Overview

Quick Overview 

This new mid-size replaces Acura's flailing and uninspiring RL vehicle to serve as the luxury brand's new flagship sedan. However, just as the RL failed to inspired, as evidenced by lower sales figures, some of those play-it-safe features are still around in the RLX. But there's also enough upgrades, enough technology and fantastic looks to make this sedan viable and can breathe some life into Acura's line of sedans.

2014 Acura RLX.

What We Loved about the Acura RLX


  • Good mix of power/fuel economy

  • Comfortable, spacious cabin

  • Superb handling


What We Didn't Love about the Acura RLX


  • Too conservative

  • Not enough distinction from outgoing RL

  • Basic technology


2014 Acura RLX.

What's new for this model year (vehicle highlights)

The RLX is a completely new vehicle for Acura which replaces their RL sedan. The luxury sport sedan also has a sport hybrid version with all-wheel drive and incredible fuel economy.

Fuel Economy

The RLX has an EPA rating of 20 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway. In a week's worth of driving, mixed between highways and suburban streets, we averaged more than 25 mpg. The RLX sport hybrid has average fuel economy that will exceed 30 mpg, making that a viable option. That model also has all-wheel drive, which makes that fuel economy mark, that much more impressive.

2014 Acura RLX.

Safety features/Ratings

There's plenty of standard safety features on the RLX including all of the expected front and side airbags. A rear camera is standard. Our tester was the top-of-the-line RLX Advance which brings a slew of extra safety features including front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane assist and collision mitigation system. We love all these sensor-based safety features, but would hope to see them standard on all trim levels.

Performance

A 3.5-liter V6 engine powers the RLX. The front-wheel drive sedan achieves 310 horsepower. While this isn't huge output, it is more than adequate. The RLX is not going to induce goosebumps, but it's not going to disappoint. Certainly this engine fits the overall conservative approach of the RLX. Honda puts in a new technology with an interesting acronym. Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer (PAWS) tosses power to the rear wheels as needed. While it doesn't turn the RLX into an all-wheel drive beast, it does give this sedan superb handling, making it viable for Midwest drivers who seek vehicles that can handle themselves in varying road conditions. A six-speed automatic transmission is improved with the addition of a sport mode. We'd ultimately hope to see the addition of a more current eight-speed transmission in future versions of this flagship sedan.

2014 Acura RLX.

Pricing and Value for Money 

With a base price of $48,500, the RLX shows its true luxury colors. This is an upgrade for any Honda owners or an executive-type sedan. There are five trims available and several various options and packages. This can really take the price tag of the RLX up. Our tester was the top-of-the-line RLX Advance (with lots of goodies and extras) and had a final MSRP of $61,345. With nearly a $20,000 price difference between base model and fully loaded options, the RLX can vary for however the consumer builds it.

Final thoughts

Certainly replacing the RL was much needed. Acura realized the importance of having a viable flagship sedan. That's where the RLX comes in. Acura didn't make enough of a "big splash" with the RLX. They had a chance to really make an impact, but instead held true to their overall conservative approach. And with that approach they've improved from the RL and made a solid, comfortable and quality luxury sedan. It could be more exciting in looks, drivability and overall luxury. But it's also a far cry better than the RL and any other Honda on the road.

Trim Style Engine Drive Train MSRP
Sedan - AWD
Hybrid Tech Pkg Hybrid Automatic with Technology Package V6 AWD 59950
Hybrid Advance Pkg Hybrid Automatic with Advance Package V6 AWD 65950
Sedan - FWD
Automatic V6 FWD 48450
Navigation Automatic with Navigation V6 FWD 50950
Tech Pkg Automatic with Technology Package V6 FWD 54450
Krell Audio Pkg Automatic with Krell Audio Package V6 FWD 56950
Advance Pkg Automatic with Advance Package V6 FWD 60450

Comparison of 2014 Acura RLX with Similar Cars

2014 Acura RLX MSRP Invoice
2014 Acura RLX $48,450 $44,324
Similar Cars to Consider MSRP Invoice Compare
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class $51,400 $47,802 2014 Acura RLX VS 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2014 BMW 5 Series $49,500 $45,540 2014 Acura RLX VS 2014 BMW 5 Series
2014 Cadillac CTS $39,495 $37,323 2014 Acura RLX VS 2014 Cadillac CTS
2014 Cadillac XTS $44,600 $42,147 2014 Acura RLX VS 2014 Cadillac XTS
2014 Audi A6 $43,100 $40,084 2014 Acura RLX VS 2014 Audi A6

Car Rankings

Interested to see how the 2014 Acura RLX ranks against similar cars in terms of key attributes? Here are the 2014 Acura RLX rankings for MPG, horsepower, torque, leg room, head room, shoulder room, hip room and so forth.

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