The handsome 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid lives and dies on its blend of performance and technology. It's superb when the technology is well-executed, as it is in the drivetrain, but is let down by a lagging, poorly executed multimedia system.
Versus the competition:
The RLX Sport Hybrid offers all-wheel drive, while its closest luxury hybrid competitor — the Lexus GS 450h — does not. This gives the Acura an edge when it comes to driving, making its transition from gas-only to gas-and-electric power smoother and more predictable. Acura includes "Sport" in the RLX Sport Hybrid's name because its gas mileage will never be its calling card.
Editor's note: This review was written in February 2016 about the 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, but little of substance has changed. To see what's new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
The RLX Sport Hybrid has returned for 2016 after taking the 2015 model year off. It's been sold as a non-hybrid model, and you can compare those vehicles here. We tested one equipped with Acura's Advance Package; it included heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, heated rear outboard seats and a Krell premium audio system. The Sport Hybrid comes standard with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which can... Read More