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2019 Acura RLX Interior Review

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Interior: 7.7

Part of what makes the 2019 Acura RLX a good value is its abundance of standard amenities. Supple perforated leather upholstery covers the cushy seats, and there's enough room for four adults. Luggage space is sparse, however, and the complicated infotainment system takes a while to get used to.

  • "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 on standard leather upholstery. Heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also standard. Upgrades for the RLX Hybrid include ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a power rear-window sunshade, and manual rear-door sunshades.

The front seats are spacious and comfortable. Two adults can sit comfortably in the back seat, thanks to ample legroom and nicely shaped, supportive cushions. However, a large hump takes up most of the legroom for the middle passenger.

For child safety seats, the RLX comes with three tether anchors, all of which are clearly marked. The outboard seats both have a set of lower anchors. Though this hardware is mounted deep in the seat cushions, it doesn't take a lot of extra muscle to clip a seat in.

  • "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
  • "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 infotainment system in the RLX has a complex two-screen arrangement. The system has some dated graphics and takes time to master. It earns mixed reviews from critics, in part because it lacks advanced smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. On the plus side, every RLX comes with a plethora of tech and safety features.

The standard infotainment system features an upper 8-inch display screen, a lower 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, voice recognition, a 14-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and limited smartphone integration. Also standard is GPS-linked tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and push button start.

There’s also a ton of standard safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, Traffic Jam Assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a multiview camera are all included.

The RLX Hybrid comes with a few additional amenities, including a premium 14-speaker Krell Audio System, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera.

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  • –" … 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
  • "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)
  • "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

The nonhybrid RLX has a 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, and the hybrid RLX’s trunk measures 12 cubic foot. Not only does RLX have less trunk space than you’ll find in most other luxury large cars, but it also has rear seats that don't fold down. There is a removable storage bin underneath the floor, but you won’t find many cubbies within the RLX’s cabin.

  • "The regular model's trunk space is 14.9 cubic feet - -- not bad, but some rivals (like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class) do better. The RLX Sport Hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack reduces that to 12 cubic feet, which also makes a pass-through unworkable."  -- 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 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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