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.

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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.

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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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