2018 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2018 Acura ILX
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The 2018 Acura ILX straddles the line between mainstream and upscale and it has few direct rivals.

It’s pricier, but not necessarily that much better-equipped, than a highly-optioned Honda Civic.

If you can get past the badge, the latest Civic is a far fresher design and it’s more fun and refined than the ILX.

If it’s pint-sized premium you’re after, the Audi A3 convincingly scales down the automaker’s upmarket feel.

Mercedes-Benz’s swoopy CLA-Class is less convincing, but its strong engines and lots of high-end options make it appealing.

And don’t discount the fun-to-drive Mazda 3, which is available with more technology features than nearly any other compact car.

2018 Acura ILX2018 Acura ILX
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2018 Audi S32018 Audi A3
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Acura ILX is an acceptable entry-level luxury car, but a loaded-up mainstream model like the Honda Civic delivers more features and refinements for less money.
The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less.
The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop.
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a gorgeous shape in an impressive package. Equally impressive? Its ability to get expensive, even despite being the most affordable sedan in Mercedes' stable.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
Sedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWDLX ManualSport ManualCLA 250 Coupe
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Audi A32018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Honda Civic2018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Mazda MAZDA32018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class