The Acura ILX is an entry-level luxury sedan, and the Buick Verano is probably the closest competitor in price and options; the Buick comes in a Verano Turbo model that targets the same kind of shopper who might now consider the ILX.
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.
As a lower-cost alternative, we might consider the Mazda3, which offers many of the same features as the ILX, albeit without a luxury badge.
And the Volkswagen Jetta—specifically the GLI—is also worth considering for its sophisticated look and feel.
Both the A3 and Jetta are offered in high-mileage TDI models that will get well over 40 mpg on the highway.
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|2016 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2016 Buick VeranoBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/4-cyl||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus||4-Door Sedan w/1SV||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
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