2017 Acura RLX Release Date and Info

2017 Acura RLX Review

The fresh 2017 Acura RLX is a luxury sedan that offers plenty of upscale tidbits while still ensuring a smooth and serene ride. It features a spacious cabin, plenty of safety features, abundant standard features, and excellent crash test-scores. Its release date should be expected early next year.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, black color

For 2017, buyers should expect new 19” wheels, suspension and chassis upgrades, expanded package collection, new safety features: collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, an all-surround camera, and rear-cross traffic alert. Lastly, the new Sport Hybrid trim is set to arrive later in the year while the previous base trim will no longer be available as it has been discontinued.

Although mostly unchanged for 2017, the new 2017 Acura RLX will most probably drive below the radar in its class. Just to be honest, the exterior and interior styling is conservative and a mild change might have worked for it. But that shouldn’t mean that the RLX misses the point, its exterior and interior styling is still something worth taking a selfie with.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

Depending on your priorities, the new RLX offers plenty of features at a lower price tag if you were to compare it with its traditional and mostly higher priced German rivals.

To start off with, the base RLX features a standard navigation system, which is normally optional for most sedans. Other otherwise optional features include LED headlights, a suite of safety features, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Acura RLX silver color, headlights

Notably, the price across the entire trim level hasn’t increased from the previous year. Things remain unchanged under the hood of the 2017 RLX, it still comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that drives the fore wheels via a six-speed auto transmission system. For 2017 however, Acura has seen it fit to fine tune its suspension tuning and chassis in an effort to help it reduce road noise, improve ride handling and quality.

Despite the effort, the RLX still comes with some notable cons. They include: uncomfortable seats on longer trips; disconnected steering feel; and distracting digital screen interface.

2017 Acura RLX rear angle, taillights

Some of its rivals include 2017 Hyundai Genesis, 2017 Lexus GS 350, 2017 Audi A6, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and 2017 BMW 5 Series.

Available Trims – Acura RLX

The 2017 RLX is available in three trims: Navigation, Technology Package, and the Advance Package.

2017 Acura RLX front angle, grille and headlights

As already mentioned, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is expected later on.

Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2017 Acura RLX

2017 Acura RLX leather seats, gear shift knob and steering wheel

The 2017 Acura RLX w/Navigation comes bundled with keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, heated front seats, driver memory settings, leatherette upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front seats, automatic climate control (four-way), auto-dimming rearview mirrors, 19” alloy wheels, power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

2017 Acura RLX interior,dashboard and gear shift knob

Standard electronics include a rearview camera, Pandora and Aha compatibility, ELS sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, dual displays, satellite and HD radios, and an auxiliary audio jack.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, grille

Opting for the Technology option package gets you a 14-speaker ELS sound system, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, and leather upholstery. The Advance package adds ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, an all-surround camera, Krell premium sound system, a heated steering wheel, and remote start.

2017 Acura RLX interior,leather seats and dashboard

2017 Acura RLX Engine Specs

For 2017, the RLX receives a carryover engine from the 2015 model. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 310 hp and 272 lbs. of torque. Both the six-speed automatic transmission system and the FWD are the default systems.

Although slated to arrive later after the sedan’s debut, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will combined the 3.5L engine with a three motor hybrid system, complete with electronically powered Acura’s Super Handling SH-AWD and torque vectoring. You can get the full information once it debuts.

2017 Acura RLX engine

During our 2017 Acura RLX test drive, the RLX with the Advance package sprints to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The EPA fuel economy ratings available stand at 20/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Safety features include stability control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, traction control, driver knee airbag, side curtain airbag, and a rearview camera.

Release Date & 2017 Acura RLX Price

Once available, the new 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid will cost you an MSRP starting at $59,950, and $50,950 for the RLX sedan. The sedan should be available in dealerships early next year.

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2017 Acura RLX steering wheel, lcd screen and gear shift knob

2017 Acura RLX alloy wheels, tailpipe and taillights

2017 Acura RLX lcd screen and steering wheel