What are the Powertrain Options for the 2020 Acura RLX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Acura RLX on Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Front passenger angle of a blue 2020 Acura RLX driving on a bridge

2020 Acura RLX Precision All-Wheel Steer™ vs Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®

Luxurious, powerful, efficient, and agile, the 2020 Acura RLX offers two impressive powertrain options to choose from. These options include Precision All-Wheel Steer™ and the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system. Let’s take a look at the strengths of each option so you can better understand the differences between them.

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FWD Precision All-Wheel Steer™ and Engine Specs

The standard powertrain offered in the 2020 Acura RLX is front-wheel drive (FWD) Precision All-Wheel Steer™. Also known as P-AWS®, this drivetrain offers enhanced steering and stability. This is due to each rear wheel being allowed to adjust its toe angle as needed.

Every 2020 Acura RLX will come with the 3.5L aluminum-alloy V6 engine. Engineered with Direct Fuel Injection, Variable Cylinder Management, and the Acura i-VTEC® system, this engine features high levels of power and efficiency. With the P-AWS® drivetrain, you can expect 310 horsepower, 20 city mpg*, and 29 highway mpg*.

Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™

Offered with the Advance Package, the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) powertrain is a popular choice among drivers near Washington DC. With this powertrain, the V6 engine is paired with the 3-motor hybrid system. One motor is at the front while the other two are in the back powering each rear wheel individually. One lithium-ion battery powers all three motors and charges while the RLX decelerates.

What makes the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system special? This powertrain enhances the handling, power, efficiency, and safety of the vehicle. Due to each wheel receiving power, turning is sharper and more responsive. If a tire loses traction due to slippery road conditions, extra power is distributed to the wheels with traction to compensate. Lastly, with the engine and motors working together, this powertrain produces 377 horsepower, 28 city mpg*, and 29 highway mpg*.

Graphic showing the SH-AWD system inside the 2020 Acura RLX

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*Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.