2022 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2022 Acura ILX
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Germany’s big three all offer their own takes on entry level sedan luxury.

We like the style of the Mercedes CLA, the engine found in the BMW 2-Series, and the tech in the Audi A3.

Too bad we can’t have all three in one car, though truthfully the new Honda Civic comes shockingly close.

Don’t buy a small car without driving it first—it’s a far more modern sedan than the ILX.

And don’t leave the Mazda 3 off your shopping list, either.

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Quick Specs
4.7
The 2022 Acura ILX doesn’t offer many advantages to less expensive compact cars, despite the premium badge.
6.8
The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.
6.0
No matter the flavor, the 2021 BMW 2-Series lineup offers plenty of appeal—if not so much back-seat room.
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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.
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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a stylish little sedan with plenty of personality and a hefty price tag.
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The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash.
MSRP From     
$26,500$21,700$35,700$20,650$37,850$33,300
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
SedanLX CVT228i Gran Coupe2.0 FWDCLA 250 CoupePremium 40 TFSI
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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