2015 Acura RLX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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2015 Acura RLX
2015 Acura RLX

New for 2015

The Acura RLX remains largely unchanged for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Overview

The Acura RLX is the automaker’s luxury flagship sedan that fits above the TLX in the lineup. The RLX comes in standard front-wheel drive form with all-wheel steering, or in the automaker's so-called Super Handling all-wheel-drive hybrid model.

Summary

The 2015 Acura RLX is powered by a 310-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 273 lb-ft of torque, and gets paired with a six-speed automatic that drives the front wheels, for an EPA-estimated 20/31 mpg city/highway. Opting for the hybrid doesn’t mean the typical compromised driving experience -- instead, the RLX Hybrid is a borderline sport-AWD arrangement with three electric motors, two driving the rear wheels. Acura pairs the standard V-6 with the trio of electric motors for a combined system power of 377 hp that gets channeled through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, all for an EPA-estimated 28/32 mpg. Acura claims V-8 power and I-4 efficiency, and with the way the hybrid delivers the power and torque the only thing giving it away is the sound.
The non-hybrid RLX focuses more on comfort than sport, with plenty of rear-seat space and a subdued exterior design. Some notable 2015 RLX features include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitors, head-up display, collision mitigation braking system, LED headlights, dual color screens in the center stack (7-inch infotainment and 8-inch navigation screen), and sensors that warn of danger in every usual direction.
The 2015 Acura RLX has not been rated by the NHTSA, but is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Acura RLX is the latest luxury flagship sedan, one that showcases a number of new technologies and seeks to compete in a small, but well-defined, niche. The RLX Hybrid SH-AWD does the gas/electric combination in the way we like it. At a combined 377 horsepower, the RLX Hybrid is the most powerful sedan ever built by Acura. “Performance is exemplary. If not for the sound, it would be easy to think all this power and torque is coming from a smooth V-8,” we said, in a Driven Review of a RLX Hybrid.
“The RLX is smooth first," we noted, "with the handling coming next in its list of priorities.” The sport mode is wholly satisfying and even the “base” RLX, with its FWD and rear-wheel steering, only exhibits mild understeer.
You’ll Like
  • Great combination of power and efficiency with the Hybrid
  • All the technology bells and whistles
  • Luxurious interior
You Won’t Like
  • Mild understeer on FWD model
  • Adaptive cruise control requires driver input when the car completely stops
  • Where’s the 9-speed automatic from the TLX?
Key Competitors
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Lexus GS
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class
  • Audi A6

Rating

4

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20 MPG City | 31 MPG Hwy
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Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6
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2015 Acura RLX
2015 Acura RLX
Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6
310hp
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2015 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
  • 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
12-31-1969:21:35:41
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 recall began on July 6, 2015. 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.)


IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
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

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Acura RLX

Depreciation
48.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$27,338
48.4%
Insurance
$10,240
18.1%
Fuel Cost
$10,679
18.9%
Financing
$4,699
8.3%
Maintenance
$2,679
4.7%
Repair Costs
$352
0.6%
State Fees
$526
0.9%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $56,513 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent