The RLX goes unnoticed in comparison to flamboyant rivals and travels down the road with a supercar-derived hybrid engine. Acura’s low-volume luxury car has the fundamentals of its species—upscale features and spacious accommodations—but lacks the wow factor we demand. Its antiquated infotainment system and generic cabin design are easy to overlook, but its solid build quality and improved fuel economy will please purchasers.
A hybrid model with a V-6 engine is available as an option. The RLX Hybrid, as it’s known, offers exceptional performance and fuel efficiency. In any case, the 2020 RLX is too bland to compete with its snazziest rivals.
After 2020, Acura will no longer offer the RLX line. This year, the brand has chosen not to make any significant changes to the RLX lineup and instead confirm that it will cease production after 2020. The last significant upgrade was made in 2018 when Acura thankfully updated its beaklike grille and provided additional desirable features.
The RLX has a powerful hybrid system, which is one of the few reasons to choose it over similarly priced luxury cars. The Acura is among the quickest and most fuel-efficient sedans in its class because of this hybrid technology. Although the Sport Hybrid version costs an extra $7000, it makes the Acura one of the quickest and most fuel-efficient sedans in the segment.
The 2020 RLX Sport Hybrid gets a brand-new interior, including a new dash design, upgraded safety features, and more. The upgrade also brings all of the best materials, such as a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, remote start, and more. Aside from a few accessories, that concludes the available choices for the 2020 RLX Sport Hybrid.
The Acura RLX comes with a 310-hp 3.5-liter V-6 linked to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive. The conventional RLX has rear steering to help improve cornering. The Sport Hybrid features a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with three electric motors that generate 377 horsepower, much like the Acura NSX supercar’s hybrid engine. The Sport Hybrid’s blistering acceleration and smooth operation made it enjoyable to go about city streets or zip down highway straights.
Unfortunately, because the majority of its mass is located in the front, the RLX felt less athletic in turns. Even if Acura’s all-wheel-drive system (known as SH-AWD) is intended to assist with handling, it isn’t as enjoyable on twisty roads as alternatives like the Genesis G80 and Jaguar XF.