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Acura's entry-level compact sedan falls short of bargain-luxury-sedan standards. The sole powertrain is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and an eight-speed automated manual transmission. Acura failed to address the stiff, jumpy ride, and handling is more mundane than sporty but ultimately secure. Road noise is incessant, and the transmission makes the car hesitate off the line. Once underway, the gearbox feels reluctant to downshift, lugging the engine when you need power. The lack of lumbar support for the driver's seat is another knock, the infotainment system is not very intuitive. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.

Road Test

Sometimes you just can't transcend humble origins. Trying to make a premium model out of the previous generation Honda Civic is a fool's errand, as proven by the Acura ILX. Adding projector headlights and slapping the Acura badge on the car shouldn't...

Highs

  • Relatively low-priced entry to a luxury nameplate
  • Compact dimensions

Lows

  • Wildly overpriced for what you get
  • Lots of road noise

Best Version to Get

We'd skip the ILX completely. If you have to get one, the Premium is the best combination of equipment and value. Note that you can't add the AcuraWatch Plus safety gear to that trim.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Sequential
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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