- Introduced in 2013 as a brand new model, slotting below the TSX
- Adds more standard features for 2014, including leather upholstery and heated front seats
- One of the most affordable entry-level luxury cars around
Acura introduced an all-new entry-level sedan for 2013, the ILX, and it returns for 2014 with a few small additions. This four-door sedan is smaller than the brand’s TSX and offers a more affordable entry point to the Acura lineup.
Acura takes a swipe at the Audi A3, Buick Verano, and Lexus IS with the luxury-styled ILX which shares a platform with its Honda counterpart, the Civic. The ILX offers upgraded performance over the Civic, with an improved suspension and better handling, and of course a more upscale interior and more technology. For 2014, the standard features list has been expanded which give the ILX even more value. All models now feature a multi-angle backup camera, upgraded stereo, powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and an active noise cancellation system which ensures a quiet ride.
The ILX offers two engine choices, each linked to a different transmission. The first is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of 150 horsepower which is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an auto/manual feature. ILX models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (6MT) get a more powerful 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine for a high-performance driving experience.
When it comes to fuel economy, the ILX delivers with 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Drivers who opt for the ILX with the 6MT will sacrifice a few mpg points for performance, with 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Cloth-trimmed sport seats, with manually adjustable driver’s seat, come standard in the ILX, as do dual-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, and keyless entry with pushbutton start. The ILX audio system features 160-watt sound with an in-dash CD-player with MP3 and WMA playback, USB/iPod integration, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Technology standards include a five-inch color information display and Bluetooth hands-free calling.
Acura has divided the ILX’s various options into packages for easier configuration. The technology package adds an eight-inch LED backlit display, GPS linked climate control, and a voice-recognition enabled navigation system that can access Zagat Survey ratings for restaurants, and real-time traffic and weather reports.
The ILX’s exterior styling combines classic design with a sportier feel, employing sleek lines that taper toward the rear of the vehicle to create an aggressive, aerodynamic stance. The standard auto-on/off halogen headlights are upgraded to xenon high-intensity discharge headlights in the premium package, which also includes fog lights and seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. A power moonroof is included with all ILX models.
Safety features in the 2014 ILX include front, front side, and side curtain airbags, and a chassis construction to evenly distribute frontal crash energy throughout the body structure. A vehicle stability assist system automatically adjusts steering to compensate for under- or oversteer with brake or engine speed modifications. The braking system includes four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist.
The 2014 Acura ILX with its budget-friendly pricing and added standard features make this vehicle an excellent choice for those in the market for a luxury sedan on a budget.