2017 Acura RLX vs. Its Competition

2017 Acura RLX
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Occupying something of a middle ground between high-feature compact luxury sedans and the "default" European choices like the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Acura RLX finds itself with a wide range of rivals.

The Volvo S90 is certainly the segment's style choice, both inside and out.

Close behind is the more polarizing Cadillac CTS, which delivers more performance at the upper range.

Then there are the mid-size luxury heavyweights: The Lexus GS, the Mercedes E, and the BMW 5.

You can't go wrong with any of those three, as each offers a wide range of options, engines, and features.

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2017 Lexus GS2017 Lexus GS
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription2017 Volvo S90
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Quick Specs
6.5
If the Acura RLX's weak sales figures are anything to go by, its subtlety is lost on most consumers.
7.8
The 2017 BMW 5-Series may do for tech sedans what turn-of-the-century 5-Series did for sport sedans.
7.5
The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V impresses on all fronts, unseating BMW and Mercedes-Benz by offering the best combination of performance and day-to-day livability in the large luxury/sport sedan segment.
7.2
The 2017 Lexus GS offers excellent handling, handsome looks, and a variety of powerplants, all at prices generally lower than its German competition.
8.2
With the 2017 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is pushing the boundaries of its autonomous driving technology, and backing it up with S-Class style.
8.0
The 2017 Volvo S90 gets all the elegance and style of the brilliant new XC90 crossover, in a sedan package.
MSRP From     
$54,450$51,200$45,995$46,310$52,150$46,950
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
Sedan w/Technology Pkg530i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDGS Turbo RWDE 300 Luxury RWD SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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