2019 Acura RLX Introduction

In the bountiful crop of luxury sedans, the Acura RLX cuts a unique path. It has an advanced powertrain and a high level of passenger comfort, and a subtle shape that doesn’t shout its credentials.

Little has changed for the 2019 model year, in the wake of a 2018 refresh. New styling included a massive diamond-shaped grille, along with new LED headlights and taillights.

For 2019, Acura has kept the RLX lineup simple. It sells the RLX with a choice between two powertrains, each incorporating an Advance Package.

Like other Acura models, the RLX comes in two distinct flavors: conventional and hybrid. In the former, a 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 engine develops 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, driving the front wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Acura’s Sport Hybrid pairs that V-6 engine to three electric motors and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Offered only with all-wheel drive, the Sport Hybrid boasts a potent 377 total horsepower (combined). Rear-wheel steering is included, promising a tad more confidence when cornering.

Excellent crash-test scores enhance the RLX’s family appeal. So does the abundance of active-safety technology.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 RLX a clean sweep: five stars overall, as well as for both frontal and side impacts. Even rollover prevention (a calculated figure) earned five stars.

In 2018, the RLX earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with “Good” scores in every crash test except the small-overlap test for the passenger side. Frontal crash prevention was deemed “Superior,” while headlights and child-seat anchors scored as “Acceptable.”

Each 2019 RLX gets a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warnings. Traffic jam assist also helps accelerate and slow the vehicle at up to 40 mph. Sport Hybrid models include a surround-view camera system and front and rear parking sensors.

**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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