The ILX is a small, entry-level luxury sedan from Acura. The cheapest vehicle in the automaker, the ILX offers luxury badges at affordable prices. As you can expect from a luxury brand, the ILX has many of the standard security features, but it lacks a few elements. Unlike competing sedans from BMW and Mercedes, the Acura ILX 2021 doesn’t feel as modern or special as it should be. It also doesn’t feel as smooth as it should be.
ILX brings unchanged until 2021. A revised model is expected soon – or Acura could discontinue this best-selling model. The ILX is based on the 2011 Honda Civic, a compact sedan that has been replaced twice. While the current Civic is a good choice (and the upcoming 2022 model looks promising), the previous model has been compromised with limited space inside and rear-facing driving dynamics. These properties carry over to the ILX, which is clad a little in chrome and contains leather upholstery.
The Acura ILX features an exterior style that is bolder and more dynamic than ever. The ILX has a clear line to the rest of the Acura range and is now equipped with the signature Diamond Pentagon grille, highlighted by the 7-element LED headlights from Acura Jewel Eye.
At the rear you will also find a striking rear fairing, LED taillights and a floor diffuser with an open exhaust. The race-inspired ILX A-Spec model features a glossy black tailgate spoiler, a lower bezel with dark chrome accents, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Acura ILX has a somber interior that is neither very attractive nor very comfortable. Due to the limited headroom, its value is only 3 points on our scale. Up front, the ILX has reasonably comfortable seats made of synthetic or real leather, but the standard sunroof blends in with the headroom. At 38 inches, the ILX will have a taller driver sweeping the headliner. The situation was no better on the back, although the legroom was acceptable.
At 12.4 cu-ft, the Acura ILX offers inferior luggage space and that hassle is part of the 2021 model too. Lack of practicality is one reason this rugged and affordable luxury sedan is retained. It’s surprising to see that the ILX doesn’t even come with an extra storage compartment like its twin, the Honda Civic. These violins steal from their practical nature or will stand out as a great offering with a balance between luxury and practicality.
The single engine is a 201 hp four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive and a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine turns effortlessly and while the ILX isn’t the fastest car in its class, we were very interested in its character in the Honda and Acura VTEC sedans from previous years. The handling is ready and safe, but not very memorable; Especially at road speeds, more road and wind noise penetrates the cabin than with competitors such as the Audi A3 or the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Even so, the smallest Acura sedan has excellent brake pedal feedback.
The ILX delivers fuel economy values of 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which rivals the non-all-wheel drive versions of the A3 and A-Class. On our 200-mile fuel-efficient route on the highway, the ILX does exactly what it does. It says window sticker: 34 mpg.
|Engine||2.4L NA Inline-4|
|Transmission||8-Speed Automated Manual|
|Power||201 hp @ 6,800 RPM|
|Torque||180 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM|
|0-60 MPH||6.4 sec|
|Top Speed||130 MPH|
|Fuel Capacity (Gallons)||13.2|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||3,095|
|Ground Clearance (in)||5.3|