2018 Acura RLX Performance

Finding the perfect luxury sedan isn’t easy, but those who’ve had the chance to experience the 2018 Acura RLX’s performance know that it’s one of the best options on the market today! The writers at Motor Trend have said that this year’s “RLX is a quiet, comfortable car that’s perfectly suited for both road trips and daily commutes,” and that’s true whether you opt for its Precision All-Wheel Steer or Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive drivetrain design. The RLX’s engine options, fuel economy, and horsepower give it a clear edge over competitors, and Chicagoland’s drivers are taking notice.

RLX Horsepower, Fuel Economy, and Engines

When it comes to choosing a new high-performance luxury sedan, horsepower and fuel-efficiency are almost always among the most important factors considered by drivers. Technology features inspired by the Acura NSX supercar allow the 2018 Acura RLX to perform exceptionally well on both counts.


  • Efficiency Options: The RLX’s fuel economy varies depending on which powertrain options you choose. Drivers who upgrade with Sport Hybrid Super Handling AWD Technology will get an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined.* Those who choose Precision All-Wheel Steer will get an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.*
  • Precision All-Wheel Steer: Although the 2018 Acura RLX has been designed with front-wheel drive, its baseline trim level comes equipped with Precision All-Wheel Steer. This technology controls the RLX’s rear wheels and allows them to act in accordance with your steering, ensuring excellent handling wherever you go.
  • Sport Hybrid with Advance Package: Drivers who want to experience the RLX at its best will be hard pressed to pass up the Sport Hybrid upgrade, which outfits the RLX with three electric motors that work in concert to improve performance. This drivetrain can generate 377 combined system horsepower, and produce combined system torque of up to 341 lb-ft. On top of all this, this RLX package comes standard with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which uses electric power to give you unparalleled control.
  • 3.5L V6 Engine: Every RLX model comes equipped with a 3.5L aluminum alloy direct injection V6 engine and a 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC valvetrain. This equipment produces 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque.
  • Responsive Transmissions: When equipped with Precision All-Wheel Steer, the 2018 RLX comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control. RLX Sport Hybrid models have been designed with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers superior performance relative to other automatic options. With either option, you’ll be able to select Sport Mode and drive your RLX as a fully manual machine.
2018 Acura RLX Vehicle Stability
2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Stability Where It Counts: Standard Features and Drivetrain Components

Even when we direct our attention away from the Acura RLX’s engine options, it’s clear that precision engineering typifies every inch of this one-of-a-kind sedan. The RLX’s suspension, wheels, and safety components come together to improve every aspect of its road performance.


2018 RLX - Precision All-Wheel Steering
4-Wheel Independent Suspension: This year’s RLX has been designed with 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension. In front, you’ll find split lower control arm technology, while in the rear, you’ll find multi-link suspension.
2018 Acura RLX Agile Handling Assist
Agile Handling Assist: Agile Handling Assist works alongside Vehicle Stability Assist in order to maximize your stability when you’re cornering, going around a curve, or pushing the RLX to its limits on the track.


parked 2018 Acura RLX
4-Wheel Disc Brakes: All four RLX wheels come equipped with disc brakes designed to function with an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, and automatic brake hold. These braking systems may not boost your power or fuel economy, but they’ll certainly help you get the most out of your RLX’s capabilities.
2018 Acura RLX 19in Alloy Wheels
19-Inch Alloy Wheels: Every 2018 Acura RLX comes equipped with 19-inch wheels composed of a noise-reducing metal alloy. Drivers who choose the RLX will drive off the lot with P245/40 R19 98W high-performance all-season tires.

Take the 2018 Acura RLX for a Test Drive!

The 2018 Acura RLX’s performance specs, power, and fuel economy make it a superior option in the crowded luxury sedan market. Drivers who like what they see in this vehicle can stop by their local Chicagoland Acura Dealer and take it for a test drive today! Once you’ve had the chance to spend some time behind the wheel, you’ll surely be eager to take advantage of our current offers. Contact us today to get started.


*Based on 2018 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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