Future Hybrid Cars: the 2013 Edition

Future Hybrid Cars: the 2013 Edition


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.)

Discuss the Acura RLX SH-AWD at rlxforum.com

  • JayR

    Pretty useless lineup of cars for the vast majority of us. There were a couple of interest, but for the most part . . . not.

  • I agree. The new Elio 3 wheel is going into production next year. 50mpg city 85 hwy with an inline 3cyl 1liter making 70hp gas motor priced at $6800. 0-60 9.5sec speed over 100mph. That’s the way I’ll go!