2014 Acura RLX vs. Its Competition

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty 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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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.
If you want a well-finished interior, plenty of power, and luxury-car ambiance all around—but you can do without the brand cachet—the 2014 Hyundai Genesis could add up as a good value.
The 2014 Lexus GS has more distinction and better handling to match improved connectivity; even so, it's still playing catch-up.
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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