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2018 Acura RLX

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  • Acura RLX
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    10-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    310
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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Redesigned on the outside, almost the same on the inside

Introduced in 2013, the RLX is one of Acura’s newest nameplates. Designed to replace the severely outdated second-generation RL, the RLX was received with mixed reviews. While praised for its powerful V-6, hybrid drivetrains, and technology, the full-size sedan was criticized for its bland looks and relatively high prices compared to its rivals. This is probably why Acura is introducing a new styling for the RLX only four years after the original model hit the market. The redesigned sedan was just previewed ahead of the Monterey Car Week, where it will make its public debut on August 15.

Although a four-year-old vehicle usually gets a mild facelift, the RLX was redesigned from the ground up on the outside, now reflecting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language. Granted, the interior carries over unchanged save for additional equipment and the drivetrain options all have the same specifications, but Acura solved one of the RLX’s biggest issues: the dull design. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

Updated 11/06/2017: Acura announced prices for the 2018 RLX which is now on sale at dealer nationwide. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2018 Acura RLX

2018 Acura RLX

Redesigned on the outside, almost the same on the inside

Introduced in 2013, the RLX is one of Acura’s newest nameplates. Designed to replace the severely outdated second-generation RL, the RLX was received with mixed reviews. While praised for its powerful V-6, hybrid drivetrains, and technology, the full-size sedan was criticized for its bland looks and relatively high prices compared to its rivals. This is probably why Acura is introducing a new styling for the RLX only four years after the original model hit the market. The redesigned sedan was just previewed ahead of the Monterey Car Week, where it will make its public debut on August 15.

Although a four-year-old vehicle usually gets a mild facelift, the RLX was redesigned from the ground up on the outside, now reflecting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language. Granted, the interior carries over unchanged save for additional equipment and the drivetrain options all have the same specifications, but Acura solved one of the RLX’s biggest issues: the dull design. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

Updated 11/06/2017: Acura announced prices for the 2018 RLX which is now on sale at dealer nationwide. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Acura RLX.

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Acura Reveals Second Generation Automated Development Vehicle

Acura Reveals Second Generation Automated Development Vehicle

Acura looks closer to fully autonomous cars with new sensors in its automated development vehicle

Every major manufacturer on this green earth of ours is on a mission to make autonomous cars a reality by 2020, and now Acura has announced its second-generation automated development vehicle. This new vehicle is a modified version of theAcura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and is slated for testing by Honda Research Institute USA at the GoMentum Station – a 5,000-acre proving ground in San Francisco that has more than 20 miles of paved roadway grids and is specifically designed to provide a realistic urban infrastructure for testing autonomous cars.

According to Acura, this new autonomous development vehicle uses information from various sensors and puts it all together in a process known as “sensor fusion.” This process allows testers and engineers to validate information from each signal with more accuracy than ever before. In a sense, the vehicle uses radar to detection the relative position and velocity of off-board objects while the camera system is used to identify different objects based on size and shape.

This concept of “sensor fusion” isn’t exactly new, though. It is actually used by Acura’s current AcuraWatch driver assistant suite and as a basis for safety features from other vehicle manufacturers too. To build upon the current safety suite in use, the development vehicle was equipped with updated radar and Lidar sensors as well as new cameras and GPS sensors – all of which have better computer and image processors, better cabling, and improved circuitry. Furthermore, the sensors provide better heat management over the systems currently in use across Acura’s 2016 model lineup.

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Acura Recalls 48,000 MDX And RLX For Braking Issues

Acura Recalls 48,000 MDX And RLX For Braking Issues

Acura is recalling nearly 50,000 MDX SUVs and RLX sedans over an issue affecting the emergency braking system, which can malfunction and apply the brakes without warning, putting the vehicle at risk of a collision. The recall was issued for the 2014 and 2015 model years and concerns vehicles sold worldwide.

The issue stems from Acura’s ironically named “Collision Mitigation Braking System,” which uses radar to scan the road ahead of the vehicle. When functioning properly, the system will apply the brakes when it detects an unavoidable collision with a slow moving or stationary object, decelerating the vehicle and lessening the likelihood of injuries and damage.

According to Honda, Acura’s parent company, it’s possible that the system in the recalled vehicles will malfunction when it detects a vehicle accelerating in front while simultaneously driving parallel to an iron fence or metal guardrail, unnecessarily applying the brakes and possibly causing a rear-end collision.

The issue first came to light in Japan in November of 2013 when an SUV outfitted with the CMBS unexpectedly braked, causing a rear-end collision. Honda moved to investigate, while a second, similar incident occurred in June of last year.

Honda subsequently managed to duplicate the issue, determined the cause, and informed safety regulators of the recall in May. So far, there have been no reports of warranty claims, incidents, or injuries in the U.S. connected with the malfunction, and dealers will update the system software free of charge.

Later versions of the system, which stop the vehicle altogether before a crash, are unaffected by the recall.

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Acura Recalls 2014-2015 RLX for Faulty Headlight Assemblies

Acura Recalls 2014-2015 RLX for Faulty Headlight Assemblies

If you are an owner of Acura’s newest flagship car the 2015 RLX, you should probably give your local dealer a ring. It seems that Acura is recalling nearly 10,000 models of RLX sold in the United States for a headlight issue. For a reason that was not thoroughly explained, the reflective lining in the back of the headlamp housing can delaminate and come off. If this happens, the headlights should still function just fine, but they will likely have diminished brightness. The main reason for the recall is that without the lamination in place, the car is in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108 and that technically makes the illegal for road use.

Thankfully there have been no reported crashes, deaths or injuries resulting from this defect. It is recommended that if you are an owner that you call your Acura dealer as soon as you can to see if your car is one of the 9,700 units affected. Otherwise, Acura will begin sending out notices in the mail to affected owners in February 2015. If you don’t like talking to your dealer, and you don’t want to wait until February, Acura says that owners can also do a search at recalls.Acura.com to see if their car is one of the defective models.

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2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

The Acura RLX was introduced in 2013 for the 2014 model year and served as a follow-up to the second-generation RL, which at the end of its lifespan was in desperate need of replacement. Like the RL, the RLX has its sights set on the midsize luxury segment, which includes the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 310 horsepower, but unlike most of its German rivals, it puts it power down through the front wheels — a potential turn-off for some buyers. Fortunately, Acura has addressed this shortcoming with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD.

The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is Acura’s new flagship, and has the potential to be a game-changer when Acura needs it the most. Acura’s range has been a bit stagnant these past few years. Much of the sporting juju Acura earned with cars like the original NSX, Integra, and RSX has been largely forgotten thanks to years of building extraordinarily average sedans and SUVs that haven’t quite been able to take the fight to rivals from Germany and Japan.

This newfound swagger comes with its innovative new Super Handling all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain. Unlike other hybrids in its sector the RLX Sport Hybrid’s electric motors and batteries don’t just improve fuel economy, they also add healthy dose of power and actually improve performance rather than hinder it. More on this later, but for now, we can view the RLX Sport Hybrid as a luxury sedan that previews the next NSX’s drivetrain.

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2014 Acura RLX Advance - Driven

2014 Acura RLX Advance - Driven

Following the 2013 model year, Acura axed its aging flagship, the RL, and introduced a new sedan for the 2014 model year. The 2014 RLX — yeah, we know it’s not the most creative of names — is Acura’s answer to the 5 Series and A6, but can the Japanese luxury-car builder really compete with the best of the best? With Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6 boosted to 310 horsepower under the hood, the new sedan is poised to make a valiant effort at least.

I recently got the chance to get behind the wheel of the new RLX sedan, and I had some mixed feelings about it. It certainly didn’t lack in features, as it came with leather everything, touchscreen, Krell audio system with 14 speakers, tri-zone climate control, and much more, but something just wasn’t quite "luxurious" about it. As a first impression, it wasn’t promising.

After a full week behind the wheel of the newest member of the Acura family, did the RLX change my feelings about it?

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2014 Acura RLX VIP Special Edition

2014 Acura RLX VIP Special Edition

The replacement for the Acura RL was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, and it went on sale in early 2013. Now, after just a few months, Acura is already at the 2013 SEMA Show with a special-edition RLX VIP developed in cooperation with Evasive Motorsports.

The update started under the hood where Evasive installed a new exhaust system that includes four titanium exhaust tips. The RLX also received a new Prototype Tein Street Flex coil-over suspension system that brings the RLX body closer to the ground. A new set of wheels combined with a high-performance brake system round out the performance upgrades offered for the sedan.

The exterior received an update by way of an aggressive body kit, and the interior gets custom neck pillows wrapped in Jordan Brand-inspired elephant print.

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2014 Acura RLX Urban Luxury Sedan

2014 Acura RLX Urban Luxury Sedan

The new Acura RLX, which recently replaced the old Acura RL — was quite a presence at this year’s SEMA Show. There were two specially prepared RLX sedans unveiled Vegas, and one of them, dubbed the RLX Urban Luxury, coming from the talented designers at MAD Industries.

Acura described this RLX as "a performance luxury sedan for every day needs." The model includes exterior and interior upgrades, MAD Industries left the 310-horsepower, V-6 engine untouched.

The RLX Urban Luxury gets a new deck-lid spoiler from Acura Genuine Accessory and a set of sporty rims. The windows received a 3M Color Stable treatment too, which adds some style to the luxury sedan and gives its occupants a little added privacy

The interior is highlighted by a new 3M 1080 Scotchprint wrap in brushed black metallic and gloss-black accents.

For the most part, this modification is a little disappointing, as the RLX is ripe for some upgrades. Even a light tuning program could easily push its V-6 powerplant over 400 horsepower.

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2013 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2013 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Phew, let’s take a short break from all of the SEMA craziness to focus on another important auto show: the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This is where Acura will debut a Sport Hybrid version of the 2014 RLX sedan. The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will hit showrooms in 2014, and Acura will release prices soon.

The model will boast Acura’s Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain that helps the flagship pound out V-8 performance and deliver the fuel economy of a four-pot. This SH-AWD system combines a 3.5-liter, i-VTEC V-6 engine with three electric motors and a seven-cog, dual-clutch auto transmission to deliver an outstanding 377 horsepower. Thanks to its amazing output and all-wheel-drive system, this new model promises to deliver "outstanding handling and all-weather performance capabilities."

On top of the nearly 400 ponies, this RLX Sport Hybrid delivers a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg.

No other details were offered on this RLX SH, but the first image reveals that it will look nearly identical to the standard version. We’re sure there will be a few differences that Acura will reveal at a later date, but we only have one image to go off of for now.

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2014 Acura RLX

2014 Acura RLX

The anticipated reveal of the replacement for the Acura RL has finally made its debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The all-new Acura RLX will make its production debut in early-2013, as a 2014 model year, giving Honda’s luxury lineup a head start for 2014.

We were all starting to wonder exactly what was in store for the RLX, since Acura announced its debut. Some of the questions that arose were around its power plant and whether or not this would simply be a restyled RL with an “X” on the end of its nameplate.

Acura answered all of those pertinent questions and then some at the auto show, as it pulled the sheet off of the new RLX and surprised everyone with a vehicle that bears little to no resemblance to its predecessor, something Honda Motor Company does not typically do. For the most part, Hondas tend to evolve rather slowly, with the exception of the latest Civic model, and rarely do we see big-time changes.

This all-new sedan is set to do battle with two newly redesigned imports, both of which debuted at the same auto show. On one side, you have the completely refreshed Toyota Avalon and on the other side, you have the redesigned Lexus ES 300h.

Can the RLX possibly fend off these two sister vehicles?

UPDATE 02/20/2013: Acura announced today pricing list for the 2014 RLX set to go on sale at a starting price of $48,450. Still, the car can get pretty expensive when adding an Advance Package; in this case price will start from $60,450.

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Does This Patent Filing Leakage Show the Production 2014 Acura RLX?

Does This Patent Filing Leakage Show the Production 2014 Acura RLX?

Patent filings are sometimes the bane of secretive automaker’s existence. They try to sneak up and surprise the buyer by holding their cards close to their chest and not letting any information out about a new car. Well, the problem is that they need to patent these ideas to prevent other manufacturers from catching wind of their designs and stealing them. Then, you have savvy media folk that scour patent filings and dig up dirt on them, a la the Chevy SS, Cadillac ELR, Buick Electra, and so on.

We caught a glimpse of the 2014 Acura RLX concept car and its glorious beak in April and we were somewhat underwhelmed by it. Well, the savvy folk at Car and Driver recently dug up a patent from Europe showing what they are claiming to be the official production model 2014 RLX. Surprisingly, Acura’s production patent, or so it’s claimed to be, looks very much like the concept car. It appears that the only things that are different are the front lip design and the way the exhaust integrates into the bumper, which was far and away the coolest feature on the Concept RLX.

Unfortunately, the production RLX looks like it will retain the goofy looking “Jewel Eye” headlights, which are the two stacks of five LED lights making up the front headlights. On first glance, the “Jewel Eye” headlights did look a little neat, but it was definitely more of a novelty deal, as they now just look odd.

For those in favor of the ginormic Acura schnoz, don’t fear, as it appears to be in the same massive form as it was in at the NY International Auto Show.

Again, the true question is whether these actually are production images or just Acura patenting the basic RLX concept. Only time will tell, as we expect to see the real deal 2014 RLX in L.A. in November.

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