There are no changes of note for the 2020 Acura RLX sedan.
If you're not all about performance-driving and cutting-edge electronic assistance, we think the base RLX should be enough. The price remains reasonable, and the features are quite impressive. Then again, with only $7,000 separating the Sport Hybrid from the base model, the better performance and more high-end features such as ventilated seats and the Krell audio system might be worth the jump.
The Acura RLX comes in two trims: the RLX and the AWD RLX Sport Hybrid.
The RLX ($55,895) includes a power moonroof, active sound control (which uses the audio system to quiet the cabin), the Acura Navigation System with 3D view, AcuraLink, Real-Time Traffic and rerouting and a color multi-information display. Also standard is a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated front seats, driver and passenger 12-way power seats with power lumbar support, keyless access with push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control,19-in alloy wheels, a multiview rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, perforated Milano leather seating, a 14-speaker ELS Studio audio system with HDD music storage, Aha and Pandora app compatibility, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature and adaptive cruise control. The Acura Watch suite of safety and driver-assist features brings forward-collision warning and mitigation braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, Traffic Jam Assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Also standard is a full suite of airbags, including a driver's knee airbag.
The RLX Sport Hybrid ($62,895) includes all the features found in the non-hybrid RLX plus a head-up display, an electronic gear selector, electric tri-zone air conditioning with an air quality sensor and LED fog lights. Also standard are the contents from last year's Advanced Package, including heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats (outboard positions only), a heated steering wheel, a high-end Krell audio system with 14 speakers, a surround-view camera, a power rear sunshade, remote start, manual rear-door side sunshades, auto-dimming side mirrors and front and rear parking sensors.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2019 BMW 5 Series -- The 5 Series will cost more, but offers far more advanced technology than the RLX. Although the 5 Series' ride tends be a bit on the stiff side, this rear-drive sedan still feels a little more agile in the curves, and it comes with a number of body configurations and engine choices.
2019 Audi A6 -- While the A6. isn't as powerful as the RLX Sport Hybrid, its turbocharged V6 handily outguns the standard RLX V6. There's also a new 2.0-liter turbo from which to choose. The A6's interior and exterior outshines the RLX's, as does its overall ride and handling.
2019 Infiniti Q70 -- A nicely equipped Q70 costs about the same as the RLX and offers more horsepower, but worse fuel economy. The Q70's color palate is rather drab, and its rear seats are not as accommodating as the RLX's, although the stretched L models are quite accommodating.
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- A 2014-2018 E-Class offers plenty of features, power and prestige, but be sure to get a certified pre-owned model, because repairs for a car out of warranty can be pricey.