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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid keeps its coolest stuff under the skin

At a glance, you can't see the RLX Sport Hybrid's torque vectoring and efficient hybrid power train, but they're there.

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Acura first launched its RLX sedan in 2013, introducing a front-wheel-drive version, then following up with an all-wheel-drive Sport Hybrid model. For the 2018 model year, Acura gives the RLX Sport Hybrid a whole new front end, reflecting the automaker's current styling.

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Acura doesn't compete in the large luxury sedan segment, so the RLX Sport Hybrid, its largest sedan, goes up against cars like the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS.

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The RLX Sport Hybrid has a roomy cabin, with loads of legroom in the rear seats.

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Although the RLX Sport Hybrid uses a fixed suspension, the ride quality is very comfortable, while its all-wheel-drive system lets it handle well.

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This grille design is part of Acura's current signature look, spreading across all of its models.

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Acura makes its LED headlights standard on the RLX Sport Hybrid, and many other of its models as well.

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The drivetrain for the RLX Sport Hybrid is very innovative. It uses a 3.5-liter V6, assisted by an electric motor, to drive the front wheels, and two electric motors driving the rear wheels.

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With electric motors at the rear wheels, Acura implements active torque vectoring to aid handling, where the outside wheel in a turn delivers more torque, leading to very predictable behavior.

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The sides of the RLX Sport Hybrid remain unchanged from the launch model.

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With its hybrid drivetrain, not only does the RLX Sport Hybrid deliver excellent handling, but its average fuel economy approaches 30 mpg.

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