• All-new model for 2014
  • Well-trimmed interior
  • Spacious
  • Hybrid AWD model still a ways away
  • Electric power steering errs on the light side
SUM UP

The RL is dead; long live the RLX.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for RLX in 2014

The 2014 RLX, which went on sale in March of 2013, is an all-new vehicle. It will add a hybrid model this fall...
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Overview

We’ve waited quite some time for Acura to replace the aging RL with something more suited to the role of flagship sedan. The new 2014 RLX is that car. Apart from the distinctive LED headlamps and multispoke wheels, the RLX doesn’t break from Acura’s current design language, but it is slightly larger. A two-inch increase in wheelbase doesn’t sound like much but allows rear-seat legroom to eclipse that of the Mercedes-Benz E-class and Audi A6. Interior fit and finish is impressive, and the dashboard redesign—which groups many climate and audio controls into a touchscreen interface—is less cluttered than before. The RLX is powered by a 310-hp, direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6. Presently, that engine is only available in concert with a front-wheel-drive powertrain, which includes a six-speed automatic transmission. Ride quality is compliant but a bit sporty; the RLX’s svelte footprint and standard all-wheel steering render it surprisingly agile, although steering feel and feedback is a little wanting. Spirited drivers may want to wait for the forthcoming Sport Hybrid-AWD variant, which drives and distributes torque between the rear wheels by way of electric motors. We found early prototypes to be a hoot, but even the base front-wheel-drive RLX is a unique, well-rounded, and enjoyable entrant in the large luxury sedan segment.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a rearview camera are standard. Blind-spot detection is offered as part of the technology package. Collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist, and parking sensors are available as part of the advance package.

Key Competitors For The 2014 Acura RLX

  • BMW 5-series
  • Infiniti M
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-class

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2014 RLX Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Sunroof

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
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