2017 Acura RLX

2017 Acura RLX
2017 Acura RLX

2017 Acura RLX


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 30 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Premium Unleaded V-6, 310 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Distinguishing oneself among the crowded luxury sedan segment is not easy. The Acura RLX's refinement and capabilities are among the many virtues that let the RLX more than holds its own. A powerful V6 and smooth-shifting transmission provide spirited performance, while Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer system gives the RLX a sure-footedness not found in front-wheel-drive cars. With loads of impressive amenities and safety features and a base price around $55,000, the RLX gives buyers a contender to consider against competitors like the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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What's New For 2017

For 2017, the Acura RLX returns virtually unchanged. The base trim is now the Technology Package, but prices remain about the same, starting at $54,450.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2017 Acura RLX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Blind Spot Sensor
    • Forward Collision
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Acuralink Real-Time Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio -inc: SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription purchasable after trial period, If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel, See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com, Other fees and taxes will apply, All fees and programming subject to change, Not all vehicles are capable of receiving all services offered by SiriusXM, Current information and features may not be available in all locations, or on all receivers, XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous USA and DC, SiriusXM Internet Radio service is available throughout our satellite service area and in AK, HI and PR
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System -inc: 14 speakers, SMS, MMS text message and email capability, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, Song By Voice, Aha compatibility, HD Radio, Pandora compatibility, USB audio interface w/iPod integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack and Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
  • Exterior Features
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Metal-Look Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Programmable Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Laminated Glass
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Tires: 245/40R19 High-Performance All-Season
    • Wheels: 19" x 8" Aluminum-Alloy -inc: noise reducing design
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Sport Bucket Seats -inc: driver's and front passenger's 12-way power seat w/4-way power lumbar support
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
    • Voice Activated Multi Zone Auto-Climate Control Air Conditioning w/Gps Linked
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Head-Up Display
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.25 Axle Ratio
    • 72-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • 4993# Gvwr 850# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Automatic Ride Control Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/212
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 310 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 272 @ 4500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 196.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 3.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 102.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 59.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.8
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 54.5
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 30
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Acura RLX
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40WR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40WR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.38
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.11
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.49
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.06
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.76
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.56
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.26
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.25
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3969
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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  • Bellanova White Pearl Bellanova White Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Gilded Pewter Metallic Graphite Luster Metallic Graphite Luster Metallic Pomegranate Pearl Slate Silver Metallic Slate Silver Metallic
  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Gilded Pewter Metallic
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Pomegranate Pearl
  • Slate Silver Metallic
  • Slate Silver Metallic

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The Acura RLX midsize luxury sedan offers excellent engineering in an invisible car. Built on a high-tech chassis, the RLX Sport Hybrid offers the latest in sports hybrid powerplants. But it looks like a Honda Accord.

RLX is built on a front-wheel-drive platform, but from a price standpoint competes with the rear-wheel-drive Mercedes E300 and Volvo S90. Luxury cars are traditionally built on rear-wheel-drive chassis. RLX Sport Hybrid comes with all-wheel drive.

A good daily commuter car, RLX is smooth, quiet, comfortable. It glides along until quick response is needed, which it provides. Get in and enjoy the music.

RLX offers a choice of two drivetrains, each with its own character. Standard is a 310-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s more powerful than the turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the rear-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz E300 and front-wheel-drive Volvo S90 T5.

More powerful is the RLX Sport Hybrid, which uses a V6 and three electric motors to generate 377 horsepower with 377 pound-feet of torque. It uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission. The front wheels are driven by the 3.5-liter V6 and a 35-kilowatt motor. Two more 27-kilowatt motors send all their power through a smart rear differential to the rear wheels, making the Sport Hybrid among the more advanced all-wheel-drive cars anywhere.

The front-wheel-drive RLX gets an EPA-rated 20 miles per gallon City, 30 Highway and 23 Combined mpg, on Premium gasoline. The RLX Sport Hybrid gets 29/30/29 mpg.

Its safety test results are impressive. In NHTSA testing it scored five stars in every test. The IIHS gave the RLX top Good ratings in all five of its crash categories, including the difficult new small overlap front test, although just a Marginal score for its headlights, which keeps it at Top Safety Pick instead of Top Safety Pick+.

The RLX is unchanged for 2017. The previous base model with leatherette upholstery has been dropped.


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.


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.


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.

Driving Impressions

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.


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.

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