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.

Overview

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 über-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

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
310 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
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)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 5, 2013. The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the sub-frame of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships.
Consequences
Loose rear lower control arm bolts may reduce steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension lower control arm bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early January 2014. Customers may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JD0.
Potential Units Affected
7,387
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Summary
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014, 2015 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to November 18, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid vehicles manufactured November 5, 2013, to July 25, 2014. An aluminum film applied to the inner reflector of the headlight may experience adhesion issues causing the film to delaminate. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
Consequences
Delamination of the aluminum film may diminish output of the headlight, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both of the headlights, free of charge. The recall began February 2, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JN2.
Potential Units Affected
9,751
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: CRASH IMMINENT BRAKING
Summary
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX 2WD and AWD, RLX and 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid vehicles. In certain driving conditions, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) may incorrectly interpret certain roadside objects such as metal fences or metal guardrails as obstacles and unexpectedly apply the brakes.
Consequences
If the CMBS unexpectedly applies emergency braking force while driving, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the CMBS software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's numbers for this recall is JQ4, JQ5 and JQ6.
Potential Units Affected
19,502
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to November 25, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures.
Consequences
A seatbelt that does not function increases the risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy
Honda has notified owners, and dealers will replace the driver and front passenger seat belts, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this recall is JK7 for the MKX, and JK8 for the RLX.
Potential Units Affected
43,481
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Acura RLX

Depreciation
46.5%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$25,482
46.5%
Insurance
$9,965
18.2%
Fuel Cost
$10,809
19.7%
Financing
$4,884
8.9%
Maintenance
$2,795
5.1%
Repair Costs
$336
0.6%
State Fees
$559
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $54,830 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent