While most upscale automakers attempt to challenge the BMW 3 Series' domination of the compact sedan class directly with cars that ape its rear-drive sport sedan formula, Acura chooses a different route with its entry-level ILX. This is a small, front-wheel drive sedan based on the Honda Civic, to which Acura adds a different body and powertrain to create a car it hopes will stand out in the minds of shoppers at the entry-level end of the luxury car segment.
For 2018, Acura aims to expand the ILX's appeal with a new special edition package that borrows 18-inch wheels, rear spoiler and side sill extensions from the sportiest A-Spec trim.
The ILX otherwise carries over unchanged from last year. It's power source is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine making 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which comes matched with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Like the Civic this car is based on, all ILX models are FWD.
In its base trim, the ILX gets Honda's collision warning and automatic braking system along with lane departure warning and mitigation. The wheels are 17-inch alloys, the headlights are standard LEDs and the ILX also comes with passive keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth.
The move up to the Premium trim level brings a seven-speaker stereo with subwoofer and satellite radio, heated and leather-trimmed front seats, eight-way power driver's seat, eight-inch infotainment display, auto-dimming rearview mirror and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
ILX Tech adds navigation with voice recognition, garage door opener, 10-speaker stereo with media storage and AcuraLink functionality.
Finally, the A-Spec trim brings a black headliner, suede-like seating surfaces, metal pedals, 18-inch wheels, side skirts and rear decklid spoiler.
While the ILX is not a bad car, it also dates from a period when Honda was not doing its best work. Its basis on the previous-generation Civic platform means the current Civic is arguably a better car that, when kitted out in its top Touring trim, challenges the ILX's refinement and performance in a big way. The Civic Touring's lower price doesn't help the ILX's case.
Fuel consumption estimates are 9.4/6.8 L/100 km (city/highway).
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed