Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX, 2014-2015 MDX

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Vehicles Affected: About 43,000 Acura luxury vehicles, including 7,000 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans and 36,000 model-year 2014-15 MDX SUVs

The Problem: In temperatures below zero degrees, the seat belts may not release, according to The Detroit News. Acura, which is manufactured by Honda, said it is aware of no injuries related to this issue, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: Acura will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will replace both front seat belts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Acura at 800-862-2872 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX

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Vehicles affected: About 7,387 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans manufactured between Aug. 7, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2013.

The problem: The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the subframe of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships. This could reduce steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The fix: The brand's parent, Honda, will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the rear suspension lower control arm bolts for free.

What owners should do: Call Honda at 800-999-1009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

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

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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."

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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.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2013 | Comments (1)

Backseat Pass-Throughs: Do You Use Them?

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I've driven thousands of cars during the past decade, and many had a pass-through from the trunk to the backseat through a compartment disguised behind the pull-down armrest. How many times did I actually make use of this secret passageway? Um ... maybe two.

One was just the other week in the Acura RLX. I took a quick trip to the hardware store, basking in the glory of this luxurious sedan's ventilated seats. I needed a 2-by-4 and didn't even stop to think that it might not fit in the trunk — well, it didn't. Luckily, my RLX had a pass-through. I opened it up, slid the 2-by-4 in and was on my way.

Carting around a 2-by-4 isn't a usual occurrence; what else is the pass-through really good for? Does anybody actually use them on a regular basis? I polled some of my resourceful colleagues, and they've made much better use of this thoughtful feature than I have. Here a few things they've been put to use for:

By Kristin Varela | September 18, 2013 | Comments (9)

2014 Acura RLX: Family Checklist

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The all-new 2014 Acura RLX may be aimed more at the grandparent set, but it offers plenty of room for a small family and a great driving experience for parents. A look at its price tag cements the fact that this is for luxury shoppers only, and families looking for a large sedan should look elsewhere unless they're ready to spend more money for all the tech features in the RLX.

There's no denying the RLX is a nice car, and after you take it for a spin, you'll find it's great to drive. It's only after looking at the sticker price that confusion starts to set in: My test car cost $61,345 but had plastic and faux-wood trim inside.

It seemed like a strong competitor against the redesigned Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera. However, the RLX has higher aspirations of competing against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW's 5 Series.

By Carrie Kim | September 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Do Any New Cars Have Four-Wheel Steering?

"Do any new cars have four-wheel steering?"
Mikael K., Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Several cars from luxury brands offer four-wheel steering, including the 2014 Acura RLX, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo, the BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series, and the Infiniti M37/M56. Other luxury and performance models also may offer this feature, which has been offered on various models since the late 1980s but has failed to become a mainstream feature that is widely available.

Though the systems may differ, most operate like the all-wheel steering system that is standard on the RLX. The rear wheels turn in the opposite direction from the front wheels at low speeds to enhance maneuverability and turn in the same direction at high speeds to improve stability.

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By Rick Popely | July 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura RLX: Test Car Photo Gallery

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Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says Acura's new flagship sedan is nice, but doesn't make a whole lot of sense in the automaker's lineup. The RLX is new for 2014, filling the large sedan slot left by the Acura RL, but its size makes it hard to fit in: It's either a large midsize sedan or a small full-size one. Its price, however, is full-sized.

The RLX starts at $49,345, including destination, but our test car topped out at $61,345. It was equipped with the Tech Package (navigation system with voice recognition, blind spot warning system, perforated leather trimmed seats, rain-sensing wipers and power-folding mirrors) and the Advance Package (collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, auto dimming side mirrors and parking sensors), which added about $12,000 to the base price. 

Click here for the full review, and check out the photos below by Cars.com photographer Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 12, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Once again there are scant changes to our list of most-read reviews: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is still at No. 1, followed by the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, respectively. The lone newcomer to the roster this week was the 2014 Acura RLX. The luxury midsize/full-size sedan that so confounded Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder makes its list debut at No. 4. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

4. 2014 Acura RLX
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 BMW 3 Series

7. 2014 Acura MDX
8. 2013 Ford Escape
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Does Roadside Assistance Live Up to Expectations?

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Automakers, both luxury and non, promote complimentary roadside assistance as a selling point. But does the reality of using the service meet with the expectations car owners may have?

We unfortunately had the chance to find out.

While driving through the city of Chicago, a brand-new 2014 Acura RLX test car I was piloting picked a fight with a large pothole and lost, leaving a nasty gash in the side wall of the front passenger's side tire.

After beeps and warning notifications informed us of the immediate drop to "0 PSI," I carefully pulled over and found a safe spot to change the blown-out tire with a spare.

No dice.

By Robby DeGraff | July 1, 2013 | Comments (23)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Acura RLX

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The RLX is a comfortable, refined sedan, but what's most notable about Acura's new flagship is how perplexing it is, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. The not-quite-midsize, not-quite-full-size sedan is tough to classify in the market and too similar to Acura's TL to make sense in its lineup. However, it's not that surprising, Wiesenfelder says, after a long line of head-scratchers from Acura (remember the ZDX?). 

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 25, 2013 | Comments (1)

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