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Acura ILX

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Acura's entry-level compact sedan doesn't have the level of luxury and refinement to compete with its peers. The sole powertrain is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automated manual transmission. The stiff, jumpy ride, and mundane -- though secure -- handling aren't befitting of a luxury compact sedan. Road noise is incessant, and the transmission makes the car hesitate when starting up from a stop. Once underway, the gearbox feels reluctant to downshift, which makes the car hesitates when you need power. The lack of lumbar support for the driver's seat is another drawback, and the infotainment system is convoluted. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016 Redesign Year
Acura ILX 2017
Facing modest sales and negative reviews, Acura made extensive changes to their entry-level luxury compact for 2016. Engine choices shrank to one, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a standard dual-clutch transmission, which is clunky and reluctant to downshift. As in other Acuras, the dual-screen infotainment system proved unintuitive to use. More luxury features were added, and the optional AcuraWatch system included forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Handling is sound, but the ride is stiff and choppy, road noise is pronounced, and the driver's seat lacks lower back support, all of which undermine the ILX's pretense of affordable luxury. While the ILX is based on the previous-generation Honda Civic, the redesigned-for-2016 Civic proves to be a more fulfilling and enjoyable car than the Acura. At least the ILX has been consistently reliable.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $18,800 - $19,650 $15,195 - $15,995
2013 Redesign Year
Acura ILX 2015
Acura's entry-level luxury compact sedan shares its underpinnings with the Honda Civic, but it has different suspension tuning, as well as fancier features and nicer interior materials. Three four-cylinder engines were available: a 2.0-liter base, 1.5-liter hybrid, and a high-revving 2.4-liter four that was mated solely to a six-speed manual. The base engine and five-speed automatic are refined and economical but acceleration is uninspiring. Controls were simple enough, especially without the navigation system, and the rear seat was spacious for a compact sedan. The ILX offered limited variations; the Premium package added HID headlights and satellite radio, while the Technology package threw in navigation and an upgraded ELS surround audio system. Model year 2014 saw the addition of heated leather seats and active noise cancellation. Handling is sound, but the ride is choppy and road noise is pronounced, undermining this Acura's "affordable luxury" promise.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $15,825 - $17,600 $12,335 - $13,985
2014 $13,925 - $15,675 $10,570 - $12,170
2013 $11,875 - $13,625 $8,680 - $10,280