2014 Acura RLX Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Acura RLX - Road Test Specs

2014 Acura RLX Sedan

(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Acura RLX 4dr Sedan with Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$61,345
Options on test vehicleCrystal Black Pearl Paint ($0)
As-tested MSRP$61,345
Assembly locationSayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
North American parts content (%)10


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,471/212
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)11.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)310 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)272 @ 4,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter, steering-wheel-mounted paddles and Sport mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.38, II = 2.11, III = 1.48, IV = 1.06, V = 0.76, VI = 0.56, R = 2.26
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.25


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering with active rear-steer
Steering ratio (x:1)13.9
Tire make and modelMichelin Primacy MXM4
Tire typeAsymmetrical, all-season, low rolling resistance
Tire sizeP245/40R19 98Y M+S
Wheel size19-by-8.0 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.3-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12.2-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 97.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.2
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 96.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.3 (Sport mode; does not have full "off" mode)
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82 (Sport mode; does not have full "off" mode)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.0
@ Full throttle (dB)70.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)60.3
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,150

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAbsolutely hates pedal overlap, but there's plenty of power at launch for wheelspin. Traction control is very effective, and I was not able to improve on its ability with it shut off. There's no difference between Normal and Sport at wide-open throttle, but manual shift works in Sport. Bright engine with power all the way to redline upshifts.
Braking commentsConsistent stopping distances from 60 mph; however, noticeable brake pad odor after four stops and softening pedal feedback.
Handling commentsSlalom: Good crisp steering response; however, the body roll delays a change in direction. Stability system is rather lenient and only intervenes when steering doesn't match direction of travel. Confident and competent, but not outstanding. Skid pad: Very gentle, almost imperceptible throttle closure as the car approaches the limit of the front tires' ability to grip. Good steering weight and decent feedback.

Testing Conditions

Test date2/19/2013
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)48.2
Relative humidity (%)69.7
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.80
Wind (mph, direction)1.2, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,424
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/31 highway/24 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)23.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5
Driving range (mi.)573

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionKrell-branded AM/FM/CD audio system with HD radio and 14 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityUSB and auxiliary jacks, flash drive port
Satellite radioStandard, 3-month trial subscription
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Standard, 15GB
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, includes audio streaming plus access to cloud-based smartphone apps
Navigation systemStandard, 60GB hard drive, 8-inch display (measured diagononally), 3 years of complimentary traffic data, DVD-based map updates
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard (Acura Link)
Smart entry/StartStandard (operates on all four doors)
Parking aidsFront and rear parking sensors, rearview camera
Blind-spot detectionStandard
Adaptive cruise controlStandard
Lane-departure monitoringStandard
Collision warning/avoidanceStandard
Night VisionNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,997
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,980
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)196.1
Width (in.)74.4
Height (in.)57.7
Wheelbase (in.)112.2
Track, front (in.)64.3
Track, rear (in.)64.2
Turning circle (ft.)40.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.8
Headroom, front (in.)37.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.0
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)15.1 (with Krell audio system; 15.3 otherwise)
Ground clearance (in.)3.8


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles

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