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2016 Acura RLX OVERVIEW
Acura's largest and most luxurious sedan, the RLX distinguishes itself with a boatload of standard technology and outstanding interior room for its class. While the RLX might not carry the cachet of its European competitors, it soundly uncuts them in price.
What's New for 2016
The RLX now comes in just two trim levels, both of which carry an updated version of the AcuraWatch technology suite. The suspension has been softened for a more luxurious ride.
Choosing Your Acura RLX
The front-drive RLX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 310 horsepower, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Every example gets Acura's signature "jewel eye" LED headlamps, bright-finish 19-inch wheels and a four-wheel steering system.
Although the RLX is positioned as a midsize luxury sedan, its leather-lined interior comes within a hair of full-size dimensions. The cabin boasts solar-sensing tri-zone climate control, 12-way heated front seats with driver memory, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a 14-speaker Acura/ELS sound system with satellite and Internet radio. You also get navigation with real-time traffic data, rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof.
The RLX's most impressive standard feature is the AcuraWatch safety system, which includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring and more.
The RLX is offered in two well-equipped trim levels this year:
There are no individual options for the RLX beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.
Now that features like navigation, premium leather and AcuraWatch come standard, the RLX is a complete luxury car right out of the box. The Advance package makes things even more luxurious inside, but it's more of an indulgence than a necessity -- especially at its steep $6,000 price tag.
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