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Gimme a brake: The 2014 Acura RLX Advance handles stop-and-go traffic with ease

John Brandon | June 13, 2014
I was heading to Fargo to get stuck in traffic. (Yes, there is traffic in Fargo.) I was driving a tastefully maroon-hued Acura RLX Advance, which offers something called Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow. It sounds clunky, but it's actually quite useful.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow is available only on the RLX Advance, which costs $60,450. That's exactly $12,000 more than the base Acura RLX. My entire family could go on a Caribbean cruise for $12,000. I could buy a used Nissan Versa and have money left over for an annual tanning club membership. And I'm not even into tanning!

Of course, with the RLX Advance, you gain much more than traffic jam assistance. There's a collision warning system, lane-keeping, a power rear sunshade, a full-time paid masseuse (not really, but the seats are extremely comfortable) and tons of extras. And, what's the real cost of accident avoidance, anyway? I never even came close to hitting Billy Bob's truck.

Several less expensive (and smaller) luxury cars offer low-speed adaptive cruise control such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA ($32,400 with the extra tech package) and the new 2015 Audi A3 ($38,350 at Prestige trim level that includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise). However, for similar full-sized sedans like the 2014 Audi A7 ($67,400), the Acura RLX's pricing is competitive.

For those of us who just need to drive to Wal-Mart, the Acura RLX Advance's Low Speed Follow is overkill. For peace of mind in a life filled with heavy commute traffic, however, it's certainly helpful. As a proof-of-concept for future autonomous driving, it's essential.


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