2014 Acura RLX

Base AWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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2014 Acura RLX
2014 Acura RLX

New For 2014

The RLX (which replaces the RL) is an all-new model. While it retains the familiar look of the brand, the RLX gets sportier sheetmetal, a bevy of new technologies that aid the driver, and fresh powertrain choices. It is wider and has a longer wheelbase than before, offering ever-expanding Americans more interior space.

Vehicle Summary

Acura took awhile -- almost a decade, in fact -- to launch the new generation of its flagship luxury sedan, but the RLX promises to be worth the wait thanks to a feast of technological features designed to make the car safer and more enjoyable to drive. Still based on a front-wheel-drive chassis, the RLX is the largest and most powerful four-door the brand offers, and it's the closest thing to a competitor Acura has against the sporty, potent machines from Germany, Japan, and America.


The RLX replaces the RL in name and positioning for the 2014 model year. Acura's flagship gets a new 3.5-liter direct-injection V-6 engine rated at 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This V-6 replaces the 3.7-liter V-6 in the previous car; it makes 10 more hp while netting 20 mpg in city driving and 31 mg on the highway. The RLX is two inches longer between the wheels and 1.7 inches wider than its predecessor.

A range of techno goodies give the RLX a different character compared with other entries in this segment. It has Precision All-Wheel Steer, which applies independent torque control from a unit mounted in the rear suspension and makes for more athletic driving. During our first test of the car, we noted that PAWS allows the driver to brake early for a tight bend and then put a lot of power down while exiting a curve. There is also a Lane-Keeping system that is close to autonomous driving. The system works with the car's adaptive cruise control and a camera mounted in the front that can read road markings, allowing the RLX to actually steer itself for up to ten seconds around gentle curves in the road.

As intriguing as this technology is, it's actually the hybrid RLX that is the most compelling model. The hybrid offers the most power (370-hp V-6) and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; its steering and handling are sharper than the gasoline model, and the engine is capable of keeping up with some of Germany's luxury V-8 machines. The hybrid system has an electric motor to help power the rear wheels in Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

The RLX went on sale in March, starting at $49,345. A fully loaded model with the Advance package tops out at $61,345.

You'll like:

  • Impressive hybrid model
  • Futuristic driver aids
  • Roomy, quiet interior

You won't like:

  • No rear-wheel drive
    • Cabin is plain
    • Steering is just average

Key Competitors For The 2014 Acura RLX

  • Audi A6
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Lexus GS
2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Front Three Quarters In Motion 05
SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Acura answers the age-old question of "Why?" with the age-old answer, "Because it can" with the launch of its new, all-wheel-drive hybrid version of the RLX flagship sedan. The name of the car says it all, in that the hybrid system is there to provide all-wheel drive and, thus, the sport. If you check "hybrid" on the order sheet, the RLX is no longer a front-wheel-drive car. That doesn't make it a sport sedan, a term Acura assiduously avoids in describing the car, although it makes liberal use of the words "sporty" and "dynamic" as adjectives. In this context, Sport Hybrid means that two of the RLX's three electric motors straighten out its handling, virtually eliminating the benign understeer you'll find in the base front-wheel-drive car. This is not an ├╝ber-high-fuel-mileage competitor for the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec or BMW 535d xDrive turbo-diesels, although the RLX Sport Hybrid will cost about as much as the latter.
2014 Acura RLX Front Three Quarter Static 2
RUTHERFORD, CALIFORNIA - Tasty mountain roads connect Napa Valley's swank Auberge du Soleil resort with Sonoma's Sears Point Raceway. On these roads, you can push a car like the 2014 Acura RLX without beating the tires into squealing submission. After nine years, Acura has replaced the front-wheel-drive RL with another FWD luxury flagship, the RLX, and this fall adds an all-wheel-drive hybrid version with 60 more horses. A brief drive of the hybrid awaits us at the raceway.
2014 Acura RLX Front Three Quarter
When it goes on sale on March 15, the 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan will cost $49,345 after an $895 destination charge. That represents a slight premium compared to the car's predecessor, the 2012 Acura RL, which started at $49,095.

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2014 Acura RLX Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
310 hp @ 6500rpm
272 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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