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in Luxury Large Cars

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

Reviewers agree that the interior of the 2014 Acura RLX features impressive materials and build quality, but that it lacks the refinement found inside cars built by Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The RLX generally receives praise for its comfortable seats and impressive tech features, though some critics think the controls are confusing.

  • "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
  • "Yet somehow the insides of the RLX lack the intangible gravitas of something like a Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- The Los Angeles Times
  • "So many mid/high-level luxury cars have well-appointed-but-boring cabin designs, and while the RLX isn't up to Audi levels of cockpit ambiance, it's a really nice place to be." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Acura RLX seats five and has leather upholstery, two-level heated front seats, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and 12-way power-adjustable front seats with two memory settings. Options include upgraded leather upholstery, six-level heated and cooled front seats, two-level heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade and manual side sun screens.

One reviewer writes that the RLX’s front seats offer good support, while another says that they’re comfortable, but wishes they were more supportive on long drives. Test drivers write that the RLX’s rear seats are roomy, and one says there is plenty of legroom.

  • "Front passengers in the RLX are treated to supportive, nicely appointed leather seats with good amounts of side and butt bolstering. In back, the three-passenger bench is equally supportive, and two full-size adults will have no trouble getting comfy back there." -- Autoblog
  • "The front seats are broad and comfy, but we've found them lacking in support on longer drives." -- Edmunds
  • "Somebody once said ‘space is the ultimate luxury.’ Obviously that person never owned a yacht or enjoyed a private concert from Beyonce, but those who truly relish space will appreciate the ample rear-seat legroom and usable middle seat of the RLX." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2014 Acura RLX comes standard with a power moonroof, a multi-angle rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a touch-screen infotainment system with two displays, remote keyless entry with push-button start, a text/email function that reads incoming messages aloud, AcuraLink (which allows you to track your car’s location and lock your doors using a smartphone app), lane departure warning, forward collision warning, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound system, which includes an 8-inch subwoofer, 15GB hard drive, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. Optional features include navigation, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping assist system, rain-sensing wipers and a 14-speaker Krell surround-sound audio system.

The 2014 Acura RLX has a new, two-screen infotainment system that features one high-mounted display screen with a touch screen below it. One critic says that controlling the radio and navigation is difficult with the two-screen infotainment system. However, another reviewer writes that the system is easily controlled with the central control dial, touch screen or voice recognition system. One test driver says that the optional Krell audio system delivers some of the best sound he has ever heard in a car. The RLX also earns praise for its optional lane keeping assist system, which can make small steering adjustments to keep the RLX in its lane.

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  • "It's also beautifully finished in muted tones, but its two-screen radio and nav interface is confusing; you never quite remember which of the screens and knobs will deliver the function you want." -- Car and Driver
  • "The system uses 14 speakers, the woofers of which are covered with tasteful aluminum grilles, and deliver about the best dynamic range I have ever heard in a car stereo. Mostly listening to lossless digital recordings on an iPhone, I found the Krell system gave voice to the entire frequency range of each track. Bass notes dropped with a power that hit my entire body, while vocals were pristine and clear, and seemed to put the singer in the car with me on some well-produced tracks." -- CNET
  • "Using the navigation system is simple and intuitive, as Acura allows you to look up destinations by the central control dial, a new 7-inch touchscreen interface (mounted below the 8-inch nav screen) or an enhanced voice recognition system." -- Edmunds
  • "The lane keeping, which uses the electric power steering to nudge the wheel, is one of the best we've ever encountered. It keeps the car centered in the lane with subtle adjustments and can even follow some curves. If not for a warning after 10 seconds, we could take our hands off the wheel for minutes at a time." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

The 2014 Acura RLX has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space (15.1 with the Krell audio system), which is average for the class. Like the Lexus GS and Infiniti M, the RLX lacks folding rear seats. Other luxury large cars have this feature, including the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The RLX does have a small pass-through. One reviewer says the trunk is roomy.

  • "That roominess extends rearward to the spacious 15.3-cubic-foot trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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