2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Owners Manual

2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Owners Manual – The handsome 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid lives and dies on its blend of performance and technology. It’s superb when the technology is well-executed, as it is in the drivetrain, but is let down by a lagging, poorly executed multimedia system.

The RLX Sport Hybrid offers all-wheel drive, while its closest luxury hybrid competitor — the Lexus GS 450h — does not. This gives the Acura an edge when it comes to driving, making its transition from gas-only to gas-and-electric power smoother and more predictable.

2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Owners Manual

2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Owners Manual

2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Exterior & Styling

The big tipoff distinguishing hybrid from standard 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrids is the “Hybrid” badging on the RLX Sport Hybrid and its smoked grille, as opposed to a brighter finish on conventional RLX models. The smoked grille looked so good to my eyes I think Acura should adopt it for all its models (though that could just be because I’ve never been a fan of Acura’s signature shiny grille).

Overall, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is a good-looking, conventional sedan. It’s got chiseled features but doesn’t do anything to break the mold. It’s handsome in a conventional way.

2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid How It Drives

This is the first area in which the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid’s technology really shines, and it does so by not calling attention to itself.

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The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid uses a conventional gas engine — a 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 — plus three electric motors, one driving each rear wheel and the third up front, in the transmission housing. The setup provides a maximum combined horsepower rating of 377, which is more than the conventional RLX’s 310 horsepower. When accelerating from a stop in the hybrid, the electric motors generally power you until the gas engine is needed.

2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Ergonomics & Electronics

As it is with the cameras, so it is with the electronics as a whole: There are a lot of useful features, but it’s worth it to take the time to find the setup you prefer.

The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid’s interior is laid out in a straightforward way, unlike other cars that mount the start button on the other side of the steering wheel or do crazy things with the heater controls. Also, someone at Acura deserves a medal for designing a heated steering wheel that’s easy to turn on and off. In some cars the control is buried in a touch-screen menu, but here it’s a big button that’s unmissable. Good job.

The standard head-up display is very well done because you can adjust both what appears in the display (navigation and so forth) and how high up on the windshield it projects. All such systems should be set up so simply, even if it might take you a sec to get it arranged how you like it.

Derrick S Lee