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in Upscale Small Cars

MSRP: $27,050 - $31,750
Invoice: $25,517 - $29,867
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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Acura ILX Review

The 2015 Acura ILX ranks 13 out of 13 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura ILX, as well as reliability and safety data.

While the 2015 Acura ILX is priced lower than many competitors, reviewers are let down by its uninspiring performance.

The Acura ILX has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that some auto critics say has enough power for city driving. However, a few say that the ILX could use more power for highway passing. A few reviewers say the standard five-speed automatic transmission is outdated, and that the ILX would have better acceleration if it had a transmission with more gears. The ILX also offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that test drivers think provides significantly more power, however it is only paired with a six-speed manual transmission, which some critics say may be a detriment for some drivers. According to the EPA, the 2015 ILX gets up to 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. While some report that it’s not the most athletic car in the class, many test drivers say the ILX offers a comfortable ride and controlled handling, with accurate steering and minimal body lean.

Most reviewers think the 2015 Acura ILX isn’t as luxurious as some competitors, but others write that the interior is attractively styled with quality materials. Critics think the front seats are supportive and roomy, and some say that the back seat is spacious for a compact car. However, others write that the back seat is snug. Cargo space is average, according to reviewers, but some complain that the trunk has a narrow opening. They also report that 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, but it's a good fit for these fast-changing times." -- AutoTrader
  • "Its 4-cylinder engines come with excellent fuel-economy numbers, and the ILX has enough technology and performance to convince luxury-sedan buyers that they're being smart, and not cheap. Granted, the Acura nameplate doesn't have the cachet of the Audi A3 or Lexus CT 200h, but like the similar Buick Verano, the ILX does have one significant advantage: price." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Attractive and well-equipped, the 2015 Acura ILX is a respectable choice for a compact luxury sedan. Still, there are a number of worthy alternatives that savvy shoppers should consider." -- Edmunds
  • "Ride quality, handling, and interior appearance are pretty good, but this small Acura is largely unexceptional." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "As much as we'd like to tell you that the ILX heralds a return to Acura's roots - innovation, value and technology - we can't, because it simply doesn't." -- Autoblog (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Auto writers like the Audi A3 due to its lively standard turbocharged engine, agile handling and available all-wheel drive. Reviewers also say the A3 has an elegant interior with an easy-to-use infotainment system.

The Buick Verano pleases reviewers with its luxurious interior and smooth, quiet ride. Like the ILX, the Verano offers many standard features, however the Verano also offers a stronger base engine.

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Details: 2015 Acura ILX

The five-seat 2015 Acura ILX has front-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission come standard, while a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission is available. The ILX is offered in one trim, though Premium and Technology option packages are available. The Acura ILX debuted for the 2013 model year and is largely unchanged for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/22/14

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