Why the 2014 Acura RLX Matters:
Simply put, the 2014 Acura RLX matters because Acura is in danger of slipping into irrelevance, and any relevant luxury brand – hell, any relevant premium brand – must possess a technologically and mechanically sophisticated flagship vehicle designed to set the tone for all other models wearing the marque. If the new Acura RLX proves unable to perform this task, at least until the new Acura NSX arrives for the 2015 model year, Acura will cement itself as Japan’s version of Buick, Chrysler, and Lincoln.
Though the new RLX is Acura’s flagship model, it won’t compete with A-list players from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. Rather, the Acura RLX will battle the likes of the Cadillac XTS, the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series and SRT8, the Hyundai Equus and Genesis, the Infiniti M, and the Lincoln MKS.