Thursday, November 13, 2014


Balancing between crisp and fluid, edgy and smooth, the ILX's exterior is a more youthful take on a compact luxury car than you'll find elsewhere in the segment. The fenders swell gently from the sides, there are character lines to accent its shape, and the greenhouse arches gracefully ove the passenger compartment. On the whole it's a handsome, if not lust-inducing, sedan. Inside, it's a pleasant place to travel, looking like a typical Acura: edgy curves, contoured surfaces, and easy-to-read gauges.

There are two versions of the ILX available, named for their drivetrains: the 2.0 and the 2.4L. The 2.0L offers a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine rated at 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic with paddle shifters is standard. It scores an EPA-estimated gas mileage rating of 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. 

Most owners think the 2015 Acura ILX is not as luxurious as some competitor. We think that the interior is attractively styled with quality materials. Some owners think the front seats are supportive and roomy, and some say that the back seat is spacious for a compact car. Cargo space is average, according to reviewers, but other owners complain that the trunk has a narrow opening. 

The seat back doesn’t split to allow cargo to pass through with a passenger or two in the back seat. Some auto writers think the ILX’s dashboard has too many buttons, but most note that the infotainment system is easy to use. A rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, leather seats, Bluetooth, a USB port and Pandora Internet radio compatibility are standard. A Technology package that features navigation and a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system is available.

Considering the ILX model's enticing starting price of around $28,000, it may not have the commanding power and presence of past premium sedans. This is why we think the competition is safe from this under performing vehicle. Aside from the affordable price tag, nothing big has changed with the Acura ILX.

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