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2018 Acura RLX Arrives in Showrooms with Striking Redesign

  • RLX adopts new Acura design direction reflecting brand’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA
  • Traffic Jam Assist, a driver assistive technology, joins standard AcuraWatch® suite


Markham, ON. (Nov. 7, 2017) – Acura’s top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan, the 2018 RLX, begins arriving in dealer showrooms today with new front and rear styling inspired by the new Acura design direction and its signature diamond pentagon grille. Two models are available—both with Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™: The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ Tech starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $65,490; The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWDElite starts at $69,990. All-new seats are now available in a rich Saddle Brown leather and two new premium exterior paint options are available for the first time on RLX.

          The 2018 Acura RLX showcases the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA with Acura’s distinct high-performance powertrain, making it the most powerful Acura after the NSX supercar. With the most performance of any Acura sedan, the new RLX seamlessly integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive for instant acceleration, outstanding all-weather performance and precise handling. The RLX delivers 377 peak total system horsepower and 341 lb.-ft. peak total system torque with its powertrain sharing its basic concept and some components with the NSX supercar. 

          The 2018 Acura RLX has NRCan fuel economy ratings of 8.4/8.2/8.4 L/km(city/highway/combined)1.


2018 RLX Pricing and NRCan Fuel Economy Ratings



MSRP Including $2,045 Freight & PDI

NRCan FE Rating1 City/Highway/Combined

RLX Sport Hybrid Tech




RLX Sport Hybrid Elite





In addition to the diamond pentagon grille, the 2018 Acura RLX design enhancements include a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, exposed dual exhaust finishers and gloss black rear diffuser. The 2018 RLX also offers a fresh colour pallet with six new exterior paint options (seven total) including three all-new colours for Acura - Brilliant Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Majestic Black Pearl. 

Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives premium new materials and touchpoints including completely redesigned Milano leather seats with high-contrast, piping and stitching, as well as a new Saddle Brown interior option and available black headliner, all of which add a new level of sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.   

          Standard features on the 2018 RLX include a head-up display (HUD), premium ELS Studio Audio System with 14 speakers, 2-way remote engine starter, LED fog lights, heated steering wheel and more. The Elite package offers additional luxury features such as an industry-exclusive Krell™ Audio System, power rear sunshade, Surround View Camera System, ventilated front seats, and more.

Both 2018 RLX models feature the unique AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, enhanced by the addition of the new Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control and Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) reduces driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle centred in the lane and at a set interval from a vehicle detected ahead.

The AcuraWatch suite also includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)


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About Acura Canada
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc.  and
is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the Acura MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV. Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.  Acura celebrated its 30th anniversary in Canada in February 2017 and has grown to include 51 locations in its dealer network across the country.

1 Based on 2018 NRCAN mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age and condition, and other factors.