Acura Says 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Offers V8 Might For 4-Cyl Thirst, Priced From $59,950

Acura‘s 2017 electrified RLX Sport Hybrid model is set to go on sale tomorrow at dealerships nationwide.

According to the Japanese automaker, the RLX Sport Hybrid features the most spacious cabin in its class, as well as a powertrain that combines V8-like performance with 4-cylinder-like fuel efficiency and excellent handling characteristics thanks to its torque vectoring AWD system.

The power unit is a direct-injected 3.5-liter 310 HP V6 with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), a built-in motor-generator powering the front wheels and two rear electric motors for the rear wheels. Its combined power output is 377 HP, whereas its EPA rating is 29/30/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Among the RLX Sport Hybrid’s tech features are the distinctive Jewel Eye LED headlights, the 19″ wheels, the AcuraLink connected car system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and of course AcuraWatch – a suite of safety and driver assistance technologies.

The AcuraWatch suite includes the previously-mentioned adaptive cruise control system, but also collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, blind spot information and cross traffic monitor.

Buyers will be able to choose between two grades, more specifically the Technology Package version ($59,950) and the more expensive Advance Package version, which is priced from $65,950.


  • Nick

    Great it offers “the most spacious cabin in its class” for $60 grand. Someone tell the product planners at Honda/Acura that this is not a selling point for a premium sedan. Maybe something 1000x more distinctive and expensive looking than an Accord might do the trick. If you want a near luxury car why would anyone choose the RLX for $60k if you could get a much better proportioned RWD Genesis G80 for just over $40k?!

    • Mind Synthetic

      a hyundaishashsafhsadf is your better option? ouch

      • An Existing Person

        Genesis is its own brand now so no need to be ashamed with the Hyundai badge. Also, the current Genesis lineup of two cars are more of a competition in their segments than Acura’s lineup as a whole is. Not to mention, they could actually pass as luxury vehicles.

        • Jay

          changing the name from sh%t to poop doesn’t mean it isn’t sh%t.. just saying..

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed. Hyundai and now Genesis gets it: people want flash when looking for a bargain. The RLX would be almost perfect if it looked better than it did. Back in the days of the Acura Legend, it did exactly what the Genesis is doing today: offer simple good looks and proportions at a price that’s impossible to say NO to.

    • Simon Quach

      Did you really try to compare a Hyundai to a Honda. Hyundai might be cheaper up front but 5 years from now it’ll be worth 25% of its original cost while Hondas will retain 40% residual value.

    • eb110americana

      I was just at the LA Autoshow and sat in the new Lincoln Continental. I came away very impressed. For $45K, you can get into one, and for $54K you can get a Reserve model. You can get a well-optioned Black Label model for around $70K. While the RLX will certainly out-handle the Lincoln, I feel like this size class doesn’t need to pretend to be a sports sedan if it coddles its passengers. The Acura will get better fuel economy though. Otherwise, the Acura offers homely styling, and rather half-hearted interior luxury that is completely eclipsed by the classy Continental.

  • Back to the Drawing Board

    It has nice interior appointments, with the exception of the odd center dash console. It drives well and quick. Exterior styling is completely forgettable. Open the trunk and unless you are going to put a small backpack or two into what doesn’t even constitute a trunk you might as well forget it. Why they charge this much for an automobile with an absolute minimal amount of trunk space is beyond me.

  • Dan

    ……… about the styling………..fix it!!!!!!

  • ediotsavant

    Lol. V8 might with 4 cylinder thirst? I wonder if Honda knows we’re approaching 2017 and V8s makes much more than 377hp. Maybe they are comparing it to V8s from the 1990s.

    P.S. Editor, that is a Honda Accord in your pics.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I think that’s a joke but you made me look twice to be sure.

  • Andrew Ngo

    Even the 2017 CRV’s front looks better than RL!!??

  • WG

    $60k honda accord…

  • Craig

    I was quite excited to click on this link. But as it turns out – it’s the same old RLX. Come on Honda. WAKE UP!

  • Craig

    Has there ever been an comparison test that included the RLX SH-AWD?

  • ErnieB

    A Ford Fusion looks way way way sexier than this turd.. I find it visually appealing and insults my visual feelings😂


  • klowik

    The design looks so outdated, For $60k, I will pick any of the German brands.

  • Six Thousand Times

    There is a lot of tech here but the car’s anonymous. That vision-something concept’s styling cannot come soon enough.

  • surfshop

    Def need a new design team

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