2014 Acura RLX vs. Its Competition

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Acura sees the RLX's competition hailing from Germany in the form of the E-Class, 5-Series, and A6--but more realistically, given those brands' strong repeat business, we think the competition comes more from some other brands and some interesting vehicles.

The Cadillac XTS is a pick of the crop: the big sedan has unexpectedly nimble handling, an available adjustable suspension, and the touchpad CUE interface, if you're up for the cutting-edge learning experience.

The Lincoln MKS and Volvo S80 share a front-drive architecture and all-wheel-drive availability, but the MKS is the surprising choice for its optional 365-hp turbocharged engine and its discreetly American styling.

The Hyundai Genesis is a superb bargain among imported sedans; it's rear-wheel drive but doesn't have European road manners--and we'd steer downmarket to the V-6 version, not the stiff-riding 429-hp R-Spec edition.

Lastly, the Lexus GS has a lovely new shape and an equally stylish interior; opt up to the F-Sport and crisp handling is (finally) part of the package, too.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Acura RLX leaves the bold ambition to other brands; it's a studied update that delivers smoother looks, quicker performance, and better fuel economy, but no more excitement.
For those focused on safety, technology, and comfort—but not necessarily performance—the 2014 Cadillac XTS is everything a big luxury sedan should be.
Everyday comfortable, yet track-ready, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis is one of the better performance-car picks if your budget is tight.
The 2014 Lincoln MKS doesn't fly in the same business class with the best German luxosedans, but it's a quiet, capable alternative in the second tier of big, upscale sedans.
The 2014 Volvo S80 isn't at all about performance, but what it does–and does well–is offer a safe, stylish, supremely comfortable sedan for fashion-conscious families.
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20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-6
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Midsize CarsLarge CarsSubcompact CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
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4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD2-Door I4 2.0T Manual R-Spec4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan 3.2L PZEV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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