Acura RLX Review
The 2015 Acura RLX ranks 7 out of 8 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura RLX, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although it has a quiet ride and a roomy back seat, the 2015 Acura RLX lacks a performance or luxury edge to set it apart from rivals, test drivers say.
The 2015 RLX has a V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Auto journalists write that there is ample power for everyday driving, but find that the RLX lacks the punch of rivals, many of which are offered with turbocharged or supercharged engines that deliver more robust acceleration. The 2015 RLX gets good fuel economy for the class, at an EPA-estimated 20/31 mpg city/highway. Most test drivers say the front-wheel drive RLX is tuned more for comfort than nimble handling, and most agree that, while it has sharp steering, it isn't as engaging to drive as rivals, many of which have rear- or all-wheel drive. Some critics also comment that the RLX sometimes has an uncomfortable ride over rough roads.
Although most test drivers are pleased with the soft-touch materials and build quality of the 2015 Acura RLX's cabin, a few comment that it lacks the luxuriousness of rivals' cabins. Some reviewers find the front seats supportive, though others note that they can get uncomfortable during longer trips. Auto journalists agree that the RLX offers a generous amount of rear-seat space, however. The RLX doesn't have as much trunk space as most rivals. Standard features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, Bluetooth and a USB port. Major options include a 14-speaker Krell audio system, navigation, adaptive cruise control and GPS-linked tri-zone automatic climate control. Most critics note that the navigation and audio systems are easy to operate, though they think the display screens for these systems could be sharper. The Krell audio system earns praise for its rich sound quality.
- "Overall, the 2015 Acura RLX covers the luxury sedan basics pretty well, but otherwise doesn't do much to distinguish itself." -- Edmunds
- "Acura's flagship sedan, the 2015 RLX, is a reinvented version of the former RL that boasts premium amenities, refined driving manners and a roomy interior under a conservative yet classy skin. … The RLX tends to fly under the radar, but buyers willing to put it on their own can find a lot to like." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2015 Acura RLX puts value into the luxury sedan segment by offering a tempting combination of power, features and comfort. Many of the RLX's competitors lure buyers in with a low base price only to leave them with sticker shock when popular options are added." -- AutoTrader
- "This is a great car, but not so brilliant that anybody will rush to trade in a German sedan. And the RLX is unlikely to turn many heads." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
Other Cars to Consider
The Cadillac XTS has a larger trunk than the RLX, and reviewers are impressed with its comfortable ride and spacious cabin. The XTS is available with all-wheel drive, and test drivers find that the Vsport model delivers very robust acceleration.
The Audi A6 earns praise for its composed handling and impressive power from its optional supercharged V6. Test drivers comment that the A6 has a very attractive cabin, and it is available with all-wheel drive.
Details: 2015 Acura RLX
The 2015 Acura RLX seats five and has front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The Acura RLX comes in one trim and is available with four different packages that add features. The RLX debuted for the 2014 model year and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.