2018 Acura RLX review

As the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid slews around tight turns on Malibu canyon roads in Southern California, I look for any hint that the sedan’s active torque vectoring improves the handling. I don’t feel any surprising rotation when I twist the wheel around, or the back end moving around more quickly than I might expect.

But after quite a bit of adrenaline-pumping fun, I realize that the RLX Sport Hybrid handles the corners with much more composure than it should. No understeer, just an easy and predictable path through the turns even with the tires squealing, testament to Acura engineers’ fine-tuning of the RLX Sport Hybrid’s all-wheel-drive system.

Of course, few buyers of a big sedan like this one will tackle the turns at speed. Equally good news for that more typical driver is that, after seven hours on the freeway, I felt very little fatigue. The RLX Sport Hybrid lulled me with its comfortable seats and suspension, and its quiet cabin.

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