Acura makes a big tech play with its new RLX, but an overly complicated cabin interface is one big flaw.
As Acura's new flagship sedan, the 2014 RLX replaces the RL model. Acura uses the RLX to bring out significant new technologies in both performance and cabin electronics. The RLX is available in a base model, or with a succession of packages called Navigation, Technology, Krell Audio, and Advance. The model shown here is an example of the Advance trim.
The engine uses a new direct-injection fuel delivery system, providing greater efficiency than the old port-injection engine. Not only does the engine deliver 310 horsepower, but it achieves fuel economy in the mid-20s.
The biggest failure in the RLX is this two-screen interface for the cabin electronics. A touch screen sits about midway up the center dashboard, showing stereo and phone controls. Above it sits an LCD controlled by a jog dial and buttons below it. The LCD shows navigation, stereo, and phone controls, some of which are duplicated on the touch screen.