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Yes, a new 2.0 150 horsepower 4-cylinder and a well 5-speed automatic lifted or less from last Civic caused many an journalist to groan and moan this car’s sporting pretenses at its launch. But frankly, to additional sound deadening as well as a unique set of gear the ILX with the 2.0 liter motor is smoother and quieter than a Really, though, shouldn’t you that from a luxury and we promise you that no matter you have possibly heard anyone else about the unassuming model in the ILX line-up—this level, high value sedan should not be seen as the coming of the Cadillac Cimarron.

is if you are old enough to remember that car GM so poorly based on the Chevy

But even if anyone could come away from the ILX with the feeling that car is just a watered down of the Acura sporting ethos, not that Acura has dumbed its inherent brand values to get less wealthy buyers the fold. Honestly, it can’t down as much as old Mercedes sedans did when that brand decided to downsize Ever see any old Mercedes 190E driving around? Surely not as as you see old Acura Legends from the still cruising the streets nearly brand new.

to our eyes, speaks volumes Acura quality in the long And that in and of itself is a luxury.

for the 2014 Acura ILX start at for the most basic 2.0 liter which for 2014 has seen its feature count grow to leather seats, an enhanced audio system with a cancelling subwoofer, heated seats and upgraded 17-inch wheels. Prices meet zenith with the 2014 ILX Hybrid with the technology (navigation, Acura/ELS premium that stickers for $34,600.

Exterior Styling

The 2014 ILX does follow the brand’s ethos laid down by the TSX and TL but in all it lacks the wildly out there of the new Mercedes CLA or the truly upscale and Audi A3. The ILX serves a pleasant ground and while it might not out for attention like the aforementioned its rather innocuous appearance is when driving the ILX 2.4 with the 201 4-cylinder from the Civic Si as don’t look twice at you no how you are driving. Or how fast.


Our test ILX 2.0 that we drove for a came in our favorite exterior hue which Acura calls Red and it works best we think in with the sumptuous feeling tan interior. Acura also the ILX with a black interior but it was odd how the tan interior gave the cabin an and open feel lacking we drove an ILX 2.4 with the black interior.

Perhaps then black leather interior choice is best left for who will choose to buy the 2.4 liter 201 performance variant as it’s the color available. But the black sport seats have red sport alloy pedal and one of the coolest 6-speed manual knobs in creation. Oddly and Acura does not offer the ILX 2.4 six-speed manual with the package that adds navigation and the mind blowing premium audio system. that the flagship?

And the Civic Si on which that ILX is offers navigation.

Value for and Features

When compared to the and 2.4 liter versions of the 2014 this is where the 2.0 liter really shines—overall value. The basic 2.0 liter model at $26,900 and offers dual climate control, Bluetooth, integration, push button leather seating, heated seats, a power moonroof, side mirrors, power and locks and power moonroof all come standard with all ILX

Next up on ILX models with 2.0 and 2.4 liter 4-cylinder motor is the Package” which doesn’t add of note besides HID (High Discharge) headlamps, day/night view mirror, fog lamps and radio. Adding this to the ILX 2.0 as as the ILXZ 2.4 with 6-speed brings the MSRP to $29,200. the performance capabilities of the 2.4 liter we think that it is this that is the value buy of the line-up—that is if you can a clutch.

But as we say with every product, it would be simply a not to order your ILX with the Package at $31,400 on the 2.0 liter as it their idiot proof navigation system with restaurant Zagat rating real time traffic and reports, 15-gigabytes of built-in storage as well as the aforementioned 10-speaker surround sound system upgrade which is to “rock you like a hurricane” in the words of German 1980’s group “The Scorpions.

It is wise when purchasing a new car to opt for optional navigation as more and it is becoming a required essential for luxury car buyers when are out car shopping. So in that sense you get at least some of your monetary outlay back resale time. That is of course, you are one of the last 300 people in country who still know how to a map.

Fuel efficiency from the 2.0 150 horsepower/140 lb. feet of torque engine is another differentiating working in favor of the ILX when to other entry level cars as it has EPA estimates of 28 city/35 And despite giving the velvety engine routine workouts its rev range, we managed to average miles per gallon over the of a week.

The ILX Hybrid boasts EPA of 39 city/38 highway but as we only it for a few hours around Phoenix at its we can’t quote our real results. We did, however, a 2.4 liter 6-speed manual for a that was EPA rated at 22 city/31 and our result was just over 26 per gallon. Our only complaint?

recommends premium unleaded be and says that not using it may damage to the engine.

Safety and the

As is true of every model in the line-up, so goes it with the 2014 Acura ILX which has in the footsteps of its bigger siblings by named a “Top Safety by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Safety). So if you are looking to downsize a smaller, more efficient car there is no reason to fear personal safety will be put in jeopardy.

As for models that compete the ILX many say its biggest foe may be the slightly TSX sport sedan which is about $2,000 more equipped similarly with the Package. The advantage of the TSX is the fact it comes equipped with a powerful 2.4 liter 201 horsepower that, admittedly, is less efficient. Really, we can’t say a TSX sedan would be a horrible because it’s an excellent sedan at a reasonable price.

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however, cannot be said of “entry level” luxury

For a laugh we also swung by only to find the cheapest equipped C-Class would over $44,000. Come on $310 dollars for an “MP3 package?” Kia owners will this as a USB/iPod integration that comes free every model that for the several years has come on every car they sell. And even ask how much the new GLA cost equipped anywhere near the entry level ILX.

And at the Acura has rear seat and a decent sized 12.3 foot trunk.


Although many gripe Acura’s continued use of its proven and 5-speed automatic in-lieu of a new 7 or 8-speed automatic gearbox or new like the Civic’s annoying the ILX’s 2.0 liter engine smoothly and eagerly with “ancient” gear changer. No will ever notice the that their ILX has a two fewer than a Mercedes C-class as the 2.0 4-cylinder imbues this and light on its feet luxury with plenty of get up and go for most drivers.

The engine won’t up the front tires when you away from each light but the 2.0 liter engine’s 150 lb. feet of torque power actually feel lower they should be given how judged the car’s power to ratio feels from the wheel. Ride quality is excellent thanks to amplitude dampers which were on both the 2013 RDX and ILX and afford sedan a smooth ride no penalty in regards to Acura’s excellent handling ability.

Although parts of the ILX are based on the this Acura’s steering is clearly based on a different and engineering goal. The wheel plenty of driver feedback any of the unduly artificial heaviness in by so many “sporty” luxury seeking to give the illusion the driver really knows the front wheels are doing.

In the you simply just point the and the car shoots down the intended much like your “point and shoot” idiot camera. So even the most or inexperienced driver can really what the ILX is capable of all the while the impressively quiet interior devoid of road, tire and noise which has in the past been a problem in Acura

Lastly, the simply delicious 2.4 201 horsepower 4-cylinder liter is yet historic gem in Acura’s crown as it is not smooth and eager to rev to the meatiest in the rev range but it also emits a bark to remind you that you in a Lexus or some such sarcophagus. We think even cars should make a bit of noise to help keep the feeling involved and on this the 2014 Acura ILX 2.4 liter And if you can’t have fun with the manual whose creation be accompanied by the song of 100 angels, we you check your pulse.

Yes, the 2014 Acura ILX people buy will have the 2.0 150 horsepower engine but it is smooth, to rev nature and quick work the standard 5-speed automatic it feel plenty quick accelerating into traffic a stop. We do think the ILX’s appears more upscale equipped with the in-dash screen and wish it was available the sporty 2.4 liter version but if we had druthers we would pick the fun to drive spirit over a system.

Still, the ILX is a very compact luxury sedan and as Acura fanatics we get more by the RLX SH-AWD, upcoming TLX and even the MDX. But remember, not everyone or needs to show off their via a flashy, overly done car. For them, this ILX is a understated choice.

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