2017 Acura RLX Owners Manual – Compared to the most other sedans in this segment, the 2017 Acura RLX offers a shade less performance and luxury at roughly the same price. However, its smooth 3.5-liter V6 produces sufficient power for daily needs, rear passenger space is generous, and the standard technology features are outstanding.
2017 Acura RLX models
The 2017 Acura RLX comes powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine (310 horsepower, 272 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Two trim levels are available: the Technology package and the Advance package. The 2017 Sport Hybrid, which has a combined output of 377 hp and 341 lb-ft from its 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors, is also available in both trims/packages above. The Sport Hybrid features a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with torque-vectoring technology.
2017 Acura RLX Technology
The 2017 Acura RLX with Technology (the lowest trim level) comes well-equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), heated front seats with driver-seat memory settings and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The list of standard features includes dual displays, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 14-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio, a USB-iPod interface, smartphone app integration (with Pandora and Aha internet radio integration) and an auxiliary audio jack.
2017 Acura RLX Driving 3.0 And Acceleration 3.5
The 2017 Acura RLX is relatively nimble and wields enough horsepower to handle everyday tasks with ease. Although it’s dynamically competent, others in the segment offer a more engaging driving experience and a wider selection of powertrains.
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The 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is a strong, refined engine and even better when paired with three electric motors (377 hp combined). Both RLX models pull hard to redline and are always smooth, though acceleration times aren’t any quicker than those of most competitors.
2017 Acura RLX Braking 2.5 And Steering 3.0
Brake performance is slightly below average for the segment. The 2017 Acura RLX required 120 feet, and the Sport Hybrid 124 feet, to reach a stop from 60 mph. Pedal feel is linear and predictable.
The steering is accurate but numb and artificial, so you can’t feel what’s going on with the front tires, hurting driver confidence in low-grip situations (e.g., winter driving).
2017 Acura RLXHandling 3.5 And Drivability 4.0
Acura Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS) delivers predictable, confident and competent handling, but it’s not a class leader. The same goes for the Sport Hybrid whose Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system helps mask some inherent handling deficiencies.
The 2017 Acura RLX combines luxury and performance in a way that makes it an excellent everyday commuter. The powertrains are smooth and tranquil, the transmissions deliver seamless shifts, and sufficient thrust is there when you call.