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2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Overview

James Flammang
Contributing Editor - July 9, 2015

Technology was the focal point when Acura introduced the midsize RLX luxury sport sedan, replacing the old RL as the company’s flagship. Adding the RLX Sport Hybrid brought even more tech to the forefront, giving Acura the only luxury sedan with a three-motor, torque-vectoring hybrid powertrain. A direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine works in tandem with the hybrid system, sending 377 total horsepower to Acura’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive).

What's New for 2016

Additional premium features go into the 2016 Sport Hybrid, led by a standard AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assist technologies. It’s a blend of camera and radar technology, to sense both the roadway and objects upon it, including both vehicles and pedestrians. Also available is a 360-degree Surround View camera.

Choosing Your Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Once you decide on the Sport Hybrid rather than a regular gas-engine RLX, the narrowing-down process is simple. The only choice is which extra "package" to include.

Standard AcuraWatch includes Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow collision Mitigation Braking; Forward Collision warning; Lane Departure Warning; Lane Keeping Assist; Road Departure Mitigation; Blind Spot Information; multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines; and Cross Traffic Monitor. In addition to alerting the driver to potential issues, if necessary, the system can intervene to help keep the RLX from leaving its lane or the road. Or, if a collision is unavoidable, it can minimize the severity.

Although the 3.5-liter V6 engine is rated at 310 horsepower, combined output from the hybrid system totals 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque. Sequential SportShift paddle shifters are included, and premium fuel is required. Expect to get about 28 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway (30 mpg combined), according to EPA estimates. Sport Hybrids use a motor-integrated seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, versus a regular six-speed in the non-hybrid RLX model.

The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid comes with either a Technology Package or an Advance Package.

RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package

The Technology model includes Hill-start Assist, an electric parking brake, rain-sensing wipers, heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down, navigation with 3-D View, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with street and freeway conditions, Traffic Rerouting, and a head-up display. Tri-zone automatic electric air conditioning incorporates an air quality sensor and filtration. Also included: pushbutton ignition, electronic gear selection, sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather trim, 12-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, a power moonroof, LED foglights, and an Acura/ELS Studio Premium audio system with 14 speakers.

RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package

For an additional $6,000, the foremost extra feature in the Advance Package is the Surround View Camera. Also included are a bi-directional keyless remote engine starter with vehicle feedback, heated steering wheel, and front/rear parking sensors. Audiophiles might prefer the Krell 14-speaker premium sound system. Standard equipment also includes heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, a power rear sunshade, rear-door side sunshades, and power-folding mirrors.

CarsDirect Tip

Because the lower-priced RLX Spot Hybrid with Technology Package is so loaded with equipment, it's hard to recommend the more costly Advance Package. Except for the Surround View camera, most of the additional equipment is a matter of personal taste rather than necessity.

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