The 2014 Acura RLX is more than a value leader in the luxury segment. It’s also well-equipped and well-engineered. On countless metrics, it comes out ahead of its German competitor — the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350.
Convenience and Features
While both cars have the same basic features, the Acura pulls ahead when it comes to the luxury features that you would expect in a full-size luxury car. For instance, only the RLX features heat and air conditioning controls in the rear and retractable rear seat heat restraints. The only way to get speed-sensitive wipers is to buy an RLX, as well. It’s also the only car of the pair that has a passthrough for your skis.
The 2014 Acura RLX also comes with more features standard than the Mercedes Benz E-Class E350. A hard-disk based entertainment system and rearview camera both come standard. Satellite radio and heated seats are also standard on the RLX, but not the Benz.
The 2014 Acura RLX’s 310 horsepower engine gives you more power than the 302 horsepower unit in its competitor. At the same time, its front-wheel drive system gives you better performance in all types of weather. Its single overhead cam system gives you more torque when you need it for day-to-driving — at low RPMs. The Acura’s technology also gives it better highway and combined fuel economy.
Where it counts, the 2014 Acura RLX is the larger car. Even with a slightly shorter wheelbase, it’s able to manage an extra room of legroom in the front and three extra inches in the back. Front seat passengers also enjoy more room to get comfortable thanks to almost two additional inches of shoulder room. Upgraded RLX cars offer additional comfort features that are either not available or are optional on the competition. When it comes to keeping passengers cool, the standard power rear window sunshade and only-on-the-RLX side window sunshades block the hot sun. Standard front ventilated seats also keep RLX front-seat passengers cool.
“Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.”