2021 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2021 Acura ILX
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The ILX appeals mostly for its luxury car badge and a sub-$30,000 price tag.

Spend a little more—and it may not be a lot more if you’re leasing or financing—and the Audi A3 is a highly compelling choice with plenty of tech and available all-wheel drive.

The BMW 2-Series is stylish and sporty, though it can get expensive fast.

So too the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but there’s something to be said about parking a car with the three-pointed star in your garage.

Don’t bypass the Honda Civic—the latest model is leaps and bounds ahead of the ILX, and it’s less expensive.

Mazda’s 3 splits the difference between mainstream and luxury, and the sporty sedan and hatchback should be on every shopping list.

2021 Acura ILX2021 Acura ILX
2021 BMW 2-Series Competition Coupe Side Exterior View2021 BMW 2-Series
2021 Honda Civic2021 Honda Civic
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo2021 Mazda MAZDA3
2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class2021 Mercedes-Benz A Class
2020 Audi A32020 Audi A3
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The 2021 Acura ILX is cheap for a luxury badge, but it’s not especially luxurious.
No matter the flavor, the 2021 BMW 2-Series lineup offers plenty of appeal—if not so much back-seat room.
The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a cheap way to get into the three-pointed star’s lineup, but it doesn’t skimp on much.
The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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