Acura RLX
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Overview

The RLX is a giant leap forward for Acura and is comparable to more established luxury brands in terms style and content.

Drivetrain

A 3.5-liter V6 makes 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque; six-speed automatic transmission directs power to the front wheel (no all-wheel-drive)

The RLX provides a choice for buyers who are fans of the Acura brand, but want something a bit bigger, more luxurious and more technically proficient than the TL sedan. It likely won’t pry anyone from their status-mobiles models displaying three-pointed stars, interconnected rings or airplane-propeller logos, but at least Acura offers some compelling reasons for having the valet gang park one for you in its assigned stall. The first thing you notice about the RLX is its handsome sheetmetal. The car’s Honda roots are definitely showing, but it easily beats the rest of Acura’s sedan fleet when it comes to appearance. Perhaps surprisingly, its overall dimensions differ only slightly from the RL model it replaces. However, a two-inch stretch between the front and rear wheels (in addition to an equal reduction in the length of the snout) contributes to a significant visual impact. The RLX uses a 310-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that produces 272 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission choice is a six-speed automatic with paddle-shift controls. The RLX also features Acura’s new Precision All-Wheel Steer system that reacts to steering and braking inputs for added control. When cornering, the rear wheels point slightly in the direction of the turn, thus reducing the front-wheel-drive’s tendency to continue in a straight line, even with the steering wheel turned (called understeer). During braking, however, both rear wheels are automatically angle toward the center of the car for maximum control. The RLX arrives with an abundance of people-pampering content, but you will need to shell out more than the $50,000 base price to add the full suite of collision-mitigating features plus a navigation system, premium leather package and your choice of two high-end audio systems.

Base price (incl. destination): $49,500
Type: Four-door sedan
Engine (hp): 3.5-liter SOHC V6 (310)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 20/31
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver-side knee airbag; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control.
Weight (lb.): 3,980