2018 Acura RLX Hits Dealerships with a Lower Price

Acura's flagship sport sedan now starts at $54,900.

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The 2018 Acura RLX luxury sports sedan has finally made it to dealerships on Tuesday, complete with brand new styling and a $4,050 price reduction for the top trim. 

The new RLX displays the controversial Precision Concept's new grille alongside the 2018 TLX, and it's definitely an improvement over last generation's "beaked" model. Acura has given the hood a beefier look, as well as new wheels, dual exhaust pipes, diffuser, and LED tail lights.

Six new colors are available for the exterior of the RLX, with premium finishes like Majestic Black Pearl and Brilliant Red Metallic on offer. Acura went back to the drawing board for the interior as well. Milano leather now covers the seats, and buyers can now choose Espresso trim pieces for more of a luxurious look.

Along with other luxury features, the new RLX gets the full AcuraWatch driver-assist/safety suite. The laundry list includes Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision-Mitigation Braking, and even Traffic Jam Assist for semi-autonomous driving at low speeds.

The new RLX arrives with just two trims: The $54,900 RLX P-AWS and the $61,900 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. 

The RLX P-AWS comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 making 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, along with all-wheel steering and a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

The RLX Sport Hybrid's V-6 has been boosted to 377 hp and 341 pound-feet of torque thanks to shared technology from the NSX supercar and three electric motors. As the SH-AWD moniker implies, the Sport Hybrid features improved all-wheel drive for great acceleration and performance in all environments. It also features a 14-speaker Krell audio system, head-up display, remote start, parking sensors, and Surround View camera. 

The great power output of both trims makes the RLX the second most powerful car in Acura's lineup (bested only by the NSX), and a great choice for buyers looking for a tech-rich, luxurious sports sedan.