The 2014 Acura ILX entry-level luxury sedan is aimed at a spot that's just below the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in size, price, performance and, admittedly, prestige, and represents an affordable path into the more luxurious end of the car market. There are two 4-cylinder engine choices, an automatic or manual transmission, and a hybrid version. The 2014 ILX offers a sleek, upbeat look, snappy performance, crisp handling, a stylish interior and levels of technology, convenience and safety commensurate with buyers' expectations.
You'll Like This Car If...
For those looking to perhaps make their first step into a luxury sedan with the levels of image, style, features and fit-and-finish not necessarily found in more common offerings, the 2014 Acura ILX could be the choice.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your idea of a luxury sedan is something with lots of stretch-out space, road-burning performance, at least a 6-cylinder engine and the ability to impress fancy-restaurant parking valets, Acura's 2014 ILX is not your choice. You'll have to move up in size and, certainly, price.
Among the new available features (some standard depending upon the package) for the 2014 ILX are standard 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seating surfaces (except on the Hybrid), an 8-way power driver's seat, leatherette door liners, heated front seats, a multi-view rear camera, a new audio-system subwoofer and Active Noise Cancellation.
Driving the ILX
It would be easy to say that the ILX drives just like a Civic, but truth be told, it doesn't. Although the ILX is small and light like a Civic,...
... its interior layout looks far more sophisticated and the cabin is beefed up to drown out the outside noise, which makes for an overall more pleasant driving experience. The steering effort is light and the ride varies from comfortable to firm depending upon the model. We had the chance to sample all three powertrains the ILX has to offer and came away impressed with all them, each in its own way. The base 2.0-liter engine has plenty of power for the everyday drive, although getting up steep hills proved a little challenging. A BMW 3 Series, this is not. The ILX Hybrid powertrain, while slower than the 2.0, easily netted us a constant 38 mpg in mixed driving conditions. The high-revving 2.4-liter puts a legit sporting face on the ILX.
2.4-LITER, i-VTEC ENGINE Taken straight out of the Honda Civic Si, the high-revving 2.4-liter engine offered in the ILX adds a wild side to the car and is enough to awaken anyone's inner boy racer.
LEATHER SEATING Consumer surveys historically show that few things indicate luxury in a car more than leather seating, and the inclusion of leather in the 2014 ILX definitely lifts it higher into the luxury category.
2014 Acura ILX Details
The 2014 ILX interior is roomy in front, claustrophobic in the rear, and well equipped throughout. Comfort and convenience items, including keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and a power tilt/slide moonroof are standard, as is the modern magic of Bluetooth capability, an iPhone-compatible USB port, text messaging and Pandora radio.
We define the Acura ILX's exterior as "subtly elegant." So much so that one could forgive the signature Acura shield-style grille that can be off-putting on other models. But, in comparison to other cars in the segment like the Buick Verano or the CT 200h, the ILX treats viewers to a contemporary look, forgoing an overly-staid or overtly-futuristic approach.
The 2014 Acura ILX comes with a healthy list of standard features. Some of the more notable ones include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, Bluetooth and audio connectivity, and a 6-speaker audio system with a USB/iPod interface, and Pandora integration. New for 2014 is leather seating, an 8-way power driver's seat, heated front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 2014 ILX is available with two packages. The Premium Package includes the multi-view rear camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HID low-beam headlights and fog lights. The Technology Package includes navigation, Real-Time Traffic and Weather, a 10-speaker Surround Sound audio system, 15GB Media Storage and Song By Voice, voice recognition, and GPS-linked solar-sensing temperature control.
Under the Hood
The three distinct ILX personalities referred to earlier shake out thus: ILX 2.0L – 150 horsepower with a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission. ILX 2.4L – 201 horsepower pulling strong through a 6-speed manual transmission. ILX 1.5L Hybrid – 39 miles per gallon in the city, 38 mpg on the highway.
1.5-liter inline-4 + electric motor 111 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm 127 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-3,500 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 39/38 mpg
The 2014 Acura ILX has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at just under $27,000, while checking off the Technology or Premium Package boxes will push the price to as high as about $32,000. Both the 2.4-liter and the Hybrid trim levels have a price tag around $30,000. By comparison, a Buick Verano starts at around $2,000 less than a base ILX and tops out at around the same price, while the Lexus CT 200h and the Audi A3 both start closer to $30,000. Before heading off to the dealership, check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what other buyers are typically paying. We expect the Acura ILX will hold its value over time on par with the Audi and Lexus and better than the Buick Verano.
Pros: "Looks GOOD, i mean Really GOOD like Eye-Candy GOOD"
Cons: "Not worth the value, the quality should be better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Looks can get you pretty far these days, and this car definitely has the looks. But no matter how far your looks take you, the end-game is also about overall performance, value, and quality. The performance is decent and loaded with features that make it pretty interesting, and the mileage is great. As for the value, I got the tech plus w/ A spec, and that is definitely 100% not worth its value. I think that the package I chose should come standard at the $28000 starting price. To have a price difference of $7000 is a total rip off. Not to mention that my spoiler completely came off when i closed the trunk by lifting it lightly from the spoiler first before closing."
"Not to brag about it, but this car is great value for the money. No other brands offer so many luxury and safety features at this price. Sunroof, duel clutch transmission, adaptive cruise, lane watch and lane keep, automatic duel climate, LED lights, and more. All comes under $28k at select models.
It's a fun to drive, it corners well. Acceleration is decent for the price and 200hp. It can even pick up speed well at 60mph because of it's transmission.
It fits 5 people fine as long as you don't drive full car all the time. I would look into TLX if you are thinking to have people in back more often.
Only complain I have is somewhat rough ride. I guess it might have something to do with run flat tires. I would like it to be a little bit softer, but I can live with that."
"much better than the 2013 model we had, could not wait to trade up, new Acura had to up the anti on this one cause competitors where widening the gap
anyways Acura needs to make more rear head room, where is the lumbar for the driver, they also need the heads up displays like Mazda has done, also very important people want more interior colors just 2, have to be creative like Volkswagen has done..."