There's nothing entry-level about this 4-door sedan.

Acura ILX: Reviews, Photos, and More | CarMax

There are many reasons why you may be looking for a compact car in your next vehicle search – the small size and maneuverability, especially for driving and parking in tight urban spaces, or the fuel efficiency. If you're in the market for a compact sedan, the Acura ILX is worth a look. Check out our Acura ILX review to learn more:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Excellent standard features

It’s uncommon to find a sedan with standard features like a sunroof, rearview camera, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The 2017 Acura ILX offers this and much more in its Base trim.

2. Comfortable and spacious interior

Acura ILX: Back Seat | CarMax

Despite its compact size, the Acura ILX was designed with interior comfort in mind. There is enough space to seat up to three passengers in the rear row of seats, and there is a decent amount of head and leg room as well. The seats were designed with comfort for long road trips in mind, and though it has a lower profile, the sedan is surprisingly easy to get in and out of for those in the front and back rows.

3. Great available tech features

Acura ILX: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2017 Acura ILX offers some impressive tech features – some of which come standard and others require upgrades. The Technology Plus package, for example, offers a premium 10-speaker sound system, voice commands, and a navigation system. Standard tech equipment includes a multi-view back-up camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, and smartphone integration.

4. Easy handling and maneuverability

Its smaller size makes the Acura ILX a breeze to handle, even around sharp turns and in tight spaces. This makes the ILX a great vehicle choice for city dwellers.

5. Ability to customize

The Acura ILX comes with several trim options and available package add-ons for total customization. If you want a more sleek and stylish ride, the A-Spec package is a great choice. If you want more tech equipment, the Technology Plus package is available to suit your needs. This is a great vehicle for those who want to be able to really customize their ride with specific Acura ILX accessories.

What you need to know

Acura ILX Average CarMax Prices1

  • 2014-2016 - Average prices less than $19,500.
  • 2017-2018 - Average prices less than $23,000.

Acura ILX Trims

  • Base - the base model includes a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and a rearview camera.
  • AcuraWatch Plus - this trim includes automatic braking, a lane departure warning system, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Premium - this trim includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual information displays, HD radio, and blind-spot monitoring.
  • Premium with A-Spec - this trim includes the A-Spec package, which adds larger 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and simulated-suede seat inserts.
  • Tech Plus - the Tech Plus trim includes an upgraded 10-speaker sound system, voice commands, and a navigation system.
  • Tech Plus with A-Spec - this trim includes all the features of the Tech Plus trim above, but with the added A-Spec package features, such as 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

Acura ILX Interior

Acura ILX: Front Seat | CarMax

Inside the 2017 Acura ILX, you will find a surprising amount of space despite this being a compact vehicle. The seats of this vehicle were designed to be supportive, and there is decent head and leg room for passengers of most sizes. Taller passengers, however, may have a harder time with head room due to the standard sunroof (and therefore lower roof clearance) that comes with the ILX.

Acura ILX: Cargo | CarMax

In terms of cargo space, there is a full 12.3 cubic feet of storage space inside the trunk, and the rear seats can be partially folded down to create some additional room if needed.

Acura ILX Colors

The 2017 Acura ILX is available in your choice of six exterior colors:

  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Catalina Blue Pearl
  • Crystal Black
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • San Marino Red

Acura ILX Engine & Transmission

The 2017 Acura ILX is available with a single engine option, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder at 201 horsepower. It comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Customer Reviews - Overall Rating: 4.2 (81 Reviews)2

  • Pros: Fuel Economy, Ride & Handling, Technology & Entertainment
  • Cons: Cabin Noise, Power


- 2016 Acura ILX Owner

"This car has great gas mileage, a quiet ride, and it is easy to handle. The back-up camera is great, but it could be a little larger. There is a good amount of leg room and trunk space. The sunroof and keyless entry are great as well.”

- 2014 Acura ILX Owner

"I bought this car for my wife. She loves how it handles and is in love with all the bells and whistles."

- 2013 Acura ILX Owner

Acura ILX Rankings

  • 2nd - Best Luxury Sedans (2018)

Click here for a full list of Acura ILX rankings.

What's New For 2018?

Not much changed between the 2017 and 2018 model years for the Acura ILX. The main difference is the release of a new Special Edition package, along with some small cosmetic upgrades.

The Bottom Line

For those in the market for a smaller sedan that doesn't compromise on available features or upgrades, the Acura ILX is great choice. It offers plenty of features and options in its base trim. Overall, CarMax customers gave the Acura ILX an overall rating of 4.2/5!

1Based on CarMax average prices between May 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Reviews have been edited for brevity, clarity, and grammar.
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