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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|2016 Acura RLXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Cadillac XTSBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings||2016 Lincoln MKSBrowse Used Listings||2016 Volvo S80Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-6||Gas V6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Subcompact Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Navigation||4-Door Sedan FWD||2-Door 3.8L Manual Base w/Black Seats||4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD||4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 Acura RLX vs. 2016 Cadillac XTS||2016 Acura RLX vs. 2016 Hyundai Genesis||2016 Acura RLX vs. 2016 Lincoln MKS||2016 Acura RLX vs. 2016 Volvo S80|