Review 2020

Acura RLX Sedan (2017-2020)

  • Sold in the USA = 2017-2020
  • 1st Generation

Acura RLX Sedan Price in USA in 2020

RLX Sedan Technology Package $55,925

There are many things similar in Acura models like Acura TLX and RLX has a similar exterior and interior designs. There was a time when Acura built a car with the name “legend” but this new model of RLX is not like it should be. This car was launched in the year 2013 during that time this was really a competition for other companies but with the passing of time Acura didn’t show as well as it has to. Different people have different views some people say that this new model of RLX is not able to inherit the true properties of its ancestor but it is still a car that is fun to drive and looks good. Let’s explore its good and bad aspects after which you will be able to know how good or how bad this car is.


Major Update in 2018:

The 2018 RLX underwent a redesign that was influenced by the 2016 Acura Precision Concept. The updated model features a more contoured hood, new wheel designs, LED taillights with a new design, dual exhaust outlets with sleek finishers, and a rear diffuser with a high-gloss black finish. Additionally, the previous year’s model’s controversial brushed chrome “beak” grille has been replaced by a sleek diamond pentagon grille.

Acura RLX sedan 1st Gen Facelifted in 2018

Acura RLX sedan 1st Gen Facelifted in 2018
Acura RLX sedan 1st Gen Facelifted in 2018

Exterior, Interior Design & Features:

As I mention earlier Acura cars usually give similar look, this Acura RLX 2017 has the same shield-looking or Mustache grill that looks good to some people but a lot of people didn’t like its appearance they want something new or something changed.


One best things about Acura is its July Headlamps that give sharp look and bold appearance to its overall design and front of the car. Moving to the side of the Acura RLX it has 19-inch Aluminum alloy wheels, here one thing can be seen clearly if we see TLX and RLX they both look quite similar.

One nice thing about the Acura car is its built quality which is absolutely outstanding, this is a solid car you can feel that thorough out its body by touching it. On the Rear, it has led tail lamps that look much similar to the front July headlamps.


Inside Acura RLX there has been used leather sitting but still there are many complaints by customers that they don’t feel as if they are sitting inside a luxury vehicle. The console and dashboard of the car give sporty look but the design is a little complicated and makes it difficult to adjust or use it.

Acura-RLX-2017-FRONT-SEAT,-CABINThe infotainment screen is good but if we compare it with other cars of the same class like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz all of these have much better infotainment screens and navigation systems.

Engine, Power & Transmission:

This Acura RLX Sedan has loaded with a 3.5 Liter Premium Unleaded V6 engine that has 6 inline cylinders. It produces a peak torque of 368@4500 Rpm with 310 Horsepower. The top speed of the car is 133 miles per hour and it takes on 5.8 seconds to reach 0-60 miles per hour.


It has 20 miles per gallon fuel economy within the city while 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The base version of the Acura RLX has better fuel economy with 4 cylinders. It has 6 speeds automatic sequential sport shift paddle shifter and electric power-assist speed-sensing steering wheel.


Comfort Features:

I will give full marks to its comfort zone, both front and rear cabins are so much spacious that there is plenty of head and leg room even adults with six feet of height will have no problem. Front driver and passenger seats have 12-way power-adjustable and four-way lumbar support.



All seats have heating options whereas the front seats have ventilation too. Another important and good thing that may not be present in a lot of other cars is a sunshade for all five windows. It has tri-zone climate control with a voice activation option; rear seats have their own air vents from where rear seat passengers can adjust the temperature according to choice.

Safety & Features:

The 2019 RLX earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the 2020 RLX wasn’t named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, both models have a comprehensive suite of standard driver-assistance technology.

  • Vehicle stability assist electronic stability controls (ESC)
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Side impact beams
  • Dual-stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Blind spot sensor
  • Forward collision
  • Lane departure warning
  • Tire specific low tire passenger front airbags
  • Curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags
  • Airbag occupancy sensor
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Outboard front lap and shoulders safety belts-inc: rear center 3 point-height adjusters and pretensioners
  • Back-up camera

Pros & Cons:


  • Supremely comfortable
  • innumerable standard features
  • NSX-derived hybrid system.


  • Aging infotainment system
  • The interior doesn’t feel luxurious
  • nose-heavy handling.


The RLX is a fine car as long as its luxury shortcomings are accepted.

Major Competitors:

  • Honda Accord
  • Lexus GS 350
Body Sedan
Country USA
Engine Petrol
Drive FWD
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color Black
Engine Capacity (cc) 3498 cc cc
Horse Power (HP) 310 HP
Mileage N/A
  • Front wheel drive
  • 72-amp/Hr maintenance free battery with run down protection
  • 150 amp alternator
  • Gas pressurized shock absorbers
  • Front and rear anti roll bars
  • Automatic ride control suspension
  • Quasi dual stainless steel exhaust
  • Brake assist- Hill hold control and electric parking brake
  • Spare tire mobility kit
  • Clear coat paint
  • Express open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st row sunroof with sun shade
  • Body colored front bumper with chrome bumper insert
  • Body colored rear bumper
  • Chrome side windows trim and black front windshield trim
  • Body colored door handles
  • Body colored power with tilt heated side mirrors with convex spotter-manual folding and turn signal indictor
  • Fixed rear window with defroster
  • Light tinted glass
  • Front windshield-inc: sun visor strip
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum panels
  • Metal look grille
  • Trunk rear cargo access
  • Programmable projector beam led low/high beam daytime running headlamps with delay off
  • Perimeter/ approach lights
  • LED brake lights
  • Laminated glass
  • Bench front facing rear seat
  • Power tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Gauges-inc: speedometer-odometer-engine coolant temp-tachometer-trip odometer and trip computer
  • Power rear windows
  • Leather/metal look steering wheel
  • Front cup holder
  • Rear cup holder
  • Compass
  • Proximity key for doors and push button start
  • Valet function
  • Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter- 4 door curb/Courtesy- illuminated entry- illuminated ignition switch and panic button
  • Remote releases-inc: power cargo access and power fuel
  • HomeLink garage door transmitter
  • Cruise control with traffic stop-Go
  • Voice activated multi zone auto-Climate control air conditioning with Gps linkes
  • Rear HVAC with separate controls
  • HVAC-inc: under seat ducts and console ducts
  • Illuminated locking glove box
  • Driver foot rest
  • Interior trim-inc: simulated wood/ metal look instrument panel insert- simulated wood/ Metal look door panel insert- simulated wood/metal look console insert and metal look interior accents
  • Full cloth headliner
  • Leatherette door trim insert
  • Leather gear shift knob
  • Perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior
  • Day-night auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Driver and passenger visor vanity mirrors with driver and passenger illumination
  • Full floor console with covered storage-mini overhead console with storage and 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Front and rear map lights
  • Fade-to-off interior lighting
  • Full carpet floor covering-inc: carpet front and rear floor mats
  • Carpet floor trim and carpet trunk Lid/rear cargo door trim
  • Cargo space lights
  • FOB controls-inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate- windows and sun roof/convertible roof
  • Integrated navigation system with voice activation
  • Driver and passenger door bins
  • Power 1st row windows with front and rear 1-touch up/down
  • Delayed accessory power
  • Power door locks with auto lock feature
  • System monitor
  • Head-Up display
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Analog display
  • Seats with leatherette back material
  • Manual anti-whiplash adjustable front head restraints and manual adjustable rear head restraints
  • Sliding front center armrest and rear center armrest with pass-thru
  • 2 seatback storage pockets
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Engine immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Air filtration
  • Radio: Acura/ELS studio premium audio system-inc: 14 speakers-SMS-MMS text message and email capability-Bluetooth hands free wireless telephone interface- song by voice-Aha compatibility- HD radio- Pandora compatibility- USB audio interface with iPod integration-Bluetooth streaming audio- Mp3/auxiliary input jack and speed sensitive volume compensation (SVC)
  • Radio with seek scan-clock and steering wheel controls
  • Audi theft deterrent
  • Window grid antenna
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 2 LCD monitors in the front
  • AcuraLink real-time traffic Real-Time traffic display


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