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2018 Acura RLX focuses on safety and performance

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ZTSG 08/02/2022 New energy 177
The 2018 Acura RLX introduced a more streamlined lineup and lowered the suggested retail price for potential buyers. RLX currently offers only two models, although both are fully equipped: RLX P-AWS s...

The 2018 Acura RLX introduced a more streamlined lineup and lowered the suggested retail price for potential buyers. RLX currently offers only two models, although both are fully equipped: RLX P-AWS starts at $54,900, while Sport Hybrid SH-AWD starts at $61,900. Compared to upcoming models with premium packages, the starting price for mixed buyers will be reduced by $4,050.

Styling & Design

Power & Performance

Interior Treatments

Safety & Security

Availability

Styling & Design

Acura says the 2018 RLX reflects its latest design direction, particularly in the front and rear. The new RLX carries the signature diamond pentagon grille with a more sculpted hood and new wheel designs. At the rear, the 2018 RLX is characterized by newly designed LED taillights, a gloss black rear diffuser, and a dual exhaust. There are seven total exterior colors and two new premium colors: Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.

Power & Performance

The 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS (Precision All-Wheel Steering) is powered by a 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine. The plant features direct injection, an idle-stop feature for increased fuel efficiency, revised cam timing, and the evergreen i-VTEC technology. When mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, this RLX variant delivers 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/29 city/highway and 23 combined.

The 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) shares much of its engine architecture with the RLX P-AWS. However, in this variant, the V6 combines with three electric motors and the aforementioned SH-AWD system to enhance acceleration on dry surfaces while providing additional traction in bad weather. The RLX Sport Hybrid delivers 377 total system horsepower and 341 lb-ft. of total system torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are 28/29 city/highway and 28 combined.

The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid shares a handful of concepts and components with the NSX supercar.

2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Photo: Honda North America.

Interior Treatments

Drivers will see newly updated touch-points, redesigned Milano leather seats with contrast piping and stitching, and a new Expresso interior theme. Standard features for the RLX Sport Hybrid include a heads-up display, 14 speaker Krell audio, Surround View Camera, front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Safety & Security

Both RLX models come with AcuraWatch, which now includes Traffic Jam Assist. The feature works with Adaptive Cruise Control and Low Speed Follow to reduce stress and fatigue in congested traffic. Traffic Jam Assist helps keep the RLX centered in its lane at a specific interval from the vehicle ahead. AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation, among others.

Arguably the car’s most vital safety feature is the ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure. The vehicle architecture uses interconnected front frame members to absorb and redirect crash energy around the occupants in the event of a frontal collision.

Availability

The 2018 RLX is now available at Acura dealerships nationwide.

Photo and data source: Honda North America.