2016 Hyundai Genesis vs. 2016 Acura RLX

Today’s luxury sedan market in Springfield Pennsylvania has largely shifted from who we knew as the kingpins of luxury car manufacturers. It is a good thing that we can have variety apart from what Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Bentley could offer, and today, we have players like Hyundai selling the 2016 Hyundai Genesis in a market that competes with cars like the 2016 Acura RLX. This review gives us reasons why you would rather place your bet on the Hyundai rather than the Acura.

Design & Style

The auto luxury world is not one to afford a bit of guesswork on. When your $40,000 plus is on the line, everything in this car needs to be convincing enough. The Acura RLX didn’t do much to shake the market with its straightforward exterior. Though handsome, it is largely somewhat forgettable. Agreed, it has a killer pair of headlights, but these didn’t do much to accentuate its front fascia.

Hyundai on the other hand cleverly set up the Genesis’ body styling to match Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. It would take someone’s keen interest to know you are looking at a Genesis. In fact, they got rid of the Hyundai logo up front – an intriguing move by Hyundai to make a luxury sedan that ranks with the bigger boys in terms of style.

Technology & Safety

Most luxury cars today prove safe to drive, and both the feds and independent bodies agree on this. The slightest mismatch therefore largely affects one brand’s scores in the market, and in this case, the 2016 Acura RLX is the casualty. Both are packed with standard airbags, 180 degree rearview display, blind-spot monitoring lane-departure and active lane control. They also feature an exceptional adaptive cruise control system, road departure and cross-traffic control detection.

We have only one issue with the 2016 Acura. In trying to mitigate accidents caused by lack of driver concentration, Acura has blocked its touchscreen data entry while the car is in motion. It’s a good thing for the driver, but what about its use by the copilot? That’s just something for Acura to think about.


The 2016 Hyundai Genesis’ powertrain features a 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 engine running on regular gas to an 8-speed automatic transmission system. The engine got even more intriguing by including a four-mode driving system (Normal, Eco, Snow, Sport). With either one of them, upshifts and downshift behavior remains quite smooth.

The 2016 RLX’s 310-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine won’t give Hyundai a run for its money. We would advise Acura to shift more from 6-speed to 8-speed automatics for transmission for its base models as well, just like all cars in its price range.

The Bottom Line

It is clear that on all fronts, the Hyundai Genesis is a better contender than the Acura RLX. Safety, performance and styling is better with the Hyundai. While both cars offer an extensive set of features that are synonymous to luxury sedans, you will be better placed going for a 2107 Genesis than the 2016 Acura RLX.

Ready to Schedule a Hyundai Genesis Test Drive Today?

If you are into luxury sedans and would like to test the comfort and quality ride that the 2016 Hyundai Genesis has to offer, drop by our showroom at Springfield Hyundai for a test drive. We serve the entire state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Make a test drive appointment today with us!

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.