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2021 Acura ILX

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2021 Base 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $26,100
2021 Premium Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $28,100
2021 Technology Package 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $30,000
2021 Premium & A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $30,100
2021 Technology & A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $32,000
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What's New

The 2021 Acura ILX returns unchanged following a big update in 2019. The subcompact luxury sedan adds some style to the Honda Civic it's based on, and it's three available packages allow buyers to customize it to their liking.

Choosing Your Acura ILX

The Acura ILX is available in four trim levels: ILX, Premium, A-Spec, and Technology. Starting prices range from $27,125 including destination for the base model to $31,125 for the A-Spec.

Engine Choices

The ILX is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder gas engine that generates 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to the front wheels through an efficient eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

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

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Acura ILX can seat up to five passengers, but it only offers 34 inches of rear leg room. Cargo capacity in the trunk checks in at 12.4 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

There’s a fair amount of standard safety equipment on the ILX, but you’ll have to move up the range to reap the full benefits. Every model receives forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control.

However, you’ll have to add the Premium Package to receive blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.


This is where the ILX falls down, with the base model effectively missing out on all the technological advances of the last decade. As standard, you receive a six-speaker audio system with USB inputs, but no touchscreen or smartphone integration.

Buyers have to move up to the Premium trim level to get an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite and HD radio, and more. The Technology trim gains navigation, a better audio system, an improved rearview camera, and more.

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ILX - From $27,125

The infotainment offering in the standard ILX may be poor, but the rest of the car is rather better equipped. A tilt-and-slide moonroof and ambient lighting illuminate a cabin featuring dual-zone climate, keyless access with personalized settings, and a start/stop button. Leatherette covers the sports seats, with eight-way power and lumbar support for the driver’s seat. Active sound control muffles road and engine noise, the steering wheel and shift knob are both clad in leather, and both front seats are heated.

Premium - From $29,125

Equipping the Premium Package also allows you to add other packages to the ILX’s specification. The Premium itself brings perforated leather seats with memory and passenger power lumbar, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, the 8-inch infotainment display, an upgraded seven-speaker audio system, and smartphone integration.

A-Spec - From $31,125

The A-Spec package is entirely focused on aesthetics. Among its 15 upgrades are premium leather seating, stainless steel pedals, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (replacing the standard 17-inch rims), underbody spoilers, and graphite-and-chrome dash trim.

Technology - From $33,025

It’s possible to build on these improvements of all lower trim levels with the Technology model. It boosts the stereo to a 10-speaker affair and bringing 3D navigation with real-time traffic rerouting. However, to add the Technology, buyers also have to pay for the A-Spec pack.

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CarsDirect Tip

It’s illogical that a styling pack has to be added before you can specify navigation, so we’d avoid the A-Spec and Technology. However, the standard 2021 Acura ILX lacks even basic connectivity, making the Premium an essential upgrade.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 201 HP / 180 ft.lbs.
8-spd Sequential SportShift auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
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
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
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
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
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
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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