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2022 Acura ILX

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Acura ILX highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Ample features for the price
  • Lively handling
  • Solid estimated fuel economy

Cons

  • Disappointing, plastic-laden interior
  • Stiff, unrefined ride
  • Clumsy infotainment interface

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 34 highway, 28 combined

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The 2022 Acura ILX: End of the road for Acura’s sporty small sedan

Acura’s entry-level sedan, the ILX was intended as a counterpunch to small entry-luxury sedans from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW. The ILX is a fine ride in its own way. It makes a respectable 201 horsepower and handles with athletic flair thanks to mechanical roots shared with the Honda Civic. It comes with a generous set of standard features such as a sunroof, heated front seats, and faux leather upholstery, and gets 35 mpg on the highway. There were no significant changes from 2019 through 2022, and the 2019 received additional driver-assist systems, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity, and sleeker style.

The downsides, compared to European competitors, are a rough ride, a drab and plasticky interior, and an infotainment system that trailed class leaders. For the 2023 model year, the ILX was replaced by the classic Integra nameplate, rebooted as a coupe-style hatchback.

All Acura ILX years

What is new for the 2022 Acura ILX?

  • ILX trims have been upgraded with Memory Seat(s) as standard equipment this year.
  • The Premium A-Spec trim now comes with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.

2022 Acura ILX trims

Curious how Acura ILX trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

Base:

  • 201-hp, 180-lb-ft of torque 2.4L
  • Sunroofs
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
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Technology A-Spec:

Premium A-Spec:

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5 reasons to buy the 2022 Acura ILX

What We Like

Handling Performance: The ILX is a Honda Civic at heart, and Honda’s traditional focus on sharp handling is baked in. The steering feels direct and responsive in turns, and the chassis remains stable over bumps. A thick-rimmed steering wheel lends weight to the driving experience, and the engine’s enthusiastic hum at high rpm is an added bonus.

Visibility: Good sightlines make for better driving and the ILX offers clear, unobstructed views all around. The structural pillars are strong enough to help the ILX earn top crash test ratings but thin enough for excellent visibility to the back and sides. This not only helps during bouts of spirited driving but also with simple lane changes and merging.

Fuel economy: The ILX gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined

, similar to the Audi and Mercedes small sedans that the ILX aims for and better than its Japanese rival, the Lexus IS 300. It even offers more power than the Audi and only slightly less than the Benz.

What Needs Improvement

Ride comfort: The ILX falls short of its luxury target on a few counts, but its stiff ride is the biggest offender. Other entry-luxury models balance the firm suspension necessary for sporty handling with a comfortable ride. The ILX handles well but is stiff and unyielding. Big bumps will toss you around in your seat, and taller passengers may find themselves brushing the headliner.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the Acura ILX an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Acura ILX 1st out of 25 among Luxury Compact Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Acura ILX is $372, compared to an average of $546 for Luxury Compact Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Acura ILX owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 1.8 times for Luxury Compact Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 4% for the Acura ILX, compared to an average of 12% for Luxury Compact Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Acura ILX features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready

2022 Acura ILX FAQ


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