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2016 Acura RLX

$21,175 — $34,735 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Distinctive headlights
  • Roomy interior
  • Interior quality
  • Front/rear parking sensors

The Bad

  • Not as large as some flagship sedans
  • High floor in backseat
  • Backseat doesn't fold
2016 Acura RLX exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Acura RLX
  • AcuraWatch active safety system now available
  • Retuned suspension for a smoother ride
  • Spans mid- and full-size sedan class
  • Four-wheel steering standard
  • V-6 with front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel-drive hybrid version available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The RLX is Acura's flagship sedan, and it's offered as a conventionally powered gas car and as a hybrid. The RLX rides the line between midsize and full-size sedans, with generous interior volume in what's roughly a midsize wrapper. As such, the RLX competes with the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Lincoln MKZ.
New for 2016
The available AcuraWatch active safety system includes distance-pacing cruise control, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Advance Package now includes a surround-view camera system. It uses four cameras to show different views around the car, and it can combine those views to create a bird's-eye view of the area around the car.

Acura has also revised the RLX's suspension for a smoother ride. The shocks and springs are softer, and the rear stabilizer bar isn't as stiff.
Significant Standard Features

  • LED headlights
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Pandora integration
  • Navigation system

Significant Available Features

  • AcuraWatch suite of safety features
  • Hybrid-based all-wheel drive that combines conventional front-wheel drive with electrically powered rear wheels 
  • Adaptive cruise control with high- and low-speed operation
  • Road Departure Mitigation uses the steering and braking systems to help keep the car on the road
Vehicle Overview

The RLX is Acura's flagship sedan, and it's offered as a conventionally powered gas car and as a hybrid. The RLX rides the line between midsize and full-size sedans, with generous interior volume in what's roughly a midsize wrapper. As such, the RLX competes with the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Lincoln MKZ.
New for 2016
The available AcuraWatch active safety system includes distance-pacing cruise control, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Advance Package now includes a surround-view camera system. It uses four cameras to show different views around the car, and it can combine those views to create a bird's-eye view of the area around the car.

Acura has also revised the RLX's suspension for a smoother ride. The shocks and springs are softer, and the rear stabilizer bar isn't as stiff.
Significant Standard Features

  • LED headlights
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Pandora integration
  • Navigation system

Significant Available Features

  • AcuraWatch suite of safety features
  • Hybrid-based all-wheel drive that combines conventional front-wheel drive with electrically powered rear wheels 
  • Adaptive cruise control with high- and low-speed operation
  • Road Departure Mitigation uses the steering and braking systems to help keep the car on the road

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

Love my new car

by Bpsmith from Geismar on July 2, 2018

This car is very comfortable and has a lot of ?get up and go.? I love the quiet cabin and smooth ride. I also like the windshield being large which really gives you a good field of view. Overall great ... Read full review

(5.0)

Acura

by Acura from Toronto on May 27, 2018

Meet all my expectations its relaible and very safe with good quality products they use for the car its fast safe and good and cheap if you need mentanance. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Acura RLX currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Acura RLX Base w/Navi

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RLX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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