Innovations from the iconic NSX can be found in the ILX and across the Acura lineup. Supercar DNA gives lightning-quick gratification from a powertrain that feels nimble and precise. It’s a lightweight powerhouse. The Acura ILX is a subcompact executive car for Honda’s luxury brand Acura. All ILX variants are based upon the ninth-generation Civic Sedan.
Crafting luxury models that retain the spirit and charisma of a performance-focused vehicle is Acura’s calling. The 2018 ILX powertrain, pairing a spirited 2.4-liter direct injection 4-cylinder engine with an industry-first 8-speed dual-clutch transmission testifies to that purpose. Performance is refined through drive-by-wire throttle control, electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, and a suspension setup employing two pistons per damper rather than one. It’s composed as you cruise, yet primed to sprint at your command.
The ILX became Acura’s first compact model in the United States since the RSX was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and the first compact sedan in the United States since the Integra was last produced in 2001. The ILX was also Acura’s first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.
Acura’s unique command of design produces a luxury sport sedan that speaks loud and clear. Luxury sensibilities are underscored by a power moonroof, Jewel Eye LED headlights, and heated side mirrors. Chiseled lines are intensified by available A-SPEC and Special Edition models, complete with rear spoilers, larger wheels, and a host of head-turning accessories. The attention is immediately arrested, so don’t expect to blend in amongst the traffic.
The ILX’s body in white uses 59% high strength steel ranging from 440-980 MPa yield strength grades, aluminum is used for the hood and front bumper beam. Compared to the Civic the ILX uses Acura’s “Amplitude Reactive” dampers and a larger more rigid steering shaft for improved handling and ride quality characteristics.
With ambient cabin lighting, active sound control, and leather-wrapped shift knob included as standard across models, the 2018 Acura ILX interior feels impeccably appointed. Features such as an Acura Navigation System, 10-speaker ELS Studio surround sound audio system, and AcuraLink The Next Generation smartphone integration are at your fingertips. All told, the interior remains eminently practical—fold the rear seatbacks to expand 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space into the cabin.
Major options are grouped into Premium and Technology packages and include leather upholstery, 17″ alloy wheels, navigation system, premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, and high intensity discharge headlamps. Both option packages include a multi-view rear backup camera with regular, wide-angle, and top-down modes.
NHTSA crash test procedures have become tougher, just as criteria for 5-star ratings have grown more strict. Even so, the 2018 Acura ILX earned a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating.† Equipped with an ACE body structure distributing collision energy, intelligent seat belts working by seat load, and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system taking care of younger passengers, expect flawless peace of mind. The latest collision avoidance technology is available in the form of AcuraWatch, a suite that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and a Road Departure Mitigation System.