Acura ILX

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Base MSRP price range:
$27,900 - $34,890
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Ratings Category: Luxury compact cars
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CR Model Summary
Acura's entry-level luxury compact sedan gets a much-needed makeover for the 2016 model year. The sole powertrain is now the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed automated-manual transmission used in the larger TLX. Styling updates and interior details bring it in line with other Acura models. Contrary to Acura's promise, there is no discernible difference in ride comfort, noise isolation, or handling agility to distinguish the ILX from the Honda Civic that it is based on. Available new safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and road departure and forward-collision mitigation systems
General Model Specs
Body styles
Drive wheels
2 front, 3 rear
Engines available
2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)
Transmissions available
8-speed sequential
Basic: 4/50
Powertrain: 6 year/ 70,000 mile
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First Drive - Acura ILX
Introduced for the 2012 model year, the Acura ILX was one of the first entries in the growing compact luxury sedan segment. But it missed the mark, failing to deliver enough upscale amenities, particularly regarding ride comfort and quietnes... More
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Reliability History - Acura ILX
Trouble spots by year 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Engine Major
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
Transmission Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Engine Minor
Electrical System
Safety Specs
Safety belts
Pretensioners, front/rear Yes/no
Air bags
Side air bags, front/rear Standard/no
Side curtain air bags Standard
Active safety features
Antilock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Daytime running lights Standard
Crash and rollover tests
IIHS front moderate overlap Good
IIHS front small overlap NA
IIHS side crash Good
IIHS rear crash Good
IIHS roof crush Good
NHTSA overall crash score 5
NHTSA overall frontal-crash score 4
NHTSA front-crash, driver/front passenger 5 / 4
NHTSA overall side-crash score 5
NHTSA side-crash, driver/rear passenger 5 / 5
NHTSA side pole-crash 5
NHTSA rollover, 2WD/4WD 4 / NA
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