2017 Acura RLX Sedan

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2017 Acura RLX Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Acura RLX Base include 3.5L V-6 310hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, SmartVent side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19" aluminum wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control.

2017 Acura
RLX Sedan

Starting at: $54,450

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Power moonroof
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 15 GB
  • Premium audio system - Acura/ELS Studio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 14
  • Speaker type - Acura/ELS Studio
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 310hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 272 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.9mm x 94.0mm (3.50" x 3.70")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Payload - 386kg (850lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,265kg (4,993lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,981mm (196.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,890mm (74.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,850mm (112.2")
  • Turning radius - 6.2m (20.2')
  • Front legroom - 1,074mm (42.3")
  • Rear legroom - 986mm (38.8")
  • Front headroom - 955mm (37.6")
  • Rear headroom - 937mm (36.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,420mm (55.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,384mm (54.5")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,514mm (59.6")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,448mm (57.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,891L (102.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 310hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Torque - 272 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sequential SportShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/40WR19.0
  • Rear tires - 245/40WR19.0
  • Wheel size - 19"
  • Tires - performance
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Heads up display
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - active
  • Blind spot sensor
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Technology Package 2017 Acura RLX Sedan Technology Package Search New $54,450   310-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 30  
RLX with Technology Package 2017 Acura RLX Sedan RLX with Technology Package Search New $54,450   310-hp 3.5L 5-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 30  
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package
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$59,950   377-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  7DC  29 / 30  
Base w/Advance Package 2017 Acura RLX Sedan Base w/Advance Package Search New $60,450   310-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 30  
RLX with Advance Package 2017 Acura RLX Sedan RLX with Advance Package Search New $60,450   310-hp 3.5L 5-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 30  
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package
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$65,950   377-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  7DC  29 / 30  


Driving Impression

Mitch McCullough

The acceleration of the 3.5-liter V6 is steady, quiet and composed, with a pleasant small snarl when you try to kick some urgency into it. It could use a bit more urgency when pulling away from a stop with its light 272 pound-feet of torque. Upshifts with the six-speed automatic are smooth, and downshifts a bit more aggressive.

Rear-wheel steering adds stability on the freeway, especially during quick maneuvers. Acura calls it Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS). It only turns the rear wheels a couple of degrees, but that makes a big difference; you might not feel it, but the car responds considerably more sharply and securely.

The suspension was re-tuned for comfort for 2016, so the 2017 RLX corners casually. Don’t expect the FWD RLX to be a sports sedan. The variable steering has a light touch at slow speeds, appreciated in parking lots, where P-AWS helps turn tighter. The steering resistance increases at speed, rising to the need. All of this, however, works out to a solid commuter for mindless slogging through traffic on a daily basis.

If it’s more of a sports sedan you want, the Sport Hybrid with SH-AWD is a contender; 377 horsepower with 377 pound-feet of torque is V8 territory. It’s more fun to drive, with quicker response and a sharper turn-in. You can feel the power in the seat of your pants, as you should; but not in the steering wheel, where you shouldn’t. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission works through a smart rear differential to erase any jerkiness in the shifts. The rear-wheel power transition is smooth and secure in winter slippery conditions. It’s extremely responsive to stabs of the throttle, and it accelerates almost like an electric car, uninterrupted thrust. It makes turbocharging seem obsolete.

Walk Around

Mitch McCullough

It’s easy to find acceptability in the styling, but it’s hard to find creativity. The front end was freshened in 2016, resulting in a clean fascia. Its roofline copies the BMW slope without showing it. We don’t have a problem with the looks of the Honda Accord, but to say the RLX looks like the Accord is no compliment. It costs twice as much. It neither offends nor thrills.

Interior Overview

Mitch McCullough

If you like the cabin of the Accord, you’ll like the RLX, assuming you don’t expect twice as much style. It’s functional, outfitted well, and nicely detailed, and has refinement down pat; but it’s also muddy, uninteresting, and lacking in passion and enthusiasm. The cabin of every other midsize luxury sedan we can think of makes the driver feel more special than the cabin in the RLX. It’s not like an Audi, precise, modern, almost sterile, nor like a Volvo S90 with its elegant whimsy.

Well, there is some whimsy and creativity. When you open the door, the RLX emits a little musical jingle and shimmers its dual screens, an emotional display that comes across like a small act of rebellion from a spirited designer.

There’s a two-tier dashboard with twin screens, LCDs.

The front seats are like broad-backed executive desk chairs with 12-way adjustment and standard heating; ventilation is optional. They’re fantastic over a long haul. There’s also good headroom.

The rear seat has thick cushions, but doesn’t offer much room for passengers who are tall or long-legged; the good headroom in front goes away in the rear, thanks to that BMW-like roofline. However, large door openings make it easy to climb in and out.

Storage for small things is decent, and the trunk in the RLX is acceptable at 14.9 cubic feet (14.7 with Advance), but the RLX Sport Hybrid’s 11.6-cubic-foot trunk is dinky. Those two electric motors that add performance take away function.

The roof pillars are thin, the rear glass decent-sized, and the beltline low, so there’s good rearward visibility. The standard rearview camera shows a 180-degree view, while a 360-degree version is optional.

The available adaptive cruise control can be useful, but it’s poorly calibrated. Even at the closest setting, there’s too much space between the RLX and the car ahead, which means it drives you crazy with its over-reacting. When a car pulls into your lane, even though there might be a no-worries margin, the system slams on the brakes to the chagrin of the person behind you.


Mitch McCullough

The Acura RLX is a smooth luxury sedan with front-wheel drive, while the RLX Sport Hybrid offers advanced technology. The styling is uninteresting, however, and the cabin does not feel luxurious.

Model Lineup

Mitch McCullough

Acura RLX comes in Technology ($54,450) and Advance ($60,450) models with V6 and front-wheel drive. The Sport Hybrid ($5500) gets the hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive and comes in Technology and Advance versions.

Technology (standard) features include upgraded leather upholstery Bluetooth, rearview camera, LED headlamps, an ELS sound system, navigation, and an active safety system called AcuraWatch with forward collision and lane departure warnings. Lane control is optional.

Advance adds Krell sound system, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, surround-view camera, and remote engine start.

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