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in Upscale Small Cars

MSRP: $26,900 - $31,600
Invoice: $25,378 - $29,728
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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Acura ILX Interior

Although automotive journalists say that the 2014 Acura ILX’s cabin is well-built with high-quality materials, some critics feel that it could be more luxurious, mainly because of the stiff competition it faces from other upscale small cars.

  • "The 2014 ILX interior is roomy in front, claustrophobic in the rear, and well equipped throughout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The ILX's interior is well constructed, but the materials used aren't really a step up from top non-luxury sedans. Similarly, the design features Acura's typical high-tech vibe, but it's nowhere near as luxurious in here as in the classy TSX." -- Edmunds
  • "Nice materials, padded surfaces, and handsome two-tone color combinations work together to create an attractive, but not particularly fancy, interior." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The dashboard, the instruments, and the center stack controls are similar to those in the TSX, festooned with a platoon of buttons and switches, but the seats are comfortable, the materials upscale, and the list of standard features impressive." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Seating

The Acura ILX seats five and has heated front seats, leather upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, which are all newly standard features for 2014. Though it is a small car, most reviewers think the Acura ILX has comfortable front seats. However, several also say that taller drivers need more headroom. Additionally, one reviewer criticizes outward visibility, noting that it is especially bad out of the back. A few critics note that rear-seat room is adequate.

  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive, but some testers felt they were set too low making entry and exit a chore. Outward visibility isn't great, particularly to the rear." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Special care was used in designing the seats to be supportive, yet not give the impression of confinement or hardness. The ILX is also pretty spacious for a compact car, with a decent amount of backseat room. Still, headroom can be snug for 6-footers, due to the car's standard sunroof." -- Edmunds
  • "For a compact luxury sedan, the ILX is spacious enough. It holds five adults, even though headroom might be tight for taller individuals." -- Autoweek (2013)
  • "Seats are comfy. Rear-seat legroom is just OK, as expected in a compact car." -- USA Today (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Acura ILX comes standard with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch color display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a seven-speaker stereo, which includes an 8-inch subwoofer, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. The technology package adds features like navigation and a more powerful 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system.

One critic likes that the Acura ILX is available with many high-tech features. However, another criticizes the ILX for its hard-to-reach climate controls and dated touch-screen graphics. One reviewer also thinks that the technology package should be available on models with the optional 2.4-liter engine.

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  • "Nevertheless, if you're looking for high-tech features, the ILX definitely delivers." -- Edmunds
  • "Most controls are within easy reach, but there are a lot of buttons to study. In addition, some testers think the climate controls are mounted too low on the dash. Most of the cars we've tested were equipped with the Technology Package, which includes a navigation system. It doesn't absorb basic audio controls which a point in the ILX's favor, but some testers complain that its on-screen graphics look dated." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In one glaring omission, however, it is impossible to order an ILX with the 201-horsepower 2.4-liter engine and the Technology package. So, if you want navigation and its eight-inch screen, you need to stick with the smaller 2.0-liter engine and five-speed automatic. Bummer." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

At 12.3 cubic feet, the ILX’s trunk is not as large as the trunks in competitors like the Buick Verano or Acura TSX. The ILX has a folding rear seat, but it doesn’t split like many other models’ rear seats do, and it doesn’t fold completely flat. One critic wishes that the ILX had a split-folding rear seat, and says that its narrow pass-through limits cargo flexibility. Another critic thinks the ILX has ample trunk room.

  • "The trunk is wide, but the lid's sickle-style hinges dip into the cargo area. We're disappointed that the fold-down rear seat back is one piece, rather than split as on most cars. The back releases from the trunk and folds nearly horizontal, but at a level about 3 inches above the trunk's floor. The pass-through is pretty narrow at the bottom too, limiting cargo versatility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk space … is average, and the opening is a little narrow." -- Edmunds
  • "The ILX still had plenty of room for weekend errands." -- Autoweek (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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