2018 Acura RLX Sport HybridTechnology 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan

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With plenty of power from a unique hybrid powertrain, plus leading-edge technology and comforts, the 2014 Acura RLX should make Acura relevant to luxury buyers again.
- Edmunds.com

As the dynamic flagship for the Acura Division, the Acura RLX is one of the most sophisticated touring sedans on the road, blending smooth power and responsive handling with cutting-edge technologies and luxurious appointments.

The front-wheel drive RLX is powered by a 310-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM); VCM helps improve fuel efficiency by operating on one bank of three cylinders when less engine power is required. A new advanced ten-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters is standard. Agile Handling Assist and Amplitude-Reactive Dampers enhance handling characteristics, while a Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system features the world's first independent left/right rear-wheel steering-angle control system, for excellent handling and stability at varying speeds. Every RLX is outfitted with 19-inch aluminum wheels, "Jewel Eye" LED headlights and a power moonroof; interior comforts include heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, HD/satellite radio, voice-activated navigation, HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity/audio streaming, USB port, smartphone integration and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with integrated traction control and a Multi-View Rear Camera, as well as seven airbags; additional driver assistance technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information and a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, are also standard.

The Acura RLX is redesigned for 2018. It features fresh exterior styling, including Acura's new signature diamond pentagon grille, along with an upgraded interior and an advanced ten-speed automatic transmission.


The 2018 Acura RLX sedan features subtly revised styling that improves its looks and upgraded interior materials.The standard V6 model gets a new 10-speed transmission.

RLX offers two drivetrains: front-wheel-drive V6 or all-wheel-drive hybrid gas-electric.

The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that's been in the RLX since 2014, making 310 horsepower.It's front-wheel drive, and for 2018 gets a new 10-speed automatic, replacing the previous 6-speed.It gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg City, 29 Highway, or 23 Combined.

The available hybrid powertrain borrows technology from the spectacular Acura NSX sports car/supercar.The all-wheel-drive RLX Sport Hybrid combines the 3.5-liter V6 with a paddle-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors for a total of 377 horsepower.The hybrid rates 28/29/28 mpg, indicating it's much more efficient around town.

Premium gasoline is required for both models.

Safety equipment includes rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.RLX Sport Hybrids add a surround-view camera system and parking sensors.For 2018, there is Traffic-jam Assist, which provides some autonomous driving by following the car ahead at speeds up to 40 mph.Safety scores are top-notch with five stars in every test from the NHTSA, and a top Good score in every test from the IIHS, who make the RLX a Top Safety Pick.


The 2018 Acura RLX ($55,865) comes with leather upholstery, heated power front seats, keyless ignition, navigation, ELS premium audio, and the safety equipment.

The RLX Sport Hybrid ($62,865) adds surround-view camera system, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and 14-speaker Krell audio with crystal-clear sound.


The new hood has more character lines, and the new grille has a handsome diamond pattern.The grille and LED lighting resembles that on the MDX sport utility vehicle.In the rear, LED taillamps trace a ribbon of light around the corners.It's the most dramatic thing about the styling.There's also a rear diffuser in glossy black plastic.Liberal use of brightwork adds flash.

The styling is improved, but it's banal, resembling the last-generation Honda Accord.You have to park a 2018 RLX beside a 2017 RLX to recognize a difference.Competitors like the Audi A7 hatchback and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan flaunt extravagant curves to make the RLX forgettable.


Compared again to the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the wide cabin of the RLX falls short in the lavish department.Fit and finish are good, but the cabin lacks passion.The low dash is a design of twin arcs around the center console, but there's no design theme apparent.

The front seats are more supportive for 2018, and they are cozy, with contrasting stitching; there's a new shade we like for 2018 called Espresso.The front seats are heated and have 12-way power support.On the Sport Hybrid, the front seats are cooled.

In the front, there's excellent kneeroom and headroom, while the passenger footwell is wide and flat.

The rear isn't so good.Wide door openings make entry and exit easy, and the seat cushions are supportive and shaped well, but the sloped roofline limits rear headroom.Tall passengers graze the headliner, a problem uncommon to sedans this size.

There's good storage space in the cabin, but the trunk is small, at 14.9 cubic feet.The Sport Hybrid has even less, 12 cubic feet, although that's more than last year, thanks to a reshaped battery pack.

The dual-screen infotainment system is aged, if not ancient.With the two screens functioning differently, it's neither fluid nor intuitive.The good news is there are a lot of buttons and switches, so it can be largely avoided.RLX models do not offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Driving Impression

The V6 comes with a new 10-speed automatic.With 310 horsepower, the RLX accelerates with just a small amount of urgency.

As for handling, the front-wheel-drive RLX leans into corners casually.At low speeds, it uses rear-wheel steering, as sensors on the rear wheels turn them in the opposite direction of the front wheels.

It absorbs bumps without fuss.It's not the kind of car that needs an adaptive suspension as found on some rivals.

The Sport Hybrid takes the 3.5-liter V6 and combines it with three electric motors, two 27-kw motors in the rear differential to drive each rear wheel, and the third for the front wheels, thus all-wheel drive.The powerplant makes a combined 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque.It responds quickly, and accelerates with the thrust of an electric car; the zoom feel endless.The electric motors seem to make the shifts of the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission smoother.

The power perpetually shifts between wheels, as determined by sensors, for optimum traction and grip, amounting to torque vectoring.We found the traction in rain with the all-wheel drive outstanding.

The steering in the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid that we drove felt heavier than the 2017 RLX models with V6 engines we have driven.The light touch at higher speeds was gone.It remained light at low speeds, thanks to that rear-wheel steering, but got heavier and stayed that way on the highway, including in corners.

The well-tuned suspension on the hybrid is excellent at damping a wide range of bumps, again without being electronically or otherwise adaptive.The creamy ride comes on soft springs and absorbent tires.


The Acura RLX is a smooth and comfortable sedan for the daily commute.It doesn't stand out in the class, however, with unexciting looks, a dated, uninteresting cabin, and a less-than-thrilling V6.Ride quality is great, handling is benign.The Sport Hybrid stands out for its mechanical ingenuity.

Sam Moses contributed to this review; with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotAcuraLink
MP3 playerYes
Premium BrandELS Studio
Premium Brand SpeakersELS Studio
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers14
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Leatherette
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Dash trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Door trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/convertible roof, remote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Front Head Room954 mm
Front Hip Room1,419 mm
Front Leg Room1,074 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,514 mm
Front track1,632 mm
Overall height1,466 mm
Overall Length5,023 mm
Overall Width1,890 mm
Rear Head Room937 mm
Rear Hip Room1,385 mm
Rear Leg Room985 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,449 mm
Rear track1,630 mm
Wheelbase2,850 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 4-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio3.58
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Locking HubsPermanent
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.50 : 1
Cylinder DeactivationYes
Displacement212 cm^3
Electric Motor47 hp
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Electric Motor HP @ RPM3,000 RPM
Electric Motor Torque109 lb.-ft.
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power310 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine377 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine Torque341 lb.-ft.
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,700 RPM
Rear Electric Motor36 hp
Rear Electric Motor HP @ RPM4,000 RPM
Rear Electric Motor Torque54 lb.-ft.
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size3.5 L
Torque371 Nm
Total Valves24
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearSOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-SULEV30
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City8.4 L/100 km
Combined8.4L/100 km
Highway8.2 L/100 km
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA7
Trans Type - VAAuto-shift manual
TransmissionAuto-shift manual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Blind Spot SensorBlind Spot Information System warning
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System mitigation
Head-up displayHead-up display
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Monitor warning
Rear View CameraYes
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlight cleanersWasher
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
includes steering wheelYes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Power retractable mirrorsPower retractable mirrors
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 4-way
Manual Adjustments8
Power adjustments8
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
Climate controlledHeated
Rear heatWith separate controls
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationRemote sunroof operation
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Driver Adjustable SuspensionRide control
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeDouble wishbone
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessSelective service
internet accessSelective service
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsAcuraLink
Satellite communicationsAcuraLink
smart device integrationAcuraLink
smart device integrationAcuraLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Speed RatingW
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypePerformance AS
Width245 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds7
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
Hybrid electrical components distance160,000 km
Hybrid electrical components months96 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place339 L
Curb weight1,975 kg
EPA interior volume2,891 L
Fuel Capacity57 L
Gross vehicle weight2,440 kg
Ground clearance110 mm
Max cargo capacity339 L
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Steering wheel memory
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Headlight cleaning
Heads up display
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Cylinder deactivation
Limited slip differential
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Tracker system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Leather upholstery
Power 4-way driver lumbar support
Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Technology 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan, Barrie, Ontario

Acura of Barrie, 125 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N-9H7

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