2016 Acura RLX Hybrid

Pretty sporty...for a 4-door hybrid sedan.

  • Likes
  • Technology
  • handling
  • performance
  • Dislikes
  • Gear selector
  • smaller trunk due to batteries

The 2016 Acura RLX Hybrid is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Self-Driving CarsGAYOT's Top 10 Luxury Sedans and  GAYOT's Top 10 Hybrid Cars


Three electric motors and one gas engine combine to power the all-wheel-drive 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. With 377 total horsepower, this two-ton sedan is no Prius. While it is relatively efficient, scoring an EPA-rated 28 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway, the RLX Hybrid is also quick, getting to 60 in just over five seconds.

Using a system Honda very creatively calls the “TMU” or “Twin Motor Unit,” the RLX Hybrid powers its rear wheels with a pair of electric traction motors that can vector torque to help the car rotate through turns as well as soak up momentum with regenerative braking. The front wheels get their thrust from a combination of the 3.5-liter V6 and a third electric motor. With gentle acceleration, the RLX Hybrid can go up to 50 mph on electric power alone.

The driving experience here is definitely focused on luxury and quietness. Even as its technology aims to remind potential buyers of the Acura NSX supercar, the RLX Hybrid delivers more of a serene cruising experience than a sports car thrill. It should appeal to those who value smoothness along with their eco-friendly transportation. Our seacoast blue tester came with the distinctive Jewel Eye LED headlights and offers good rear passenger room. Few of these Acura RLX models are sold each year despite being a sensational car. So if you want to arrive at the opera in style, safety and exclusivity, be sure to consider this Japanese masterpiece.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile limited vehicle warranty, 6-year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, limited hybrid battery pack warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $65,950

As Tested: $65,950

  • 28 / 32 mpg
  • EPA
  • 5.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 377 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 130 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6 engine and lithium-ion battery
  • Horsepower: 377 hp
  • Torque: 341 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Motor integrated 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission)
  • Curb Weight: 4,359 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 112.2 in
  • Length: 196.1 in
  • Width: 74.4 in
  • Height: 57.7 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with: anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Suspension: 4-wheel independent double-wishbone, with split lower control arm front / multi-link rear
  • Traction: All-speed traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 sec
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • EPA City: 28 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 32 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 30 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Two front airbags, two front-side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag

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