2020 Acura RLX Performance

Critics from Car and Driver note that the 2020 Acura RLX’s “solid build quality and notable fuel economy will satisfy buyers”. Whether checking out Acura RLX Sport Hybrid efficiency scores or standard Acura RLX Horsepower, you’ll find it hard to disagree with their glowing review.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick but comprehensive overview of 2020 Acura RLX performance, so read on to explore:

  • Acura RLX Horsepower and Torque
  • Acura RLX Fuel Economy
  • Acura RLX Performance Features
  • Acura RLX Active Safety Features

Acura RLX Horsepower and Torque

The standard Acura RLX differs from the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid when it comes to power, so you’ll want to compare what’s under the hood before trying to choose between them.



The conventionally-powered Acura RLX features a 310 hp, 272 lb-ft of torque 3.5L Aluminum-Alloy that brings:

  • Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) to increase power.
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ to run on six or three cylinders depending on driving conditions for enhanced fuel efficiency.
  • Direct Fuel Injection for a more precise and effective air fuel mixture.

The RLX Sport Hybrid adopts a modified version of the 3.5L V6 engine and combines it with:

  • A 47-horsepower electric motor in the transmission housing.
  • Two 36-horsepower motors mounted between the rear wheels.
  • Lithium-ion battery pack

Each rear motor powers a single wheel, so they can operate independently for exceptional control. Overall, you’ll command up to 377 hp and 341 lb-ft of torque combined.


Acura RLX Fuel Economy

As you might expect, fuel efficiency figures differ between the conventional Acura RLX and the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, but each one is impressive in its own segment.

  • Acura RLX: A 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters helps achieve up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway*
  • Acura RLX Sport Hybrid: A motor-integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters achieves up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway*

Sport Hybrid models also add an Idle Stop feature to ensure fuel isn’t unnecessarily consumed when your Acura RLX isn’t moving.

Acura RLX Performance Features

The standard Acura RLX features Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®) – that’s a world-first system that lets rear wheels adjust toe angles independently for phenomenal vehicle stability, maneuverability, and control. The Sport Hybrid brings Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to combine all-weather, all-terrain peace of mind with exceptional dry road handling.


Further Acura RLX performance features include:

  • Sophisticated Suspension: Double-Wishbone with Split Lower Control Arm suspension at the front and Multi-Link suspension at the rear flawlessly iron out your ride and provide faultless control.
  • Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars: Fitted across the vehicle, stabilizer bars control body roll as you head through curves and corners.
  • Agile Handling Assist®: Uses active braking to help you smoothly and easily trace your desired line through every curve with smaller steering inputs.
  • Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS): Provides finer power assist at lower speeds for easier maneuvering and a firmer feel at higher speeds for commanding cruising on the highway.


Acura RLX Active Safety Features

Checking out safety features might not be your first thought while exploring Acura RLX performance, but active safety features actually improve the way your vehicle handles by enhancing everything from stability to stopping power. Just a few Acura ILX active safety features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist®(VSA®) with Traction Control and Motion Adaptive Steering
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators

Experience Acura RLX Performance for Yourself with a Test Drive from Your Acura Showroom

Whether you want to compare the 2020 Acura RLX Advance Package against the Technology Package, explore the Acura RLX interior, or discover our latest special offers, the team of Acura professionals at your nearest Chicago dealer can help. For any further advice or assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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