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.
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.
The RLX Sport Hybrid has a roomy cabin, with loads of legroom in the rear seats.
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.
This grille design is part of Acura's current signature look, spreading across all of its models.
Acura makes its LED headlights standard on the RLX Sport Hybrid, and many other of its models as well.
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.
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.
The sides of the RLX Sport Hybrid remain unchanged from the launch model.
With its hybrid drivetrain, not only does the RLX Sport Hybrid deliver excellent handling, but its average fuel economy approaches 30 mpg.