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2016 Acura RLX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Acura RLX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

Though the 2016 Acura RLX has some premium materials in its cabin and is sharply designed, it still falls somewhat behind more luxurious European competitors. Passenger space is ample everywhere, especially legroom in the back, and an upgraded sound system makes for a more fun ride. The infotainment system is generally user-friendly, though the touch screen’s graphics aren’t particularly crisp. The RLX has subpar trunk space for the class.

  • "Unfortunately, the RLX's styling is a bit generic, lacking the visual punch of cars like the Audi A7, Infiniti Q70 or Cadillac CTS." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 RLX's 5-passenger cabin easily lives up to luxury-car standards thanks to quality materials, a slick dual-screen information system in the center dash and thoughtful touches such as power-operated steering-wheel adjustment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Material quality throughout the new cabin is impressive, with wood-grain and metal accents, a stitched-leather instrument panel hood and available Milano perforated leather seats." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Yet somehow the insides of the RLX lack the intangible gravitas of something like a Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- The Los Angeles Times (2014)
  • "Our car was trimmed in high-quality, well-stitched leather and looked worth every penny of its price." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Seating

The RLX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second row seats and a heated steering wheel are available.

The cabin is spacious, with rear-seat passengers benefitting from the 2016 RLX’s exceptional leg room. Still, taller people may find headroom a bit tight. The front seats are wide and generally supportive, but some may find that the seats aren’t sufficiently comfortable over longer trips.

  • "The RLX's roomy cabin and wide seats are also a welcome respite from other sedans that are seemingly built to accommodate only the svelte." -- AutoTrader
  • "From the moment you step inside the cabin of the 2016 Acura RLX, you can't help but notice the spacious feel of the interior. But it's the rear passengers who will be most surprised by the accommodations, as the RLX offers nearly 3 inches more legroom than most other sedans in this class. Though it is perhaps the most adult-friendly rear seat in the category, taller passengers may want a little extra headroom and more toe room under the front seats. And those front seats, while perfectly comfortable for most trips, left us wishing for more support on longer journeys." -- Edmunds
  • "Although its overall dimensions are similar to the outgoing RL model, Acura significantly increased interior space by pushing the wheels farther towards the corners of the sedan. As a result, rear passengers receive stretch-out legroom and more overall space than all similarly priced mid-size luxury sedans." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Front passengers in the RLX are treated to supportive, nicely appointed leather seats with good amounts of side and butt bolstering." -- Autoblog (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 RLX include tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a power moonroof, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a rearview camera and the AcuraLink infotainment system with navigation, voice recognition and a USB port. Available features include a 14-speaker Krell audio system, a head-up display, collision mitigating braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors.

There is a good range of technology in the 2016 RLX, and the infotainment system offers a variety of ways to control some key functions. The touch screen's graphics, however, lag behind rival systems. Also, there are no redundant physical buttons for climate controls. The available Krell audio system has superb sound quality.

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  • "The interior does get points for both its array of the latest technology and its ease of use. The available navigation system is a good example of this intuitive operation, allowing you to enter destinations using the large control knob, the 7-inch touchscreen below the 8-inch map display or by voice commands. But there are a couple of negatives here, including graphics that aren't as crisp as those in other luxury models and several basic functions that aren't as instinctive as we'd like." -- Edmunds
  • "Detractors include touch-based controls of functions such as fan speed and air flow, which would be easier to use with traditional buttons or switches." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The real sweet spot in the cabin electronics is the Krell audio system. Krell has been building audiophile-ranked stereo equipment for a little over 30 years, and the RLX benefits greatly from its work." -- CNET (2014)
  • "The multi-touch screen has haptic feedback, which means it buzzes slightly when touched to mimic the feel of a real button. Best of all, this touchscreen responds quickly, so when it switches to a keyboard for navigation inputs, the experience is one of convenience instead of frustration." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "Moving on to the 14-speaker RLX with Krell Audio Package for another $2500, you get a system that spent four years in development. You can hear it in its absolute fidelity at high volume and its level of sonic detail; you notice things in old songs you've never heard before." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 RLX has well-below-average cargo capacity for the class, offering just 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space (14.7 with the available Krell audio system). The RLX Sport Hybrid has 11.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The space in the RLX should be sufficient for most buyers, but hauling larger items can be inconvenient because the rear seats don't fold down. A pass-through does make it possible to carry long items.

  • "Even with that stretch-out room, trunk capacity is still roughly 15 cubic feet, ample for most duties." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Unfortunately, the lack of fold-down rear seatbacks means the space can't be expanded, though there is a center pass-through opening that can accommodate longer items like skis." -- Edmunds (2015)

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