Thursday, January 31, 2013

Preview: 2014 Acura RLX P-AWS

Recently, while test driving the ILX, the opportunity arose to see in person the 2014 Acura RLX sedan. This was a true production ready car in FWD with the P-AWS (Performance All-Wheel Steer) and the Advance package. We took the opportunity to snap a few pictures and offer our thoughts on the car.

From the East
This is a car with much greater presence than I would have anticipated. It looks significantly better in person than the press photos or even any journalist photos can really capture and should make quite the impression when driving down the road. The interior looks much better in the rich black as it hides a few oddly placed cut-lines in the dash and the materials looked to be up to the standards of the class. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to drive the car when it becomes available at the dealerships later this year.

From the West

My first look at the RLX came during the Los Angeles International Auto Show (LAIAS), where the production version of the 2014 RLX made its debut. Upon laying eyes on the car, I was immediately drawn to the new “Jewel Eye” LED light cluster on the front of the car. The entire car itself blends nicely and is pleasant on the eyes, but it doesn’t seem to stand out very well in dark colors, like the black one that was available at LAIAS. Acura’s own press photos of the car in silver seem to work make the car stand out better. Unfortunately, the Acura representatives kept the doors locked, so I could only see the interior from the outside. From what I could see though, the interior looks very nice and upscale. Now we just have to wait and find out if the new Earth Dreams 3.5 liter, 310 hp V6 is up to the task of hauling this thing around.