2017 Acura RLX

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$54,450–$54,450 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Acura RLX. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    310-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Standard safety features
  • Distinctive headlights
  • Roomy interior
  • Interior quality
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

The Bad

  • Not as large as some flagship sedans
  • High floor in backseat
  • Backseat doesn't fold

Notable Features of the 2017 Acura RLX

  • AcuraWatch active safety features now standard
  • Five-seat luxury sedan
  • Four-wheel steering standard
  • V-6 with front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel-drive hybrid version available

2017 Acura RLX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The RLX is Acura's flagship sedan, and it's offered as a gas-powered front-drive car as well as an all-wheel-drive hybrid. The RLX rides the line between mid-size and full-size sedans, with generous interior space in what's roughly a mid-size wrapper. As such, the RLX competes with cars such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Lincoln MKZ.

New for 2017

The AcuraWatch safety system is now standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Significant Standard Features

  • 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED headlights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Pandora integration
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 3.5-liter V-6 and three-motor hybrid system make 377 hp total (Sport Hybrid)
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (Sport Hybrid)
  • All-wheel drive (Sport Hybrid)
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Remote start
  • Krell premium stereo
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The RLX is Acura's flagship sedan, and it's offered as a gas-powered front-drive car as well as an all-wheel-drive hybrid. The RLX rides the line between mid-size and full-size sedans, with generous interior space in what's roughly a mid-size wrapper. As such, the RLX competes with cars such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Lincoln MKZ.

New for 2017

The AcuraWatch safety system is now standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Significant Standard Features

  • 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED headlights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Pandora integration
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 3.5-liter V-6 and three-motor hybrid system make 377 hp total (Sport Hybrid)
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (Sport Hybrid)
  • All-wheel drive (Sport Hybrid)
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Remote start
  • Krell premium stereo
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Latest 2017 RLX Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most car for the money

by Acuralover01 from oklahoma city on October 23, 2017

Well from first sight its such an aesthetically good looking vehicle and then it gets even better when you step inside and take a seat. it is extremely comfortable and spacious, with such a luxurious ... Read full review

(5.0)

Justified purchase!!

by DB from Houston on April 19, 2017

Most impressed with the gas milage and the comfortable ride. This was not my first choice but I'm glad it cam out this way. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Acura RLX currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Acura RLX Base w/Technology Package

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

Other

Roof Strength
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
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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