2014 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2014 Acura ILX
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

In its upper trims, the Toyota Prius could be considered a rival to the ILX--especially the ILX Hybrid.

Yet with the Prius a hatchback and the ILX Hybrid a sedan, there's truthfully not much overlap.

The same is probably true for the Lexus CT 200h, which is a hatchback, but one like the ILX a model that earns a true luxury badge.

The Buick Verano may be the ILX's closest natural competitor, aimed just as much at the entry-luxury market as the ILX, but with just one powertrain configuration and a somewhat more mature aesthetic.

The Camry Hybrid is actually a size up on the ILX, and can cost considerably more, but for young families looking at a hybrid sedan, might be a more useful all-around choice--with noticeably better gas mileage around town.

Lexus' HS 250h scores slightly worse on the gas mileage front than the ILX Hybrid, and offers a similar level of entry-luxury trim and features, but might appeal to those that don't enjoy Acura's styling.

The Audi A3 is yet another model that's only offered as a hatchback at this point, but an all-new A3 is on the way for 2015 and will also be available as a sedan.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Acura ILX is a nice, balanced compact luxury sedan for those who put the emphasis on comfort and feature, not true sport-sedan reflexes.
The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
The 2015 Buick Verano may not be much of a sports sedan, but it certainly delivers in the category of comfort.
The 2015 Toyota Camry ups its game with a thorough refresh that, while not daring, makes it more enjoyable for driver and passenger alike.
The 2015 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the market, at 50 mpg; its iconic hatchback shape offers a spacious interior that can seat five, though the handling is nothing to write home about.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cylRegular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4
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Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompactMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium4-Door Sedan w/1SV4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE (GS)5-Door HB Two (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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