Acura just dropped their new 2017 RLX gunning for a top spot in the luxury sedan segment. It arrives as the Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Genesis release cool new variants on their affordable premium sedans.
The 2017 Acura RLX is available in two grades- the RLX with Technology Package and RLX with Advance Package each delivering a higher level of technology-enhanced performance and comfort. All models have 19 inch wheels and jewel-eye LED headlights.
With an MSRP of $54 the RLX pits itself against some heavy-hitters. Expectations are high. And the RLX delivers with a fine-tuned performance, suspension, and handling features.
The 2017 Acura RLX sedan offers an abundance of standard performance features. The RLX is powered by a direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with 310-horsepower. And the flagship sedan’s 23 mpg combined EPA is a big win considering the RL’s previous reputation as a gas guzzler.
The 2017 Acura RLX advantage over many of its competitors is its refined performance that delivers smooth spirited driving and succinct dynamic and safety technology. The Sport Hybrid RLX model shares some hybrid and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD) technologies with the Acura NSX.
The two-wheel drive RLX continues to benefit from Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) system, enabling changes to rear toe angle to create a rear-wheel steering affect that sharpens both low- and high-speed maneuverability and stability.
The chassis of the Acura RLX received multiple tuning refinements to improve overall ride and handling quality and reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in 2016.
Front and rear shock absorbers receive an increase in piston rod diameter and the rear stabilizer bar’s stiffness is decreased.
The front and rear spring rates and shock absorber damping force were all re-tuned to provide better shock absorption and road surface tracking. Furthermore, the front upper spring/shock mounts and rear bump stops were also modified.
In addition to AcuraLink connected car technology, the new RLX features AcuraWatch™ technology, a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive features standard. AcuraWatch includes Lane Departure Warning, the Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, the Collision Mitigation Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.
The RLX also features an Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a capless refueling system, Smart Entry/Smart Start keyless access system, easy-to-use and customize dual touch screens, “tensionless” e-pretension front seatbelts, and available rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Acura is hoping a 5-star IHS safety rating and it’s suite of advanced technology under the hood will help it outsell its competitors and capture some of excitement around new sportier luxury sedans. But to do that, Acura needs to inject some fresh features to the exterior design. The shell looks similar to the ILX and to previous models. The leather interior needs a fresher upholstery design with added wood, aluminum, or chrome trim. While the RLX will undoubtedly rip the road and keep occupants safe, it looks boring inside and out. And the interior of Acura’s MDX, RDX, and ILX all look exactly the same.
The 2017 Acura RLX is on sale now for $54,450 with the Technology Package and $60,450 with the Advanced Package– which is insane. For that price, customers should have a more dynamic and sportier design, and a premium luxury interior.