Acura ILX

Acura ILX

About Acura ILX

Sporty, luxurious and packed with technology, the new 2018 Acura ILX is the luxury brand’s smallest and most affordable sedan. With prices starting well under $30,000, the Acura also undercuts the prices of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA. And its standard 201-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is strong for the class, offering more standard horsepower than the turbocharged Audi. Acura offers the ILX in seven trim levels, including the sporty A-Spec, the luxurious Premium and the top-of-the-line ILX Tech. Prices top out around $36,000. All models use an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Although the new Acura ILX is based on the previous-generation Honda Civic, you’d never know it, as the ILX feels like a premium automobile and drives with the vigor we expect from an Acura.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Acura ILX
What's new for 2018?
2018 Acura ILX

For 2018, the AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver aids is available on all ILX models. There’s also a new Special Edition trim, with a long list of standard equipment including LED headlights, an 8-way-power driver's seat, multi-view rearview camera, sunroof, Bluetooth, keyless entry, push-button start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also includes the 18-inch wheels, side sills and a rear spoiler from the A-Spec package.

  • Expert Rating: 8.7
  • Consumers Rating: 8.5
  • MPG 25|35
2017 Acura ILX
What's new for 2017?
2017 Acura ILX

With so much new last year, the 2017 Acura ILX is virtually unchanged. The only noteworthy difference is the addition of three new paint colors.

2016 Acura ILX
What's new for 2016?
2016 Acura ILX

The 2016 Acura ILX comes with a slew of upgrades compared to last year. All models get a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 8-speed automatic transmission. The chassis is 12-percent stiffer, the steering is sharper, there are more high-tech driver aids, and the nose and tail get refreshed, including Acura's Jewel-Eye headlights.

2015 Acura ILX
What's new for 2015?
2015 Acura ILX

Aside from a new paint color, the only major difference in the 2015 Acura ILX lineup is the absence of the ILX Hybrid. That's fine, since the ILX got a few much-needed upgrades last year, like the addition of active noise cancellation and an upgraded audio system.

2014 Acura ILX
What's new for 2014?
2014 Acura ILX

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.

2013 Acura ILX
What's new for 2013?
2013 Acura ILX

All-new to Acura, but based on the new-for-2012 Honda Civic architecture, the 2013 ILX sedan isn't full-court luxury, but it's nicer than a really nice Civic.

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Consumer Reviews

EXCEEDS NEW MODEL EXPECTATIONS

By on Sunday, January 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70

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
9/10

Pros: "LOVE THE LOOK & DRIVING CHARACTERISTICS & CURRENT"

Cons: "MISS EXTRA ZIP & STORAGE OF OUR LARGER TSX"

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

"HAVE DRIVEN HONDA PRODUCTS SINCE 1996 AFTER DISAPPOINTING EXPERIENCES WITH OLDS AND PONTIAC. PURCHASED OUR 1ST ACURAS IN 1992. SINCE OWNED INTEGRA'S CL'S, TL'S & TSX'S. WANTED A SWEET SMALL LUXURY SEDAN AGAIN TO COMPLIMENT OUR TSX, AND THE NEW ILX FITS THE BILL. TEST DROVE TWICE, 2 MONTHS APART AND WAS SOLD. GREAT INTERIOR LOOK & COMFORT FOR A SMALLER SEDAN, FRONT & REAR. TECH PACKAGE IS GREAT. SUPER AUDIO, GPS & VOICE COMMAND SYSTEMS. WIFE LOVES IT. HEAD TURNER STYLING. EXPECTING SAME SERVICE AND QUALITY WE'VE COME TO KNOW WITH ACURA & HONDA."

35 people out of 37 found this review helpful

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."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

There's more to life than horsepower

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "TOP comfort, features, & refinement for the value"

Cons: "Low on power, suspension on the softer side"

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

"I was apprehensive about this car at first. I drive an American performance-oriented car and my wife drove an old Honda Accord sedan. Recently we realized that we need a replacement for her car and started shopping around. We had around $30,000 to play with and were going to settle for something like a Mazda6 or a Buick Verano when this car caught our attention. --- At first, I was unimpressed. 150 horses isn't a lot, though the car is pretty small and light.. About 500 lbs lighter than the Accord sedan it would replace. We were disappointed that the "sporty" model with the highly-lauded and high revving Civic Si engine did not come with automatic (I guess that makes sense) or technology package (meaning no Nav). Wife doesn't want to drive stick every day, so we were suck with the 150 horses. --- I'll admit, it's slow. But after taking a couple of test drives in this car plus some others, I've come to the conclusion that contrary to what my mindset was before looking at this car - remember I drive a performance-oriented American car - there really is more to life than horsepower. The engine has enough spunk to speed off from a stop sign with ease, and just enough to make passing maneuvers on the highway safe and not a struggle. You won't win any stoplight derbies against anyone actually trying, though. --- What makes up for it is everything else. The styling is attractive. The 2014 model has a standard upgraded interior. The center console is elegantly designed for this price range and very intuitive, like on most Hondas/Acuras. Nothing superfluous or overly-complicated. The seats are comfortable, even for long trips, and the leather is high quality. --- The driving dynamics, OTHER than the power, are great too. Typical Honda/Acura light steering, which lets you handle the car with ease, but with a decent amount of feedback from the wheel compared to other brands that offer light steering with little driving feedback at all. Very good handling for a front-wheel drive car, with almost unnoticeable torque-steer under load. The engine is also buttery-smooth and very refined, as are most Honda 4 cylinder engines. No, it's not the Si engine, but it feels almost as happy to rev (and believe me, you'll have to). The suspension is a little soft, definitely not sport-tuned, but for an entry luxury car, I didn't expect the suspension to have the tightness of a sports car. Overall, averaging about 30 mpg, so no complaints there. --- Value-wise, this is a STEAL. We paid right around $30,000 for a smartly designed car with all the right features - Leather, well-designed nav/infotainment system, backup camera, Pandora radio, voice control, bluetooth all integrated, and a lot more. Can't think of many cars in this price range that offer all of these features in such a nice package. --- Overall, I think we made the right choice. Maybe it's a little frustrating to have to mash the gas pedal to get some oomph out of the car, but everything else falls right into place. Also, unlike with other brands, we know that Honda/Acura make quality cars that are built to last. Our Accord had over 200K miles on it and was still going strong with its 4 cylinder engine, so we have no doubt that this car will do the same. I would highly recommend this car to any of my friends, as well as anyone reading this review."

48 people out of 55 found this review helpful

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