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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
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 28 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

PERFECT entry level luxury car!

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "201hp in a light car zips & quite too!"

Cons: "NO turn signals on the mirrors"

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

"Fell for the 2016 ILX. The styling, the quality, the feel, the features top notch. Why then a 9 score & not 10? No turn signals on the mirrors! I know, sounds petty, but the guy I park next to at work bought a new Kia that has them. I drove his & he drove mine. Mine is better in every way but one. His mirrors!"

23 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Great value

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, features, looks."

Cons: "rougher ride than expected"

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

"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."

25 people out of 38 found this review helpful

quite, driving experience is good.

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sweet ride, vert quick"

Cons: "more interior colors, more rear head room"

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

"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..."

17 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Best small luxury for the money.

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "value, features, design, sportiness"

Cons: "head room."

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

"I'd like to start with the point that this is the best small luxury sedan for the money. No other luxury makers offer so much for the same price. A3, CLA250, 320i all cost almost $30k, and if you add same number of options as ILX has you might be looking at $35k+ New ILX is not slow and Sport mode really bring car to life. It sounds great when you push throttle hard. Transmission is nice and smooth. Driving dynamics is decent. Bluetooth is crystal clear, I was very surprised with microphone quality. Headlights along with day running lights and LED turn signals are beautiful and very bright, no issues at night whats so ever. Rear lights are very stylish too. So far everything works great in this car. The only con is so far head room for tall individuals, you might find it a little bit uncomfortable if you taller than 6', but it's not horrible."

22 people out of 33 found this review helpful

life Again

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150

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
9/10

Pros: "Great price, good on gas, style."

Cons: "Not roomy."

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

"I purchased the 2016 ILX about a week ago. Almost immediately had buyers remorse but that faded very quickly. The car is beautiful, small, and has enough technology to keep you occupied. It's quiet, smooth, and comfortable enough for its size. I'm 6'0 and still feel very comfortable driving this car. I bought the premium package and have yet to discover all the potential this car has. It is definitely an entire step up from the 2015 and before models."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

only for the young and nimble

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"If you are 5'10 200lbs you will find it uncomfortable getting in and out. Also the hand break handle nubs your right leg. The operating manual is a bird's nest of instructions"

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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