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.
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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.