The fresh 2021 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.
For 2021, 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 2021, the new 2021 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.
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.
Notably, the price across the entire trim level hasn’t increased from the previous year. Things remain unchanged under the hood of the 2021 RLX, it still comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that drives the fore wheels via a six-speed auto transmission system. For 2021 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.
Available Trims – Acura RLX
The 2021 RLX is available in three trims: Navigation, Technology Package, and the Advance Package.
As already mentioned, the 2021 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is expected later on.
Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2021 Acura RLX
The 2021 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.
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.
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.
2021 Acura RLX Engine Specs
For 2021, 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 2021 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.
During our 2021 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 & 2021 Acura RLX Price
Once available, the new 2021 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.