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It's also a quiet ride, as the ILX has all sorts of noise-reduction measures not found on the Civic, including laminated glass and active noise cancellation (via the audio system).
Acura engineers lengthened the car's nose, fitted an aluminum hood and set the windshield farther back to lessen the pronounced cab-forward feel of the Civic
Even in base trim, the ILX interior conveys a sense of quality and attention to detail, to the eye and to the touch. Upscale materials and quiet operation justify its edge-of-luxury status.
All the interior bits and pieces are well integrated into an overall look, and are all crafted from upscale materials.
Build quality appeared solid on the test units we drove and the optional leather interiors were also of good quality.
The ILX is an entry-level luxury car, with a starting price that's below the average new vehicle nowadays; yet Acura hasn't skimped on the quality of the cabin appointments. It's all well-presented and tightly assembled, and the ILX has one of the most comfortable interiors of a sedan with such compact outside dimensions.
Front seats in the ILX are roomy and comfortable, with good sight lines for the driver and plenty of adjustment for occupants both short and tall. The steering wheel, dash, and controls all feel well-made, are laid out in logical places, and respond with a sense of solidity and quality you'd expect from a more expensive car.
Back seat space in the ILX is quite impressive for a compact car--whether you go by luxury-brand cars or not.
Trunk space is even quite decent, with the standard models ranging between 12.3 and 12.4 cubic feet, depending on options, and the Hybrid getting 10.0 cubic feet after placing the battery pack behind the rear seats. Fold-down rear seats on non-hybrid models add to the cargo area for larger items.
The ILX is already a surprisingly quiet-riding car; yet for 2014 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.
With a comfortable ride and nicely detailed luxury cabin, the 2014 Acura ILX is a great commuter car -- or a great small car for long trips.