Acura ILX: A Welcome Refreshment to the Compact Sport-Sedan Segment.

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Acura ILX

The Acura ILX for 2017 sports a version of the powertrain that is found in the base trim of the next-size-larger Acura TLX sedan. The ILX comes with a dual-clutch transmission and a 2.4-litre inline 4, offering 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque which is ten lb-ft more than the previous 2.4-litre.

About the Acura ILX

The four-to-five seater ILX is both compact and comfortable, and it comes with simple well-packaged features. An example is the torque converter inserted in the transmission that blends torque better between shifts, improving the low-speed smoothness but hanging on to the quick shift feel that dual-clutches can offer. Downshifts are rev-matched, and the driver can control the gears with shift paddles easily. The car is both responsive and smooth. The transmission is a smooth dual-clutch eight-speed automatic; a manual is not available. The ILX comes available, as standard, or with a Premium Package, or else with a Tech Plus. The Premium and Tech Plus packages can be fitted with an A-Spec package that adds 18-inch, 10-spoke wheels, a trunk-mounted spoiler, and more featuring.

The 2017 Acura ILX has been rated with top scores by the independent NHTSA, having scored "Good" in all of the tests which included the difficult small-overlap crash. Due to the Acura advanced safety systems, the agency gave the ILX a "Superior" rating and this helped the car to be awarded a Top Safety Pick. In federal testing by the NHTSA last year, the ILX received a five-star overall rating, with four and five-star ratings for frontal and side crash protection, respectively.

The Interior

The ILX for 2017 comes with improved interior materials and some changes found at the centre of the dashboard. The connectivity features have been upgraded with the introduction of Acura's dual-screen infotainment systems and easy to read gauges. The driver's seat is adjustable and the front seats are roomy, supportive and comfortable. Due to the housing for the sunroof, the height adjustability is limited for the front passenger. At the back, there is plenty of leg and knee room, certainly adequate enough for tall people to comfortably stretch out. The interior is well-built and mostly contains quality materials. However, it is plain and some of the plastic surfaces feel hard to the touch, making the cabin of the Acura ILX not feel upscale.


There is a LaneWatch camera fitted on the ILX using a wide-angle camera down the right side of the car to display curbside obstacles and other cars when turning right. As well, with the new AcuraWatch safety suite gear, you have a lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Across most of the ILX lineup, there are blind-spot monitors with rear traffic alerts available.