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In 2017, Acura introduced the facelifted version of the RLX on the North American market, improving the Japanese automaker's flagship.

The RLX took the flagship from the previous RL and Legend lineups left. The Legend was a very appreciated vehicle worldwide, whether it sported the Honda or the Acura badge. Moreover, the RLX was sold as Honda Legend in Japan. Meanwhile, technology evolved, and the Japanese carmaker improved its skills in creating hybrid sports vehicles, such as the NSX. As a result, some of the ideas met on the 2018 model-year RLX were carried over from that car.

Up front, the RLX sported the new design language made by Acura and seen on the MDX model. Its grille featured a 3D pattern with lines and dots that converged to the center towards the Acura chromed badge. A chromed trim surrounded it, and, in addition, more chromed elements were added to the lower bumper around the side scoops. The diamond-inspired look of the headlights featured LED lamps with adaptive lighting. From its profile, the RLX looked more like a sports sedan than a regular, mid-size one. In addition, the carmaker added a few more chromed trims at the back around the side exhausts and on the trunk's lid.

Inside, the carmaker listened to the critics who said that the interior was not as luxurious or didn't provide such a premium feel as some of its competitors. Thus, Acura introduced a higher quality leather upholstery, new wood trims, and seats.

Under the hood, Acura offered a choice of two drivetrains. The base version featured a 3.5-liter V6 that sent the power to the front wheels via a ten-speed automatic. At the same time, the top model received a 377 hp (382 PS) hybrid powerplant that sent its torque in all corners via a seven-speed automatic.

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ACURA RLX 2017 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.5L V6 10AT (310 HP)
  1 hybrid engine
  • 3.5L V6 Sport Hybrid 7AT (377 HP)
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ACURA RLX Brochure

ACURA RLX 3.5L V6 10AT (310 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 10AT (310 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3471 cm3
Power
231.2 KW @ 6500 RPM
314 HP @ 6500 RPM
310 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
272 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
369 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
10-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/40 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
198.1 in (5032 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/64.2 in (1,633/1,631 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3977 lbs (1804 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Combined
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)

ACURA RLX 3.5L V6 Sport Hybrid 7AT (377 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 Sport Hybrid 7AT (377 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3471 cm3
Power
228 KW @ 6500 RPM
310 HP @ 6500 RPM
306 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
272 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
369 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic (DCT)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/40 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
198.1 in (5032 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/64.2 in (1,633/1,631 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4380 lbs (1987 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Highway
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
Hybrid System
Front electric motor power: 35 kW (47 hp)
Front electric motor torque: 148 Nm (109 lb-ft)
Rear electric motors power: 27+27 kW (36+36 hp)
Rear electric motors torque: 73+73 Nm (54+54 lb-ft)
Total system power: 281 kW (377 hp)
Total system torque: 462 Nm (341 lb-ft)
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