2017 Acura RLX

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  • Extended list of standard features
  • Roomy cabin with ample legroom front and rear
  • Both engines are stout yet frugal


  • Dual-screen infotainment system is confusing to operate 
  • Front seats can become uncomfortable on long journeys
  • Steering lacks feel

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 30 highway, 23 combined

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A sleek and sophisticated luxury sedan

If you’ve always found yourself pining for a luxury sedan, specifically a refined highway cruiser that’s packed full of comfort and technology, then the 2017 Acura RLX should be at the top of your shopping list. Subtle exterior styling gives way to a spacious cabin and there are a pair of versatile engine options to choose from. For travelling in comfort and understated style day in, day out, there are few better options than the 2017 Acura RLX.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Acura RLX

1. Vast cabin with ample legroom front and rear 

The 2017 Acura RLX is classified as a midsize sedan, but one look in the cabin and you’ll be convinced that it is in fact bigger on the inside. It’s capacious and roomy with generous legroom — a total of 42.3 inches in the front seats and 38.8 inches in the rear seats. Even with a maximum of five passengers inside, there’s more than enough room for everyone to make themselves comfortable. And to round it all off, creature comforts like tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are all included as standard. 

2. Stacked feature list offers plenty as standard 

Speaking of standard features, there are plenty of those on the 2017 Acura RLX. The entire feature list is lengthy enough as it is, but the best part is knowing that a lot of the desirable equipment is standard kit. This includes dual infotainment screens, automatic windshield wipers, and a 14-speaker sound system with Bluetooth® connectivity and smartphone integration.  

3. Standard engine is ideal for daily driving 

Just like the feature list, what you get as standard under the hood is more than versatile enough for your daily needs. The default engine is a 3.5L V6, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and powering the front wheels. With 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque, you’ve got sufficient power and smooth acceleration to zip in and out of traffic in the city and on the highway. It also achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway, naming it great for commuting.

4. Sport Hybrid model adds power 

The standard engine is well-suited for daily use, but what if you want just a bit more power or all-wheel-drive performance? Say hello to the Sport Hybrid model. The standard 3.5L V6 engine is now augmented by three electric motors, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and powering all four wheels rather than just the front two. Power output is boosted to 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque, and the all-wheel-drive platform enhances traction and makes for sharper handling. Best of all, this powertrain can still achieve an impressive 29 mpg combined and 30 mpg on the highway.

5. Driver convenience technology in abundance 

Part of the expanded roster of standard equipment on the 2017 Acura RLX is an even greater emphasis on driver convenience tech. With the entire AcuraWatch suite of features included on all 2017 RLX models, that means you get forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane departure and road departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Models equipped with the Advance package also get a 360-degree parking camera system that assists with parking and maneuvering in tight spaces.  

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RepairPal gave the Acura RLX an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Acura RLX 15th out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

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Acura RLX features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Remote Start

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.3"/R 38.8"

Head room

F 37.6"/R 36.9"

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