STATUS: Mild makeover for 2019, so it's unchanged for 2020 - As Acura's biggest and most expensive sedan (and one that presumably sets the technology standard for this Honda division) the RLX can be ordered as a Sport Hybrid. The "base" model get a 310-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, but the hybrid adds electric propulsion (and all-wheel-drive) and 67 horsepower. The gasoline model has a 10-speed automatic transmission while the hybrid gets a seven-speed paddle-shift automatic that's also found in the MDX utility-vehicle hybrid. Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steering comes with the non-hybrid: When cornering, the rear wheels point slightly in the direction of the turn, thus reducing the front-wheel-drive's tendency to continue in a straight line, even with the steering wheel turned (called understeer). During braking, however, both rear wheels are automatically angled toward the center of the car for maximum control. The RLX arrives with plenty of standard content, but you will need to shell out more to add the full suite of collision-mitigating features plus a navigation system, premium leather package and your choice of two high-end audio systems.
Base price (incl. destination): $56,900; $63,900 (hybrid)
Type: Full-size sedan
Engines (h.p.): 3.5-liter V-6 (310); 3.5-liter V-6 with electric assist (377)
Transmissions: 10-speed automatic; seven-speed automated manual (Sport Hybrid)
Drivetrain: Front-/ all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 20/29/23 (gasoline); 28/29/28 (Sport Hybrid)
Base weight (lb.): 3,970