Acura RLX SH-AWD
It might not look it, but the new RLX luxury sedan from Acura is going to share quite a bit with the NSX supercar. It might not be as sleek and compact, but by using similar hybrid technology under the hood, the RLX will prove to be an agile limo, and hopefully a gas miser.
The hybrid powered RLX is considered to be the sporty model, thanks to its use of Acura’s super handling all-wheel drive system (SH-AWD.) Using a beefy V6 engine for the front wheels, and two electric motors for the rear wheels, the RLX will pump out a combined 370-hp, and return 30 mpg combined. If that combined mileage number looks low, take a look at what the competition is doing: the Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid and BMW ActiveHybrid 5 both return 26 mpg, but are only rear-wheel drive. A more efficient competitor is the Lexus GS450h, which returns 31 mpg combined.
It will be interesting to see how these two sporty Japanese luxury cars match up. For those looking for more information on the RLX, check out our review on the FWD model, with Acura’s precision all-wheel steering (PAWS.)
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