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News Reporter 02-15-2013 12:10 PM

2014 Acura RLX
Filed under: Sedan, Acura, First Drives, Luxury

Good. But Good Enough?

Spoiler alert: The 2014 Acura RLX is a good car. But that shouldn't come as a surprise. Despite the fact that Acura is subject to a lot of criticism for things like its odd positioning in the automotive landscape, questionable styling choices in recent years, and the fact that, more or less, its products feel like lux'd-up Hondas rather than something truly unique, the cars have always been inherently good - decent to drive, nice to sit in and reliable to own. That's what happens when you ride that sort of "affordable luxury" line.

Because Acura's sedans don't really fit into any one definable segment, the brand hopes it can draw customers from a broader range who aren't necessarily dedicated to a certain marque. And while there's certainly rhyme to that reason on the more entry-level end of the spectrum, that proposition makes less sense as you move toward higher price points. (Have a gander at the Hyundai Equus, if you will.) On the other hand, Acura pulled data from a 2012 Strategic Vision survey that showed the number one purchase decision for luxury buyers last year was value for the money, with manufacturer reputation coming in at a close second.

Which brings us to the 2014 RLX, a flagship that will compete in the mid/high luxury segment, battling cars like the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, but, according to Acura, reaches up into 7 Series and A8 territory, as well.

"This is the best car Acura has ever produced," said Michael Accavitti, the automaker's vice president of national marketing operations. And he may be right. But is it truly good enough to be a more renowned player in this higher-end segment than the outgoing RL was? (That shouldn't be too hard, given the fact that the RL was the worst-selling car of 2011.) We hit the roads around Napa Valley to find out.Continue reading 2014 Acura RLX

2014 Acura RLX originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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hkcuellar91 02-17-2013 01:01 PM

BMW from the side. Lexus ES from the front and back.


UGLY! :thumbsdow

whatsanacura 02-17-2013 08:17 PM

I actually like it, it's definitely an improvement over the last gen

TSX69 02-18-2013 10:56 AM

Looks OK
Bland but not offensive which I am sure is what they were going for. I do wish they had added a little more flair like chrome door handles.

This is still ear marked for my next car but not really feeling the $60k price tag just to get rear shades & ventilated seats. Now going to wait for the SH-SH-AWD version to see what other goodies & hopefully improved looks it brings.

I do not see this thing selling that well for Acura - hopefully I am wrong. If I am not, then I could possibly buy this for well below invoice like the RL.

NihonTSX 02-18-2013 12:13 PM

Re: 2014 Acura RLX
Just saw it in person at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday, and I'm bored. I mean, staring into LED array headlights is cool and all but it's still soft and about two segments above fun--hence why I own a TSX. Plus, pictures make it look more appealing than (I think) it actually is face to face. Not a bad looking animal, just not terribly enthralling.

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