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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.

Special Edition

The $800 Special Edition Package brings the price of the ILX up to $29,865 and adds a rear spoiler from the A-Spec Package, side sills, and 18-inch noise-reducing wheels.

AcuraWatch Plus

The AcuraWatch Plus Package costs $1,300, but it adds nearly the entire suite of Honda/Acura's safety systems. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist are all here. You'll need to step up to the Technology Plus or A-Spec to get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, though.

Premium

The $2,000 Premium Package adds a mix of technology and luxury features to the sedan, which include sport seats with perforated Milano leather upholstery, a two-driver memory system for the driver’s seat, a four-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a seven-speaker premium audio system, connected navigation, an eight-inch LED display, email compatibility, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

A-Spec

The $2,000 A-Spec Package locks consumers into the Premium Package, as well, which brings the total cost of the ILX to $33,065. The A-Spec Package provides the sedan with a sportier look thanks to 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and side sills. On the inside, the sedan gets Perforated Lux Suede seats with contrast stitching, an ebony headliner, a red instrument panel, and aluminum pedals. Unlike the TLX A-Spec, there are no functional improvements in the ILX A-Spec.

Technology Plus

Opting for the $1,700 Technology Plus Package requires consumers order AcuraWatch Plus Package and the Premium Package, which raises the ILX’s price up to $34,065. In addition to all of the features from those packages, the Technology Plus package brings a 10-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, an instrument cluster display, dynamic guidelines for the rear-view camera, the AcuraLink telematics system, and dual-zone climate control.

CarsDirect Tip

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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