2017 Acura RLX Sedan

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RLX Sedan

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  • Wheelbase - 112.2 in (2850 mm)
  • Length - 196.1 in (4982 mm)
  • Height - 57.7 in (1465 mm)
  • Width - 74.4 in (1890 mm)
  • Front Track - 64.3 in (1632 mm)
  • Rear Track - 64.2 in (1630 mm)
  • Ground Clearance (unladen) - 4.5 in (115 mm)
  • Curb Weight - 3969 lb. (1800 kg) : w/ Technology Pkg.
  • Weight Distribution (% front / rear) - 61 / 39
  • EPA Passenger Volume - 102.1 cu ft
  • EPA Cargo Volume (SAE) - 14.9 cu ft : w/ Technology Pkg.
  • Headroom - 37.6 in (954 mm) : Front
  • Legroom - 42.3 in (1074 mm) : Front
  • Hiproom - 55.9 in (1419 mm) : Front
  • Shoulder Room - 59.6 in (1514 mm) : Front
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 18.5 U.S. gallons (70.0 liters)
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 5
  • Engine Type - Aluminum-alloy direct injection V-6
  • Displacement - 3.5 liters
  • Valvetrain - 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC®
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 310 @ 6500
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net) - 272 @ 4500
  • Compression Ratio - 11.5:1
  • Throttle Control - Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway / combined) - 20 / 30 / 23
  • Recommended Fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • CARB Emissions Rating - ULEV-2
  • Tune-Up Interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Battery Type - Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Front Motor Horsepower @ rpm - 47 @ 3000
  • Front Motor Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) - 109 @ 500-2000
  • Dual Rear Motors Horsepower @ rpm - (36 + 36) @ 4000
  • Dual Rear Motors Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) - (54 + 54) @ 0-2000
  • System Combined Horsepower66 - 377 @ 6500
  • System Combined Torque (lb-ft)66 - 341 @ 4700
  • Type - Front-wheel drive
  • Transmission - 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Gear Ratios (:1) - RLX
  • 1st - 3.38
  • 2nd - 2.11
  • 3rd - 1.49
  • 4th - 1.06
  • 5th - 0.76
  • 6th - 0.56
  • 7th - --
  • Reverse - 2.26
  • Final Drive - 4.25
  • Suspension - 4-wheel independent double-wishbone, with split lower control arm front / multi-link rear
  • Front Stabilizer Bar - 33.0 mm
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar - 25.0 mm
  • Handling Assist - Agile Handling Assist®
  • Steering - Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb - 40.5 ft
  • Front Disc Brakes - 12.3" ventilated
  • Rear Disc Brakes - 12.2" solid
  • Braking Systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with: anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Automatic Brake Hold
  • Wheels - 19 x 8.0 noise-reducing aluminum-alloy with bright finish
  • Tires - P245/40 R19 98W high-performance all-season
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Outer body rust-through - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®) with Roadside Assistance18 - 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Hybrid Emissions68 - 15-year/150,000-mile
  • Hybrid Battery Pack - Limited warranty varies by state. Please see your Acura dealer for details.
  • Engine - 310-hp, 3.5-liter, i-VTEC® V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 20 (city) / 30 (hwy) / 23 (combined)
  • Transmission - 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Chassis - Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®) system
  • Exterior - Jewel Eye® LED headlights, LED-illuminated door handles, heated side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, 19-inch aluminum-alloy, bright finish, noise-reducing wheels with 245/40 R19 98W high-performance all-season tires, rain-sensing windshield wipers, acoustic front and rear side glass
  • Interior - Milano premium leather-trimmed interior, Driver's and front passenger's 12-way power seat including 4-way lumbar, On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™), Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance
  • Climate Control - GPS-linked, Tri-zone automatic climate control10 with humidity control and air filtration
  • Acura Navigation System10 - AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with exclusive street and freeway conditions and Traffic Rerouting™57
  • Audio - Acura/ELS®32 Audio System with 14 speakers, Bluetooth®11 streaming audio, USB7 Audio Interface with iPod®8 integration, Aha™ and Pandora®45 compatibility, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4, Song by Voice®
  • Cellular Interface - Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface and phonebook exchange
  • Visibility - Multi-view rear camera50 with dynamic guidelines, Blind spot information (BSI) system20
  • Access - Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton ignition
  • Telematics - AcuraLink® The Next Generation70
  • Safety & Security - Forward Collision Warning (FCW)55 and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)56 systems, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with head-up warning
  • Driver Assistance - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow53, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59, Road Departure Mitigation
  • Audio - Krell® Premium Audio System with 14 speakers
  • Interior - Heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, heated steering wheel, Power rear sunshade, manual rear door side sunshades, rear footwell lighting
  • Exterior - Front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming, power-folding side mirrors, Remote Engine Starter with Vehicle Feedback
  • Visibility - Surround-View Camera System
  • Engine - 377-hp Acura 3-motor Sport Hybrid system66
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 29 (city) / 30 (hwy) / 29 (combined)
  • Transmission - Motor integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission)
  • Chassis - Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive)
  • Interior - Electronic gear selector, Head-Up Display, Electric air conditioning with air quality sensor, Reactive Force Accelerator Pedal
  • Exterior - LED fog lights, Smoked chrome finish for front grill, Exclusive 19-inch machine-finished, noise-reducing wheels, Hybrid badging


  Price Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Technology Package 2017 Acura RLX Sedan Technology Package Search New Please Call   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 Please Call   310-hp 3.5L 5-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 30  
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package
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Please Call   377-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  7DC  29 / 30  
Base w/Advance Package 2017 Acura RLX Sedan Base w/Advance Package Search New Please Call   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 Please Call   310-hp 3.5L 5-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 30  
RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package
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Please Call   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.

RLX Sport Hybrid Coming Soon

**Based on current year 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.