2017 Acura RLX Hybrid Sedan

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2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

First introduced in 2013, Honda's premium Car division, Acura made a big stride in offering a properly Luxurious Car in the form of the RLX Sedan. To add to this family and address the needs of Environment Conscious people, Acura has now introduced the Hybrid version of the RLX. The RLX Hybrid comes powered by a 3.5L direct-imbued V6 that makes 310 HP and 272 lb-feet of torque and 3 additional electric motors that take the power and torque figures to 377hp and 341 lbs.-ft. Respectively. The 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid takes its shot against the likes of the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid and the Lexus GS 450h.

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Pros

Long List of Safety and Driver assist features

Luxurious Interiors

Confidence Inspiring Handling

Segment topping MPG figures

Cons

Acura branding

Lack of customization options

Headroom for Taller Passengers

What's New?

New Camera setup

Standard 19-inch alloy wheels

The AcuraWatch wellbeing framework is presently standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59950

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

160 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

212 cu. in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

196.1 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

4312 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

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

29/30/29 mpg

ev range

437.9 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

453 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Styles

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

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package

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

$59,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) Starting at $59,950 MSRP (29/29/30) 310 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package

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

$65,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) Starting at $65,950 MSRP (29/29/30) 377 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automatic all 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 April 26, 2019


Available with Acura's Super Handling AWD setup, the new Acura RLX Hybrid comes in 2 trims- Sport Technology and Sport Advanced Package. Only a few features separate the 2 cars and both trims come loaded with features. Both trims have been priced at $59,950 and $65,950 respectively.

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Features

Trim

Acura RLX Sport w/ Technology Package

Acura RLX Sport w/ Advance Package

MSRP

$59,950

$65,950

Features

Leather Upholstery

Front and Rear parking Sensors

 

ELS Audio with Navigation

Surround View Camera System

 

Front Power 12 way heated seats

Front Ventilated Seats

 

Proximity Key

Rear Heated Seats

 

Acura Watch Safety Tech

Power Sunshades

   

14 Speaker Krell Audio System

We Recommend

The RLX with the advance package offers a lot of features that are actually worth the upgrade and useful in a lot of situations in the real world. Hence that is the trim, we would strongly recommend.

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Engine

While electron power is usually reserved for more efficiency focused cars (the Sport Hybrid is still efficient too), the RLX Sport Hybrid cleverly uses three motors to boost the performance-The car connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 RLX sedan's creative powertrain and suspension impact it to ride well, anyway it's not particularly quicker than its adversaries. Notwithstanding, the new RLX sedan's motor is quiet over its powerband and manages to achieve everyday driving obligations appropriately.

There's almost no show in the manner the RLX pulls from a stop. The 7 Speed Manual's Upshifts are smooth and downshift are genuinely progressively commanding with consistency being the most fun thing about the unit. The Sport Hybrid's Engine, however, feels much more punchier to drive with a nonstop surge of power.

Models

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

MSRP

$59,950

$56,200

$63,635

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Transmission

7 Speed manual

7 Speed Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

Horsepower

377hp@6300rpm

360 hp@6500rpm

338 hp@6000rpm

Torque

341 ft-lbs@4700rpm

258 ft-lbs@5000rpm

257 ft-lbs@4500rpm

Dissimilar to its opponents, the RLX doesn't adopt a powerful strategy to execution. Rather, it utilizes one of a kind mechanical setup to separate itself. The Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (or SH-AWD) is an absolute pleasure to drive on all kinds of roads and terrain. The Acura stays to be the most powerful amongst its rivals and offers the most pleasurable driving experience of the lot.

Acceleration

With one of the powerful motors at its disposal, the 2017 Acura RLX is one of the fastest cars in its segment. It takes just 4.9 seconds to reach the 60MPH and demolishes the quarter mile in an astounding 13.5 seconds.

Models

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.2 sec

6 sec

Quarter mile

13.5 sec

13.7 sec

14.4 sec

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Emission

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

6.1

5.9

5.7

Speaking of rivals, the Infiniti comes closest in catching the Acura and the Lexus falls short of both of these cars. The same story continues in the quarter mile runs as well as all these cars mirror the same results.

Handling and Steering

Acura's have been famously known for its driving dynamics and the new RLX Hybrid bears no exception. The RLX Hybrid handles well and manages to maintain its composure during most of the situations it has to face courtesy of the Super Handling AWD setup. The chassis and the body feel predictable when changing lanes or going through corners hard and don't feel uninspiring to drive. One thing which lets down in the entire package has to be the steering and its response. The Steering fails to complement the superb chassis and body and doesn't feel connected to the road as one would expect it to be.

Braking

Braking performance of the 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid is at par with other Sedans in this segment. The Brakes offer a sure-footed feel in the application and never makes the driver lose out in confidence while applying them. The 120ft stopping distance is a testimony to the braking performance of the Acura, despite the massive curb weight of the same.

Model

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

Brake Front (in.)

13

12.6

13.1

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.1

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4312

4134

4112

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

N/A

118

While we don't have the figures for the Infiniti's braking performance, we expect it to be on similar lines when compared to the Lexus GS as both have nearly the same weight and come with nearly the same brake rotor sizes.

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

One of the main trump cards for the 2017 RLX Hybrid, when compared to its Gas powered sibling, is in the Fuel Economy department. The 29MPG combined figure is a drastic improvement over the standard RLX and is comparable to other Hybrids in the segment. What comes as a surprise is a fact that the City and Highway figures of the RLX Hybrid are nearly the same and have very less difference between them.

Model

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

MPG (city)

29

28

29

MPG (highway)

30

33

34

MPG (combined)

29

30

31

Speaking of rivals, the Lexus stakes claim in being the most fuel efficient in this comparison with the Infiniti being the next in line. Despite all its efforts, the Acura falls short of its rivals in terms of the MPG figures.

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Interior

Inside, the RLX's interior similarly lacks passion and enthusiasm-The car connection

 

Seating and Comfort

The new 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 uneasiness on long outings. The 2017 RLX's 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, the controls look dated and lack an intuitive flow. Rivals, on the other hand, come with better interiors at this price.

Model

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

37.6/59.6/42.3

39.1/58.4/44.4

38.0/57.3/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/57.0/38.8

37.7/56.7/36.2

37.8/55.7/36.8

All entryways open wide with huge portals, particularly 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. The RLX Hybrid 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 Hybrid sedan comes with the following interior features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Proximity key
  • Heated 12-way power seats up front
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Forward collision warning System
  • Lane-departure warning system active lane control
  • Blind-spot monitors
  • Rear-traffic monitoring system
  • Navigation
  • Voice-command recognition
  • 14-speaker audio system
  • Keyless Start
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Heated Mirrors

Infotainment

Of the considerable number of highlights incorporated into the new 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

Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid can pack in a lot of stuff inside its Cargo Area. 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.

Model

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

11.6

11.3

13.2

The Competition offers a similar amount of cargo space when compared to the Acura but an exception to this case is the Lexus as that offers the most in this respect.

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Exterior

Inoffensive, but forgettable, the Acura RLX does little to stand out in its class- The car connection

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid is not as big as its other competitors, but still, it has more space and comfort on the 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, the driver needs to be careful on ramps and speed breakers because of low ground clearance (least in the class).

Model

Acura RLX Sport w/Technology Package

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4dr

Lexus GS 450h 4dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

4312

4134

4112

Length(in)

196.1

196.1

192.1

Width(in)

74.4

72.6

72.4

Height(in)

57.7

59.1

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

6.0

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

114.2

112.2

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. If we were to crib about a certain point of the Acura, it has to be about it's Ground Clearance as it is way to low for a sedan of this class.

Exterior Features

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

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Safety

All 2017 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 perceivability, 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 - including Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Competition

Acura RLX Hybrid vs. Lexus GS 450

Lexus shows better acceleration stats but it can be neglected as the difference is not much. 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


Acura RLX Hybrid vs. Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Both the Acura and Infiniti offer one of the best options for buyers in the segment. Both offer a superb build quality, are comparable in MPG figures and features. But because of the high output motors and a slightly well-versed Infotainment along with Safety package and feature set, we have to set our preference to the Acura. The RLX Hybrid is a well-rounded package and customers however won't be disappointed in choosing one of the 2 vehicles among these.

2017 Acura RLX hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

With the 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid, Acura has shown that Hybrids can be both fun to drive and economical on the pocket. With a mighty powerful motor and a terrific gas mileage, the new RLX satisfies the needs of both the scrooge and the Schumacher in you. Add to that a comprehensive set of safety and driver assist features list and what you have in your hands is a Japanese Saloon that will make you feel safe on the Interstates and be fun on your daily commute from office to home.