2016 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2016 Acura ILX Tech Plus
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2016 Acura ILX has a sportier focus than other entry-luxury sedans, without sacrificing comfort and refinement.
The 2016 Audi A3 models offer a variety of body styles, powertrains, and options to battle whatever the small luxury segment has to offer.
The 2016 Buick Verano delivers heavily on comfort and quiet, even if it's not much of a sport sedan.
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA is tight on rear-seat space, and on value—but long on style and in AMG trim, explosive performance.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cylRegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompactCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus4-Door Sedan w/1SV4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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