The 2019 Acura RLX Performance

The 2019 Acura RLX is a premium luxury sedan with style, sophistication, and an impressive performance on the road. In fact, the RLX is “Acura’s most powerful four-door ever and the second most powerful Acura behind the current NSX” supercar, according to Car and Driver. With a hybrid engine system, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and other performance-enhancing features, the RLX is poised to take on any road.

  • Powerful and efficient hybrid performance with V6 engine and three motor system
  • Race-inspired transmission
  • SH-AWD and active safety features enhance performance

Engine and 3 Motor Hybrid System

The RLX hybrid system combines gasoline engine power with a three electric motor system for a combined powerful performance and excellent fuel economy. The gasoline engine is a 3.5L V6 that delivers power to the front wheels along with an electric motor located in the transmission housing. The rear wheels are independently powered by two additional electric motors for a higher-quality performance that has the ability to adjust to different driving situations. All three electric motors are powered by a lithium-ion battery that gets charged every time the RLX decelerates. Low speed cruising will use the electric power alone for a higher efficiency, while highway speed will operate on the engine for more power.


The hybrid system works in tandem with a 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters. Originally designed for racing, this transmission features quick and smooth shifts that is more efficient than traditional automatic transmissions. The dual-clutch separates the odd and even numbered gears with the first, third, fifth, and seventh on one clutch and the second, fourth, and sixth gear on the other. Drivers can use the paddle shifter in the Sport Mode to put the transmission fully into a manual mode, giving drivers more control over shift and more engagement behind the wheel.

2019 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive Performance

Horsepower and Torque

The engine and all three motors each contribute their own horsepower and torque to a total system power output. During certain driving situations, such as starting from a complete stop or low speed cruising, the RLX will operate on electric power alone. When accelerating to a highway speed or when merging, the RLX will use the total system for the most power. And when cruising on the highway, the RLX will maintain speed using the engine.

  • Engine only – 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque
  • Front Drive Motor – 47 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque
  • Rear Twin Motor – 36 horsepower each (72) and 54 lb-ft of torque each (108)
  • Combined Horsepower – 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque

Fuel Efficiency

One of the biggest benefits of driving a hybrid vehicle is the incredible fuel economy it achieves. Bringing the best of two worlds together, the RLX offers a powerful, sport-tuned performance with excellent efficiency. It’s a better choice for the environment and allows drivers to drive for longer stretches on the road with less visits to the gas station to fill up. The RLX has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 28 in the city, 29 on the highway, and 28 combined mpg*.


The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system from Acura is an innovative design that redirects engine power from the front to the rear and from side to side for a better overall performance. The system adapts and shifts power during turns to help the RLX through the corner more cleanly to create a “yaw” effect. And in bad weather conditions or slippery roads, the system can shift more power to the wheel that have more traction and away form the wheels with less. Along with the twin rear motors, the RLX makes these adjustments automatically whereas past SH-AWD systems required more driver inputs.

Active Safety Features Enhance Performance

The RLX features a long list of active safety features that actually improve its performance while avoiding safety risks in potentially dangerous driving situations and conditions. These features help the RLX maintain good, tractive control, come to a complete stop more quickly in an emergency braking situation, and prevents the wheels from locking up which can cause dangerous skidding across the road.

  • Vehicles Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2019 Acura RLX by contacting us or visiting your nearest Wisconsin Acura Dealer. Explore current offers and experience the RLX first-hand with a test drive today.


*Based on 2018 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.

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