2014 Acura RLX Advance

Bottom line: For anyone seeking a midsize luxury automobile in the $45,000-to-$65,000 price range, the 2014 Acura RLX Advance is well worth a look. This column gives it an enthusiastic “buy.”

Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks in all three.

Head-turning quotient: Think “stately.” This car is rich without evidencing the need to shout it. I find it instantly likable.

Body style/layout: This is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive midsize luxury car with four side doors and a traditional notchback trunk. Later in 2013, it will be available with all-wheel drive and a hybrid gasoline-electric drive system.

Engine transmission: It comes standard with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve gasoline-direct-injection engine with variable valve management and timing for better power and a lower penalty for fuel consumption. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be shifted manually.

Capacities: Seats five people. Cargo capacity is 14.9 cubic feet. Fuel capacity is 18.5 gallons. Premium-grade gasoline is required.

Real-world mileage: I averaged 18 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear); four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; electronic brake-force distribution; emergency braking assistance; electronic stability and traction control; side, front-cabin knee air bags; and head air bags.

Pricing: The 2014 Acura RLX Advance with onboard navigation starts at $60,450, with a dealer’s invoice price on that model of $55,183. Price as tested is $61,345 including an $895 assembly-plant-to-dealership transportation charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $56,078.

Hint: Make sure that you are getting 19-inch diameter tires and wheels in the RLX Advance package. The standard tires and wheels are 18-inch.

— Warren Brown