2017 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2017 Acura ILX
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Acura ILX most directly completes with the Buick Verano, both in terms of price and in options, but the Buick can add a turbo—the ILX doesn't.

The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA both cost more than the ILX, but have more options, drivetrains, and are more fun to drive.

The Mazda3 isn't as luxurious as the ILX, but we'd consider it just because of its value and drivability.

2017 Acura ILX2017 Acura ILX
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2017 Audi S3 (European spec)2017 Audi A3
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2016 Buick Verano Turbo2017 Buick Verano
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2017 Mazda MAZDA32017 Mazda MAZDA3
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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Quick Specs
The 2017 Acura ILX isn't long on glamor, but it's a focused and comfortable compact sedan on the first rung of the luxury ladder.
If you can live with its tiny rear seat, the 2017 Audi S3 is an absolute hoot to drive.
The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn't return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a sharp-looking sedan that washes its hands of back-seat space, and stuns us in CLA45 AMG trim.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 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    
Sedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWD4-Door Sedan w/1SVSport ManualCLA 250 Coupe
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
 2017 Acura ILX vs. 2017 Audi A32017 Acura ILX vs. 2017 Buick Verano2017 Acura ILX vs. 2017 Mazda MAZDA32017 Acura ILX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class