2016 Acura RLX vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Acura is targeting German competition in the form of the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5-Series, and Audi A6--but, given its size and the brand's reputation, we think the competition lies elsewhere.

Cadillac's XTS is a pick of the big-luxury crop: it has unexpectedly nimble handling, available all-wheel drive coupled with big power, and an optional adjustable suspension as selling points, while the touchpad CUE interface is for those who want a cutting-edge learning experience.

The Lincoln MKS and Volvo S80 share a front-drive architecture and both have 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 and was recently updated; it's rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available on the V-6 model, and the latest generation has put an emphasis on handling, even if it's still not quite competitive with the Germans.

Lastly, the Lexus GS has a lovely new shape and an equally stylish interior; choose the F-Sport model and crisp handling is (finally) part of the package, too, while the new GS F adds a V-8 and a more sport-oriented chassis setup.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Acura RLX offers some minor updates to an already competent—if subtle—luxury package. It's an interesting alternative to the other cars in its class.
The 2016 Cadillac XTS has virtues beyond its size; as a VSport, it's an exceedingly comfortable, quick cruiser.
The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe appeals to a more limited group than it used to; but it straddles the line between budget sports car and refined touring coupe in all the right ways.
The 2016 Lincoln MKS offers a kind of luxury that's understated and reserved—although from the driver's seat it's a little more inspiring than you might expect.
The 2016 Volvo S80 makes safety and comfort the priority; it's a better long-distance than tight-corner performer.
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20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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