The Acura RLX is like a fork in the road. Turn left and you have a front-wheel drive model powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. Now paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, this model makes an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Turn right and you’ll find the RLX Sport Hybrid with Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). It's powered by the same engine, but gains three electric motors, including two at each rear wheel. Total system output rises to 377 hp and 341 lb.-ft. of torque. This model makes an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Standard features include jeweled-eye headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, power leather front seats, a 14-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch color display, and navigation. You’ll also find the AcuraWatch safety system, which bundles collision mitigation braking with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and road departure mitigation paired with lane departure warning. Trunk space measures 14.9 cubic feet in the standard model and 12 cubic feet in the Sport Hybrid.
Pricing for the base 2018 Acura RLX starts at $55,865 (including the $965 destination charge). Moving up to the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD model bumps the starting price up to $62,865. The Sport Hybrid adds unique 19-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated outboard rear seats, sunshades, and a surround view camera system. There are no options offered on either other than dealer-installed accessories.
Upgrading to the Sport Hybrid brings many benefits, including a more powerful drivetrain and improved fuel economy. It's also the only way to get most of the amenities customers want in a roomy luxury sedan.
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