First Drive: Acura RLX Sport Hybrid vs Lexus GS 450h

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Want a mid-sized hybrid luxury sedan that costs around $60k? That price probably rules out many German luxury cars but there are some great choices from Japan including the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid and the Lexus GS 450h. Let’s take a first drive in each of these luxury hybrids and see what each bring to the table.

When it comes to luxury car styling the front end really sets the tone. The Lexus GS 450h and its spindle grille has been around for a couple of years and really does not give you that WOW factor. On the other-hand the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has a front end that is sharp and aggressive. The Jewel Eyed headlights and black mesh grille puts out all the right vibes. Wheels make a statement when it comes to luxury cars and the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid comes with 19-inch rims with a sharp multi-spoke design compared to the Lexus GS 450h which has bland 18-inch rims. Out back though the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is a bit too over styled while the Lexus GS 450h has the clean and tidy look.

First impressions on the interior of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is that the seats are nice and comfortable. The RLX has a traditional dashboard and is out-of-date when it comes to the infotainment set-up. On the other-hand the Lexus GS 450h sports a nice crisp 10-inch infotainment display. Rear passenger rooms is adequate in the Lexus GS 450h but the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is more spacious and comfortable.

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