2014 Acura RLX Review

Luxury, Taken To A Whole New Level

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The all-new 2014 Acura RLX is here and it brings with it elevated levels of comfort, refinement, safety and, of course, luxury. The 2014 Acura RLX replaces the 2013 RL luxury saloon and the new flagship indeed has a lot to offer. Here’s what you can expect from Acura’s new luxury flagship.

2014 Acura RLX – Overview

The new RLX has been expressly aimed at getting Acura back in the luxury saloon game. Many may say that the RL was getting a bit dated, and the luxury car maker has responded with the all-new 2014 Acura RLX; combining sporting luxury and design with advanced engineering and safety technology.

2014 Acura RLX – Performance

Acura and performance just go together and the all-new 2014 Acura RLX is no exception; in fact, you get a new generation of engaging performance with some never before features to ensure maximum performance across a broad spectrum of application – be it efficiency, acceleration or cornering. The 3.5L V6 engine features direct injection and i-VTEC technology for optimized power delivery and high efficiency. The 6,800 redline promises an exciting experience for those who wish to explore the limits. The six-cylinder makes 310 hp at 6,500 rpm and a hefty 272 lb-ft of torque from 4,500 rpm, with the variable valve timing lift control technology making the torque delivery even smoother and more linear, allowing for quicker starts and easier overtaking whenever needed. The 6-speed Sequential SportShift transmission makes life easier while retaining the fun with a controlled manual shift selection available.

The drivetrain on the 2014 Acura RLX also features Grade Logic Control which handles uphill and downhill travel much better. Precision All-Wheel-Steer increases handling dynamics with improved cornering and lane-changing by adjusting the toes of the rear wheels to allow for tighter operation at all speeds, high or low. The fuel efficiency is also a pleasant surprise with the 2014 Acura RLX delivering up to 31 mpg on the highway with a combined 24 mpg.

2014 Acura RLX – Safety

Cutting-edge cars have to be advanced in every aspect and the 2014 Acura RLXis just that. To match its enthralling performance

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and to keep all occupants in a cocoon of protection, the RLX features a full complement of airbags and child safety restraint systems. Acura’s signature ‘Advanced Compatibility Engineering’ (ACE) chassis construction technology enhances protection with the channels distributing crash energy evenly throughout the design to maximize passenger cell protection. Dynamic safety enhancement is crucial and the Vehicle Stability Assist keeping a watchful eye on all happenings. There’s even a Blind Spot Information System to watch your back.

Braking technologies on the 2014 Acura RLX includes nothing but the best and most modern systems. The Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution is supplemented with a Brake Assist System with overcomes any shortcomings in brake pedal input to minimize stopping distance with the most assuring and stable speed reduction. There’s the Adaptive Cruise Control which moderates speed as required to maintain a safe distance in traffic. A Collision Mitigation System steps in to brake when any untoward possibility is detected.

When it comes to vehicle safety, the security system with AcuraLink in the 2014 Acura RLX gives you complete peace of mind.

2014 Acura RLX – Exterior, Interior and Technology

One look at the 2014 Acura RLX and you know it’s an Acura which has been brought into the future. The sharp lines and chiseled appearance make this evident. What’s more are the new Jewel Eye LED headlamps. They are comprised of eight LEDs shining through 16 lenses; helping illuminate the road ahead even better than conventional HID headlamps while being much more efficient. During the day, they add to the distinct look by functioning as daytime running lights. They even look attractive when off, with the reflection of the lenses shining through in daylight.

Step inside the new RLX and you know you’re in an ultra-modern car. Everything looks cutting-edge and the layout and interior design is something truly appreciable. The technology in the car speaks for itself, whether it’s multimedia entertainment, satellite navigation or safety systems. The 12-way adjustable seats are well-contoured and nicely supportive and feature dual-level heating and cooling. Milano Leather is also available with the optional Technology package, making the ride quality plush and even more luxurious. A smart keyless operation system makes life easier when getting in and out in a hurry.

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For those who like to stay connected on the move without missing out on their entertainment, the Bluetooth system can be synced for SMS and Email, with voice recognition adding to the ease of use. An ELS Premium Audio System is standard, but choose the Technology Package and you get the ELS Studio Surround Sound entertainment system with 14 speakers. There’s even more for audiophiles with the upgrade to Krell audio system with a setup of amplifiers, bass drivers and a composite sub-woofer with a dedicated amplifier to boot. You also get more connectivity options with USB and Bluetooth as well as a hard drive multimedia storage unit. Overall, the 2014 Acura RLX has all the equipment you would need for a drive around town or a cross-country business trip, whatever the situation demands.

What Others Are Saying – Ratings and Reviews

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The 2014 Acura RLX may be a brand new car, but already there are rave reviews about it. Here’s what some leading automobile names had to say.

Autoblog says, “Front passengers in the 2014 Acura RLX are treated to supportive and nice leather seats with good bolstering. Rear is equally supportive with comfortable seating for two full-size adults. Rear leg room bests the midsize luxury competition like the Audi A6, BMW 5 series, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.”

Autonet.ca says, ” Plenty of useful technology; comfortable and spacious interior.” They go on to rate rear comfort 10 out of 10; comfort, equipment and storage get resounding 9 out of 10 ratings as well.

2014 Acura RLX – Pricing

The all-new RLX is a bold move from a brand which aims to increase sales and targets more first-time luxury car buyers with a blend of performance, technology and entertainment added to the luxury factor. The new RLX starts from $48,450, but can also be had with a choice of four additional packages which add several features and technology.

The 2014 Acura RLX with Navigation Package is available for $50,950. You get the Navigation System and more connectivity features and telematics.

The 2014 Acura RLX with Technology Package costs $54,450 and is equipped with premium Milano Leather upholstery, the ELS Premium Sound System and the Blind Spot Information system apart from other safety and comfort features.

The RLX with Krell Audio Package adds the Krell 14-speaker, 450W audio system as well as rear shades. It is available for $56,950.

Finally, there’s the 2014 Acura RLX with the Advance Package for $60,450, and that brings you exactly what the name states, the most advanced version of the all-new RLX there is.