2015 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2015 Acura ILX
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Amongst entry-level luxury sedans, the Buick Verano is probably the closest competitor for the ILX in price and options, but it feels like a slightly more mature vehicle for shoppers even more concerned with comfort.

The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA both cost slightly more than the ILX, but both offer a more robust suite of available options, drivetrains, and generally better driving dynamics.

However, well-equipped models of either easily exceed $40,000, which makes them less of a bargain.

The Lexus CT 200h offers the reliability and hybrid drivetrain that might be missed from the now-absent ILX Hybrid, though it's only available as a hatchback.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2015 Acura ILX is a well-rounded compact premium sedan for those who want features and comfort, but don't mind sacrificing performance.
8.0
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.
8.0
The 2015 Buick Verano may not be much of a sports sedan, but it certainly delivers in the category of comfort.
8.2
The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
MSRP From   
$27,050$29,900$21,065$31,500
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cylIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium4-Door Sedan w/1SV4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/A4N/A
Body Style   
SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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