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MSRP: $48,450 - $60,450
Invoice: $44,324 - $55,183
MPG: 20 City / 31 Hwy
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Acura RLX Interior

Most test drivers like the 2015 Acura RLX's soft-touch cabin materials and top-notch assembly. Still, a few comment that the cabin doesn't feel or look as opulent as that of rival German luxury sedans. Test drivers agree that the RLX has impressive rear-seat space, although its trunk is on the small side. The available Krell audio system is praised for its incredible sound quality, and although most reviewers find the audio and navigation controls straightforward, some comment that the display screens' graphics aren't very sharp.

  • "The 2015 RLX's 5-passenger cabin easily lives up to luxury-car standards thanks to quality materials, a slick dual-screen information system in the center dash and thoughtful touches such as power-operated steering-wheel adjustment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Material quality throughout the new cabin is impressive, with wood-grain and metal accents, a stitched-leather instrument panel hood and available Milano perforated leather seats." -- Left Lane News
  • "Yet somehow the insides of the RLX lack the intangible gravitas of something like a Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- The Los Angeles Times (2014)
  • "Our car was trimmed in high-quality, well-stitched leather and looked worth every penny of its price." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "We were impressed with the fit and finish on our RLX test car, but materials quality, although nice, is still a half-step behind the rich leather and wood treatments in rival sedans from Germany." -- Edmunds (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 RLX seats five and comes with leatherette upholstery and front seats that are heated and power-adjustable. Seating options include heated rear seats ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Some test drivers find the Acura RLX's front seats supportive, though others think that they can be uncomfortable on longer trips. However, reviewers agree that the rear seats are very spacious, with a generous amount of legroom.

  • "Although its overall dimensions are similar to the outgoing RL model, Acura significantly increased interior space by pushing the wheels farther towards the corners of the sedan. As a result, rear passengers receive stretch-out legroom and more overall space than all similarly priced mid-size luxury sedans." -- Left Lane News
  • "The RLX is also roomy. Rear-seat passengers are treated to a copious 38.8 inches of legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats will be fine for most trips, but we've found long-distance comfort to be lacking." -- Edmunds
  • "Front passengers in the RLX are treated to supportive, nicely appointed leather seats with good amounts of side and butt bolstering." -- Autoblog (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Acura RLX include a multi-view rear camera, a 10-speaker Acura/ELS audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, lane departure warning and forward collision warning. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a 14-speaker Krell audio system, navigation and GPS-linked tri-zone automatic climate control, which detects the position and intensity of the sun and adjusts temperature settings accordingly.

There are some features in the RLX that draw reviewer praise and others that are criticized. Test drivers like the straightforward operation of the navigation system and its touch-screen controls. They also gush about the impressive sound quality from the optional Krell audio system. Critics dislike the button-operated control for the climate fan, as they would prefer a knob. They also comment that the display screen's graphics aren't as sharp as they could be.

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  • "Detractors include touch-based controls of functions such as fan speed and air flow, which would be easier to use with traditional buttons or switches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The available navigation system is a good example of this intuitive operation, allowing you to enter destinations using the large control knob, the 7-inch touchscreen below the 8-inch map display or by voice commands. But there are a couple of negatives here, including graphics that aren't as sharp as those in other luxury models and several basic functions, such as seat heater controls, that require you to press a potentially distracting number of virtual buttons to access." -- Edmunds
  • "The real sweet spot in the cabin electronics is the Krell audio system. Krell has been building audiophile-ranked stereo equipment for a little over 30 years, and the RLX benefits greatly from its work." -- CNET (2014)
  • "The multi-touch screen has haptic feedback, which means it buzzes slightly when touched to mimic the feel of a real button. Best of all, this touchscreen responds quickly, so when it switches to a keyboard for navigation inputs, the experience is one of convenience instead of frustration." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "Moving on to the 14-speaker RLX with Krell Audio Package for another $2500, you get a system that spent four years in development. You can hear it in its absolute fidelity at high volume and its level of sonic detail; you notice things in old songs you've never heard before." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

The Acura RLX has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space (14.7 with the optional Krell audio system), which is low for the class. Rivals such as the Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS have much more trunk space. Some test drivers think the RLX's trunk has enough space for most consumers, however others comment that since the rear seatbacks don't fold down, the RLX may not be able to carry larger cargo items.

  • "Even with that stretch-out room, trunk capacity is still roughly 15 cubic feet, ample for most duties." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unfortunately, the lack of fold-down rear seatbacks means the space can't be expanded, though there is a center pass-through opening that can accommodate longer items like skis." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 1/30/15

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