Boasting a healthy bump in content, the 2014 Acura ILX Sedan arrives in showrooms this week. Although the entry member of the luxury division's lineup now starts at $27,795 - a $1,000 increase from what it commanded for 2013 - that figure nets some serious comfort/convenience enhancements highlighted by leather seating surfaces and leatherette door trim, heated front buckets, an 8-way power driver's seat, an upgraded 360-watt audio package that adds XM Radio, a subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation system, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and revamped 17-inch alloy wheels - most of which only was available as part of last year's Premium Package.
Although both the ILX Premium and Technology Packages return for 2014, content in the former now consists of HID headlamps, foglamps, and an auto-dimming inside mirror while the latter is unchanged and adds things like Acura's primo ELS Surround sound system, Acura Navigation with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic/Weather and more.
As the ILX enters its sophomore season, this compact, front-drive "gateway vehicle" to the Acura family will continue to offer a choice of two conventional powertrain configurations. The standard 150-horsepower/2.0-liter 4-cyliner engine comes backed with a 5-speed Sequential Sport Shift automatic transmission and earns 24/35 city/highway mpg marks from the EPA. For those demanding more spirited character, the ILX also can be had with a 201-horse/2.4-liter four matched exclusively with a 6-speed manual gearbox that earns 22/31 mpg stats. Changes to the Acura ILX Hybrid for 2014 have yet to be announced.
Beyond the base model, pricing for the 2014 Acura ILX family starts at $30,095 for an ILX 2.0-liter/5-speed automatic with Premium Package; $32,495 for a 2.0-liter/5-speed automatic with Technology Package and $30,095 for the Acura ILX with a 2.4-liter/6-speed manual with Premium Package.
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