Compare the Acura RLX to the Lexus GS
How did Acura design the RLX to compete against the Lexus GS? They started by giving the RLX a similar-sized 3.5 liter V-6 engine that delivers 310 horsepower compared to the Lexus’ 306 horsepower. The RLX also has a mileage ratings advantage, particularly on the highway where it is rated at 31 mpg2 to the GS’s 28 mpg. They then gave the RLX the state of the art Precision All-Wheel Steer system — a similar feature is only available on the Lexus GS with the Luxury Package. As a result, the RLX has an unprecedented level of handling precision and control.
What about comfort? Both luxury cars share a 112.2-inch wheelbase, but the Acura provides two inches more rear legroom, beating not only the GS, but even the larger Lexus LS. The RLX also provides an additional two inches of front shoulder room and an inch more of rear shoulder room. Front and rear hip room is also greater in the Acura.
Other Acura advantages include RLX-exclusive smartphone interactions such as vehicle alarm notifications and stolen vehicle tracking. Concierge service at the push of a button is also available. And the On Demand Multi-use Display provides quick access to audio, climate control and other functions.
When shopping for a mid-size luxury vehicle, the RLX has clear advantages over the Lexus GS.