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2020 Acura RLX Interior Review

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Interior: 6.5

The 2020 Acura RLX has some nice cabin materials, but it doesn’t look especially rich or stylish on the inside compared to other luxury vehicles. Passenger space is decent, but the trunk is tiny. Additionally, the infotainment system lacks the modern offerings found in competitors.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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

This vehicle seats up to five people. Leather upholstery and heated front seats with 12-way power adjustment are standard. Seating upgrades include ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats, as well as a heated steering wheel.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, though some folks may prefer more lumbar and hip support. There’s plenty of legroom in the back for two occupants to sit comfortably.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the RLX’s rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat.

  • "Occupants in the new Acura RLX enjoy a roomy cabin. Technically, accommodation is for five, but that includes the smaller middle seat in the back. Rear legroom of 38.8 inches is expansive, while the front seats are comfortable and supportive enough for many hours of driving." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The front seats in particular are supportively sporty, with plenty of cushioning to keep the upper torso in place when attacking corners with some attitude. Yet they're comfortable as well." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • 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 (2018)

Interior Features

The RLX has a dual-screen infotainment system. The 8-inch upper screen is mostly reserved for the navigation system, and it's not a touch screen. The 7-inch lower display is a touch screen that carries out most other infotainment and media functions.

Standard equipment includes navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 14-speaker stereo. Other standard amenities include GPS-linked tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, a pre-collision warning and braking system, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a road departure mitigation system.

Convenience upgrades include a 14-speaker Krell sound system, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, remote start, and a surround-view parking camera system.

The RLX’s infotainment setup pales in comparison to rival systems. There’s no smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the graphics are dated, and the system lags when responding to inputs. Additionally, it can be tricky to navigate the two screens, and they don’t display a whole lot of information at once.

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  • "The RLX really disappoints with the dated infotainment and too-conservative driver assistance features. While the audio system's sound quality is quite enjoyable, the RLX lacks modern smartphone integration, and the infotainment system's slow responses and crummy graphics are a letdown." -- Edmunds
  • " … although the dual-screen infotainment system is easy to use, it's becoming dated. No smartphone integration in a 2019 luxury sedan is an oversight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The RLX has a lot of display screens. … Their graphics are generally good, and easy to read with large fonts. … Unfortunately, the display logic could use some work. Despite all the real estate devoted to screens, it's impossible to display fuel economy, distance to empty, and audio info like song title all at once. 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 (2018)

Cargo

The RLX sedan has a 14.9 cubic-foot trunk, and its hybrid counterpart has a 12 cubic-foot trunk. Those are subpar figures for the class. Making matters worse, the rear seats don’t fold down for more space.

  • 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 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 (2018)
  • "The RLX … fails to impress with its trunk accommodations and in-cabin storage for personal effects." -- Edmunds (2017)
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