2015 Acura ILX Review
The 2015 Acura ILX is less expensive than many of its rivals, but critics find its performance to be dull.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2015 Acura ILX has sufficient power for driving around town, reviewers say. Some believe the ILX needs more punch for passing on the highway, and a few say it would accelerate better if the transmission weren't out of date and had more gears.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.
Some automotive journalists say the 2015 Acura ILX's cabin is handsomely styled and made with good materials, but most don't find the ILX's interior as lush as its rivals'. Test drivers find the front seats comfortable and spacious, and some say the back seat is roomy for a compact car. Others report the back seat is cramped. 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)
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.
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.