2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show


Competes with: Infiniti M35h, Lexus ES 300h, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Looks like: The non-hybrid 2014 RLX luxury sedan
Drivetrain: 310-hp V-6 with two 27-kilowatt rear electric motors, a 35-kilowatt front electric motor and a 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack (for a combined total 377 horsepower), and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

The 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD debuted as a concept car at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, but its gas-only sibling beat it to production. Now, the hybrid version of Acura's luxury sedan is finally gearing up to hit dealerships in the spring. The automaker is touting it as the "most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle in Acura history."

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage


The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD keeps its gas-powered sibling's looks. Both the RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid sedans bridge the gap between the midsize and full-size sedan categories.


Two large screens highlight the instrument panel. An 8-inch color screen on top combines information and navigation functions and below it, a 7-inch color touch-screen controls the audio system and other features. Two new interior features include an electronic gear selector and a head-up display. Other tech features include the automaker's cloud-based connected multimedia system, AcuraLink, along with two available audio systems; the 14-speaker Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio system comes with the Technology Package, while a 14-speaker Krell system comes in the Advance Package.


Under the Hood

The all-wheel-drive RLX Sport Hybrid combines the forces of a 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter direct-injection V-6 with a three-motor hybrid electric system and a 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack, giving the sedan a total output of 377 hp; the trio of electric motors includes two 27-kilowatt rear motors and a 35-kilowatt front motor. The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Acura says the sedan has a zero-to-60 mph time comparable with competing V-8s while boasting four-cylinder-worthy estimated fuel economy of 28/32 mpg city/highway; it's assisted by a stop-start feature as well as regenerative braking.


Safety features include a multiview backup camera, a collision mitigation braking system, forward collision and lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot warning system.

Pricing for the RLX Sport Hybrid has not yet been announced. The gas-only model starts at $49,345 including an $895 destination charge.



What a buzzkill? I'm shocked there's no exterior changes to distinguish it from the gas RLX. At the very least, they could have added some sportier wheels and gave it more aggressive handling. I can't see the business case for this model when Honda knows it won't sell well.

Post a Comment 

Please remember a few rules before posting comments:

  • If you don't want people to see your email address, simply type in the URL of your favorite website or leave the field empty.
  • Do not mention specific car dealers by name. Feel free to mention your city, state and brand.
  • Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers. This blog is not a fan or enthusiast forum, it is meant to help people during the car-buying process and during the time between purchases, so shoppers can keep a pulse on the market.
  • Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.
view posting rules

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App