Acura fans and customers rejoice! Sales have begun for the flagship model of Acura’s RLX top-of-the-range sedan – the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Described by Acura as its most powerful and technologically advanced sedan in history, the RLX Sport Hybrid for the 2017 model year doesn’t come cheap.
As Honda’s luxury vehicle marque, Acura produces premium vehicles that command premium prices. So, if you’re expecting the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid to be offered cheap, better get rid of that expectation. After all, even the base grade of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid – the version with Technology Package – comes to dealerships with a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,950. That doesn’t include shipping or destination charges, which amount to around $920. This means that a base version of the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has a total price of $60,870. Now, for Acura customers who believe they deserve better, they could pick the top-of-the-line Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package. It commands a $6,000 premium over the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package, but should further satisfy the cravings of discerning Acura customers.
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is essentially the marque’s most luxurious and technology-laden executive sedan, boasting of the innovatively advanced Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD). This system employs not just one or two, but three electric motors working hand-in-hand with a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that could provide 310 hp. One of the motors – also serving as generator -- powers the front wheels while the other two take care of the rear wheels. In total, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system provides a total of 377 hp (281 kW) of output and 341 lb.-ft. (462 Nm) of torque. With this powertrain, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package is laden, as standard, with features like Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights, next generation AcuraLink connected car system, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and 19-inch bright-finished wheels. As standard, the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package is fitted with the ELS Studio 32 Premium Audio System that can be operated through the center touchscreen, or via voice commands.
It features 14 speakers -- six mid-range speakers, six titanium dome tweeters, a mid-range center speaker and 20-cm subwoofer. In addition, the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package comes with AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF); Blind Spot Information (BSI); Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS); Cross Traffic Monitor; Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).
Meanwhile, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package builds on the Technology Package and adds heated steering wheel; six-level heater and ventilated leather seats; heated outboard rear seats; power rear window sunshades that could be operated manually or via a button; rear footwell lighting; and a 14-speaker Krell audio system. Also included in the Advance Package is a surround view camera that helps in uncovering blind spots and obstacles; front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming power-folding side mirrors ad Remote Engine Start with vehicle feedback.
If these features aren’t enough, there is more on the store for customers of the new 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, provided that they also have deeper pockets. One of the three optional wheels for the 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid isn’t for free, and customers have to shell out $2,872 more for the chrome versions. Stylish upgrades include a rear spoiler for $410, side moldings for $259 and illuminated door sills for $749.
Splash guards ($170), rear bumper appliqué ($65) and carpeted trunk mat ($99) are also available as styling upgrades. For added utility and convenience, customers may also avail of a spare tire kit ($369), trunk tray ($115), all-season floor mats ($171), cargo net ($40) and sunshade ($60). Also available is $30 first aid kit. Overall, these upgrades amount to $2,943, which means that the top version of the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with all possible upgrades would cost around $72,705, including destination charges.