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Acura Drops the Ax on RLX

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Sedans will always have a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts.. This is evidenced by the steady popularity of the Toyota Camrys and Corollas, the Honda Civics and Accords, and the Nissan Altimas and Sentras.

But it may not be the case if you are a sedan that markets at $55,925 a unit, especially when reliable brands retail their models for less than $20,000.

This is seen as one of the main reasons why Acura is discontinuing the RLX by the end of the 2020 model year.

The Acura RLX may be the automaker’s flagship sedan, but it may be too steeply-priced for consumers to purchase, which explains why only 179 units of the model sold in the first quarter of 2020.

Photo of 2020 Acura RLX from Acura Newsroom
The RLX was launched as Acura’s answer to the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCross. | Source: Acura

“Today, we informed Acura dealers of our plan to discontinue sales of the RLX sedan in North America at the conclusion of the 2020 model year, as we make significant investments in the core models that represent Acura’s future,” Acura said in a statement.

This means the automaker will now channel its resources into developing and improving the “volume leaders” in its lineup: the RDX and MDX crossovers, as well as the upcoming performance-oriented TLX for the next model year.

However, this isn’t to say Acura will only be selling crossovers from now on. The company will still carry the ILX sedan for the coming years and will include in its lineup the additional Type S variants and a new turbo V6.

The RLX was launched as Acura’s answer to the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCross (although the LaCrosse has also been discontinued last year). It is equipped with a front-wheel-drive V-6 that costs close to $60,000, while the optional all-wheel-drive charges an additional $7,000.

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