Sometimes you just can't transcend humble origins. Trying to make a premium model out of the Honda Civic is a fool's errand, as proven by the Acura ILX. Adding projector headlights, power seats, a dual-screen infotainment system, and slapping the Acura badge on the car shouldn't deceive anyone.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The 2016 ILX has a very well thought our power train system with drive modes that can focus on fuel economy or responsive acceleration a drive experience. As for handling, it's suspension system creates an good balance between comfort and an engaging experience behind the wheel. Fun car to take out on the back roads as well as comfortable on a long highway road trip."

Peter F., KY (2016 Acura ILX)

"Extremely sensitive driving. Reminds me of older British sports cars."

Richard T., VA (2016 Acura ILX)

"Great balance of performance and economy."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Acura ILX)

"The transmission is great, particularly in sport mode. It does very good automated downshifts when braking into a corner. Handling is pretty good for a small front wheel drive car, certainly good enough to make winding roads a fun experience"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura ILX)

"Very rough shifting among gears on acceleration. Not a smooth experience. Noisey growling with acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura ILX)

"It’s easy to use the dual clutch when you want to overtake or get on a ramp. Handling is pretty good for the size."

D H., TN (2016 Acura ILX)

"Great gas mileage especially on the highway (35+MPG!)"

Gary B., VA (2016 Acura ILX)

"This car is a dud. For a small car it has horrible fuel consumption. The cabin is filled with road noise at slow speeds. Doors sound "tinny" when closing. Overall it feels like a tin can. The human interfaces are HORRIBLE. Constantly hitting befuddling buttons on the steering wheel that start obscure functions. Two screen interface is a textbook on how not to design a human interface. There is no rhyme or reason as to why some information is shown on the top screen, other information..."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura ILX)

"It accelerates very well and steering is great...precise and responsive, BUT the transmission feels like it "jumps" sometimes. It's unpredictable as to when that will happen. Also the car has a very low undercarriage, scrapes driveways and hits bumps really hard. Is that the shocks? I dont' know!"

Jacqueline L., NY (2016 Acura ILX)

"It shifts too soon into higher gear, making acceleration feel sluggish unless under hard acceleration."

P P., ON (2016 Acura ILX)

"Weird jerky feeling when stopped sometimes which makes me and the passengers wonder what is going on"

DOUGLAS W., NJ (2016 Acura ILX)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Do don’t feel tired or get a back ache— it has a good lumbar support system. It can be a quieter on the road."

D H., TN (2016 Acura ILX)

"Lots of road noise."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Acura ILX)

"As this car is on a short wheelbase Honda Civic frame the ride can be a bit choppy. This is also due to the low profile tires."

Gary B., VA (2016 Acura ILX)

"Uncomfortable seats, bumpy ride, hesitant acceleration, much lessa car than my previous acura tsx"

William B., OH (2016 Acura ILX)

"The reason I will not lease another ILX is the cabin noise. Even though they added 100 pounds of insulation over the 2013 ILX I had, I find it very noisy and I have to turn up the radio to hear. I have found this to be a problem with the accord as well, so Honda seems to be cheap in this area."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura ILX)

"My primary issue with the ILX is that its seats are too low. As we are now seniors, it is difficult to get in and out of this car, hence the low miles on it."

Edwin K., NC (2016 Acura ILX)

"Ride is a bit rough. To much noise in the passenger cabin."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Acura ILX)

"Rough ride and road noise seriously intrude on passenger comfort."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Acura ILX)

"It has good lumbar support. Car has a bit of road noise."

D H., TN (2016 Acura ILX)

"For the price, the car needs better noise isolation."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura ILX)

"Road noise is very pronounced. I will be trading the ILX in as soon as I can on something quieter."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Acura ILX)

"Can not raise passenger seat. Sits too low for my wife. Unacceptable in a luxury car line."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Acura ILX)

"Seat on passenger side has no power driver side has no back support."

THOMAS H., MS (2016 Acura ILX)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"All of the newest safety features including radar controlled cruise control"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Acura ILX)

"should have bought a VW Jetta or a Camry. The ILX is just not a very satisfactory car. I miss my 2006 Aura TSX. '''''''''''''''''''''e'verything sbout it was better."

William B., OH (2016 Acura ILX)

"It is not as fancy as a BMW or Mercedes of similar size, but it is far lower cost and provides a lot for the money. Performance and handling are good. Interior is nice, and I have been very satisfied with the car for the 3 years I have had it."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura ILX)

"Our ILX gets great gas mileage, handles wonderful...and the resale value is great."

Jim W., CA (2016 Acura ILX)

"Even though the car is posted as getting 28mpg i am getting 14.5! It has a tiny gas tank so i have constantly fill up. It is ridiculously underpowered. With 2 adult passengers the engine runs at 5000rpm. The dealer lied about the mileage and when i complained they said i needed to break it in - a lie."

MARIANNE L., MA (2016 Acura ILX)
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