2018 Acura RLX: Interior

11/13/2017 11:56:00 AM

The RLX's interior is designed and engineered to provide a high degree of luxury, refinement and technological sophistication, while supporting an engaging driving experience. With accommodating seating for five, highlighted by an unusually roomy rear seating area, the RLX combines roomy versatility with welcoming passenger comfort. High-end premium elements include a soft-touch interior features, new alloy and woodgrain finishes and new standard upgraded Milano leather seating.

Key Interior Features

  • Upgraded Milano leather seat design
  • Milano leather wrapped steering wheel with Euro-style stitching
  • Sophisticated interior styling with high-quality fit-and-finish 
  • Driver-oriented control layout
  • Advanced and intuitive instrumentation and controls
  • Shift-by-wire gear selector (now on both RLX models)
  • Large trunk: 14.9 cu-ft. in RLX P-AWS; 12.0 cu-ft. in RLX Sport Hybrid 
  • Roomy 5-person interior with 102.1 cu-ft. of passenger volume 
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's 12-Way Power Seats with 4-way Power Lumbar Support
  • Ventilated front seats (RLX Sport Hybrid) 
  • Head-Up Instrument Display (RLX Sport Hybrid) 

Key Comfort and Convenience Features

  • Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
  • Remote engine start (RLX Sport Hybrid)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold

Key Audio and Connectivity Features

  • Acura/ELS® Studio Premium 14-speaker audio system (RLX P-AWS)
  • Krell® ultra-premium 14-speaker audio system (RLX Sport Hybrid)
  • Pandora® and Aha™ integration
  • SMS text messaging function with compatible cell phones and e-mail function with compatible cell phones
  • USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone®, or "memory stick" storage devices)
  • Auxiliary jack interface (for external MP3 music players)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface with auto-pairing
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and 8-inch screen
  • Surface street and highway traffic
  • Traffic rerouting
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Next-generation AcuraLink™ with Standard, Connect or Premium Package 

Design and Materials
The RLX interior is a distinctive take on premium luxury, with clean and elegant lines, high-end detailing and intuitive functionality. Luxurious Milano leather seating surfaces heighten the premium experience, and updated interior accents give the RLX a contemporary flair. The quality of interior materials, fit and finish reflect the discerning nature of the RLX owner, with stitched leather instrument panel detailing and soft-touch materials throughout.

In the RLX, a design concept called "dual personal structure" guided design development, and divides the space into areas centered on the driver and front passenger, complemented by a wide center stack and console that is easily accessible to each person. An 8-inch color audio/information screen is placed high in the instrument panel, where it's close to the driver's sight line. A lower, 7-inch touch screen eliminates the need for dozens of hard keys, and has contextual menus that make operation simple.

Interior Colors
The 2018 RLX offers a sophisticated and coordinated interior palette in four colors: Ebony, Graystone, Seacoast and new for 2018 - Espresso. Ebony and Espresso interiors feature a black headliner. Graystone has a gray headliner, and Seacoast interiors have an ivory headliner, with both colors including a color-matched leather steering wheel. Perforated premium Milano leather seating is standard in both RLX models.

Interior Color Options


Exterior Colors

Interior Color

Crystal White Pearl

Ebony, Seacoast, Espresso

Lunar Silver Metallic


Modern Steel Metallic

Ebony, Graystone

Majestic Black Pearl*

Ebony, Seacoast, Espresso

Gilded Pewter Metallic

Seacoast, Espresso

Fathom Blue Pearl


Brilliant Red Metallic

Ebony, Seacoast

Versatile, Spacious Cabin
The 2018 RLX features a roomy and versatile cabin with a user-friendly design that can accommodate up to five passengers, with a rear-seat center armrest, and locking trunk pass-through (RLX P-AWS only) to accommodate long cargo. The fully finished trunk can accommodate 14.9 cubic feet of cargo in the RLX P-AWS, and 12.0 cubic feet in the RLX Sport Hybrid.

2018 RLX Interior Dimensions

Seating capacity


Headroom (in) (Front/Rear)

37.6 / 36.9

Legroom (in) (Front/Rear)

42.3 / 38.8

Hip room (in) (Front/Rear)

55.9 / 54.5

Shoulder room (in) (Front/Rear)

59.6 / 57.0

EPA passenger volume (cu. ft.)


Max cargo volume (cu. ft.)

14.9 (12.0 Sport Hybrid)

Driver-Oriented Cockpit
Intuitive functionality has always been a priority in Acura design and is a core element of Acura's focus on creating the synergy between man and machine – enabling the driver to focus on operating the vehicle rather than the various controls. All important systems and controls are within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently—audio, cruise control, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and Multi-Information Display—are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Even though the RLX gives its driver access to many electronic features, the interface is simple and welcoming. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view.

Typical of Acura interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the RLX is engineered to deliver a quality feel and positive action. Helpful features, such as power side mirrors that can be set to automatically tilt-down when Reverse gear is engaged, make parking easier. A standard multi-view rearview camera provides a choice of three different views, displayed on the bright, colorful 8-inch audio/information screen. The RLX Sport Hybrid has a standard Surround View Camera system.

The RLX has sophisticated analog instrumentation with large tachometer and speedometer on either side of a Multi-Information Display (MID) which provides a range of information and trip computer functions. The tachometer and speedometer are flanked by an analog coolant temperature and fuel level gauge.



2018 RLX P-AWS

2018 RLX Sport Hybrid

12-Volt Battery-Charging System Indicator

ABS Indicator

Airbag System Indicator

Brake System Indicator

Coolant Temperature Indicator

Cruise Control Indicators

Electric Power Steering (EPS) Indicator

Fuel Level Indicator

Headlights-On Indicator

High-Beam Indicator

Immobilizer System Indicator

Low-Fuel Indicator

Low-Oil Pressure Indicator

Malfunction Indicator

Seat-Belt Reminder Indicator

Security System Indicator

System Message Indicator


TPMS Indicator

Turn Signal/Hazard Indicators

VSA System and VSA-Off Indicators

Fog Lights Indicator


Smart Entry System Indicator

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with On and System Indicators

FCW / CMBS Indicator

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) On and System Indicators

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) Indicator

Idle-Stop On and System Indicators (RLX Sport Hybrid only)

Blind Spot Information System (BSI) Indicator

Head-Up Display
The RLX Sport Hybrid features a Head-Up Display HUD), which utilizes a concave mirror located behind the instrument panel to project a broad range of information on the lower portion of the windshield directly in front of the driver. The driver can adjust the location of the projection (up and down) or turn off the system via switches on the instrument panel. Display modes can be selected by a steering wheel-mounted thumb dial, and include:

  • Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system operation – displays real-time torque vectoring
  • Tachometer – displays engine rpm, gear position and vehicle speed
  • Navigation – turn-by-turn driving instructions are displayed in a birds-eye format, accompanied by voice commands, along with vehicle speed
  • Compass
  • ACC Recognition of the vehicle ahead
  • LKAS Recognition of lane markings
  • Speed only – displays vehicle speed
  • ACC/LKAS warnings – in the event of an unintentional lane departure (Lane Keeping Assist) or impending collision (Collision Mitigation Braking System) the display will interrupt the selected mode to display the appropriate visual and audible warnings
  • Additional automatic display content includes audio, speed-dial information and Voice Recognition

Multi-Information Display (MID)
A highly functional instrument panel gives the RLX driver instant access to critical information. It also provides important vehicle information via a Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. Controls positioned on the right side of the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources including LKAS and ACC and more. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the RLX driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear.

MID information categories include:

  • Digital odometer and dual digital trip meters
  • Average fuel economy
  • Estimated remaining fuel range
  • Elapsed time
  • Average speed
  • Maintenance Minder™
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Vehicle Settings customization
  • Engine oil life
  • Outside temperature
  • Instant fuel economy
  • Gear position
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Turn-by-turn navigation

Upper Screen
Both RLX models feature a bright, full-color 8-inch audio/information screen positioned high in the center stack of the instrument panel. Its high placement puts it close to the driver's line of sight where it's easy to see. Besides audio system information, the screen also offers backup or surround-view camera (RLX Sport Hybrid) views and access to a range of customizable features.

On-Demand Multi-Use Display™
A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger provides control over many functions in the RLX. To make it easy to use, the screen offers audible and vibratory touch feedback—both can be adjusted or shut off based on the owner's preference. Customizable shortcuts allow the RLX driver to set easy-to-access presets for Places, Phone, Climate, Audio and Valet functional categories.

The touchscreen display also provides access to the RLX's Valet Mode. Using the touch screen, the owner can assign a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that locks out the use of the trunk release and glove box, navigation system, audio system and phone.

One-Touch Turn Signals
The RLX's one-touch turn signals provide increased convenience for the driver when making routine lane changes. In addition to normal operation, a quick movement of the turn signal lever (between 0.4 sec. and 1.0 sec.) will cause the turn signals to flash three times.

Power Windows, Locks and Mirrors
Power windows are standard equipment on both RLX models and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver's and front passenger's windows. Power door locks, Smart Entry and heated power exterior mirrors are also standard equipment. Power folding exterior mirrors are standard in the RLX Sport Hybrid.

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors
Both RLX models feature an electro chromatic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles. The RLX Sport Hybrid also includes auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

Electric Trunk Lid Release
There are four ways to open the RLX trunk: 1) by pressing the trunk opener switch located on the driver side instrument panel; 2) with the key fob; 3) with the trunk opener switch located in the middle of the trunk, underneath the trunk lid overhang; and 4) in case the electric trunk release is inoperative, the trunk may be unlocked and opened by using the key stored in the key fob.

Interior Lighting
The RLX theme of efficient driver control and easy-to-read components carries on after dark. The analog instruments are backlit with LED lighting and feature high-contrast markings. The gauge package progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument panels then come alive, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.

All the interior switches and vent controls are illuminated to make them easy to locate at night, including the switches on all four doors and the steering wheel. In addition to front and rear overhead interior lights and map lights, the RLX also has a complement of low-level interior cabin lighting. Ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console and the rear flip-down armrest. The front foot wells also have ambient lighting that brightens substantially when the doors are opened.

Front and rear interior door handle areas are illuminated to make them easy to find at night, and the front door storage compartments, glove compartment, and center armrest compartment are all internally illuminated. All four doors have courtesy lights that illuminate when the doors are open. The RLX interior lights feature "theater dimming," which can be set by the driver to one of several dimming rates via the Multi-Information Display. The trunk has interior lighting, plus the trunk lid has lighting that illuminates the bumper and sill area when the lid is opened.

Interior Convenience
The RLX interior offers a range of storage and convenience features for the driver and passengers. The dual-hinged front center armrest incorporates a unique lid design that can flip open to the right or left, for the convenience of the driver or passenger. The padded armrest also slides fore and aft. Inside the roomy storage compartment, there's space for an iPad or a small laptop computer.

A USB port inside the console allows for easy connectivity of items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable flash drive storage device. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack that allows connectivity of an MP3 music player. Just ahead of the console, a pair of illuminated cupholders are conveniently positioned.

Inside the glove compartment is a separate document box to accommodate the Owner's Manual as well as important registration and insurance papers. The separate document box arrangement not only keeps paperwork neatly contained, but it also frees up storage space in the main glove box compartment. In the rear seating area, a wide fold-down center armrest has a padded top. A pullout dual beverage holder is built into the rear armrest.

Cargo Carrying Versatility
The RLX has a generously sized, 14.9 cubic-foot trunk (12.0 cu.-ft. in Sport Hybrid) that is fully finished, with all wiring concealed along with the rear parcel shelf speakers being fully protected. Underfloor storage provides added space for small items. The acoustic properties of the trunk and the rear deck speakers were specially engineered to create the best possible sound performance from the two available audio systems. To allow room for longer items in the RLX P-AWS, a locking trunk pass-through is provided. A cargo net with a network of anchor points help keeps trunk cargo securely in position.

For a cleaner appearance and to avoid damage to luggage, the trunk lid is supported by fully concealed hinge mechanisms. The trunk can be opened via a remote release mounted on the driver's door panel, by pulling the exterior release lever on the trunk lid

(when carrying the Smart Entry keyless access fob). There is also an interior emergency trunk opener, located near the trunk latch, that can be found in total darkness thanks to a glow-in-the-dark yellow color treatment.

Comfort and Convenience
The RLX is replete with a wide range of standard and available comfort and convenience features. A Multi-Angle Rearview Camera is standard, and an available Surround-View Camera System comes standard in the RLX Sport Hybrid.

The Smart Entry Keyless Access System with front door and trunk access is standard on both RLX models. The 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid also adds remote engine start that can be activated with a range of at least 300 feet from the vehicle, allowing the vehicle to be pre-heated or pre-cooled and defrosted/defogged based on the customer's preselected settings.

Key Comfort and Convenience Features

  • Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
  • Remote engine start
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (heated in RLX Sport Hybrid)
  • Power front bucket seats
  • GPS-Linked, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
Both 2018 RLX models offer the upscale convenience of Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop.

Smart Entry
The Smart Entry system simplifies approaching, entering and operating the RLX — especially when the driver has his or her hands full. To gain entry to vehicle, the driver simply pulls one of the door handles while the remote is in his or her possession.

Push Button Start/Stop
Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the driver simply pushes the START/STOP button positioned on the instrument panel while pressing the brake pedal to start the vehicle. For accessory mode, the driver simply presses the START/STOP button without pressing the brake pedal.


Remote Engine Start
The RLX Sport Hybrid provides the ability to start the vehicle's engine remotely, thereby activating the climate control system before the driver gets to the vehicle. The remote is designed to have a range of operation of at least 300 feet.

To start the engine remotely, the owner presses the LOCK button and then holds the ENGINE button for a few seconds. When the engine is started remotely, the wipers, lighting and audio systems remain off, and the security system remains set. The engine will run for up to 10 minutes after remote starting, and then shut off automatically if the owner doesn't reach the vehicle within that time. This system also provides feedback to the owner to confirm whether the engine is running or the vehicle is locked via the remote's three LED indicators.

Walk Away Auto Lock® 
The new Walk Away Auto Lock feature automatically locks the RLX when the driver leaves the vehicle. This hands-free locking capability adds everyday convenience that's especially useful when the driver has his or her hands full or is distracted. In typical use, when all doors are closed and the driver walks away, the RLX will automatically lock when the key holder's distance from the vehicle exceeds 6.5 feet for two seconds or more and when no other key is detected inside the vehicle. An audible buzzer sounds and the hazard lights flash to confirm that the vehicle has locked. The Walk Away Auto Lock feature is programmable, and may be turned on or off as the driver prefers.

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
The RLX's steering wheel is now wrapped with upgraded leather with euro-style stitching for a more premium feel. The steering wheel incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel. Phone and audio controls are on the left side; cruise control and multi-info display controls are on the right side, along with the switches for Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist.

Tucked out of view but within fingertip reach are a pair of paddle shifters that allow for manual control of the transmission.

Heated Steering Wheel
The RLX Sport Hybrid offers the comfort of a heated steering wheel. A switch on the lower left side of the steering wheel can be activated when the ignition is switched on, and is also integrated with the Remote Engine Start System for automated heating when appropriate.

Given the luxury mission and performance capabilities of the RLX, its seating required extensive engineering development. Detailed analysis of seats from competitive makes helped set engineering targets that balanced firm support, a feeling of secure stability when maneuvering, and the supple comfort required for all-day driving.

A rigid internal structure lays the foundation for comfort. Specially compounded padding in four different densities is used strategically to blend support and comfort, with special firm inset pads positioned internally in the side bolsters for stable lateral support. Special attention was given to the shape of the seats for 2018, to help keep passengers securely in position while cornering.

The RLX driver and passenger front seats feature 12-ways of power adjustability (8-way power seat plus 4-way power lumbar support). The pneumatic lumbar support can be adjusted vertically and for more or less lumbar support. All driver's seat power adjustments are included in the Smart Entry system that (among many other features). The system stores a pair of user profiles regarding seat settings—one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with the RLX.

Heated front seats are standard in the RLX P-AWS. Electronic control allows for three temperature settings, along with faster warm-up and smoother, more precise temperature control. Ventilated and heated front seats and heated outboard rear seats are standard in the RLX Sport Hybrid.

The RLX offers rear seat occupants exceptional comfort and room. Specially sculpted front seat seatbacks generate extra leg room for rear seat passengers. In the rear seat area, the outer seating positions are carefully engineered (complete with side bolsters) to simultaneously combine solid lateral support with luxurious comfort on long trips.

HomeLink® Remote System
Both RLX models feature a HomeLink® universal remote system, located in the overhead control panel, which works with nearly all garage door openers and gate systems, and an ever-growing list of other radio frequency (RF)-controlled devices.

Driver Preferences
Both RLX models come with two keyless remotes with unique identifiers. Each remote can be set with unique profiles to accommodate the individual preferences of two different drivers. The available preferences include driver seat, steering wheel and mirror positions, along with select HVAC functions. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, audio system pre-sets, air conditioning preferences, and navigation system settings.

Hill Start Assist
The Hill Start Assist function helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. Hill Start Assist automatically activates when the vehicle senses a certain incline and is fully stopped in any forward gear when facing up hill or reverse gear when facing downhill. Hill Start Assist, when activated, will release the brakes when the driver depresses the throttle or if the driver doesn't press the accelerator after a few seconds. See Chassis section for more information.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
A multi-view rearview camera is standard on the RLX P-AWS. It offers three viewing angles (wide view, normal view and top view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the navigation system display. On-screen guidelines help the driver better judge distances, and predictive guidelines help make maneuvering in reverse easier. (See the Body and Exterior Section for more information.)

Surround-View Camera System
In the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, four exterior cameras provide a 360 view of the space immediately around the vehicle through the navigation display. A camera button among the navigation display controls or an even more conveniently located button on the end of the turn signal lever changes camera views. See Exterior section for more information.

When Reverse is selected, the rear camera view appears on screen along with an overhead 360 view. Guidelines appear in each view, which correspond with the angle of the front wheels to show the vehicle's predicted rearward path. A press of either camera button switches to show the rear view alone, and another press shows a wide-angle rear view.

Pressing either "Camera" button (when not in reverse) shows the 360-degree view combined with a front view that is ideal for putting the vehicle in the ideal position in the garage. Another button press provides a front wide-angle view that is useful for helping spot an approaching vehicle or person when nosing out a tight spot with a blocked side view. Additional views include looking ahead from both sides and just the passenger side view alone. (See the Body and Exterior Section for more information.)

GPS-Linked, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
The RLX has unique GPS-linked temperature control, tri-zone automatic climate control system that lets the driver, front passenger and rear passengers set temperatures to their individual liking. Designed for exceptionally quiet operation the system also includes a selectable automatic recirculation mode that is controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) and an air quality sensor.

To operate the HVAC system, easy-to-read buttons and controls are positioned within easy reach. The HVAC system can also be controlled by voice command, and additional custom settings can be accessed through the 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ interface. The climate control system's control logic is designed to provide smooth operation with subtle changes in airflow.

With its position-sensing ability, the GPS navigation system contributes to overall passenger comfort with a 3D solar sensing feature. Based on continuously updated vehicle position information, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. Combining this information with input from a solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel, the climate control system automatically adjusts the temperature and airflow from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.

In the RLX Sport Hybrid, the air conditioning compressor is electrically powered to provide uniform climate control performance even when the RLX's gasoline engine is shut down.

Rear Sunshades
For increased rear seat privacy, reduced solar loading and greater passenger comfort on sunny days, the RLX Sport Hybrid has a power operated rear-window sunshade along with manually operated sunshades for each rear door window.

Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC)
Key contributors to the RLX's quiet, refined interior are Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC). The two systems are comprised of dual overhead microphones, an ANC/ASC electronic processor, and the audio system's speakers. ASC/ANC operates whenever the RLX engine is running or the vehicle is in motion, even if the audio system is turned off.

ANC is designed to reduce low frequency sound in the cabin caused mainly by the roughness of the road surface. The overhead microphones pick up sound waves and send them to the ANC/ASC processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed "reverse phase" audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.

ASC is a related technology designed to improve the engine sound quality by making the sound pressure level more linear as the engine revs increase. Typically, engine noise doesn't increase in a linear way with rising revs; instead there can be many resonances that create peaks and valleys in the sound pressure level and an uneven sound. ASC helps smooth out the engine sound by creating a same-phase or reverse-phase sound signal as needed and sending it to the speakers. Though the system offers benefits from idle to redline, it makes the largest difference in the range between 1000 and 2000 rpm, where it lowers the sound pressure level with a reverse-phase audio signal.

Comfort and Convenience Features


2018 RLX P-AWS

2018 RLX Sport Hybrid

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration

GPS-linked climate control

Keyless Access with Push Button Start

Hill Start Assist

Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver's and Front Passenger's Window

Power Door and Trunk Locks

Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow and Traffic Jam Assist

Electronic Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

Electronic Gear Selector

Multi-Functional Center Console Storage

Lockable Glove Compartment

12-Volt Power Outlets (Center Console & Front Armrest)

Capless Fuel Filler

Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls

Floor Mats

HomeLink® Remote System

Automatic-Dimming Interior Rearview Mirror

Automatic-Dimming Exterior Rearview Mirrors


Multi-Angle Rear View Camera

Surround-View Camera System


Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel


Ambient Cabin Lighting

Adjustable Seat-Belt Anchors (Front Row)

Rear-Seat Center Armrest with Locking Trunk Pass-Through

Driver's and Front Passenger's 12-Way Power Seat with 4-way Power Lumbar Support

Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interior

Heated Front Seats

Ventilated Front Seats


Heated Rear Seats (outboard positions)


Remote Engine Start with Feedback


Audio and Connectivity
Two audio systems are offered in the RLX, starting with an impressive 14-speaker Acura/ELS® Studio Premium Audio System in the RLX P-AWS. The RLX Sport Hybrid features an acclaimed 14-speaker Krell® ultra-premium audio system that sets a benchmark in automotive audio performance. Both audio systems feature AM/FM, HD radio and SiriusXM ®. The standard USB port allows the connection of a flash drive, iPhone or iPod. Compatible Bluetooth® devices can also connect to the RLX wirelessly. CDs can be copied onto the on-board hard drive and selected using Song-by-Voice. 

The standard Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ is a hard-drive based system. It features continuously updated traffic maps, including highways and surface street traffic information within the United States and Canada, and also offers traffic rerouting to help navigate around slow-downs. The system includes Zagat® restaurant information.

With the RLX's wide range of technology features, substantial engineering effort was put into making each feature intuitive and easy to use. The focal point of the instrument panel is a large 8-inch color high-resolution screen that combines audio, information and navigation functions. A 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ positioned just below, within easy reach of the driver and front passenger, controls the audio system and many other features.

The next generation of AcuraLink® delivers a broad spectrum of capabilities using both an embedded two-way cellular communication and cloud-based connectivity via the owner's compatible smart phone and data plan. AcuraLink features Pandora® interface, Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface, and SMS text and e-mail messaging functionality with compatible cell phones.

Key Audio and Connectivity Features

  • Acura/ELS® Studio Premium 14-speaker audio system (RLX P-AWS))
  • Krell ultra-premium 14-speaker audio system (RLX Sport Hybrid)
  • Pandora® and Aha™ integration
  • SMS text messaging function with compatible cell phones and e-mail function with compatible cell phones
  • USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone®, or "memory stick" storage devices)
  • Auxiliary jack interface (for external MP3 music players)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and 8-inch screen
  • Surface street and highway traffic
  • Traffic rerouting
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Next-generation AcuraLink™ with Standard, Connect or Premium Package 


Acura/ELS Studio® 14-Speaker Premium Audio

RLX P-AWS features the Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System. Engineered specifically for the RLX by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner, the system has a single-disc CD player, AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM/HDD and delivers detailed, well-balanced sound to all seating positions. The system gets its name from multi-Grammy® Award winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner's recording industry-recognized moniker "ELS®." With 14 speakers, this system is designed to recreate the emotional experience you feel when you enjoy a live performance. The system's hardware matches the quality of recording studio equipment, and features high power amplification and advanced speaker technology.

The system's 14 speakers are precisely located throughout the RLX cabin. Six titanium-domed tweeters are arrayed in the interiors; two near the A-pillars, two in the rear doors, and two more on the rear deck. A 3.1-inch super dynamic range speaker is centered in the top of the instrument panel, and six big 6.7-inch super-dynamic range speakers are placed in the door and on the rear deck. Finally, an 8-inch SLDD (Super Low Distortion Driver) subwoofer is position in the center of the rear deck.

In addition to traditional source inputs, the RLX is fitted with a USB port that allows for easy connectivity to items such as a tablet or smartphone along with a removable flash drive storage device containing WMA, MP3 or AAC format music. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack (that allows connectivity of an external MP3 music player) located in the center console's storage compartment.


SiriusXM® Radio 
SiriusXM Radio is a standard feature in both 2018 RLX models, and it provides more than 165 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. It includes pause, fast forward and rewind features, plus an instant replay capability and the ability to hear all songs from the beginning on preset channels.

The Sports Flash feature lets you listen to your favorite (non-sports) programming, and if your favorite team makes a big play in a live game that is being broadcast on SiriusXM, you will receive an on-screen alert. With a touch of a soft key, you can hear up to 30 seconds of audio before and including the big play.

HD Radio
Both RLX models feature standard HD Radio. HD Radio technology converts the traditional analog radio broadcast to digital and provides advanced audio and data features that enhance the listening experience. Sound quality is radically improved, and unlike satellite radio, HD Radio is free.

Instead of sending out one analog signal, HD stations send out a bundled signal – both analog and digital. Because it is digital, textual data such as traffic, stock info and song titles can be sent out, as well. Unlike conventional radio, HD Radio stations broadcast extra channels, which are called HD2/HD3. These added channels offer RLX owners a universe of additional choices.

Song By Voice®
Both RLX models feature Song by Voice®. The driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel and using voice commands, can search all available content on the HDD and connected iPod and compatible smartphone, and automatically begin playback. Song by Voice® also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) audio system featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CDs worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bit rate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).

The HDD-based system records music at 6-times that of the original music track time. Two recording quality settings (192 kbps or 128 kbps) are available. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.

The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by RLX owners at automobiles.acura.com in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive, which in turn can be used to update the RLX audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.

Song By Voice®
Both RLX models feature the Song by Voice® feature. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel. With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, RLX engineers set out to make it easy to find content so drivers can simply give a voice command, such as "Play song 'Danny Boy,'" and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.

Krell® 14-Speaker Ultra-Premium Audio System
The RLX Sport Hybrid features a Krell audio system that is designed to set a standard in automotive audio performance. Krell is one of the most highly respected names in high-end audio, with a more than three-decade history of developing ultra-premium home audio systems. Krell's home components include $5,000 pre-amplifiers, $12,500 amplifiers and $65,000 speaker systems that are engineered to unmatched standards. The RLX system shares the performance goals of all Krell systems: Musical detail, three-dimensional sound presentation, and extreme volume capability. Four years of development went into the RLX 14-speaker system.


The 14 Krell speakers are positioned in the RLX cabin in the same locations as those in the ELS audio system. Six magnesium-domed tweeters are arrayed in the interior; two near the A-pillars, two more in the rear doors, and another pair on the rear deck. A 3.1-inch speaker is centered in the top of the instrument panel, and six large 6.7-inch Zylon speakers are placed in the doors and on the rear deck. Finally, an 8-inch subwoofer is positioned in the center of the rear deck.


Krell uses highly advanced speaker technology to achieve a new level of audio performance. The tweeters, for example, use magnesium diaphragms. Reproducing high frequencies requires that the tweeter diaphragm be able to move extremely fast, so ideally the diaphragm should be constructed of materials with very low mass. Aluminum is lightweight, fairly rigid, and inexpensive, but an aluminum diaphragm structure has a strong inherent resonance of around 20 kHz. This resonance is often perceived as a harsh or gritty sound. Magnesium is more expensive than aluminum, but it has the benefit of reduced mass. Adding a structural ridge to the diaphragm greatly increases rigidity with minimal additional mass. This pushes the diaphragm's resonant frequency up into the inaudible 40 kHz range. The result is extraordinary detail and extended high frequencies without any trace of harshness.

Special technology is also applied to the Krell system's six 6.7-inch speakers. The speakers use diaphragms constructed of a material called Zylon, the world's strongest super-fiber. This very rigid material is ideal for speaker manufacturing. Zylon responds very quickly to musical input and, more importantly, stops moving just as quickly when the musical signal stops. Compared to the polypropylene diaphragm material that is used in the vast majority of car audio speakers, Zylon has far less unwanted vibration, resulting in a much cleaner and more detailed sound.

Because of the ability of the magnesium tweeters and Zylon speakers to reveal fine details in the music, the highest quality crossover components were required. Heavy gauge, pure copper inductors and top-of-the-line polypropylene capacitors from Bennic maintain perfect signal integrity.

The discrete amplifier channels are designed exactly like the channels in a high-end Krell home amplifier. The main channels feature the same robust, high quality bipolar power transistors used in flagship Krell home amplifiers. The result is an amplifier that has one-third less distortion than amplifiers found in competing flagship luxury sedans. Using a class D channel for the subwoofer increases that amplifier's efficiency and reduces its size. The DirectFET class D amp is designed for low EMI (electro-magnetic interference) to keep the main output channels as noise-free as possible.

For the best audio performance, the Krell system uses metal speaker grilles. Because metal is inherently stronger than the plastic used for most grilles, the grilles can have a more open area without compromising strength. Metal grilles also vibrate less than typical plastic grilles.


Special care went into mounting the speakers with mounting plates that are thick and heavily reinforced. In combination with the specially engineered door panels, the mounting plates provide an extraordinarily rigid, stable mounting surface for each speaker element. Sound energy that would otherwise be wasted in the drive-unit or door vibration is accurately transmitted to the listener, resulting in tighter bass response and improved musical detail.

AcuraLink® Connectivity System
The RLX features the next generation of AcuraLink®, Acura's cloud-based connected car system that first launched in 2005. This generation uses embedded cellular technology built into the RLX, along with the owner's compatible smartphone and data package, to bring a broad range of convenience, entertainment and available security features to the RLX.

AcuraLink is the center point for owners for hands-free access to cloud-based services, audio and information, and is designed to keep RLX drivers informed and connected while on the go. AcuraLink is available on both RLX models.

The connectivity required for AcuraLink's various features is distributed between the RLX's embedded system (for some of the fee-based features) and the owner's compatible smartphone and data package (for free features).

AcuraLink works with the owner's compatible smartphone and data package to connect the RLX with music and information resources, internet apps, and more. Aha™ by Harman is a key AcuraLink resource. Aha organizes the RLX owner's favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for AcuraLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet and terrestrial radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations via Yelp, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.


Owners can use the AcuraLink website to access information or change preferences. AcuraLink allows for Twitter and Facebook access.


AcuraLink Service Levels
AcuraLink has three available levels of services for both RLX models. The Standard Package includes services such as surface-street and freeway traffic (free for the first three years of ownership). The subscription based Connect Package adds a wide range of capabilities, including automated crash notification and an in-vehicle Assist System that connects you with a live Operator with the push of an overhead button. The Premium Package, which also requires a subscription, adds Live Concierge operator assistance via the RLX's embedded cell phone. The Concierge service can send destination information directly to the RLX navigation system, make reservations on their behalf, update the user on weather, stocks and much more.

Standard (free service)

  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with HD digital freeway traffic and surface street traffic (complimentary)
  • Acura vehicle feature guide
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink mobile phone connectivity
  • SMS text message function
  • Email function
  • Pandora® interface
  • SiriusXM® Radio (subscription required)
  • Automated service appointments

Connect Package (subscription fee)
Includes Standard services and adds:

  • Automated crash notification and location
  • Assist Call
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Alarm notification
  • Car finder
  • Remote door lock/unlock
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Link call information
  • Local search
  • Destination search using Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
  • Send to car
  • Virtual dashboard
  • Remote diagnostics

Premium Package (subscription fee)
Includes Connect Package services and adds:

  • Live Concierge operator assistance (24 hours a day, seven days a week)


AcuraLink Smartphone App/Website
With an active Connect or Premium Package, the AcuraLink system gives the owner a range of features they can control or monitor remotely, via the AcuraLink Connect smartphone app or AcuraLink website.

AcuraLink remote features:

  • Door lock/unlock
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Vehicle finder (sounds horn and flashes lights)
  • Security alarm notification
  • Send destination to RLX
  • Virtual dashboard
    • Odometer
    • Fuel level
    • Fuel range
    • Door lock status
    • Hood status
    • Tire pressure

Aha™ by Harman
A voice-based feature called Aha™ is accessed via AcuraLink using a compatible smartphone. Aha organizes the RLX owner's favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for AcuraLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.

Aha™ key features:

  • Audio-based
  • Free service with wide content choice
  • Enables flexible personalization and station management
  • Content updated automatically throughout vehicle life

Aha™ content categories:

  • On-demand news and weather
  • Personalized music including Slacker
  • Internet Radio
  • On-demand podcasts
  • Audio Books
  • Local Search: Restaurants, fuel, ATM, parking, etc.
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, etc. via audio
  • Custom Interactive OEM Channels: Direct communication to and from vehicle owners

Pandora® Interface
The RLX incorporates a wide range of media features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. Both RLX models are designed to provide a convenient interface for Pandora®. Pandora® is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized Internet "radio stations" that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora® app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Although Pandora® is free, phone data charges apply.

An iPhone or compatible Android phones can be connected wirelessly, using Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (iPhone is also supported via the Pandora® Audio USB interface). To use Pandora®, the Pandora app is launched on a compatible connected smartphone and the vehicle's audio source is set to Pandora®. The audio/information screen (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) and On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ shows Pandora® information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with "Like" or "Dislike" ratings. Some functionality of the Pandora® app is locked out when using the RLX's Pandora® interface.

SMS Text Message Function
Both RLX models have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages (see below). The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. When running iOS6, an iPhone can receive text messages, but cannot send replies using the RLX interface.

Once a compatible phone is paired with the RLX's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the audio/information screen (or navigation screen in vehicles equipped with navigation). Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender – all without handling their phone. To help minimize driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on-screen while the vehicle is moving.

Available factory preset text replies:

  • Talk to you later, I'm driving
  • I'm on my way
  • I'm running late
  • OK
  • Yes
  • No

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Wireless Telephone Interface
Like all Acura vehicles, the RLX has a standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands free telephone interface that is designed to work with most Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones. Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that allows portable devices (such as mobile cellular telephones, PDAs, and laptop computers) to communicate wirelessly. The RLX's HandsFreeLink® system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands-Free Profile (HFP). After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the RLX can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it is within approximately 10 feet of the car. The phone needs to be on, but can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside the RLX cabin— thus there is no need to worry about where to place the cellular telephone.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® allows the driver to send or answer telephone calls without removing their hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID) located in the instrument cluster. In addition, the phone ring tone is played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the phone call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the RLX's audio system speakers. Working with an overhead array microphone, the HandsFreeLink® system helps cancel "echo effect" and reduces background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.

To make a call hands-free, the RLX driver can dial the number by voice, again using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers in the system's memory using unique voice tags. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be registered with the RLX's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system.


Additional information can be found at www.acura.com/handsfreelink.

Audio/Connectivity Feature Summary




Bluetooth® audio/ Pandora®/Aha compatibility


Hard drive music storage

Other Features


Acura/ELS® Premium CD/AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM/MP3/WMA; auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface





CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC

RLX Sport Hybrid

Krell Ultra-premium CD/AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM/MP3/WMA; auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface





CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
Both RLX models feature the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ (available in the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii).

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition features summary:

  • WVGA 8-inch color screen for convenient viewing
  • 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD)
  • Navigation coverage includes the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico
  • Fast route calculation time
  • Fast Point Of Interest (POI) search time
  • Surface street and highway traffic (free for the first 3 years)
  • Voice recognition function with over 1,500 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry
  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
  • Voice recognition operates common audio and climate control functions
  • Highly directional array microphone for precise command
  • Simple system operation with clear visual prompts to guide voice navigation
  • Interface Dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
  • Audio system automatically fades down for turn-by-turn voice guidance (voice guidance can be turned off at any time)
  • On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane(s) to use to stay on route
  • Three languages for North American markets (English, French and Spanish)
  • Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books
  • Split-screen mode features simultaneous "map view" and selective route visualization
  • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
  • Telephone calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Destinations can be sent directly to the vehicle by the AcuraLink Concierge operator (fee applies) or via the AcuraLink App or website (no fee)
  • Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts screen brightness for the conditions
  • Navigation system can be updated with available DVD-ROM


  • Point of interest (POI) database includes over 10 million locations
  • Fuzzy logic POI and address searching simplifies and speeds searches
  • Smart logic for restaurant POI simplifies searching
  • Business and recreation directory of virtually all of the continental United States complete with telephone numbers
  • ZIP code entry speeds address input
  • Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more
  • Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or heard over the audio system
  • Scenic Route drive route listings categorized by individual state
  • Exact addressing locates approximately 80-percent of addresses at their actual GPS coordinates (instead of estimating location based on linear street number)

System Operation

The RLX's Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology and a 60 GB hard disk drive based (HDD) system to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds surface street traffic data for the RLX and provides coverage in many areas within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. The system offers a high level of convenience, with AcuraLink. Owners can send a destination to the vehicle in advance of trip using AcuraLink (with the optional Connect Package), or while on the road via the AcuraLink Concierge operator (with the optional Premium Package) or the interactive voice response system (with the Connect Package).

The RLX navigation system features an 8-inch high-resolution WVGA (800x480 pixel) backlit color display. The system can be controlled by voice, or with a convenient interface dial. The voice-activation system can respond to casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for "Radio 98.3 FM" can be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from "change the radio station to 98.3" to just saying "98.3 FM." This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, "Find nearest Chinese restaurant" or "Find nearest ATM."

The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed with brand logo icons, or the system can provide turn-by-turn navigation – all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers that can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.

The Acura Navigation System uses Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.

The RLX's navigation screen can display regularly updated traffic information including traffic flow, incidents and construction on freeways, and on surface streets. The information is from Probe Traffic, a system that tracks the movements of participating Acura (and other) vehicles to generate up-to-date flow information. Participants opt into the Probe Traffic system to receive flow information, which is anonymous and scrubbed of any personal information. The flow information is transmitted via the RLX's embedded cellular data link and is graphically displayed on the navigation system.

The system can automatically recalculate a "detour" route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change, when traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route. Alternately, the driver can recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting "TRAFFIC INCIDENTS" from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident.

A digital version of the Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in the database. The reviews can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice.

The navigation system can also suggest scenic routes based on the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads guide. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Scenic-route information for 126 routes can be accessed from inside the "Information" menu and is displayed on the map as a green-and-red segmented line.