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2017 Base 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $27,990
2017 AcuraWatch Plus Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $29,290
2017 Premium Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $29,990
2017 Premium & A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $31,980
2017 Technology Plus Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $32,990
2017 Technology Plus & A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $34,980

Overview

Acura's entry-level sedan, the ILX may not be a full-fledged luxury car, but it's as close as you can get without breaking the $30,000 barrier. Its overall refinement and premium features make it a legitimate alternative to compact luxury sedans costing thousands more.

What's New for 2017

Following last year's refresh, the ILX is essentially unchanged.

Acura ILX

Choosing Your Acura ILX

The front-drive ILX is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Overall dimensions are compact, but there's a commendable amount of room for five passengers. Every model gets active noise cancellation to assure quiet cruising.

The ILX starts out with heated front seats with driver power, leatherette upholstery with contrasting stitching, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access and ignition, a sunroof, and a six-speaker sound system.

All optional equipment is bundled into a series of option packages:

Acura ILX

AcuraWatch Plus

Adds advanced safety features such as collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and front seatbelt pretensioners. You also get an integrated compass and a second display screen.

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Premium

Builds on the base ILX with front sports seat with driver memory and passenger power, Milano leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The audio system gains a subwoofer and satellite radio. Additional technology includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a suite of smartphone apps.

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Technology Plus

Includes AcuraWatch Plus and the Premium package, plus a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound system, navigation, solar-sensing climate control, and an enhanced rearview camera display.

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A-Spec

Available in conjunction with the Premium and Technology Plus packages, the sport-themed A-Spec package adds more aggressive exterior trim, foglamps, 18-inch wheels, faux suede seat inserts, a black headliner, and red dashboard lighting.

There are no individual factory options for the ILX beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.

CarsDirect Tip

The Premium package provides you with a well-rounded luxury car for $29,990. That makes it our favorite way to equip the ILX. Loading it beyond that point takes some of the luster off its value and places it in competition with more power and luxurious competitors.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Introduced as an early 2013 model, Acura’s entry-luxury compact sedan didn’t seem to take hold initially. Targeting successful Generation Y customers, in their 20s and 30s, the ILX was considered a “gateway into the Acura brand.”

A tad nondescript at first glance, the sedan is surprisingly capable and pleasant to drive, for a comparatively reasonable sticker price. Enhancement for 2016 affected styling, powertrain and technology aspects of Acura’s most affordable sport sedan, as well as adding some safety features. Except for three new body colors, little has changed for 2017.

Pricing and Equipment

Initially, the ILX offered a choice of three powertrains, including a hybrid. Now, it’s just one: a 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine that develops 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, with paddle shifters, is the sole transmission. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 25 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined).

Three levels are available, starting at $27,990 (plus destination charge): base ILX, ILX with Premium Package, and ILX Tech Plus Package. An available AcuraWatch group consists of safety and driver-assistance technologies. An A-SPEC Package is available with Premium and Tech Plus grades, adding sporty side-sill garnishes, foglamps, a trunk spoiler, and 10-spoke machined alloy wheels.

Standard equipment on our Acura ILX with Tech Plus Package, priced at $32,990, included:

  • Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Six-speaker radio
  • USB interface and iPod integration
  • Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free phone
  • Multi-view rear camera
  • Keyless access and pushbutton start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED headlights
  • Seventeen-inch alloy wheels

Performance Pros

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  • Automatic-transmission responses are typically quick and positive. Most shifts are barely noticed.
  • Acceleration is short of stirring, but enthusiastic enough for a vehicle of this class.
  • Steering has sufficient heft for solid control with nice feedback, providing excellent handling overall.

Performance Cons

  • At times, the transmission can feel rather “busy” running through the set of gear ratios.
  • Quiet-running generally, the engine can get slightly buzzy when accelerating even lightly. Push hard on the gas pedal and noise rises appreciably, to the point that it’s acceptable but not exactly pleasing.

Interior Pros

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  • Superior gauges are brightly-lit, good-sized, with white numerals on a black background. They could hardly be easier to read.
  • Front seats are well-cushioned and comfortable, providing excellent thigh support and good back support. Headroom is ample.
  • Good all-around visibility.

Interior Cons

  • The back seat is definitely snug, with minimal head clearance. Leg space is no better. Seatbacks are on the hard side, too—even more so at the center position, where some heads might wind up quite close to the overhead light.
  • Even the front seat can feel a tad cramped. Elbow space could be better, and seat bolsters aren’t especially snug.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Overall refinement emphatically tops the list of positive attributes. In an early ILX, I found little to complain about—but not much to exclaim about, either. The current model has moved ahead, deserving greater acclaim.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Shortage of all-around space in the back seat is clearly a prominent detriment, unless you seldom plan to carry more than one passenger.

The Bottom Line

Except for that back seat, it’s tough to find any flaws in the ILX, which is about as refined as a moderate-cost premium compact could be.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 201 HP / 180 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Sequential SportShift auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 201 HP / 180 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
181.9 "
Exterior Width
70.6 "
Exterior Height
55.6 "
Front Headroom
38.0 "
Rear Headroom
35.9 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
34.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,093 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Convex Spotter Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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