2018 Acura RLX vs. Its Competition

2018 Acura RLX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 Class, 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.

2018 Acura RLX2018 Acura RLX
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2018 Audi S62018 Audi A6
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2018 Infiniti Q702018 INFINITI Q70
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2018 Lexus GS 3502018 Lexus GS
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E400 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2018 Volvo S902018 Volvo S90
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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2018 Acura RLX brandishes some exotic hardware, and wraps it in anonymity.
7.0
The 2018 Audi S6 stands with an impressive hand: quality interior, great performance, functional shape. It's possible to find better examples from other cars, but they all cost significantly more.
7.2
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 stands alone as a warm take on luxury that others have left behind. It’s not as luxurious as the others—but it’s not as expensive as those, either.
7.2
The 2018 Lexus GS is a worthy rival to its German foes in terms of luxury and handling, but its engine lineup is falling behind the competition.
8.3
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
7.8
With its graceful styling and gentle demeanor, the 2018 Volvo S90 is one of our favorite luxury sedans—at any price.
MSRP From     
$54,900$49,700$50,300$46,510$52,950$48,100
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
Sedan w/Technology Pkg2.0 TFSI Premium FWD3.7 LUXE RWDGS 300 RWDE 300 RWD SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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