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2017 Acura RLX

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2017 Base w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $54,450


Acura's largest and most luxurious sedan, the midsize RLX distinguishes itself with a bountiful collection of standard technology, as well as outstanding interior room for its class. While the “flagship” RLX might not carry the cachet of its European competitors, Acura’s premium four-door soundly undercuts them in price. The RLX comes in just two trim levels, both of which include the AcuraWatch technology suite of valuable active safety equipment.

What's New for 2017

Little has changed for the 2017 model year, apart from dropping the previous Base trim level. The Technology Package is now standard. A Sport Hybrid RLX with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) will go on sale during the 2017 model year. The Sport Hybrid will combine the 3.5-liter V6 engine with three electric motors (two at the rear).

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Choosing Your Acura RLX

The front-drive RLX is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Every RLX gets Acura's signature “jewel eye” LED headlights, brightly finished 19-inch wheels, and a four-wheel steering system. Called Precision All-Wheel Steer, that system alters rear toe angle to create the effect of rear-wheel steering. Acura claims it will sharpen maneuverability and stability.

Although the RLX is positioned as a midsize luxury sedan, its leather-lined interior comes quite close to full-size dimensions. Fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway (23 mpg combined).

Without a doubt, the RLX's most impressive standard feature is its AcuraWatch safety system, which includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure and forward collision warnings, road departure mitigation, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Not many vehicles of any sort have such a selection of safety features as standard equipment.

The RLX is offered in two well-equipped trim levels:

Acura RLX

Technology Package

In additon to AcuraWatch, the “base” RLX boasts tri-zone automatic climate control with humidity control, 12-way power heated front seats with driver memory, keyless access, dual touchscreens, 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, 19-inch noise-reducing alloy wheels, and a sunroof. The electronic parking brake includes automatic brake hold. The next-generation AcuraLink telematics system is also standard. Pricing starts at $55,370 (destination charge included) and ends there, since no extra-cost options are available.

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Advance Package

Adds a bundle of premium equipment such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rear sunshades, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, surround-view cameras, and a premium 14-speaker Krell audio system.

No individual options are offered for the RLX, beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.

CarsDirect Tip

Considering that features such as navigation, premium leather and AcuraWatch come standard, Acura’s RLX is a complete luxury car right out of the box. The Advance package can make the RLX even more luxurious inside, but it's more of an indulgence than a necessity, especially in view of its steep $6,000 premium over the Technology model.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 310 HP / 272 ft.lbs.
6-spd Sequential SportShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 310 HP / 272 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 30 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.9 Cu.ft. / 14.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
102 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
196.1 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
57.7 "
Front Headroom
37.6 "
Rear Headroom
36.9 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
38.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,969 Lbs. / 4,003 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Acura/els Studio Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Krell Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
14 Acura/els Studio / 14 Krell
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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