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Acura RLX, 2014: Odd-looking luxury sedan elegant, plush, pricey (video)

The plush, pricey 2014 Acura RLX

What should a consumer expect from a car with a starting point of just under $50,000? That’s the beginning price of 2014 Acura RLX, the new medium-sized Acura luxury sedan.

The Acura RLX replaces the RL as the carmaker’s top sedan, and it’s firmly positioned against a few heavy-hitters — the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS 350.

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Like its rivals, the Acura RLX has a lot to offer with a variety of trims, powerful engines and enough plushness and superior touches to make it hard not to like.

Acura 's new flagship seda, the 2014 RLX
The debuting 2014 Acura RLX

For starters, it has a 3.5.-liter V6 with 310 horsepower. There are faster sedans, but the new Acura has a steady powerful growl of authority while accelerating. It only took a brief learning curve, and once I realized there was power on demand, the RLX won me over.

There are lots of small, but important features on the new Acura RLX I really like, which videographer Bruce Aldrich (www.tahoetruckeeoutdoor.com) and The Weekly Driver discuss in the video below.

Here are the facts and figures for the 2014 Acura RLX:

Curb Weight, 3,933 pounds; Driving Range, 370 miles (city), 573.5 miles (hwy); Drive Type, Front wheel drive; Engine, 3.5 liters, V6, 24 valves; Fuel, Premium unleaded (required); Fuel Tank Capacity, 18.5 gallons; Gas Mileage Estimates (MPG,City/Hwy/Combined), 20/31/24; Horsepower, 310; Manufacturer’s website, www.acura.com; MSRP range, $48,450-$60,450; Warranty, bumper to bumper, 4 years/50,000 miles; Drivetrain, 6 years/70,000 miles; Roadside, 4 years/50,000 miles; Corrosion, 5 years/unlimited mileage; Transmission, 6-speed Shiftable Automatic.

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