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Comprehensive 2016 Acura RLX Review!

The 2016 Acura RLX is not just an absolutely aesthetically pleasing vehicle; but the internals that make this vehicle run are out of this world as well. One of the most powerful sedans on the market today sets this vehicle far apart from the competition. If your looking for a car that has a smooth ride, gets very good gas mileage AND has a fair sale price, you have stumbled upon the right sedan! 

2016 RLX2016 Acura RLX Specifications:

There are two different models you can decide between for the Acura RLX. The first model is the Navi 4dr Sedan and the second option is the 4dr Sedan with the technology package. In regards to the engine, both of these models have the same internals because the only differences are in regards to appearance. Both models come standard with a 3.5 liter V-6 and have 310 horsepower. If you have been looking up reviews for other sedans, you will notice the horsepower for the 2016 Acura RLX is substantially higher than any other sedan. This extra horsepower does come at a cost though.

The cheapest option available for the Acura RLX $46,864 and the most expensive model is $54,450. Because of all the features included (even on the base model) and the drastic increase in horsepower from the competitor, Acura was forced to put a higher price tag than most.

The Acura RLX gets 20 miles per gallon city and 31 miles per gallon highway. Even though the fuel economy on this sedan is not as efficient as other sedans in its class, it has a lot more horsepower. Personally, this is a trade off I would be willing to make! The 2016 model also has returned suspension which allows the vehicle to have a much smoother ride compared to previous models. Additionally, an upgraded V-6 engine with front wheel drive gives the sedan that “pick up” you have always yearned for but most likely could not find in a normal sedan.

Safety Features

When it comes to safety, Acura always delivers. As we can see from the vehicle’s 5 star rating, Acura once again, did not settle! This 5 star rating was awarded to the 2016 Acura RLX by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, all models come equipped with AcuraWatch, a revolutionary system that allows the vehicle to stop for you if your car is approaching another vehicle, or object too quickly.

2016 Acura RLX Reviews

The 2016 Acura RLX

The experts have your best interests in mind when they review vehicles; they attempt to provide the most accurate information possible. For the most part, I agree with there thoughts in regards to the 2016 Acura RLX. Lets discuss the negatives (in the experts opinions) first. The only viable piece of constructive criticism they had to offer was about the steering.

For example, they mention that when driving the vehicle has the tendency to feel disconnected, whether the steering is too sensitive, or not sensitive enough. Cases of both have been reported. For the rest of the negative comments on the vehicle, it seemed the reviewers were forcing themselves to have negatives. Let me pull a direct quote, “front seats get uncomfortable on longer trips”, how ridiculous is this con? Yes, obviously if you are taking longer, cross-country trips, ANY vehicle is going to start to feel uncomfortable regardless of the make or model.

Now lets take a second and discuss the “pros” of owning this vehicle. There is a abundance of features; most of these features are safety related (which in my opinion is even better, I want to ensure anyone that rides in my vehicle is going to be safe if a collision should occur). Another positive to owning this vehicle is the excellent crash score it received from the NHTSA, like I said before, safety is a main concern of mine and I look at this spec. very hard when debating a vehicle purchase. Space, the 2016 Acura RLX has plenty of it! There is plenty of room for a tall driver to stretch out and really get comfortable while driving (with plenty of left over room for back seat passengers).

Acura RLX Development

The RLX was first introduced to the market in 2013 as a luxury sedan (explains the higher price point). Consumers accepted it very quickly! The actual manufacturer of the RLX is Honda; so don’t be surprised if a lot of the components are similar to features you have seen in Honda vehicles. Another name for the Acura RLX is the Honda Legend (name given to the vehicle by Honda). From the 2015 RLX, to the new 2016 edition; 19- inch wheels will come standard. This will give the vehicle a more modern, slick appearance (a valuable piece of “developmental add-on” if you want to turn heads when driving your new Acura).

Acura RLX Final Thoughts

The question of “should I buy?” ultimately, is yours to answer, but let me attempt to make the decision a little more clear for you. This is a luxury vehicle for a fair price that has a very high safety rating, and competes with some of the leaner sedans when it comes to gas mileage. All of these are great reasons why the 2016 Acura RLX would be a great edition to your family. If you’re looking for a luxury vehicle, but not trying to blow your budget, I personal think the best value for your money is the Acura RLX.