Under the hood of each RLX is a 3.5L V6 engine with 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Direct Fuel Injection and Variable Cylinder Management give the sedan improved efficiency over older V6 engines, with the RLX earning an EPA-estimated 31 highway and 20 city mpg.**
The Sport Hybrid engine adds on Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) as standard, equipping the engine with three electric motors (two to the rear axle for boosted control and acceleration). The result is an elegant hybrid that’s both more powerful—it has a combined system output of 377 hp—and more efficient, with an EPA-estimated 32 highway and 28 city mpg.**
The handling of the RLX wouldn’t be what it is without Acura’s approach to the vehicle’s suspension. A multi-link rear suspension and a double-wishbone front suspension work together with amplitude-reactive dampers to deliver improved stability and reduced road vibrations.
The first system that enables rear wheels to adjust their toe angles independently, P-AWS works with Agile Handling Assist to improve vehicle stability, enhance maneuverability, and give you a greater degree of control over the RLX.
The RLX gives drivers the benefits of a 6-speed automatic transmission, namely convenience and smooth shifting, without sacrificing the control a V6 engine deserves. SportShift paddle shifters allow you to take control and change gears with just a flick of the wrist. The transmission also offers multiple engine profiles for you to switch to, depending on your driving needs.
A standard safety system—Vehicle Stability Assist—gets put to proactive use with Agile Handling Assist. This feature improves overall performance by braking individual wheels to counter understeer or oversteer.
Sixteen lenses focus eight LED bulbs into a bright white beam to illuminate the road ahead and give the RLX a distinctively Acura front end. Those lenses are designed to refract sunlight, too, giving the headlights a jewel-like look during the day.
Each RLX features a rearview camera with multiple views as well as an available surround-view camera with 360-degree viewing. Just shift into reverse and the display shows what’s behind you before you back up.
Not only do the power mirrors conveniently tuck away when it’s time to park in a tight spot, they tilt downward automatically when you shift into reverse for a clearer look at what’s behind you. Feel free to hand the keys over to the valet; memory settings put mirrors back where they belong with the push of a button.
With all of the features of the RLX, conventional vehicles could feature dozens of buttons, but Acura uses their innovative ODMD touchscreen. Nine buttons change functions as needed to give you convenient controls and instantly accessible climate functions to ensure everyone is comfortable.
Never dig for your keys again with the RLX Keyless Access System. The vehicle can detect your key fob, letting you in with the push of a button. Don’t worry; the system won’t unlock the doors until you touch the handle. Then just sit behind the wheel, press the “start” button, and head off.
With standard tri-zone climate control, the RLX automatically adjusts for the comfort of the driver, front passenger, and rear passengers. This GPS-linked system is even able to track the position of the sun and adjust for the increased warmth of the sunlight.
The Technology Package is standard on the RLX and includes the satellite-linked navigation system with full VGA 8-inch touchscreen display. Available features like AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting ensure you’re on the quickest route, regardless of traffic.
Working with Grammy Award–winning recording engineer Elliot Scheiner, Acura developed the ELS Studio Premium Audio system. A set of 14 speakers creates audiophile-grade listening in the car, with four speakers in the rear specifically designed to enhance the listening experience for rear passengers.
It’s not only unsafe to text and drive; it’s also illegal in most states. Acura knows some drivers need to stay connected, though, and iPhone users can take advantage of their familiar digital concierge Siri with the standard Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Android users, don’t worry, SMS texting for Android has you covered.
This safety feature monitors the markings on the road and actively works to keep your vehicle from drifting. If it senses the RLX is leaving its lane without signaling, it can alert the driver and give the wheel a tug to keep the vehicle centered.
Cruise control is a blessing for long drives, but needing to adjust cruising speeds can be frustrating. Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar sensors to detect the speeds of other vehicles and adjust your cruising speed as needed, even in light traffic.
The RLX is designed to only leave the pavement when you want it to, with this safety feature monitoring objects on the side of the road. If it senses you nearing the edge of the road, it warns you with audio and visual warnings, tightening the seat belts as well. If the car continues on its path, the system uses its active steering function and autonomous braking to keep the RLX in its lane.
The radar system of Adaptive Cruise Control is used by this safety system to sense if you’re approaching a vehicle too quickly. If it senses a possible collision, this safety feature will alert the driver and automatically apply the brakes to slow or stop the RLX.
Under-inflated tires lead to unpredictable performance, which this safety feature aims to avoid. If it detects any tires have less than 75% of their required pressure, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System alerts you to inspect for leaks and re-inflate the problem tire(s).
Working with antilock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist works to reduce the dangers of oversteering or understeering, monitoring vehicle speed, lateral G-forces, individual wheel speeds, and more. If it senses oversteer or understeer, the system adjusts engine torque and applies the brakes to keep the RLX stable.
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