How Does the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Stack Up to a BMW Competitor?

May 25th, 2017 by

2017 Acura RLX Exterior Front AngleOne of the major aspects of vehicle shopping is comparing similar vehicles to one another to see which one can provide the best value for your money. This process can be confusing and frustrating, which is why we’ve decided to take the time to compare the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package to the 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 531i xDrive to show you which one can provide you what you need for a great price.

What You Need to Know

Both of the vehicles in this comparison are loaded with great features and performance aspects, but when it comes down to it, one model is able to do this with ease and excellence.

Let’s start with the obvious: price. The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package is priced at $59,950 MSRP,* as the 2017 BMW Gran Turismo hits the ground with a high starting price of $63,200. Even with the Gran Turismo’s bigger price tag, it doesn’t maintain its value as well as the RLX.

Next on the list is fuel economy. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo provides drivers with up to 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. That’s not bad, but when compared to the RLX Sport Hybrid’s EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined,** there really is no competition.

Further inspection under the hood lets us examine the powerhouses keeping these vehicles alive. The 2017 5 Series Gran Turismo comes equipped with a 3.0L I6 engine that delivers up to 300 hp. On the other hand, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid brings power and efficiency together with its 310 hp i-VTEC 3.5L V6 engine; however, when you factor in the electric motors, that power rating jumps up to 377 hp.

In the safety department, both vehicles score 5-star ratings across the board from the NHTSA,*** but the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is able to give drivers more safety features than the BMW model, thanks to its standard Accident Avoidance System.

Want to See More?

If you’re still curious about how the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package performs against its competitors, then just stop by your closest Wisconsin Acura Dealers location to set up a test drive and learn more about our current offers and financing options.


Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $950 for sedans and $975 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2017 EPA 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/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

***Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

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