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Expert Rating
2.4 (Fair)

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: 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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2020 Base 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $25,900
2020 Premium Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $27,880
2020 Technology Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $29,780
2020 Premium & A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $29,880
2020 Technology & A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $31,780

Overview

What's New

The big deal for the 2020 Acura ILX is that nothing is changing, even the price. The premium compact sedan received a significant update in 2019 which brought the brand’s latest exterior styling theme, increased safety technology, and even a price reduction. Still, the interior feels a bit uninspired compared to others in its class.

Choosing Your Acura ILX

The Acura ILX is offered in four trims: ILX, Premium, Technology, and A-Spec. Pricing starts at $26,895 for the base ILX and climbs to $30,745 for the A-Spec.

Engine Choices

The ILX is exclusively available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels by an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that integrates a torque converter for smoother takeoffs from stops.

The setup achieves an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 28 combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The ILX is a five-seat sedan. Its 34 inches of rear legroom and 12.4-cubic-foot trunk are notably less than the Honda Civic, which rides on a newer platform.

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Safety Features

The base ILX includes a near-full roster of active safety equipment and advanced driver aids, such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all other trims.

Connectivity

The base ILX utilizes a five-inch touchscreen, but most everybody will want to move up to the Premium's 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth, a USB port, Pandora compatibility, and Siri Eyes Free are included on all trims. Navigation is standard starting with the Technology trim.

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ILX - From $26,895

The entry-level ILX includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and heated side mirrors. Proximity entry makes way to the leatherette covered seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Premium - From $28,745

The ILX Premium trim receives several updates to the interior. In addition to the upgraded infotainment system, it adds leather seating, memory functionality for the driver's seat and side mirrors, and a four-way power passenger's seat. The exterior is distinguished by differently colored wheels, and safety is enhanced with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Technology - From $30,645

The ILX Technology trim builds on the Premium and adds navigation, AcuraLink connected services, dynamic guidelines to the rearview camera, and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio audio system.

A-Spec - From $30,745

The ILX A-Spec also builds on the Premium but adds a sportier exterior and interior. A dark chrome grille surround, darkened headlight and taillight housings, LED fog lights, a black rear diffuser and spoiler, and 18-inch black-colored wheels give the exterior its own look. Suede-inserts for the seats, unique trim pieces, an ebony headliner, and stainless-steel pedals contribute to the sportier sense from inside.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Acura ILX A-Spec feels like a return to the days of the Integra with a strong sense of value and sport. The base trim is worth passing over as it lacks the better infotainment system, so start your search with the Premium.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Low base price
  • Quick-shifting transmission
  • Strong standard safety tech
Cons
  • Last-gen Civic Si engine
  • Optional smartphone integration
  • Is it really a luxury car?
Expert Rating
2.4 (Fair)

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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Automotive Editor

Wagyu beef on a Quarter Pounder budget? There are plenty of compact luxury sedans to pick from, as today’s premium automakers take a hook-them-while-they’re-young approach. The 2020 Acura ILX is entrenched in this battle, but there's fierce competition from more established names in the segment like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.

Fortunately for Acura, it has a huge price advantage. But you shouldn't think of it as wagyu beef on a Quarter Pounder budget. The aging ILX lags behind the competition when it comes to standard features and material quality.

Old bones are starting to ache. The Acura ILX debuted in 2013, and other than a refresh in 2019, it's the same basic vehicle. In a class where things have been changing quickly, this ol’ Acura is close to filling out its AARP membership card. To put it kindly, the ILX is well overdue for a redesign.

That said, since it’s running on older technology that keeps its starting price at $26,895, the ILX offers younger or budget-minded buyers the opportunity to jump into a luxury sedan.

The problem is that the longer the ILX stands pat with its older design, outdated infotainment system, and other last-generation bits, the further it falls from being a legit luxury car.

While its design and features may be a little long in the tooth, adults will find the ILX’s 34 inches of rear leg room surprisingly roomy relative to its competition. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has just 33.9 inches of leg room, and the Audi A3 has an inhumane 31.9 inches.


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Old-school Civic Si power. The ILX’s powertrain is partially farmed from the last-generation Honda Civic Si, giving fans of naturally aspirated engines a rare sight in the compact luxury segment: an engine without a turbocharger.

This high-revving 2.4-liter four-cylinder doesn’t bat an eye as it nears its 7,100 rpm redline. During this ascent to VTEC heaven, this four-pot hits 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This isn't a pile of power, but it’s good enough for a mid-six-second 0-60 mph time. Add to that the fun factor of wringing out this engine, and we can see what attracts people to it.

Buyers seeking more performance will find this in the 248-hp BMW 2-Series or the 220-hp A3.

Great safety features, but not much else. Despite its age, the ILX has plenty of advanced safety features and satisfactory crash-test ratings. In IIHS testing, the ILX scored “Good” ratings in each crash test and a “Superior” rating in forward-collision avoidance. The latter is thanks to its standard automatic emergency braking. Other advanced safety bits include adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Unfortunately, due to its “Poor” headlight rating, the ILX missed earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.

While its safety features are plentiful, the ILX sorely lacks many of the more exciting standard tech features. Yes, it boasts standard LED headlights, Bluetooth, and a USB port, but its funky two-screen infotainment system feels a decade old and its lack of standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is simply unacceptable. Adding smartphone integration requires moving to the Premium package, which adds $1,850 to the base price.

Those who also find the lack of standard smartphone integration unacceptable in a luxury car can look to the A-Class, Volvo S60, and Cadillac CT4. All three come standard with these must-have features. The A3 offers them as part of an optional package, but they only run an extra $900.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Acura ILX is a great way for folks to get into the luxury car space early without breaking the bank. The problem is, some Buicks feel more luxurious in terms of fit, finish, and features. Fortunately, the ILX still has the Acura name behind it, but even that can make up for its shortcomings for so long.

Buyers looking for more luxury without too expensive can look to the $34,295 A3, the $33,795 A-Class, or the $33,990 CT4.

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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
24 / 34 / 29 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
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.2 "
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
53.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,095 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
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, 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
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
Collision Mitigation Braking System (cmbs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist System (lkas) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
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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