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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|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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