2016 Acura RLX

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2016 Acura RLX
2016 Acura RLX

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2016 Acura RLX review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Awesome car to drive!!!!!

This vehicle is loaded with features, a joy to drive, it has an awesome audio system and it is not afraid to get up and go!!


Design suggestions

Even with a 310 hp engine, this car gets an impressive 34 mpg when driving 60 to 70 mph when freeway driving . The 260 hp Maxima, we had previously, got only about 27 mpg on the same highways. However, I'd be a lot happier with a CVT transmission in this car. I can feel it shift. And the automattic following distance control activates violently when seeing a slower car ahead or ocassionly when scensing a slower car in an adjacent lane, while in cruise-countrol.


Not up to rivals' level of quality.

This is a nice car and has all of the latest safety devices. The car is much louder than expected and has transmission shift issues at 3/4 to full throttle. The only reason I purchased this car was the dealer was taking significant $$$ off. The local Acura Service Department, Hunt Valley Acura in MD, is the worst. Could not repair transmission issue, which they recreated, so just told me to bring it back when the transmission completely fails. I complained to corporate and received no response. I will never buy another Acura.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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