2018 Acura RLX Advance vs Technology Package

2018 Acura RLX P-AWS headlights on Left with 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD white color option on right

The only thing better than an all-new model is a redesign of a favorite. The 2018 Acura RLX comes to shoppers in the Washington D.C. area with a fresh appearance and a variety of new options, but how do you decide which packages are right for you? Fortunately, the hierarchy is simple for this model. Unlike other vehicles in the Acura lineup, Acura RLX comes in two packages, without a “standard” that is stripped to just the basics. When you compare the Advance vs Technology package, you’re actually looking at two powertrains as well.

This year, Acura is offering the RLX as either the gasoline-only Precision All-Wheel Steer with Technology, or the Sport Hybrid All-Wheel Drive with Advance Package. Both options offer a highly engaging driving style and fresh, sporty look, for 2018. The only question is: which do you prefer?



Gasoline vs hybrid Acura RLX

We typically think of a hybrid as an entirely different powertrain option, but in the case of the 2018 Acura RLX, this isn’t quite the case. The RLX P-AWS w/Technology is a gasoline-only model with the 3.5-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. If you upgrade to the RLX SH-AWD with Advance package, you get this same engine, but with the additional three-motor hybrid system. Instead of considering a hybrid strictly in terms of fuel economy, Acura thought of it in terms of more power. After all, isn’t performance why you choose Acura? Combined system output for the hybrid powertrain and 3.5-liter V6 is 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque.

Another key difference between your options, mechanically, is that the P-AWS option is paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission, while the SH-AWD system is mated to a motor-integrated 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with sequential SportShift paddle shifters. Of course, the latter option obviously also has all-wheel drive.

Once you get past the mechanical differences, there are quite a lot of variations in features. Both models have Jewel Eye LED headlights, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power moonroof, sports seats with perforated Milano leather-trimmed interior, GPS-linked tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, keyless access with smart entry and push-button ignition, Bluetooth, navigation, blind spot information, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation and collision mitigation braking system.

The Advance package further adds LED foglights, auto-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, air-quality sensors, ventilated front seats, remote engine start, the Krell audio system (upgrade from ELS/Acura audio), a surround-view camera system and more.

Not sure which 2018 Acura RLX you prefer? Stop by Radley Acura for a test drive. We happily serve customers from Washington D.C., Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, McLean and Falls Church.


Side profile 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

2018 Acura RLX Style and Color Options

A redesign is always a fun time when a car not only gains new features, advanced refinement and frequently powertrain improvements, but also a new look. After all, it’s in the name. The 2018 Acura RLX has a sportier appearance than it did previously, although it already looked fierce. So what are some of the enhancements to the style of the 2018 Acura RLX? We look at the changes to its overall design, as well as specific color options offered for this model year.

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