The 2017 Acura RLX is a full-size, five-passenger four-door sedan from Honda’s premium division. The 2017 Acura RLX is designed to compete with luxury models such as the Lexus LS and Audi A8. The base Navigation trim is no longer offered but otherwise remains unchanged for the Acura RLX 2017.
The base front-wheel-drive 2017 model features Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steering system, and there’s also a hybrid version with Super-Use All-Wheel Drive and a 3.5-liter gaseous V-6 that powers the front wheels and electric motors. The only changes to the RLX for the 2017 model year are that the AcuraWatch driver assistance and safety suite of safety features are standardized on the base model.
2017 Acura RLX Interior
Inside, it now consists of the base model with the Technology package and the Advanced package available. Base models come with features such as leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, and a power sunroof. The Advance package adds items like rear windows, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a remote start, and a 360-degree parking camera system. Passengers will find plenty of space in both the front and rear seats, but the level of pure luxury lags slightly behind some competitors, and while cargo room is adequate, in-cab storage space lags behind many competitors.
Both the base RLX and hybrid model are well equipped with lots of technology and standard navigation. Other standard features include Bluetooth, USB ports, and a 14-speaker stereo with satellite radio. The advanced package and hybrid model adds a premium Krell high-fidelity sound system, again with 14 speakers. Curiously, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available at this price point.
2017 Acura RLX Engine
The 2017 Acura RLX is equipped with a six-speed automatic front-wheel drive Acura RLX and a 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. The hybrid model adds a 36-hp electric motor at each rear wheel for 377 horsepower, in addition to a 47-hp electric motor housed in a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The hybrid system also powers Acura’s mid-engined NSX supercar.
The 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid achieves the best fuel economy in the lineup at 29 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are great by luxury big-car standards, but even the non-hybrid RLX beats many class competitors with a 20/30 mpg city/highway rating.
2017 Acura RLX Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Acura RLX awarded with the top safety Choice and also gave it the highest Good rating in all tested areas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gave the RLX an excellent five-star rating in all areas tested. A rearview camera and AcuraWatch suite of advanced security features are standard on all 2017 Acura RLX models. This suite features adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Parking sensors and a 360-degree camera system are available.