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3.15 (Good)

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If you forgot that Acura still makes a flagship four-door sedan, don't worry, you're certainly not alone. During the 2017 calendar year, Acura managed to move just 1,200 units off dealer lots, a number that's about on par with how MDXs the brand sells every week. For 2019, Acura seems to recognize the RLX's utter lack of traction in the market, and has quietly dropped the base non-hybrid variant. It doesn't much matter – even with the 377-horsepower gas-electric powertrain, this big Acura sedan is still about as noticeable as white noise during a rock and roll concert. While it's not a bad car, the 2019 Acura RLX is simply bereft of any marketable qualities in a hyper-competitive segment.

2014 - 2020 Acura RLX

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Acura RLX

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Until the anticipated arrival of a hybrid model, the sole engine is a 3.5-liter V6 driving the front wheels. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. Read more »

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