Top 10 Cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show

Top 10 Cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show

10. Acura RLX

Some might think it’s easy to do well when the bar is set low and in some cases that’s certainly true. But it probably isn’t when the question involves replacing a car that struggled to sell.

Regardless, Acura is launching its 2014 RLX luxury sedan. Closer to a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class on the outside, Acura built an in-between car of sorts. Despite the mid-level luxury shell, the brand insists its new flagship is actually in line with the 7 Series or S-Class when it comes to the car’s interior.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Acura RLX Prototype Test Drive

The car gets a 3.5-liter V6 good for 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Some might find that offensive given the brand’s assertions about similarities with German luxury brands. Still, Acura is trying to counteract some of its traditional handling shortcomings by offering its Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS) system to augment handling in the front-wheel drive car.

While it might prove to be just as much of a bane for Acura as the RL, the car’s middle-of-the-road approach to luxury is enough to give it the bottom spot on the list.

  • G978

    It may not be a sports car but it should be the best driving midsize sedan. Great design too and one people can actually buy and use on a daily basis. well done Mazda.

  • Brian

    The 1.8 liter turbo engine from Ford is being recalled for engine fires. Maybe not the car you want to put as #1 on your list, unless its a car that is most likely to kill you list.