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7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 Acura RLX Review

The 2015 Acura RLX ranks near the bottom of the luxury large car class because of its low predicted reliability rating and mediocre interior quality. Its rough ride and uninspired driving dynamics also earn it abysmal performance scores.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Perfect safety scores
  • Spacious rear seat

 

 

  • Below-average predicted reliability
  • Stiff ride on rough roads
  • Mediocre engine power

 

2015 Acura RLX Overview

Is the 2015 Acura RLX a Good Used Car?

The best that can be said about the 2015 Acura RLX is that it gets perfect safety scores and has spacious rear seats. Aside from that, the RLX is disappointing. It boasts a stiff ride, its engine is adequate but underwhelming, and its cabin design isn't up to snuff for a luxury car.

Used 2015 Acura RLX Performance and Interior

The 2015 Acura RLX is powered by a 310-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers sufficient power for daily driving around town and quickly getting up to highway speeds. However, performance-oriented rivals offer more-powerful engines that really pack a punch. The RLX gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for a six-cylinder large sedan.

All RLXs feature front-wheel drive with Acura's all-wheel steering. This system won't give you the traction of an all-wheel-drive setup, but it improves handling by allowing the rear wheels to turn slightly. Over bumps in the road or imperfect pavement, the RLX delivers a rough ride, which detracts from its purpose as a luxury cruiser.

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Most cabin materials in the RLX are high quality and soft to the touch, but the design lacks the elegance of other upscale competitors. Leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are standard, and you can find RLX models with premium Milano leather, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The second row offers ample legroom for tall passengers, and while the front seats aren’t overly comfortable for long drives, they provide good support. The RLX has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, with a top anchor for the middle seat.

Standard features in the 2015 RLX include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and a touch-screen infotainment system. Some controls, like the available navigation, are easy to use, but it takes multiple steps to perform a simple task like adjusting the temperature. Other available features include parking sensors, rear sunshades, and a heated steering wheel. Models with navigation come with a second display screen high on the dashboard.

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Used 2015 Acura RLX Prices

Pricing for a used 2015 RLX ranges from around $28,200 for a base model to about $35,000 for an RLX with the Advance package. Prices fluctuate with demand and vary depending on the vehicle's features, condition, and mileage.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 24 Acura RLX reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2015 RLX is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Acura RLX?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 RLX a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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How Safe Is the RLX?

The 2015 Acura RLX earns perfect safety scores. It received a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, which is the IIHS’ top honor.

There are several standard driver assistance features in the RLX, including a multi-angle rearview camera, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Other available advanced safety technologies include front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used RLX?

The Acura RLX was introduced as an all-new vehicle for the 2014 model year. There were no major changes for 2015, so you can likely get a similarly equipped 2014 RLX for less money. Conversely, a 2016 RLX might cost you more, but you’ll find features like rear cross traffic alert and a surround-view camera on some models.

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Which Used Acura RLX Is Right for Me?

The Acura RLX comes in one trim level, with available features spread among four packages (Navigation, Technology, Krell Audio, and Advance) that build on each other. The best value is an RLX with the Technology package. It supplements the car's standard features with navigation, leather seats, a 14-speaker audio system, and blind spot monitoring.

For added peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned RLX. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Acura RLX and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura RLX or 2015 Acura TLX?

The 2015 Acura TLX is an upscale midsize car that’s not only better than its larger sibling but also cheaper. We named the TLX our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money because of its combination of value, quality and features. A comfortable ride, composed handling, and smooth engine operation give the TLX much higher performance ratings than the RLX. And though the TLX lacks rear-seat headroom for taller riders, it boasts a better predicted reliability rating than its Acura stablemate. There's little reason to consider the more-expensive RLX over the TLX.

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura RLX or 2015 Audi A6?

The 2015 Audi A6 is also an upscale midsize car, and it hits all the right marks for what an upscale car should be. The A6 has several available turbocharged engines and each gets the A6 moving briskly. A6 handling is a nice blend of athleticism and comfort. The A6 also offers good rear-passenger space and an intuitive infotainment setup, and it has above-average predicted reliability. It'll probably cost you more to buy and own an A6 than an RLX, but it’s worth it.

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura RLX or 2015 Cadillac XTS?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS is a middle-of-the-road luxury car, but it’s better than the RLX. If you're looking for opulence, the XTS delivers. High-quality materials complement a handsome interior design, and the car rides smoothly and quietly in most situations. Good safety and reliability scores also make the XTS attractive as an everyday driver.

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