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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Acura RLX

What is it? In keeping with Acura and Honda practice, the concept RLX shown at the New York auto show is a clear preview of the upcoming, redesigned flagship sedan scheduled to arrive in showrooms later this year. The conservatively styled RLX is promised to deliver the comfort and luxury of a large sedan in a mid-sized package, with a host of electronic and connectivity features. Like the outgoing and similarly sized RL, the RLX will also be available with front or all-wheel drive. AWD models will get a direct-injected V6 engine matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission claimed to deliver more than 370 hp while returning 30 mpg on both city and highway cycles. FWD models will have 310 hp and all-wheel steering. A hybrid version will also be available.

What is new or notable? In place of conventional headlights, the RLX uses 10 stacked LED lamps said to provide powerful illumination and a distinctive look. 

CR’s take: The RL has been a competent and refined, though rather bland performer in our tests. Styling of the RLX doesn’t do much about the bland part, but the fuel economy claims are impressive for a car this size.

When will it be available? Late 2012

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