2018 Acura RLX vs 2014-2017: Facelift changes in side by side comparison

The Acura RLX has been given a comprehensive facelift and update for the 2018 model year. See how much has changed in this side by side comparison.

2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - red, frontRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX2014-17 RLX
The updated RLX has been given a face just like that of the facelift MDX and TLX. There's the brand's inverted grille, bug eye headlights, a bolder front bumper, and a new bonnet.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - silver, sideRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid - side2014-17 RLX
The 2018 RLX has new wheels and side sills, but the car's overall profile and body panels haven't been touched. There are three new colours to choose from, though.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - rear, redRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid - rear2014-17 RLX
At the back, there's a new set of tail-lights, with a much more striking LED design. There's also a bolder chrome bar, a new bumper with a more aggressive diffuser, and a more heavily stylised licence plate surround.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - interior, dashboard, white leatherRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX - interior2014-17 RLX
The interior hasn't been changed too much. There's obligatory upgrade to trim and materials, as well as a new Espresso colour option.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - front seatsRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX - front seats2014-17 RLX
Front seats with bigger bolsters and more grip are available in the updated RLX.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - grille, headlampsRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid2014-17 RLX
Behind the bold new grille are updated drivetrains.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - taillampsRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid2014-17 RLX
The base 3.5-litre V6 now has a 10-speed automatic to go with its 310hp (231kW) and rear-wheel steering setup.
2018 Acura RLX SH-AWD facelift - taillamps, light signatureRLX F/L
2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid2014-17 RLX
The Sport Hybrid model has SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive), and drivetrain with a total of 377hp (281kW) from a 3.5-litre V6 and three electric motors.


2018 Acura RLX facelift



2014-2017 Acura RLX




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Derek Fung

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