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John Diether
Automotive Editor - March 11, 2014


Acura’s premium compact sedan, the ILX offers near-luxury appointments and upscale looks at friendly price. A newcomer to the U.S. market, the ILX enters its second model year for 2014.

What's New for 2014

To reinforce its luxury aspirations, and to further differentiate it from the Honda Civic with which it shares a platform, Acura added standard equipment like leather seating with driver power and heat in front, and 17-inch wheels.

Choosing Your Acura ILX

The ILX comes with one of two engines:

  • A 150-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder matched to a five speed automatic transmission, and good for 28 mpg in combined driving.
  • The optional 2.4-liter boosts output to 201 horsepower, drops fuel efficiency to 25 mpg combined, and requires a six-speed manual.
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Given its efforts to position the ILX as a luxury car, Acura has made a few odd packaging decisions. If you want the larger engine, you can't have an automatic transmission or a navigation system.

The model lineup has been renamed this year to reflect transmission type rather engine displacement:

5-Speed Automatic

The base car carries the 2-liter engine, plus a generous load of equipment like a multi-view rear camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, keyless access and start, a seven-speaker sound system with subwoofer, and the aforementioned leather interior. The Premium Package adds xenon headlamps, foglamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and satellite radio. The Technology Package, meanwhile, includes features like navigation with traffic and weather data, 10-speaker surround sound and solar-sensing climate control.

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6-Speed Manual Premium

The range-topping ILX comes with the more powerful 2.4-liter engine, Premium equipment, and a few exclusive touches: contrasting seat stitching, red instrument lighting and aluminum sport pedals.

Despite its high content, the ILX is off to a slow start. The tepid sales have nothing to do its quality, but the lack of an automatic transmission in the 2.4-liter model. Low demand means greater bargaining power for you when shopping.

Choose your Acura ILX >>

CarsDirect Tip

If you prefer shifting for yourself and don't mind the absence of navigation, the 2.4 is our choice for an enjoyable near-luxury driving experience.

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