Blingy crossovers may have already taken over the landscape, but the luxury sedan still has some know-how that consolidated its place as a state symbol long ago. Therefore, it seems there is room for a rival for the BMWs and Lexus of the world, especially that of Acura, the company responsible for the exotic NSX, supported by the quality and reliability of the construction of Honda. Unfortunately, this sedan is the 2020 Acura RLX. The flagship sedan of Acura is well made, offers a solid engine and comes with many standard features to weaken competition. But its driving quality does not match a luxury car, especially against the big hitters of Audi, Cadillac and Genesis. The infotainment system is not only obsolete but also confusing to use. An optional Sport Hybrid version offers two electric motors but with slightly improved fuel economy, less trunk space and a smaller fuel tank.
Inside the beautifully decorated 2020 Acura RLX cabin, occupants will find plenty of space in the front and rear. Comfortable seats and a long list of standard amenities will surely please. Leather upholstery, adjustable heated electric seats, three-zone automatic air conditioning, adjustable electric steering wheel, interior ambient lighting and electric sunroof are available in all models. While the normal 2020 Acura RLX offers up to 15 cubic feet of cargo space in your trunk, the battery in the Sport Hybrid model reduces it to 12 cubes.
Each 2020 Acura RLX is equipped with an obsolete infotainment system displayed on two screens. Despite a useful rotary controller and physical buttons, the experience is hampered by generic graphics and a lack of contemporary functionality. A 14-speaker ELS Studio audio system and integrated navigation are standard, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is lacking.
The 2020 Acura RLX entry offers a variety of standard luxury features, as well as a round the sleeve. The sedan operates on a 3.5-liter V6 engine (310 hp, 272 lb-ft) coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission. While this is front-wheel drive, it also has steering on the rear wheels, which means the rear wheels will subtly rotate in the opposite direction to the front wheels to help the rear of the car turn. Alternatively. Heated, leather-padded front seats that can be adjusted in 12 ways are standard. The same goes for navigation and a set of driving safety aids.
There aren’t many reasons to choose the 2020 Acura RLX instead of luxury alternatives with similar prices, but its powerful hybrid system is undoubtedly one. Although the Sport Hybrid model costs an additional $ 7,000, it makes the Acura one of the fastest and most fuel-efficient sedans in the segment.