The power plant behind the 2017 RLX is a 3.5-liter, aluminum-alloy direct injection V6. It features Direct Gas Injection, Variable Cylinder Management, and the Acura i-VTEC system. Simply put, this engine generates a heart-pounding 310 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque while still managing an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway.**
If you crave performance, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the luxury sedan for you. Efficient in every sense of the word, not only does this hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated 29 city/highway combined mpg,** it also produces an astounding 377 horsepower. Thanks to three electric motors and a direct-injection V6 engine, the RLX Sport Hybrid is Acura’s most advanced performance sedan ever.
The 2017 RLX lets you have your cake and eat it too, courtesy of Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, combining the ease of an automatic with the interaction of a manual. Select “Drive” mode for better fuel efficiency and seamless gear shifting or the “Sport” setting for full manual control.
In conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system and Precision All-Wheel Steer, Agile Handling Assist helps you maneuver more precisely through sharp corners and curves with active breaking (generally on an inside wheel) and smaller steering inputs.
To ensure a body design that was visually appealing yet perfectly streamlined for maximum performance, the 2017 RLX made over 800 trips through the wind tunnel before it hit showroom floors. The result? One of the most aerodynamic cars in the luxury sedan segment.
Unlike traditional drivelines, Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) adjusts the toe angle of each rear wheel depending on the movement of the front wheels. P-AWS optimizes highway stability, helps reduce your turning radius, and decreases the necessary stopping distance.
Acura has given some big functionality to their small key remote. Once the doors have been unlocked and you’ve made contact with the driver’s side door handle, nearly every programmable comfort feature will adjust to its predetermined setting, including your seat memory, side mirror, audio controls, and the temperature of the cabin.
Sometimes another set of eyes would be helpful when parallel parking or backing out onto a busy intersection, don’t you think? The 2017 RLX is equipped with four different cameras to provide a 360 degree view of the world around you. Changing the camera angle on your display screen is as easy as pressing a button. For increased accuracy, utilize the guidelines feature.
A capless fuel door may not sound like much…unless you enjoy the smell of gasoline that sometimes ends up on your hands? Or better yet, if you’ve ever left your fuel cap at the gas station and had to purchase a replacement? The RLX has evolved in so many different ways, and the capless fuel door is just another useful advancement.
High tech features can be seen throughout the 2017 RLX, but it’s Acura’s use of high-end materials that take comfort to a whole new level. Refinement extends to every inch of the interior, from the Perforated Milano leather seats and contrast stitching to a plush leather dashboard and brushed aluminum speakers.
The RLX truly offers a first-class passenger experience. With more interior space than some full-size sedans, the 2017 RLX boasts a substantial 38.8 inches of rear legroom, all without sacrificing the amount of available trunk storage. While stretching their legs, backseat occupants are sure to enjoy their own climate zone with individual center console controls.
A far cry from other traditional audio systems, the 2017 RLX provides car audio aficionados with two separate but equally amazing options. Whether you choose the standard-setting Krell Audio System or the exclusive ELS Studio Premium Audio System, you can’t make a wrong decision. Both systems feature a 14-speaker configuration that will change the way you listen to (and hear) your music.
Convenience is king when it comes to the crystal clear, 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD). Audio settings, climate control, and programmable shortcuts all come together in one intuitive touchscreen interface, reducing what should be over 30 different buttons down to just nine!
In addition to acoustic glass and noise-reducing wheels, the 2017 RLX features active sound control for a welcome serenity inside the cabin. Active sound control technology emits reverse frequencies which counteract any unwanted engine or road noise, keeping the outside world where it belongs: outside of the vehicle.
With the implementation of features like steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition technology, Acura remains on the frontline in the battle against distracted driving. Automotive safety has taken another step forward thanks to the 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid and its Head-Up Display feature which projects vehicle speed, driver-assistance notifications, navigation instructions, and more directly onto the windshield (all in real time).
As much as we try to remain focused in our daily lives, inevitably, distractions will rear their ugly head from time to time. That’s where Acura’s Collision Mitigation Braking System steps in. Courtesy of a radar transmitter mounted on the RLX’s front grille, the CMBS reduces the probability of a frontal crash by detecting potential obstacles ahead of you. The system will attempt to notify you via audible and visual alerts. If no action is taken, CMBS will begin to apply the brakes, as needed.
Cruise control is a beautiful thing on long road trips. But would if you were able to use cruise control during instances of light traffic without having to readjust your settings? Acura’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow system automatically adapts to the speed of the surrounding vehicles. In addition to your normal cruise control, simply program a short, medium, or long interval and the ACC will maintain your predetermined distance.
The phrase “staying centered” doesn’t just apply to yoga enthusiasts anymore. Acura’s Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is designed to do just that: keep you centered…on the road, that is. Attached to the rearview mirror is a front-facing camera that works to keep you in the middle of your lane. If the RLX begins to switch lanes without the use of a turn signal, the LKAS will administer a slight tug on the steering wheel to get you back on the straight and narrow.
Behind the wheel, as your mind sometimes wanders, so goes your vehicle. Acura’s Road Departure Mitigation System utilizes a monocular camera to detect lane lines. If the RLX begins to drift across road markings, the system will first, provide audible and visual alerts, followed by steering and braking assistance (only if necessary).
Everyone would welcome some extra peace of mind while driving in less-than-favorable weather conditions. If the RLX begins to lose traction, the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system will automatically apply brakes to each wheel individually (as needed) until the vehicle stabilizes. Prepare to meet wet surfaces and rough terrain head-on with a renewed confidence.
AcuraWatch fosters a sense of consciousness behind the wheel, and another contributing factor to this heightened awareness is the Blind Spot Information (BSI) System. If the BSI System detects a vehicle in the neighboring lane that you are attempting to enter, both audible and visual notifications will alert you. Acura is changing the way we change lanes.