2019 Acura RLX Driving Impressions

More than other Acura models, the RLX sedan is geared toward comfort, not performance. Superb ride quality is its calling card, along with smooth, adeptly controlled handling.

Powertrains also are impressive. Acura’s solid V-6 engine delivers decent acceleration, whether the configuration is conventional or a gasoline/electric hybrid.

Bursting with recent technology, the potent Sport Hybrid powertrain deserves attention. Working with three electric motors and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Sport Hybrid’s powertrain yields combined output of 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque. It’s brisk, but not exactly an NSX, though the hybrid system is related to the one found in that supercar.

With electric motors at each rear wheel, the Sport Hybrid’s all-wheel-drive setup produces excellent traction, as well as greater energy for rapid start-offs.

Ride quality is a highlight in the RLX. With its suspension expertly damped, the sedan promises a supple ride – and delivers it, quietly.

Steering feels light but precise. Rear-wheel steering boosts cornering ability, though the RLX prefers cruising to winding canyon roads.

Fuel economy stands above the pack with the hybrid powertrain. Gas-engine sedans rank around average for their class, despite the 10-speed automatic.

The conventional RLX is EPA-rated at 20/29 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. With the hybrid powertrain, estimates rise to 28/29/28 mpg. Premium fuel is required for both.

**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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