Car Review: Acura’s new 2014 RLX offering

A midsize luxury sedan with techie options that positions the 2014 Acura RLX just right. Photo: 2014 Acura RLX All photos by Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, September 24, 2013 — Acura is just one of those brands that I love more every time I get behind the wheel. Add to that the fact that the 2014 Acura RLX is out and ready for action as an all-new midsize, luxury sedan and it’s just one more reason.

The 2014 Acura RLX

The 2014 Acura RLX

The folks at Acura have also announced that the RLX will also be available in a hybrid model later this year.

Competition includes the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and even the Lexus GS 350, but for now this new Acura offering only comes in front-wheel-drive, which might be a turnoff for some; all-wheel-drive will be available later this year.

Good points include the technology on this one and Acura offers it all. Along with that there is plenty of room and it’s a solid performance car that gets good gas mileage.

Available in five trims, the 2014 Acura RLX is offered in the base trim, the RLX with Navigation, RLX with Technology package, RLX with Krell Audio package, and RLX with Advance package. This vehicle does not come with a mix and match option selection though, you get what comes in each package, period.

The base RLX has 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, heating in the front seats and a tri-zone automatic climate control with the addition as well of a rearview camera, Bluetooth, SMS text-to-speech capability, and other audio features like 10 speakers with an ELS sound system, digital music storage, a USB/iPod interface and satellite radio.

On the RLX with Navigation you get, complemented to the base package, an eight-inch screen that sits on top of the dash, access to the AcuraLink and a climate control system using the GPS to adjust cabin temperature.

The Technology package offers 19-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, power-retractable mirrors, a blind spot monitoring system, leather upholstery, wood interior as well as 14 speakers, and a keyless system on all four doors.

The RLX with Krell Audio adds to the goodies a 14-speaker Krell sound system as well as full sunshade for the backseat or the RLX with Advance package has adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation system with automatic braking, a lane keeping assist system, front and rear parking sensors, and ventilated front seats with heated rear seats.

Under the hood the 2014 RLX has two different power train options: the front-wheel-drive with 310 horsepower V6 including a six-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Soon, the RLX will also be offered in a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD model that will pump out 370 horsepower using gasoline and electric power.

For safety, expect antilock disc brakes, front-seat side, full-length side curtain and a driver knee airbag. There is also a rearview camera that comes on all the trims, blind spot monitoring on the three higher end packages, but for the real safety benefits, the Advance package is the “go to” option since you get the front and rear parking sensors and the collision mitigation and lane keeping assist.

One real standout on this Acura is the cool headlights, but inside, the Acura RLX can’t be forgotten either with plenty of space and comfort. Even for taller passengers the front and rear is excellent for legroom, albeit the headroom is a little sparse in the backseat for the really tall passenger.

The trunk storage comes in at 15.3 cubic feet and while the rear seats do not fold down, there is a ski pass-through that is available for longer items that you need to haul. The navigation system is easy to use with a seven-inch touchscreen and the dials and knobs are intuitive.

It’s an easy drive with edgy performance for comfort and styling and indeed. The Acura RLX for 2014 is all about precise steering, and an athletic, but comfortable feel makes this a standout for the mid-size luxury market.

Should You Need to Know: This 2014 Acura is all about the tech. Take note of the adaptive cruise control with a mechanism where you set it and go and then couple that with the safety additions and your drive and ride is all good.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2014 Acura RLX Krell Audio that I drove had 20 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: For the Krell Package on the 2014 Acura RLX the price tag came in at 57,845.

Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press www.historypress.net  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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