2018 Acura RLX P-AWS vs 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2018 Acura RLX P-AWS headlights on Left with 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD trunk on the right

For those familiar with the way Acura does things, it’s usually fairly cut and dry. There’s a standard model, and then a variety of available packages that stock on top of these base features. The redesigned 2018 Acura RLX is a bit different. Instead of a variety of packages, there are two powertrains, the P-AWS and SH-AWD. Each option comes with a different package. The P-AWS comes with the Technology Package, while the SH-AWD comes with the Advance Package. Essentially, the Advance Package comes with everything that the Technology one has, but with even more features.

So, in comparing the 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS vs 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, we’re comparing your option both in terms of engineering differences and in terms of features. Here’s what you need to know to start. The Precision All-Wheel Steer, or P-AWS, system isn’t an all-wheel drive system because power is not sent to the rear wheels, but the rear wheels do work independently to adjust toe angles for better control. The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, on the other hand, is all-wheel drive and therefore power is sent to the rear wheels when necessary to maintain grip.

Features of the 2018 Acura RLX Technology vs Advance Package

There are a few other elements to consider for the different 2018 Acura RLX options. Seeing that the RLX P-AWS system is gasoline-only, it has the 3.5-liter V6, a 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque engine that’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD has both this engine and a three-motor hybrid system for a total system output of 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid option has a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

What about features? The Technology Package includes a power moonroof, Jewel Eye LED headlights, heated side mirrors, GPS-linked tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, keyless access with smart entry and push-button ignition, built-in navigation, the ELS/Acura 14-speaker sound system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation and more.

The Advance Package includes or upgrades the Technology Package and includes LED foglights, the 14-speaker Krell audio system, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, remote engine start and a surround-view camera system.

The RLX Technology Package is paired exclusively with the 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS model, while the Advance Package is paired exclusively with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD model. Find out which you prefer when you stop by Karen Radley Acura for a test drive. We happily serve customers from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Lorton, Springfield, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fairfax, Gainesville and Washington D.C.

Front end of Red 2018 Acura RLX

2018 Acura RLX vs 2017 Acura RLX

One of the most common questions we get is, “So what’s been changed for this model year?” It makes sense to ask, particularly in the fall when we might have 2017 vehicles in the lot at the same time as new 2018 models. Sometimes there are updates to the design that make the changes obvious, but other times you have to dig a bit deeper. So in comparing the 2018 Acura RLX vs 2017 Acura RLX, what are the major changes?

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