Review: 2018 Acura RLX
The 2018 Acura RLX isn’t just a luxury sedan, it’s a premium model equipped with the features that make your life easier. Whether you need a new commuter or your family has grown into more sophisticated tastes, the RLX is here to fulfill your needs.
Below, we’ll give you the details you need on different trim levels, standard and available technology, and both gas and hybrid engine specs. Read on, then visit us in Middletown, New York for a test drive.
Comfort and Convenience
The 2018 RLX models include the P-AWS with Technology Package and the Sport Hybrid with Advance Package. Both models come standard equipped with sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather trim, 12-way power front seats with four-way lumbar support, heated front seats, and GPS-linked three-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, both trims have Smart Entry, Keyless Access System, Acura Personalized Settings, remote-operated moonroof, ambient cabin lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Sport Hybrid trim adds electric air conditioning with air quality sensor, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, rear footwell lighting, rear sunshades, and remote engine start with vehicle feedback.
The RLX P-AWS has Acura/ELS Audio with 14 speakers, Aha compatibility, HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio, Pandora, USB audio interface, Song By Voice, Bluetooth wireless technology, SMS and MMS text and email reading, and the Acura Navigation System. The Sport Hybrid replaces the ELS sound system with a Krell Audio System.
Safety and Technology
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Acura RLX a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding the 2018 RLX best-possible scores in all tests for crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 RLX a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating. ‡
Standard safety tech includes a Multi-View Rear Camera with dynamic gridlines, a Blind Spot Information System, automatic headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System with a head-up warning. Additionally, Traffic Jam Assist is a new feature on both models of the RLX, allowing drivers to maintain a safe distance and stay centered in their lane during stop-and-go traffic.
Performance and Fuel Economy
The RLX P-AWS has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control.
The RLX Sport Hybrid has the same gas engine combined with three electric motors, one in the front drive and one each powering the rear wheels. The hybrid powertrain makes a net 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque, and has a motor-integrated 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission with Sequential Sport Shift paddle shifters.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the regular RLX gets 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while the Sport Hybrid gets 28 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. *
Starting at $54,900 MSRP**
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‡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 www.safercar.gov.
*2018 EPA mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.
**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.