2017 Acura ILX review

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Acura ILX highlights

Customer rating


  • Responsive steering
  • Ample cabin dimensions for a compact sedan
  • Plenty of standard features


  • Infotainment interface isn't as easy as competitor models
  • Stiff response to rough surfaces
  • Lackluster interior style

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 35 highway, 29 combined

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Compact luxury and sporty performance.

The 2017 Acura ILX combines sporty performance with discerning luxury features. A subcompact executive-style car, the Acura ILX is a great choice for upgrading your commute. Featuring a 201 hp engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and paddle shifters as standard, the ILX is sure to add excitement to your drive. The ILX may be a subcompact, but the space inside isn't: 89.3 cu ft of passenger volume and 12.3 cu ft of cargo space. For a real treat, look for a 2017 Acura ILX with the A-SPEC package, which adds a rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels, and unique sport-themed styling. The 2017 Acura ILX can surprise you with how much gets packed into a small package.

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2017 Acura ILX trims

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  • Includes as base level a multi-view camera, LED headlights, a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming, and more.

AcuraWatch Plus Package

  • Adds a suite of driver aids, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road departure warning, and forward collision mitigation braking.

Premium Package

  • Adds to ILX perforated leather seats, an eight-inch touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free, a rear cross-traffic monitor, and more.

Technology Plus Package

  • Includes AcuraWatch Plus and Premium package features and adds navigation with 3D-view, GPS-linked climate control, a 10-speaker ELS audio sound system, and more.

A-SPEC Package

  • Adds to ILX fog lights, a spoiler, perforated Lux Suede seats, aluminum pedals, unique interior stitching, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Acura ILX

1. Power under the hood

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Turbos can be fun, but there's still a place for naturally aspirated engines in performance cars. With the 2017 Acura ILX, you'll see how you can still get significant power from a small motor. At 201 hp, the 2.4L four-cylinder direct-injection engine is no slouch, and because it's paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, you can get a fast-shifting driving experience on any 2017 Acura ILX trim. This is a great way to add some excitement to your daily driving.

2. Impressive technology

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Whether you're looking for driver aids, a 3D navigation system, or a multifunction driver's display, the 2017 Acura ILX has a package with those features. There's real-time traffic and GPS-linked automatic climate control with the Technology Plus package. The mid-level Premium package includes an eight-inch LED-backlit touchscreen, rear cross-traffic alert, and a multi-use driver display. A multi-view rear camera is standard on all 2017 Acura ILX models.

3. Passenger comfort

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Upgrade your commute by treating yourself to the touches of luxury found in the 2017 Acura ILX. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, so you and your front passenger can set the ideal temperature. The 2017 Acura ILX has a spacious interior cabin at 89.3 cu ft, and offers rear passengers up to 34 inches of legroom. If you're seeking luxurious suede seats, look for the 2017 Acura ILX A-SPEC package, which includes Lux Suede® seating.

4. Driving for fun

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Fun driving doesn't have to be limited to sports cars. The 2017 Acura ILX combines its 201 hp engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission into possibly smile-inducing driving. You can make easy work of passing on the highway while being agile around tight city streets. When you add the 2017 Acura ILX A-SPEC package, your ILX will look as sporty as it feels.

5. Go farther between fill-ups

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One of the advantages of this subcompact executive car is that it's designed to go farther between gas station visits. Equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, all 2017 Acura ILX models get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

Those numbers translate into an impressive EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

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Standard features on the 2017-2019 Audi A3 include:

  • Rearview camera

  • 10-speaker sound system

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Xenon-plus headlights

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


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.

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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
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.3"/R 34"

Head room

F 38"/R 35.9"

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More about the 2017 Acura ILX

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Interior colors:

  • Ebony

  • Graystone (excluding A-SPEC package)

  • Parchment (excluding A-SPEC package)

Exterior colors:

  • Bellanova White Pearl

  • Catalina Blue Pearl

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Lunar Silver Metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic

  • San Marino Red

Interior description

Leatherette seating surfaces are standard on the 2017 Acura ILX. Premium Plus and Technology Plus packages include perforated leather seating. Rear passengers have 34 inches of legroom, and there's 89.3 cu ft of total passenger volume. The trunk has 12.3 cu ft of space, or you can use the 60/40 split-folding rear seats for longer items.


The Acura ILX is powered by a 201 hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine with peak torque at 3,600 rpm. Thanks to a fast-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 2017 Acura ILX hustles up to 60 mph from 0 in 6.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer). The 2.4L engine uses “Earth Dreams" direct-injection technology, designed to reduce fuel consumption and getting an EPA-estimated combined 29 mpg.

Emissions info

According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2017 Acura ILX's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 309 grams per mile.

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