The entry level Acura ILX sedan may not be the luxury bargain it once was, but the vehicle is still one of the more affordable ways to get into the world of luxury sedans, offering a peppy engine, numerous luxury features, and a healthy level of tech.
What's New for 2018
The most noteworthy change for the 2018 ILX is the addition of a new special edition package to the sedan’s lineup. The ILX Special Edition Package adds $800 over the base trim and brings 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and more prominent side sills to the sedan’s exterior. Some of the aesthetic goodies are borrowed from the ILX A-Spec Package.
Interior features for the Special Edition Package include a rearview camera, a one-touch power moonroof, LED headlights, keyless entry, an eight-way power driver’s seat, push-button start, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.
Choosing Your Acura ILX
The ILX is only available with one powertrain – a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that’s paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive – good for 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Look for 24 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The base ILX costs $29,065, including the $965 destination fee, and comes with LED headlights and taillights, heated exterior mirrors, sport seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, two-level heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start with proximity entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient cabin lighting, and a six-speaker audio system.
The ILX is available as one trim that can be built upon with numerous packages.
The ILX isn’t the basement bargain it once was and getting a fully-loaded model puts it into competition with cars that have a lot more to offer, be it from a luxury, dynamic, or brand cachet point of view. Keeping it simple with the Premium Package, which adds a good mix of features, is the way to go.
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