2017 Acura RLX
- Smooth-revving V6 engine offers ample power
- Long list of standard safety and convenience features
- Spacious cabin and seating, especially for rear seat passengers
- Sport Hybrid model offers fast, fuel-efficient acceleration
- Not priced competitively against German competition
- Dual-screen infotainment system isn't very intuitive
- Flat front seat cushions lack long-distance comfort
- Steering feels disconnected from the road
2017 Acura RLX pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which RLX does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Acura RLX comes powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine (310 horsepower, 272 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Two trim levels are available: the Technology package and the Advance package. The 2017 Sport Hybrid, which has a combined output of 377 hp and 341 lb-ft from its 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors, is also available in both trims/packages above. The Sport Hybrid features a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with torque-vectoring technology.
The RLX with Technology (the lowest trim level) comes well-equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), heated front seats with driver-seat memory settings and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The list of standard features includes dual displays, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 14-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio, a USB-iPod interface, smartphone app integration (with Pandora and Aha internet radio integration) and an auxiliary audio jack.
The RLX comes standard with a full suite of driver assistance aids known as AcuraWatch. AcuraWatch bundles forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane departure intervention, road departure intervention (similar to lane departure intervention, but it can help prevent the car from leaving a paved surface), blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Advance package adds a power rear sunshade, manual rear passenger window shades, remote start, auto-dimming outside mirrors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree parking camera system and a premium sound system, also with 14 speakers.
The Sport Hybrid equipment mirrors that of the non-hybrid RLX, with the exception of a head-up display that comes standard with all trims. The display projects information such as turn-by-turn navigation directions, power distribution, and potential collision warnings within the driver’s line of sight.
Noise & vibration4.0
Ease of use3.0
Getting in/getting out3.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite RLX safety features:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- This feature lets you set a desired speed and maintain a distance between you and the vehicle ahead, even bringing you to a complete stop.
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- This feature alerts you of obstacles detected ahead, providing visual alerts first, and will automatically brake for you if you don't react.
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- A forward-facing camera detects lane markings and will guide the car back to the middle if you begin to drift to the side.
Sophisticated, well-appointed and smooth, the 2017 Acura RLX may not provide quite the nameplate cachet of some of its European competitors, but the flagship sedan of Honda's premium division can hold its own in many other areas. It has a spacious cabin, a comfortable ride, a wealth of the latest advanced technology features and all-wheel steering, which enhances both low- and high-speed maneuverability. Such characteristics make it a good choice for shoppers running daily errands, commuting or planning a long road trip.
Following a mild refresh last year, changes to the RLX for 2017 are minor. The base Navigation trim level has been eliminated, and the AcuraWatch suite — which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning — is now standard.
A refined and quiet 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque provides the RLX's power, and it comes linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Although the engine doesn't propel the RLX into sport-sedan territory, it should be strong enough for the majority of buyers. And those looking for more power can opt for the Sport Hybrid model, whose three electric motors combine with the V6 to produce a total of 377 hp and 341 lb-ft of combined torque.
Fuel economy for the standard front-drive RLX is EPA-rated at 23 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway), while the Sport Hybrid version is rated at 29 mpg combined (29 city/30 highway).
On the road, the RLX may lack the outright cornering ability of some of its more sport-oriented rivals, but as a trade-off, the Acura delivers a smooth, comfortable ride with stable, confidence-inspiring handling. Acceleration is on par with other vehicles in its class and is more than adequate for easy passing on the highway.
The RLX's five-passenger interior, while roomy, nicely appointed and logically laid out, might not meet the expectations of some consumers who are shopping for a luxury model in this price range. But it does offer quality materials, well-placed controls, a host of standard features and enough packages and accessories to allow buyers plenty of leeway when it comes to personalization.
The standard RLX comes very well equipped with such niceties as heated leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, dual LCD displays and a premium sound system. The Advance package adds a number of comfort and convenience features. The Sport Hybrid brings extra power and even more technology. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Acura RLX that best meets your needs.
2017 Acura RLX Overview
The 2017 Acura RLX is offered in the following submodels: RLX Sedan, RLX Hybrid. Available styles include Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM).
What do people think of the 2017 Acura RLX?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Acura RLX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 RLX 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 RLX.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Acura RLX?
2017 Acura RLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Acura RLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $61,415. The average price paid for a new 2017 Acura RLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $14,315 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Acura RLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is23.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Acura RLX?
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