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2015 Acura RLX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/28/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Acura RLX adds a heated steering wheel for cars equipped with the Advance Package. Hybrid models are still available, but Acura designates them as 2014-model-year vehicles.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Acura RLX is a midsize luxury sedan sold in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It's available with a 3.5-liter V-6 making 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and only in front-drive guise. Acura sells a hybrid model called Sport Hybrid as a 2014 vehicle, combining the V-6 engine with an electric powertrain to produce a total system output of 377 hp, and mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Sport Hybrid models are the only ones offered in all-wheel drive with the gas engine powering the front wheels and the electric motors drive the rear. The hybrid is rated at 28/32 mpg city/highway while the gas-powered RLX achieves 20/31 mpg.

Overview

Interior space is generous in the 2015 Acura RLX, with roomy seating front and rear, and a decently sized 14.9-cubic foot trunk; however, the rear seatbacks don't fold down. Cabin materials are of high quality, particularly the soft leather upholstery that comes as standard equipment in higher trim levels. Tech and convenience features are also plentiful, with an available 450-watt, 14-speaker Krell sound system, navigation, heated/ventilated front seats, and a host of safety aids such as lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and collision mitigation braking system, and blind spot warning.

Handling is good in the RLX, thanks to a well-thought out suspension and its rear-wheel steering assist system, giving it a smooth ride; however, it does tend to bounce around on the rough roads. Acceleration is strong with the V-6 engine providing great power for passing and merging but without sacrificing fuel economy. Refinement is a strong point with a comfortable ride and a cabin that's isolated well from road imperfections and exterior noise.

The NHTSA has not crash tested the 2015 Acura RLX but is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, scoring Good in five categories (Good is the highest possible score) and offering Advanced front crash prevention (front crash prevention awards include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).

What We Think

When viewed as a comfortable midsize luxury sedan rather than sporty one, the 2015 Acura RLX is a good choice thanks to its quiet cabin, comfortable ride, and richly appointed interior. In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the car was "a quiet and comfortable cruiser" when driven sanely, making it an ideal vehicle for long-distance driving. While it possesses good handling, its ride remains soft, making it a well-balanced sedan. The RLX's build quality is also top-notch with "beautiful interior materials" and soft leather on higher trims; however, the ultra-conservative design lets it down by making the cabin look austere and bland. Exterior styling, while stately, is extremely understated and isn't bold despite touches like Acura's "jewel-eye" LED head lights.

You'll Like

  • Good handling and acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin

You Won't Like

  • Conservative exterior and interior styling
  • No split-folding rear seatbacks
  • Slightly slow manual mode responses from the six-speed automatic

Key Competitors

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Audi A6
  • Lexus GS
  • Hyundai Genesis

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