There are nearly $3,000 in accessories for people to customize their executive sedan.
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is the flagship version of the brand’s range-topping sedan, and the configurator for it is now online. Prices start at $60,870 after the $920 destination fee, but if someone wants every available bell and whistle, the customers should be ready to pay $72,705 for the loaded luxury four-door.
The RLX Sport Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 with a trio of electric motors – one at the front and two at the rear – with a total system output of 377 horsepower (281 kilowatts) and 341 pound-feet (462 Newton-meters) of torque. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined.
Acura keeps the RLX Sport Hybrid’s options simple for buyers to understand. The sedan is available in six colors and three upholstery shades, but the interior hue is generally limited to just two choices for each exterior paint. There are also three sets of wheels on the options list. Two of the sets of 19-inchers are no-cost choices, but the 19-inch chrome-look ones add $2,872 to the bottom line.
All examples of the RLX, including the non-hybrid, get a standard Technology Package with a robust features list. The amenities include the AcuraWatch safety suite with a multi-view rear camera, blind spot monitoring, Collision Mitigation Braking System, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and road departure mitigation.
For $6,000 buyers can add an Advance Package that bundles together even more tech. The RLX with this option benefit from a more luxurious cabin with a 14-speaker stereo, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a power rear sunshade. For enhanced safety, there’s a surround-view camera system and parking sensors are the front and rear.
At $69,762, this is where most RLX Sport Hybrid customers would probably start signing the paperwork to put the sedan in their driveway, but Acura offers $2,943 in extra accessories for anyone who wants to have a truly loaded example. Some of the parts simply add more style like the $749 illuminated door sills, $410 rear spoiler $259 side moldings, $170 splash guards, $99 carpeted trunk mat, and $65 rear bumper appliqué. Other parts promise extra utility like the $369 spare tire kit, $171 all-season floor mats, $115 trunk tray, $60 sunshade, $40 cargo net, and $30 first aid kit. None of those add-ons affect how the vehicle drives, but customers can get the posh sedan that’s perfect for them by picking from these additions. The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is available at dealers now.
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377 Horsepower 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Hits Showrooms
Acura’s premium mid-size sedan offers standard AcuraWatch
The 377 horsepower, electrified 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ goes on sale tomorrow at Acura dealerships with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $59,9501. The RLX Sport Hybrid is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan in history, applying a groundbreaking three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD)—an exclusive Acura technology also found in the new Acura NSX supercar.
The RLX Sport Hybrid offers the most spacious five-passenger seating in its class, with a powertrain that combines V8-like performance and 4-cylinder-like fuel efficiency along with precise 'on rails' handling feel, courtesy of its electrically-powered torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.
Featuring a direct-injected V-6 engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with built-in motor-generator powering the front wheels, and two rear electric motors for the rear wheels, the RLX Sport Hybrid generates a combined system rating of 377 horsepower3.
Anchoring the powertrain, the 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) in the RLX Sport Hybrid sports a broad torque band, augmented by the instant torque of the three electric motors. The surprisingly quick, yet efficient Sport Hybrid also features an automatic idle-stop system to further maximize fuel efficiency, helping it to receive a top-class EPA rating of 29/30/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).
In addition, the RLX Sport Hybrid delivers a host of signature and premium Acura technologies as standard, including Acura's distinctive Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, 19-inch bright-finished wheels and next generation AcuraLink® connected car system and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.
The RLX Sport Hybrid also features AcuraWatch™, a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, as standard equipment on all trims. The AcuraWatch™ suite includes:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Blind Spot Information (BSI)
Cross Traffic Monitor
Utilizing Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, along with seven airbags (including driver's knee airbag), the RLX Sport Hybrid is anticipated to earn a 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle safety rating, and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from IIHS.
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid also offers intuitive technology that reduces stress and simplifies the driving and ownership experience – with features such as Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a capless refueling system, Smart Entry/Smart Start keyless access system, easy-to-use and customize dual touch screens, "tensionless" e-pretension front seatbelts, and available rain-sensing windshield wipers, among others.
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is available in two grades: the feature-packed RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package and line-topping RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package, each delivering exceptional levels of technology-enhanced performance, comfort and convenience.
Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is manufactured in Japan using local and globally-sourced parts.
RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package
RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package
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Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX premium mid-size sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
3 Combined system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the three electric motors and gasoline engine.