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Acura RLX (KC1/2) Sedan (2013-2020)

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Product Overview

Acura RLX (chassis code KC1/KC2) is an executive sedan in production from 2012 to 2020. It was available with a single V6 engine that displaced 3.5 liters in two drivetrain configurations.
The base model is FWD-only. It used a 6-speed automatic transmission from up to the 2017 model year and a 10-speed automatic from the 2018 model year up.
The AWD model paired the 3.5L V6 engine to a 7-speed DCT transmission. It had a hybrid AWD system without a propeller shaft going to the rear axles; instead, AWD is achieved with the help of electric motors mounted in the back. Even though this was a complete departure from the old SH-AWD system, Acura kept the marketing term and continued to call it SH-AWD.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the Acura RLX comes with double-wishbone and multi-link suspensions. While unusual for a FWD vehicle, this setup offers superior handling characteristics than a normal strut setup.
The RLX had a facelift for the 2018 model year, though the mechanicals did not change. The new front-end bears Acura's new "corporate grille" that is more athletic.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 39% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Beautiful styling
  • Double-wishbone + multi-link suspension setup
  • Clever AWD system
  • New transmissions
Cons
  • Still markets the hybrid as SH-AWD, even though it is not

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Specifications

Variants:
3.5
3.5 Hybrid AWD

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
405 L / 14.3 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
7.9 L / 8.3 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
4.3 L / 4.5 qt
3.5Fuel Capacity
70.0 L / 18.5 gal
3.5 Hybrid AWDFuel Capacity
57.0 L / 15.1 gal
Passengers
5

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Disc
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
Double-wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Tire Size
245/40 R19
Turning Circle
12.3 m / 40.5 ft

Construction

3.5Body Style
4-door Sedan
3.5 Hybrid AWDBody Style
4-door hybrid Sedan

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
115 mm / 4.5 in
Size | Height
1465 mm / 57.7 in
Size | Length
5023 mm / 197.8 in
Size | Width
1890 mm / 74.4 in
Track Width | Front
1632.0 mm / 64.3 in
Track Width | Rear
1630.0 mm / 64.2 in
3.5Weight
1804.0 kg / 3977.1 lbs
3.5 Hybrid AWDWeight
1987.0 kg / 4380.6 lbs
Wheel Size
8.0J x 19
Wheelbase
2850 mm / 112.2 in

Performance

3.5Fuel Economy
9.7 L/100km / 24.2 MPG (combined) | 12.3 L/100km / 19.1 MPG (urban) | 8.5 L/100km / 27.7 MPG (highway)
3.5 Hybrid AWDFuel Economy
11.9 L/100km / 19.8 MPG (combined) | 11.9 L/100km / 19.8 MPG (urban) | 12.3 L/100km / 19.1 MPG (highway)

Powertrain

3.5Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
3.5 Hybrid AWDDrivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
Engine
J35Y4
Engine | Compression Ratio
11.5:1
Engine | Displacement
3.5 L / 213.6 cu-in / 3500.0 cc
3.5Engine | Power
310.0 hp / 231.2 kW @ 6500 rpm
3.5 Hybrid AWDEngine | Power
310.0 hp / 231.2 kW @ 6500 rpm + 36.0 hp / 26.8 kW @ 4000 rpm (electric motor)
Engine | Specific Output
88.6 hp/L / 1.5 hp/cu-in
3.5Engine | Torque
369 Nm / 272.2 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
3.5 Hybrid AWDEngine | Torque
370 Nm / 272.9 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm + 73 Nm / 53.8 lb-ft @ 0-2000 rpm
3.5Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated direct-injected petrol V6 SOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
3.5 Hybrid AWDEngine | Type
multi-port injected petrol V6 SOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
3.5Transmission | Gears
10-speed
3.5 Hybrid AWDTransmission | Gears
7-speed
3.5Transmission | Type
Automatic SportShift
3.5 Hybrid AWDTransmission | Type
Double clutch transmission (DCT)

Production

3.5Availability
2013 ~ 2020
3.5 Hybrid AWDAvailability
2014 ~ 2020

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