2017 Acura RLX Review
Acura’s flagship sedan is as sophisticated as ever. The 2017 Acura RLX has a luxurious interior, a stunning exterior and a host of safety and driver-assist features. Add in Acura’s well-known reliability, innovative technology and a powerful and fuel efficient hybrid, and you have one well-rounded full-size sedan.
Outstanding Safety Features
Acura knows safety comes first and has loaded the 2017 Acura RLX with all the latest safety features. The RLX has a host of airbags including front, front side, side curtain and driver’s knee. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability assist, agile handling assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview or surround view camera. The RLX is also equipped with AcuraWatch which includes advanced safety and driver-assistive technology such as collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation system, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2017 Acura RLX has a 5-star rating from NHTSA and a Good rating from IIHS.
Elegant and Stylish Interior
The 2017 Acura RLX has a spacious cabin that is both luxurious and functional. There is plenty of room for five with generous room in the second row. The RLX exudes elegance with all of the high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. Buttery soft leather is standard with heated front seats. With the Advanced package, you get ventilated as well as heated front seats and heated rear seats. The sleek dual screen information system is the center of attention and puts all the controls at your fingertips. Standard features include GPS-linked tri-zone climate control, navigation, AcuraLink and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard with the Technology package is the ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 14 speakers which are a great sound system. The Advance package upgrades to a Krell Audio System creating a musical experience like no other.
Easy on the Eyes Exterior
Command presence in the 2017 Acura RLX. The modern design starts with the front end which sports the iconic Acura grille flanked by headlights that have an impressive 10 LED lighting elements. The sculpted sides, wide stance, and 19-inch alloy wheels make a statement on any road. A power sunroof, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard. Never miss a thing with the Surround View Camera system which gives you a bird’s eye view of everything around you. The Surround View Camera is standard with the Advance package and optional with the Technology package. The Keyless Access System is convenient and gives you peace of mind. Light the way on a night, as you approach the RLX with the key in your possession, the door handles light up. Never get in a hot car again, you can lower the windows and open the sunroof with the touch of your remote. A touch of the driver’s door handle and the car conforms to you like the seats, steering wheel, side mirrors and even your radio are automatically moved to your programmed settings.
Under the Hood
The 2017 Acura RLX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 310 horsepower. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The RLX is front-wheel drive. The 2017 RLX Sports Hybrid SH-AWD is the perfect combination of fuel efficiency and performance. The hybrid uses the same gasoline 3.5 liter V6 as the standard model, plus three electric motors, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. This system generates an additional 67 horsepower for an impressive output of 377 horsepower. In Sports mode, the RLX Hybrid achieves improved handling and performance, accelerating from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds. The RLX Sports Hybrid has an astounding EPA rating of 28 mpg city and 32 highway. The standard models’ fuel economy is just as impressive reaching 30 mpg on the highway. Note that premium unleaded gasoline is required for both models.
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