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2018 Acura RLX Review


With the 2018 RLX, Acura has brought high-tech handling to its new 5 passenger luxury hybrid sedan. It gets high marks for its performance, features, design, media and connectivity. The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with its gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain and innovative torque-vectoring has lots of power, impressive handling and excellent fuel economy. The RLX drives quietly and comfortably and has driver assistance features like lane-keeping assist technology, adaptive cruise control and a navigation system to get everyone home safely.

The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid’s impressive features as well as its cutting-edge powertrain make it an excellent value. The vehicle handles corners with ease even in tough terrain and delivers adrenaline-pumping fun for the driver. Part of the reason for its easy, predictable handling is the fine-tuning the Acura engineers have done to its all-wheel-drive system. Plus, its quiet cabin and comfortable seats and suspension leave the driver energized even after hours on the road.

Acura has outfitted its 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid with a brand new front end. From the A pillars on forward, they have added all-new sheet metal. This gives the vehicle a great new look. Inside the roomy cabin there’s lots of legroom even for rear-seat passengers. Its glossy wood trim perfectly accentuates the RLX Sport Hybrid’s white upholstery, with its matching dashboard, door panels and steering wheel. The console features push-button drive controls as well as a USB port.

The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid infotainment system has an upper LCD screen and a lower touchscreen which have a button pod and a dial for programming music and entering destinations on the navigation system. A touchscreen keyboard makes putting in your destination a breeze. The navigation system with its maps, control interfaces and online search option makes finding the businesses you want much easier. The bright and clear head-up display on the 2018 Acura RLX provides navigation assistance, shows upcoming turns, the tachometer, as well as information about the driver assistance features. It’s very useful when you’re on the road. To see how useful it is on the road, take one for a spin at Chapman Acura.

The powertrain on the RLX Sport Hybrid uses a direct-injection, V-6, 3.5-liter engine to power the front wheels, while the rear wheel are driven by dual electric motors. The gasoline engine delivers 310 horsepower along with 272 pound-feet of torque. When combined with the electric motors, they produce 377 horsepower plus 341 pound-feet of torque. The rear electric motors provide positive and negative torque which improves handling and helps minimize body roll.

The RLX Sport Hybrid employs a quick-shifting dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. However, the automated shifting is perfectly programmed for everyday use or performance driving. Add the car’s accurate, responsive steering and its a pleasure to drive on both city streets, wide open highway or hilly canyon roads. Plus, it offers great fuel economy with 28 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. Pretty impressive for a car with its size and power. Acura’s largest sedan, the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid comes fully loaded for $61,900.

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