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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$25,516
BASE MSRP
$27,050
Quick Take
The 2015 Acura ILX is a well-rounded compact premium sedan for those who want features and comfort, but don't mind sacrificing performance. Read more »
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Love or loathe the styling, it works in that the ILX looks distinctly Acura and nothing like the more pedestrian economy car on which it was based.

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We immediately notice the upgraded materials, all of which look and feel good, including the metallic trim.

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By now, you've surely developed an opinion on the sharp creases and bold look of modern Acura products, so we're not going to dwell on its beak-like fascia other than to say it's been downsized on the ILX and that it mostly blends in with its overall design ethos.

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The front fascia -- complete with a slender version of Acura's pointed grille opening -- feels like an evolution of the TSX.

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The dashboard, the instruments, and the center stack controls are similar to those in the TSX, festooned with a platoon of buttons and switches

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$27,050 $31,750
MSRP $27,050
INVOICE $25,516
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4-Door Sedan 2.0L
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Compact Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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2015 Acura ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L
4-Door Sedan 2.0L
Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 25,516 $ 27,050
2015 Acura ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Premium Pkg
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Premium Pkg
Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 27,645 $ 29,350
2015 Acura ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Tech Pkg
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Tech Pkg
Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 29,866 $ 31,750
2015 Acura ILX 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Premium Pkg
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Premium Pkg
Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.4 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 27,645 $ 29,350

The Basics:

With many luxury brands now dipping into the accessible end of the entry-level premium market, can Acura compete with a vehicle that is both affordable and desirable? That's exactly what the 2015 Acura ILX aims to do—attract hip retirees and up-and-coming young professional—with its somewhat sporty, fuel-efficient small sedan. And, it comes with the service you'd expect from a luxury brand, too.

The 2015 Acura ILX is barely a luxury car if you go by its sticker price—or its not-so-distant Honda Civic roots. And for that reason we don't hold it against the brand that they're not offering some of the higher-end items you'll find in slightly more expensive sedans, such as radar-adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and heads-up displays. Granted, the brand is making big steps to head up-market with its RLX flagship sedan and future NSX super car, but there's still room for the ILX, which no only offers the slow-selling Hybrid model for 2015. With that in mind, the ILX holds its own as a well-equipped, pleasant-driving, and comfortable compact sedan.

Balancing between crisp and fluid, edgy and smooth, the ILX's exterior is a more youthful take on a compact luxury car than you'll find elsewhere in the segment. The fenders swell gently from the sides, there are character lines to accent its shape, and the greenhouse arches gracefully ove the passenger compartment. On the whole it's a handsome, if not lust-inducing, sedan. Inside, it's a pleasant place to travel, looking like a typical Acura: edgy curves, contoured surfaces, and easy-to-read gauges.

There are two versions of the ILX available, named for their drivetrains: the 2.0 and the 2.4L. The 2.0L offers a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine rated at 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic with paddle shifters is standard. It scores an EPA-estimated gas mileage rating of 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

The 2.4L is the sporty model, with what is essentially the Civic Si's 201-horsepower, 170-pound-foot 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission--no automatic is offered with this model. What's disappointing is that the suspension in the 2.4L is essentially the same as the rest of the ILX lineup, and it's not as sharp as we'd like in spirited driving. Across the lineup, you get handling that's crisp and responsive, but nothing approaching the driving experience of, say, Acura's outgoing, half-size-larger TSX sport sedan.

Inside, the cabin is comfortable and spacious--surprisingly so in the rear seats, with enough room even for taller adults to fit comfortably. Ergonomically, things are laid out very well, with all controls easy to identify and use without taking one's eyes from the road. Fit and finish is also very good, with solid-feeling construction and quality materials (plastic, rubber, and leather) in all touch-points. Cabin noise is low, though not quite mausoleum-quiet like you'll find in some luxury cars a bit farther up the ladder, including Acura's own. For 2015 Acura has made Active Noise Cancellation standard on all models in this lineup. It can actively 'mop up' smaller but bothersome noises from the powertrain or road, using the sound system's speakers, a cabin microphone, and a sophisticated processing algorithm.

As of last year, leather upholstery and active noise cancellation are among the new features added to all models of the ILX. An eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system have also all been added as standard. Two primary packages are available to upgrade from the base specification, the Technology Package and the Premium Package. Add the Technology Package and you get premium audio with USB and Pandora integration, a navigation system with voice recognition, a rear-view camera system, and real-time traffic and weather info. With the Premium Package you get leather seating surfaces; eight-way power adjustable driver seat; two-way heated front seats; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; a multi-view rear camera; a premium sound system with Bluetooth, USB, and Pandora functionality.

Likes:

  • Light and nimble
  • Compact and maneuverable
  • Affordable and well-equipped
  • Comfortable ride

Dislikes:

  • Hybrid lacks mpg luster, especially on the highway
  • Lack of available high-tech features
  • Short on performance
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