We recently got to test drive the new RLX in Napa Valley courtesy of @Acura. The event details seemed pretty enticing besides the fact that we will get to test drive Acura's all-new flagship, 2014 RLX, which is not even out in the market and will officially be available starting March 15, 2013. Needless to say, I was pretty excited with the idea of test driving the latest and the most exciting luxury car from Honda’s upscale Acura division through the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley.
Enough ramblings about the Acura program, coming to Honda’s move to take the lead in the luxury segment with 2014 Acura RLX, the idea behind Acura division itself was to lead with example when back in 1980s Honda Motor Company became the first Japanese company to launch its luxury car division.
The 2014 Acura RLX is the most powerful, spacious, and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever, designed with Acura’s commitment to creating “the synergy between man and machine.”
With this RLX version, Acura is all set to trump the luxury car segment on fuel economy making it a value conscious purchase for luxury car lovers. The flagship sedan is sans bells and whistles, but it does includes everything you want in your day to day ride; fuel economy, a longer wheelbase, more rear leg room than most of the luxury cars in its segment, which is surprising considering its mid-size sedan looks. The RLX boasts the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches).
Powered by an all-new 310-horsepower direct-injected V-6 engine, the car comes with an array of innovative features including acoustic door glass for a quieter ride; open the sunroof and you will know the difference, amplitude active dampers to feel connected to the road throughout your drive.
Besides encapsulating the car doors with acoustic glass, the RLX also embeds 14 powerful speakers from America’s high-end audio manufacturer, Krell audio to make sure you achieve driving nirvana. Some of the Krell’s audio components include $145,000 Evolution system.
The 2014 Acura RLX is an all-wheel drive also called full-time four-wheel drive designed to function on all-roads, at all-times, for an improved driving experience.
Another main highlight which follows the most important design principle “form follows function” is the Jewel Eye LED headlights which as the President of Acura puts it, “looks like channel set diamonds” but designed to serve more than just giving the car a flamboyant look. The jeweled headlights boast ten light sources and twenty beams of light to make driving in the night just as convenient as it is in the daytime.
Driving Assist Features at a Glance:-
The array of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies includes the next generation of the AcuraLink connected car system, including AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic featuring freeway traffic and all-new surface street traffic, the Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Collision Mitigation Brake System works amazingly well in low-speed traffic conditions, including stop and go traffic, unless you are used to applying brakes, which requires you to reset the assistive driving modes again.
The RLX drove well, thanks to its intuitive technology that reduces stress and simplifies the driving experience for daily commute.
The 2014 RLX is available in seven exterior colors, including four metallic and three pearl colors with the acid-resistant epoxy clear-coat paint for increased resistance to urban pollutants.
2014 Acura RLX Interiors
Heated 12-way adjustable power heated front seats with abundant lateral support, luxurious perforated and stain-resistant Milano leather seating, Ebony wood grain interior accents and Krell’s audio system.
Pricing: Starts at $49,345 with Top RLX including advanced Package costs $61,345.
The 2014 Acura RLX at a Glance:-
Powertrain: Direct-injection 3.5-liter, SOHC, 60-degree V-6 engine with Earth Dreams Technology, 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Sport mode and Grade Logic Control
Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS)
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
18x8-inch noise-reducing alloy wheels (RLX, RLX with Navigation);
Wheelbase, at 112.2 inches
Verdict: It’s a fine-looking automobile. Acura have devoted themselves to the redesign of its “halo” car and Acura RLX is a step in the right direction.
The car with its host of innovative driving assist features and fuel economy enhances the driving experience. Personally, this is the car that is most likely to appeal to grown-ups.
The event highlights besides the test drive but also an enriching trip to Cade winery. The state-of-the-art winery perched high upon Howell Mountain is special for its unique setting offering panoramic views of Napa Valley and also for being awarded LEED Gold Certification. The winery is built aesthetically and ecologically including the use of solar panels, naturally regulated caves and a winemaking process, which itself includes reuse of recycled materials including the use of water in the winemaking process. The program highlights includes the luxury of traveling with one of his/her guest and a free spa to rejuvenate before the drive itself.
Check out the gallery: