2018 Acura RLX

Interior


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2018 Acura RLX Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2018 Acura RLX has spacious, comfortable seats and lots of standard features. There's more room in the back seat than in many of the RLX's competitors, but its trunk size falls on the opposite end of the spectrum. The dual-screen infotainment system is not as high-tech or easy to use as some. For many, the styling also comes across as lackluster.

  • "Impeccably finished, the RLX cabin is spacious, plush and inviting. Basically everything you might touch on the dashboard and door panels is padded or covered in wood. Soft perforated leather covers the well-tailored seats, and the headliner and low-nap carpeting are quality stuff. All storage compartments are softly flocked. Even the trunk is neatly finished." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The RLX interior is best described as functionally pleasant; there isn't much of a wow factor. The top infotainment display has a lower resolution than the bottom touchscreen, and the controls look dated and lack an intuitive flow. You'll find better interiors at this price." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The RLX seats five people on standard leather seats. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats are also standard. Ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are included in the RLX Sport Hybrid. For securing child safety seats, the RLX has three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors in the back seats. This LATCH hardware earned a second-place Acceptable rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use.

Passengers in both the front and the back seats have an agreeable amount of room. There are supportive cushions all around. A shortage of floor space and the shape of the cushions limits the comfort of the second row's middle seat, but otherwise, adults can comfortably sit in either zone.

  • "The Acura RLX has a spacious 5-passenger cabin, with generous room both front and rear. The 12-way-power front seats have been redesigned with more bolstering. We found them comfortable even after a full day of driving. Rear-seat legroom is generous at 38.8 inches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Wide and softly-padded, the front seats include a generous variety of adjustments. Overall support is good, with plenty of lateral support, but hip and lower-back support waned on long trips. Rear-seat knee and leg room is generous, but toe room under the front seats is tight. The seat is well-shaped and comfortable for two, but the cushion contouring makes it less than optimal for three. A center floor tunnel limits leg room for the person stuck in the middle." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard interior features in the RLX include tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, proximity-key entry, and push-button start. The infotainment system is composed of an upper 8-inch display screen, a lower 7-inch touch screen, navigation, smartphone integration, voice recognition, a 14-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio. A multiview camera, adaptive cruise control, Traffic Jam Assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and blind spot monitoring are also standard.

The RLX Sport Hybrid also comes with a premium 14-speaker Krell audio system, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera.

The RLX's dual-screen infotainment system has a steep learning curve. Even after you're familiar with it, the interface is more complicated to use than some rivals'. The sheer volume of standard features in this car is impressive, though add-ons like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.

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  • "[The display screen's]… graphics are generally good, and easy to read with large fonts. A big dashboard control makes it easy to adjust brightness or turn the screens off altogether, which can be helpful at night. Unfortunately, the display logic could use some work. … Changing the center screen takes too long, with unnecessary transitional graphics. And navigating the instrument cluster screen can be challenging. Even something basic like resetting the fuel economy computer can be hard to figure out." -- Consumer Reports
  • Functions are relatively easy to use, but the [infotainment] system is starting to feel dated, and there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration – both of which can be had in a Honda Fit economy car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The interior does get points for both its array of the latest technology and its ease of use. The … 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 (2016)

Cargo

Trunk space measures 14.9 cubic feet in the RLX and 12 cubic feet in the RLX Sport Hybrid. That's quite small for a car this size, and because the rear seats don't fold down, you can't increase the cargo hold for oversized items. Both models have a pass-through to accommodate long, skinny items – like skis.

  • In the standard RLX, trunk cargo room is respectable at 14.9 cubic feet, though that trails the 18-plus of the Lexus GS and Mercedes E-Class. Even though it's been slightly expanded for 2018, the RLX Hybrid's cargo space is limited to 12 cubic feet due to its battery pack. Also, there is no pass-through in the hybrid variant." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Acura's trunk will hold two large upright wheeled suitcases and three duffel bags. A locking pass-through behind the rear armrest handles long items but the seatback does not fold. Most cars in this class have a 60/40-split folding seatback, which adds options for carrying cargo and passengers … The trunk can be opened using a driver's-door mounted interior release, the key fob, or the small touch pad in the trunk lid. Touching any of the three makes the lid swing fully open. The gooseneck hinges have their own storage pockets so they won't crush luggage when closing the trunk. Tie-down loops surround the trunk floor for securing items. A removable storage bin under the floor hides items out of sight." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The RLX … fails to impress with its trunk accommodations and in-cabin storage for personal effects." -- Edmunds (2017)
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