2016 Acura RLX vs. 2016 Acura TLX

If you’re on the lookout for a luxury car with all the extras, then the Acura brand has a lineup of outstanding models to more than meet your wants and needs.

A comparison between two of Acura’s high-end vehicles, the 2016 Acura RLX vs. the 2016 Acura TLX, reveals a pair of exceptional cars that are replete with the capabilities and features drivers want.

Not sure which model is the right one for you? Keep on reading, and we’ll explore these two luxury cars in detail and some of the areas in which they individual shine.

Cost Comparison

If budget is a key consideration as you shop for your next car and you’re constrained by a limited spending amount, then the TLX will like be the model for you, as it is priced about $30,000 below the RLX.

The TLX lineup includes the following trim levels and prices:

  • TLX: Pricing starts at $35,490 MSRP
  • TLX Tech: Pricing starts at $39,190 MSRP
  • TLX SH-AWD: Pricing starts at $40,490 MSRP
  • TLX SH-AWD Tech: Pricing starts at $44,390 MSRP
  • TLX SH-AWD Elite: Pricing starts at $47,990 MSRP

The RLX lineup comprises the following trims and prices:

  • RLX Tech: Pricing begins at $65,490 MSRP
  • RLX Elite: Pricing begins at $69,990 MSRP

Fuel Economy

For drivers who are concerned about getting exceptional fuel efficiency in their new car, the RLX is the model they are more likely to go for.

The RLX achieves fuel economy of 8.0 litres/100 km in the city, 7.5 litres/100 km on the highway, and 7.7 litres/100 km combined.

In contrast, the TLX delivers fuel economy of 9.6 litres/100 km in the city, 6.6 litres/100 km on the highway, and 8.3 litres/100 km combined in the TLX and TLX Tech models, and 11.2 litres/100 km in the city, 7.5 litres/100 km on the highway, and 9.6 litres/100 km combined in the SH-AWD, SH-AWD Tech, and SH-AWD Elite models.

Inside Space

If you’re looking for a vehicle with capacious space for cargo—whether you travel a lot or need additional trunk space for other uses—then the TLX is the vehicle you’ll want to choose.

The TLX offers 405 litres of cargo volume, while the RLX provides just 328 litres of cargo capacity.

The TLX further provides greater rear hip room than the RLX, featuring 1,394 mm of rear hip room while the RLX offers only 1,385 mm, and the TLX also offers greater front leg room than the RLX, providing 1,082 mm while the RLX features just 1,074 mm.

Engine Power

If you’re looking for a vehicle with a powerful engine, then you’ll get more engine oomph onboard the RLX.

The RLX is powered by a 3.5L 24-valve direct injection SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine, which delivers 310 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The RLX also brings hybrid technology to the road, producing a total hybrid system output of 377 hp and 341 lb-ft of torque.

The engine found under the hood of the TLX, in contrast, is a 2.4L 16-valve direct injection DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that generates 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque.


Both the RLX and TLX offer impressive amenities to bolster comfort and convenience for drivers and passengers.

Both models offer comfort-boosting interior features like automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and memory settings.

Technology offerings found in both vehicles include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink with steering wheel-mounted controls, a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, pushbutton start, and a premium sound system with SiriusXM and MP3 capability.

Exterior features offered in both models include acoustic glass, heated, power-adjusting side mirrors with driver recognition, reverse gear tilt-down, and integrated turn indicators, Jewel Eye LED headlights, and a power moonroof with tilt feature, auto open/close, auto-reverse, key-off operation, and a sliding shade.

Each vehicle also offers a host of safety features that inlclude:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • ACE body structure
  • Lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with location and pressure indicators

Take a Personal Look

Drivers can further explore the 2016 Acura RLX and the 2016 Acura TLX in person at Harmony Acura.

Visit our state-of-the-art dealership, or contact us today to learn more about these outstanding models and to perform the ultimate comparison: in person and out on the road. A friendly, knowledgeable member of our team stands by to walk you through the various options and features for these two vehicles, answer any questions you may have, and then get the keys in your hand for a test drive.