2018 Acura RLX Review

The all new RLX model of Acura first made an entrance into the automobile industry in the year 2013 and it came as a way to phase out the more outdated models of the second generation RL. It also came with divergent views, for one, it was praised for its very powerful engine which is a V6, it was also praised for its drive train that was the hybrid, its technology was also worthy of note. With so many appreciating features, this sedan was however criticized due to factors such as its comparatively high price as well as its boring looks. This may very well be the reason why Acura must have introduced the new 2018 Acura RLX design for the model just four years after the release of the original.

Even though it is normal for a car model that is just four years old to get some minor modifications, the RLX experienced something that can only be described as a radical change in the sense that it experienced a facelift from the ground up to the inside of the car, it is now an embodiment of the companies all new precision performance styling pattern. Although the interior does not seem to have experienced anything too radical, except for the minor inclusion of some equipment as well as the option of the drive train, however, there was something worthy of note in what Acura did and that was the fact that the rather dull design received a fine touch.

2018 Acura RLX

2018 Acura RLX Redesign, Exterior

The all new 2018 RLX comes with a similar design as the TLX as well as the MDX, although it is quite different from the already existing sedan. At the front of the car, there is something rather new there as the grille has received a facelift of some sort; it comes with a wider body and sharp edges. There is also the new mesh grille design which appears to combine some of the features of the Mercedes Benz model as well as the Lexus, although this does not mean that Acura in any way copied the design of those cars.

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As regards the headlamp of the car, there has been a reversal of the rather sharp inner corners, this makes the car appear a little bit more menacing. Also, the outer corners appear to be a lot sharper than it used to be, also, the unique all new L shaped LED strip gives it a unique outlook. Down below, one would observe that there seems to be some larger chromes inserted at each point, also, there seems to be a much wider intake as regards the integrated daytime running light as well as a larger splitter. Another thing that should catch your attention is the fact that the engine hood has a rather muscular look due to the additional creases on both sides.

Onto the sides, one will observe that there has not been any radical change in this regard except for the chrome trim that can be seen on the skirts as well as the door handle of the chrome and also the new wheel makeup. This, however, does not take away the fact that there are some changes at the back beginning from the taillights which is a lot more crisper as well as the much thicker chrome trim that can be seen on the lid of the trunk.

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These dual elements thus give the RLX a rather improved premium look, the same thing can also be said of the exhaust tips that are a lot larger and also the bumper inserts that are located down below. The all new exterior takes its crowning glory from the fact that it comes in three choices of coloration, this includes the Majestic Black pearl coloring and the Brilliant red metallic.

In all, it can be said that the RLX model is a big time improvement when looking at it from the design perspective. It is not only good when it comes to style, it is also quite sportier and brings out the premium look that Acura has long desired.

Acura RLX 2018 Interior

As against the exterior, the interior of the new 2018 RLX will be almost copy paste to the previous model. This should not be viewed as a negative thing owing to the fact that the Acura is still quite awesome on the inside. This does not, however, mean that there are no few changes; the seats, for instance, have been reviewed in such a way as to enhance the level of comfort of the car owner and the passengers. Also, the hybrid and gasoline models come with an upgraded AcuraWatch group of technologies that come as a standard.

The 2018 Acura RLX sports hybrid model, on the other hand, comes with a premium Krell sound system, a camera that has a surrounding view, heated back seats, as well as heated driver steering wheels. There is also an upgrade with the materials as there are a high contrast stitching and piping for the car seats as well as a new upholstery option of coloration that has a light wood veneer.

2018 Acura RLX Interior

Safety features

Along with front and side airbags and other safety types of equipment the new Acura RLX comes with the following safety features: collision mitigation braking system that comes with automatic braking, also there is the lane departure warning system as well as the lane keeping assist, there is also the road departure mitigations system among others. Another suite for active safety installed in the car is AcuraWatch, which have different features like traffic jam assist incorporated with adaptive cruise control.

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The all new Acura RLX 2018 comes with a marriage of the old and new engine below its hood. The 3.5-litre engine of the gasoline model still gives a 310 horsepower output same as its predecessor, it however now has a 10-speed automatic transition system that helps make the acceleration better. The sports hybrid model, on the other hand, comes with a 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine as well as 3 electric motors, the same thing that is obtainable in the NSX super vehicle. There is, however, a difference as the configuration is not the same; this is so mainly due to the fact that two of the three motors are located on the rear axle. The output of this one is about 377 horsepower.

Price and release date

The 2018 Acura RLX was unveiled on the 17th of August 2017 and it is expected to be on sale as from November 2017. There shouldn’t be much difference in price with the old model. The current one goes for around $54,450, the sports model on the other hand goes for around $59,950.

2018 Acura RLX photos

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