New 2018 Acura ILX Sedan
Acura ILX Sedan
Sporty, luxurious and packed with technology, the 2018 Acura ILX is Acura’s most affordable sedan with prices starting well under $30,000.
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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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Acura’s unique combination of performance, luxury, technology and affordability is well represented in the ILX sedan. This is an aspirational sedan that offers a sporty driving experience and premium features. It has also been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and its reputation for reliability is solid.
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If you’re looking for the all-weather traction of all-wheel drive in your small-luxury sedan, you won’t find it on the Acura ILX, but you will find it on its competitors. Audi offers all-wheel drive on the A3, along with a more powerful 220-horsepower engine, and it’s available on the Mercedes CLA 250.
What's New for 2018
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.
Around town the 2018 Acura ILX strikes an appreciated balance between sport and luxury. It’s comfortable, with well-shaped seats and a proper seating position worthy of a sports sedan. The interior is also quieter than you might expect, especially if you've driven or ridden in the earlier versions of the ILX. It’s also fun to drive with good steering feel and an athletic well-tuned suspension, although some may find the ride overly firm. The sedan’s handling certainly is up to Acura’s reputation for performance, especially with the optional 18-inch wheels and tires, and the 201-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine provides plenty of go. Acura's 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is one of the best. Leave it in Drive and go to the grocery store, and you'll never notice a thing. Shift it into Sport and use the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and you'll find a sport transmission that's quick and crisp, but never jarring.
ACTIVE SOUND CONTROL
Previous iterations of the Acura ILX were criticized for having noisy interiors, which just didn’t suit the vehicle’s premium image or the expectations of its buyers. That’s ancient history. The 2018 Acura ILX has an active noise-cancelation system that listens to ambient engine and wind noise, and produces an equal but reverse sound through the audio system. The two sounds cancel each other out for a much quieter ride.
COLLISION-MITIGATION BRAKING SYSTEM
This smart safety system is part of a suite of advanced driver aids available on every ILX trim level. This system detects objects in the sedan’s path and monitors the vehicle’s speed. If it determines an impact is possible, it will warn the driver. If you don’t react, it will then begin braking for you.
The new Acura ILX seats four adults comfortably and five in pinch. Interior materials are high-quality, with only a few hard plastic touches as reminders that you bought on a budget. Seating is comfortable, and the driving position is perfect. Most controls are easy to use, but the Acura’s dual-screen infotainment and navigation system takes a little getting used to. Don’t let it scare you; its functions are actually quite intuitive. Thanks to an active noise-cancelation system, the Acura’s interior is also much quieter than it was before. Trunk space is about average for the class at 12.3 cubic feet, and the ILX’s rear seat folds flat to expand the space.
With a strong resemblance to Acura’s larger sedans, the TLX and the RLX, the design of 2018 ILX is simple, youthful and understated. Its most distinctive features are LED headlights with multiple lenses. Acura calls the treatment "Jewel Eye" and it gives the ILX just enough visual candy along with a separate bar of LED running lights. The character line that runs the length of the car kicks up dramatically around the rear door handles, and the brightwork around the Acura’s greenhouse is a premium touch. A-Spec models dial up the cool factor with larger uniquely styled 18-inch wheels, fog lights, side sill moldings and a small rear spoiler.
Notable Standard Equipment
All 2018 Acura ILX models come standard with the 2.4-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. They also come fairly well loaded with other features, including a rearview camera with multiple views, automatic headlights, dual-zone GPS-linked climate control, passive entry with push-button start, and an 8-way-power driver's seat. Even base models get heated front seats, and part of the ILX's quiet is thanks to noise-abating wheels and active noise cancelation. The new Acura ILX also comes standard with Siri Eyes Free, which allows access to the iPhone's digital assistant with the push of a button on the steering wheel.
Notable Optional Equipment
AcuraWatch is a suite of safety systems that includes adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, and other high-tech features. Elsewhere, ILX Premium models add leather seats, blind-spot warning with a cross-traffic monitor, the iPhone navigation connectivity mentioned earlier, and an audio upgrade. The top-line Technology Plus models get AcuraWatch standard, as well as an even better audio system and built-in navigation. The A-Spec package adds 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, perforated suede upholstery with contrasting stitching, a black headliner, red-lighted gauges and aluminum pedals.
Under the Hood
The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine in the new 2018 Acura ILX is ubiquitous across the board, and its 201 horsepower is more than adequate for a car this size. The 8-speed automatic is one of our favorite things about the car; smooth shifting in Drive and quick when using the paddle shifters. The 8-speed is a dual-clutch setup, meaning it's designed like a computer-operated manual transmission, but Acura also added a torque converter in the system for better power delivery and a more familiar feel. The high-tech engine uses advanced fuel injection that enhances power and fuel economy, but it also requires premium fuel. Luckily, you won't use a lot of it, thanks to 25-mpg city and 35-mpg highway EPA estimates. Every ILX is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is not offered.
201 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 mpg
A base 2018 Acura ILX has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,000 when you include the $950 destination charge. Savvy buyers will move up to the ILX Special Edition for only $800 more. And for another $500 you can add the AcuraWatch Plus package. Do it. Premium Package models start around $31,000, and the Technology Plus model comes in around $34,000. The A-Spec package adds $2,000 to the price of a Premium or Technology Plus model. The ILX is priced higher than a Buick Verano, but it's also better equipped. It's also thousands less than the base-model Audi A3 or Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, especially when you start adding options to those other cars. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the new ILX. Projected resale value for the ILX is better than the Buick, but lags behind the Mercedes-Benz and Audi competition.
Acura ILX Consumer Reviews
July 05, 2018
Terrific sporty entry level luxury car
I bought my Certified, low miles 2014 Acura ILX 2.4L in spring 2017, and I love it. This is the version with the previous generation...
January 03, 2018
June 28, 2017
speedy sporty beautiful
I love my acura, exterior design is nice, interior could be a little more luxury but for the price and technical side of the car its a...
June 04, 2017
This is my First Acura and I am so happy!
This is my first Acura and I am so happy with the performance, mileage, comfort, handling, color, tech package, braking system! My...
June 04, 2017
My favorite Acura yet
I own a 2016 ILX with the premium package. This is my fourth Acura, having previously owned two TSXs and a CL. I get about 29 mpg...
March 04, 2017
Powerful engine.. the ILX is very stable, Noise is acceptable. if you compare the price you paid with Lexus or others, it is a excellent...
October 14, 2016
Acura ILX is really a nice car
I own a 2015 ILX 2.0 Tech and it is a great car. I love the way the leather on the steering wheel feels and all the technology is well...
September 27, 2016
Girlys car for college
For my daughter pleased with this vehicle does not ride like a small car, gas milage is great has all the Tech features and Nav that...
August 09, 2016
Great Car - But I Miss the TSX Fun
This is my 3rd Honda and my 2nd Acura. After 300K+ miles and 11 years, I gave my old 2004 TSX to my son who is still driving it. I...
July 11, 2016
Great vehicle for value
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...
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