Acura RLX Vs. Honda Accord

By Justin Cupler | April 9th, 2019

Acura and Honda share a familial bond, but there is nothing wrong with a little family rivalry. That is exactly what we have when we pit the 2019 Honda Accord against the loaded-to-the-gills 2019 Acura RLX. Which one is better for you, our Rochester area car buyers, the value-oriented Accord or the loaded 2019 RLX? Find out below.

Exterior

The 2019 Acura RLX is a little on the old side as its last redesign was in 2014, but a light refresh in 2018 that brought in the new diamond pentagon grille and other updates was the youth elixir it needed to keep the buyers coming. This large sedan is the peak of the Acura lineup and makes the best use all the sharp angles and stylish lighting the brand is known for. It is a stunning sight on paper and even more stunning in person.

The Honda Accord went through its last redesign in 2018, so it is still plenty modern in 2019. This sedan is classier than its ever been with its flat nose, elongated hood, and coupe-like rear glass. It also dropped a lot of weight, making it significantly lighter than the RLX. While it looks classier than most of its rivals, it isn’t quite up to the task of taking on the RLX’s stunning looks.

The RLX is a true luxury cruiser, so it is more luxurious than the Accord from its base level, including LED headlights, LED taillights, door handle courtesy lights, 19-inch wheels, and more. The Accord gets close to the RLX in its Touring trim, but never reaches its level with its smaller wheels and less stylish headlights.

 

In terms of size, the 2019 RLX is nearly half a foot longer than the Accord and 1.1 inches wider. Plus, it is nearly 1,000 pounds heavier.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura RLX 2019 Honda Accord Difference
Length 198.1 inches 192.2 inches +5.9 inches
Width 74.4 inches 73.3 inches +1.1 inches
Height 57.7 inches 57.1 inches +0.6 inches
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 111.4 inches +0.8 inches
Ground Clearance 4.5 inches
Curb weight 3,977 to 4,380 pounds 3,131 to 3,428 pounds +849 to +952 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura RLX

  • Large and super stylish
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • Standard LED headlights

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Smaller and easier to maneuver
  • Significantly lighter

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Acura RLX is a legit luxury sedan with its dual-screen infotainment system, supple leather seating, wood-grain accents, and much more. The dash also shows a little sportiness to go along with its peppy hybrid powertrain with its slight arcs that make subtle cockpit-like areas up front.

The 2019 Honda Accord is far more simple with its more horizontal dash, matte-finish accents, and basic amenities. In its EX-L and Touring trims, you get leather upholstery and a few other bits of upscale materials, but it never reaches the level of the RLX.

In terms of standard features, the RLX shows its luxury car status with a long list of goodies that includes leather seats with heat and 12-way power adjustment, a 14-speaker audio system, navigation, tri-zone climate control, and more. The Accord is far simpler, but it still has desirable standard goodies like a 7-inch touchscreen. As you move through the Accord’s trim levels, it gets closer to the RLX but never quite reaches its level of luxury.

 

Despite being larger than the Accord, the RLX struggles a bit in interior space relative to its Honda cousin. The Accord has tons more headroom, rear legroom, and luggage room. The latter is particularly true in the Sport Hybrid model, as the battery pack eats up a lot of room.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura RLX 2019 Honda Accord Difference
Front headroom 37.6 inches 39.5 inches -1.9
Front legroom 42.3 inches 42.3 inches
Front shoulder room 59.6 inches 58.3 inches +1.3
Front hip room 55.9 inches 55.3 inches +0.6
Rear headroom 36.9 inches 37.3 inches -0.4
Rear legroom 38.8 inches 40.4 inches -1.6
Rear shoulder room 57 inches 56.5 inches +0.5
Rear hip room 54.5 inches 55 inches -0.5
Cargo room 12 to 14.9 cubic feet 16.7 cubic feet -4.7 to -1.8 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura RLX

  • Comfy ride
  • Tons of standard features
  • Big-time luxury

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Huge rear legroom
  • Massive trunk

Performance

The 2019 Acura RLX and 2019 Honda Accord have multiple powertrains, including hybrid variants. The 2019 RLX comes standard with a 310-horsepower V-6 that delivers ample power and acceleration. The RLX Sport Hybrid isn’t your Aunt Gail’s hybrid. This beast pumps out 377 horsepower via an NSX-sourced three-motor hybrid system and 3.5-liter V-6 that sprints it to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

The Honda Accord has three four-cylinder engine options, a 192-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo, a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, and a 212-horsepower 2.0-liter hybrid-drive unit. With the 1.5-liter, the Accord zips to 60 mph in a respectable 7.2 seconds. The 2.0-liter hybrid unit is slightly quicker at 7.1 seconds. The only real competition for the RLX Sport Hybrid is the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that gets the Accord to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

Fuel economy is solidly in the Accord’s “Win” column, especially in the hybrid realm where the RLX Sport Hybrid is tuned for speed and the Accord Hybrid for efficiency.

 

2019 Acura RDX 2019 Honda Accord Difference
Engine 3.5-liter V-6 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,500 rpm 192 hp at 5,500 rpm +118 hp
Torque 272 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm 192 lb-ft at 1,600 to 5,000 rpm +80 lb-ft
Standard transmission 10-spd automatic CVT
Optional transmission
Six-speed manual
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time  5.8 seconds 7.2 seconds – 1.4 seconds
MPG City 20 mpg** 26 to 30 mpg -10 to -6 mpg
MPG Highway 29 mpg** 35 to 38 mpg -9 to -6 mpg
MPG Combined 23 mpg** 30 to 33 mpg -10 to -7 mpg
Engine
2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower
252 hp at 6,500 rpm +58 hp
Torque
273 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm 1 lb-ft
Standard transmission
Six-speed manual transmission
Optional transmission
10-spd automatic
Driveline
FWD
0-60 time
5.7 seconds
MPG City
22 to 23 mpg -3 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway
32 to 34 mpg -5 to -3 mpg
MPG Combined
26 to 27 mpg -4 to -3 mpg
Engine 3.5-liter V-6 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Electric motor Three-motor drive unit AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor
Horsepower 377 hp 212 hp at 6,200 rpm -165 hp
Torque 341 lb-ft
Standard transmission 7-spd dual-clutch CVT
Driveline AWD FWD
0-60 time 4.9 seconds 7.1 seconds -2.2 seconds
MPG City 28 mpg 48 mpg -20 mpg
MPG Highway 29 mpg 48 mpg -19 mpg
MPG Combined 28 mpg 48 mpg -20 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura RLX

  • Significantly quicker, especially the hybrid
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • More standard power

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Big fuel economy advantages
  • Available manual transmission for traditionalists

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Acura RLX has a simple lineup composed of two packages that act as trim levels: W/ Technology Package and W/ Advance Package. Starting prices for these trims range from $54,900 to $61,900.

 

The 2019 Honda Accord has a wide range of trims — LX, Hybrid, EX, Hybrid EX, EX-L, Hybrid EX-L, Touring, and Hybrid Touring — and their prices range from $23,720 to $34,990.

2019 Acura RLX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

W/ Technology Package: $54,900*

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • All-wheel steering
  • 19-inch Pewter Grat metallic machine-faced wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated, power-folding power mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • LED-illuminated door handle lights
  • Acoustic front and rear side glass
  • Sport front seats with perforated Milano leather and contrast piping and stitching
  • 12-way power seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Keyless access
  • Smart entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Electronic gear selector
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Automatic brake hold
  • Hill-start assist
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power windows with automatic up/down
  • Noise cancellation
  • 12-volt power outlets in the center console and front armrest
  • 14-speaker ELS Studio Premium Audio System
  • USB audio interface
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora radio
  • MP3 auxiliary jack
  • HD Radio
  • Secondary touchscreen for climate and audio controls
  • Color multi-information display
  • AcuraLink
  • SMS text messaging
  • Acura navigation with 3D view
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Street and Freeway Conditions
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Natural language voice recognition
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Compass
  • Multi-Angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Windshield de-icer
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

W/ Advance Package: $61,900*

  • All W/ Technology Package features, plus
  • Idle stop
  • 3.5-liter V-6 with three-motor hybrid system
  • Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • LED fog lights
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  • Remote engine starter
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Air-quality sensor
  • Rear footwell lighting
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Manual rear-side sunshades
  • Krell 14-speaker audio system
  • Head-up display
  • 360-degree camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors

2019 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $23,720

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Eco Assist
  • Active noise cancelation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Brake assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED low-beam headlights with automatic on/off
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • LED brake lights and light bars
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows  with auto-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Front illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Map lights
  • Sunglasses holder
  • 12-volt power outlets in front and center console
  • Cargo area lights
  • Floor mats
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Fold-down rear seatback
  • 160-watt four-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora Radio
  • One front 1-amp USB port
  • Multi-angle rearview mirror with dynamic guidelines
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

Hybrid: $25,320

  • All LX features, plus
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Electric Motor
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Remote engine start
  • Electronic continuously variable transmission
  • 17-inch machine-finish wheels
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Power moonroof
  • Active grille shutters
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

 

Sport: $26,180

  • All LX features, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Larger front brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color spoiler
  • Power moonroof
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Sport pedals
  • 12-way power seats
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging
  • Front console 2.5-amp USB port
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch Display Audio infotainment with high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

 

EX: $27,620

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote engine start
  • LED fog lights
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto-lock
  • Heated, body-color mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Active grille shutter
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging
  • Center console 2.5-amp USB port
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system with high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

Hybrid EX: $29,220

  • All EX features, plus
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Electric Motor
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • e-CVT
  • ECON, Sport, and EV drive modes

 

EX-L: $30,120

  • All EX features, plus
  • Chrome exhaust outlets
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Courtesy lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position memory driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • 450-watt, 10-speaker premium audio system

 

Hybrid EX-L: $31,720

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Electric Motor
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • e-CVT
  • ECON, Sport, and EV drive modes

 

Touring: $34,990

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive damper system
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome door handles
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Front and rear parking lights
  • Reverse-gear tilt-down side mirror
  • Door-pull ambient lighting
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Honda satellite-linked navigation
  • Honda HD digital traffic
  • HondaLink subscription services
  • Mobile hotspot
  • Wireless phone charger

 

Hybrid Touring: $34,990

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Electric Motor
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • e-CVT
  • ECON, Sport, and EV drive modes
  • Active grille shutters

Who Should Buy the 2019 Acura RLX?

The Acura RLX is great for a buyer who will accept nothing but a luxury sports sedan with great straight-line speed. That is precisely what the RLX offers.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Accord?

Looking to save money but still want a great-driving sedan with plenty of upscale options? The 2019 Honda Accord offers that and more, especially in its higher trim levels. It is also best for buyers looking to max out fuel efficiency.

 

Head down to Acura of Rochester to test drive the 2019 Acura RLX. This powerful luxury sedan offers the class and comfort our Pittsford and Fairport buyers desire. Can’t make it to our Rochester area showroom for a test drive today? Navigate to our online showroom to see what 2019 RLX models we have in stock in the Rochester area today, then schedule a test drive later.

 

* Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a $995 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

 

** Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.