Comparison: 2017 Acura RLX vs 2017 Lexus GS 350

August 16th, 2017 by

Drivers in Middletown are smart. They do comparison shopping, and they care about more than just vanity features when looking for a luxury sedan. And because we always have their back, we like to do our homework on competing models as well.

For instance, the choice between the 2017 Acura RLX and the 2017 Lexus GS 350 is more clear-cut than you may think. Lexus has a great reputation and beautiful craftsmanship, but you can’t overlook third-party validation from safety organizations.

Check out our one-to-one comparison to see which luxury sedan is more than just a label:


Acura RLX

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Acura RLX a 2017 Top Safety Pick, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating‡.

Additionally, all models of the RLX come standard with AcuraWatch, a system of driver assistance technologies that work together to keep you and your family as safe as possible. The system includes Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Collision Mitigation Braking with head-up warning. The RLX also comes standard with a multi-view rear camera with dynamic gridlines and a Blind Spot Information System.

Lexus GS 350

Meanwhile, the 2017 GS 350 was not evaluated at all by the NHTSA, and the IIHS only conducted tests for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, and roof strength. In the categories for which it was tested, it received best-possible scores. The GS was not tested for small front overlap impact or rear crash.

The 2017 GS comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Alert, and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. It’s also equipped with a backup camera and is available with Intuitive Parking Assist.


Acura RLX

The five-passenger RLX comes standard with sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather interior, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support, and heated front seats. All models are also equipped with electric air conditioning with air quality sensor, humidity control, air filtration, and a GPS-linked three-zone automatic climate control. The 2017 RLX is available with ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Lexus GS 350

The GS 350 also seats five people and comes standard with leather seating, though premium perforated surfaces will cost extra. Front seats have 10-way power adjustment, but only the driver’s seat has the Lexus Memory System. The GS is also standard with dual-zone climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, but the Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite is available only as part of the Navigation Package of features. The GS comes with the option for three-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.


Acura RLX

Starting at $54,450*

Lexus GS 350

Starting at $50,365 MSRP


‡ Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.


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