2020 Acura RLX Model Review

2020 Acura RLX Model Overview at Motorcars Acura in Bedford, OH

Completely reimagined to reflect the progressive, forward-thinking character of all Acura vehicles – the 2020 Acura RLX is engineered with precision craftsmanship. Advanced technology is infused into every aspect of the striking RLX, creating a drive that’s equally as dynamic as it is refined. Experience unparalleled performance from an innovative 3-Motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) System featuring a potent 3.5-Liter i-VTEC® engine and 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission.

At the front, the signature Diamond Pentagon grille confidently announces your arrival in the RLX. Standard Sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather provide an impeccable blend of comfort and support to enhance your drive. Premium materials including wood-grain and metallic finishes provide a luxurious complement inside the cabin. Hear your favorite music with exceptional clarity with the standard Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 14 speakers. You’re never alone on the road thanks to the standard AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies — designed to increase awareness, assist with avoidance, and to help mitigate impact.

What’s New for 2020

The Acura RLX returns for 2020 with no significant changes from the previous model year. For those searching for a premium luxury sedan which makes no sacrifices on performance, refinement, or technology – the RLX remains the top choice.

What the Critics Say

“Where the RLX Sport Hybrid really shines, though, is on the highway and in slow-moving traffic. Acura didn’t change much in the cabin, but it didn’t need to. The RLX is a quiet, comfortable car that’s perfectly suited for both road trips and daily commutes. Plus, considering how much space there is in the back seat, you could bring three friends along with no complaints.” — Motor Trend

“Hybrids aren’t usually associated with power and performance, but the RLX Sport Hybrid bucks that notion. Melding a V6 engine with three electric motors — including two in back that independently power each rear wheel — this top-line RLX is an engineering marvel with skillful road manners and an innovative AWD system.” — Kelley Blue Book

2020 Acura RLX Performance Head Up Display

Inspired Performance

Giving you thrilling performance, the Acura RLX is powered by a 3-Motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system with 377-horsepower. Its specialized abilities offer the ability to transfer engine power from the front to rear along with side to side for maximized response and agility. Standard Precision All-Wheel Steer™ adjusts rear wheel toe angles to complement the front wheels for high-speed stability, counter-steer to decrease the turning radius, and toe-in while braking to decrease stopping distance. In addition to excellent performance when the road conditions are dry, this cutting-edge system improves traction and stability when the weather conditions aren’t cooperating for greater confidence.

Advanced Safety

Found on every 2020 Acura RLX is the AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies which includes Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking, and the all-new Traffic Jam Assist. Innovative parking sensors in the front grille and rear bumper are flush mounted for seamless style and provide an audible series of beeps as you get closer to an obstacle. For an unparalleled vantage point when parking, the Surround View Camera incorporates six camera angles positioned around the vehicle. AcuraWatch™ safety technologies help emphasize the Acura goal of creating a zero-collision society.

2020 Acura RLX AcuraWatch Safety Suite
2020 Acura RLX Interior

Sophisticated Interior

Step inside the 2020 RLX and experience an inviting interior which offers a spacious, elegant environment to unwind and relax. At 38.8 inches, the Acura RLX offers more rear legroom than the Audi A8 and comes within a tenth of an inch of the Jaguar XJ sedan. Rear passengers can also enjoy access to climate control zone controls. Now offered in four premium colors, the soft perforated Milano leather seats have available temperature settings with three levels of heating and three levels of cooling.

You’ll also experience advanced connectivity in the RLX thanks to next-generation AcuraLink® services. AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ can now show traffic levels on crowded side streets as well as highways. If an airbag has been deployed, the vehicle will instantaneously send out an emergency notification (cellular connection and subscription required). The standard tri-zone automatic climate control system uses a GPS-linked solar system to adjust cabin temperatures.

Acura RLX Standard Equipment

2020 Acura RLX Features


  • Jewel Eye® LED headlights
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Acoustic glass windshield and side glass
  • Remote-Operated Windows and Moonroof-Open Function
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy, bright finish, noise-reducing wheels


  • Sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior
  • GPS-Linked Automatic Tri-Zone Climate Control
  • Keyless Access System with Smart Entry
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Automatic dimming rearview mirror

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS® Audio System with 14 speakers
  • Aha™, Pandora®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio®, and Bluetooth® streaming audio
  • USB Audio Interface with iPod® Integration with Song By Voice®
  • Acura Navigation System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™, 3D view, and Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink® The Next Generation
  • On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) with HomeLink®

Safety & Driver Assistive Technology

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Traffic Jam Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with head-up warning
  • Multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Blind spot information (BSI) system
  • Auto-on/off headlight operation with wiper integration
  • Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)12 with traction control and motion adaptive steering

Acura RLX Packages

Advance Package

2020 Acura RLX Advance Package

Ultimate upgrades in luxury, technology and convenience with Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®. Starting at $61,900*


  • LED Foglights
  • Auto-Dimming, Power-Folding Side Mirrors
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Exclusive 19-inch Wheels


  • Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Outboard Rear Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Krell® Audio System
  • Power Rear Sunshade and Manual Rear Door Sunshades
  • Rear Footwell Lighting
  • Head-Up Display
  • Electric Air Conditioning with Air Quality Sensor

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Front & Rear Flush Parking Sensors
  • Surround View Camera System
  • Front Windshield De-Icer

Acura RLX Exterior Colors

Platinum White Pearl

Platinum White Pearl

Majestic Black Pearl

Majestic Black Pearl +400 MSRP*

Fathom Blue Pearl

Fathom Blue Pearl

Gilded Pewter Metallic

Gilded Pewter Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Brilliant Red Metallic

Brilliant Red Metallic +400 MSRP*

Lunar Silver Metallic

Lunar Silver Metallic

Pricing & Performance

2020 Acura RLX

Sport Hybrid w/Advance Package

Starting MSRP*


Engine Type

3.5-Liter Aluminum Alloy Direct Injection V6 with 3-Motor Sport Hybrid System

Transmission Type

Motor Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission)

Drive Type

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™)

Front / Rear Brake Size

13-inch ventilated / 12.2-inch solid

Horsepower / Torque (HP / LB-FT)

377 Horsepower / 341 LB-FT

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings** (city / highway / combined)

28 / 29 / 28

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge.  Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.