded Pewter Metallic color  2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Fathom Blue Pearl color  2019 Acura RLX hybrid in Brilliant Red Metallic color
Platinum White Pearl

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Acura RLX hybrid Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

power
377 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$61,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) Starting at $61,900 MSRP (28 mpg/28/29 mpg) 377 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5   Brilliant Red Metallic
  Fathom Blue Pearl
  Modern Steel Metallic
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Gilded Pewter Metallic
  Platinum White Pearl