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2014 Acura ILX

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2014 Acura ILX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

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.

What's New for 2014

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
Driving Impressions

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
2014 Acura ILX photo Interior

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.

Exterior
2014 Acura ILX photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

2.0-liter inline-4
150 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
140 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg

2.4-liter inline-4
201 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

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

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2014 Acura ILX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 35 Ratings for the 2013 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Great vehicle for value

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Look, Smooth Ride, Nice interior, comfy, $"

Cons: "Lack of inside storage, no XM"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I just bought a 2017 ILX in red. It is a great value for the money. My TSX lease just ended and I had to let it go. When comparing to TSX, the ILX is more comfortable for sure, has a nice back up camera, push button start, cool LED lights, and a smoother ride. The TSX has better storage spots, ILX has no change spot, nothing for sunglasses and poor side storage. Also, TSX is a lot quicker off the line with tighter steering. The look of the ILX in my opinion is really nice with simple clean interior."

A nice and pretty sedan! Love it!

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Value, Comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As you see, this car is much more economy than all the other cars in the same level. I own a 2016 Acura ILX with Tech Plus. This one makes me feel so safe when driving. Saw some critical comments on the other sites saying that the cars interior is not that good; totally disagree, like the interior. Love the seats, screens and all the other design. The room is big enough; the second row has enough room for the passenger's legs. Have to mention about the fuel economy: the car I drive has average 30.5 mpg. Before I purchased ILX, the only other car I considered is Audi A3, However, the room is much smaller than ILX. And like others said, German cars cost you more on maintanance. In a long term, Japanese cars keep the value for sure. I am that one who do not care about horsepower or speed, so I made decision. But as you may know, 2016 ILX makes a big progress over 2015 model, it has 201 horsepower. If any of my friends who is going to buy a sedan with $30k budget, I would suggest them this one. If you consider buying this car, listen to those who have already owned 2016 Acura ILX regardless those who do not have one. Because we are those who drive this car everyday."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

always wanted an acura growing up still love it w

By on Friday, June 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,777

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "n/a"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"never had any problems with the car still brand new still love it will last a long time kept the maintenance up on it. runs great."

Nice blend of economy, performance and reliability

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Quicker, quieter, nicer interior, more comfortable than a civic or mazda 3. The 8-speed DCT with paddle shifters is a huge performance bump. Not quite as quick or good on the skid pad as an Audi or BMW but better fuel economy and much less to maintain. Just a good mix of them all. My favorite compromise between the German entry luxury and the economy and reliability of the Japanese."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car for the money

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, Great Quality & Price"

Cons: "Slower than would like"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have only owned this car for one week and already love it. I traded in my 2003 CL, Type S which I had for 11 years. I love all the extra features that my car didn't have such as the Bluetooth, backup camera & push start. The only thing I do miss about my CL is the speed and acceleration. This car doesn't even compare to my CL. But for me that is a minor price to pay. The ILX does however get much better gas mileage and I can use regular gas instead of premium now. I love the look of the ILX and how comfortable it is. It is definitely a smoother ride than what I am used to. I would always drive the ILX as a loaner car when mine was being repaired and never really thought about buying one. But when it came time to trade my car in I knew I wanted another Acura and looking at some of the other models this was the best deal. And I know with Acura's quality and low maintenance costs I won't be spending a ton of extra money. I would definitely recommend this car if you are looking for an affordable, comfortable luxury car and are not concerned about speed or horsepower."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice features, but BAD suspension.

By on Friday, May 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great price, nice highend features."

Cons: "Too light (car's weight), BAD BAD suspension."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This car has all the nice features like other expensive Acura cars. The only 2 complaints I have, however, are what I consider regarding safety and comfort. For safety: It's a very light car - probably the lightest car I've ever driven, and having been driving for other Acura cars (TL, MDX), I'm used to heavy cars and feel it's safer that way. When making turns, I feel the ILX is a little hard to control since it's so light. Another important problem is - it's suspension is the worse I've ever driven - even worse than an old Toyota Corolla I had back in the 90s. With our MDX and any other cars, I've never felt this way. This ILX feels very bumpy, almost like it has no suspension. I hope they have improved this for the newer year ILX."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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