2021 Acura ILX

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Acura ILX highlights

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  • Generously equipped
  • Spacious across both rows


  • Interior trim finishing is disappointing
  • Underwhelming acceleration
  • Suspension is too rigid
  • Some tech features behind the times

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 34 highway, 28 combined

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What is new for the 2021 Acura ILX?

  • ILX trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats, Rear Spoiler, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Parking Sensors features are now available as options on select trims.

2021 Acura ILX trims

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  • 201-hp, 180-lb-ft of torque 2.4L
  • Sunroofs
  • Rear Defroster
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Power Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Leatherette Seats
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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Acura ILX

1. Unique and sharp styling

One thing's for sure—the 2021 Acura ILX looks like nothing else on the road. The ILX features sharp, angular styling from front to back, with sculpted hood lines, ultra-sleek headlights and a five-point front grille. The six available exterior colors complement the styling perfectly, with shades like Performance Red Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic looking especially eye-catching.

2. Practical and dependable engine

The 2021 Acura ILX has just one engine available across the range, and it's a good one: a 2.4L four-cylinder with 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, paired with a smooth eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The real ace up the sleeve of this engine, however, is how little you'll be making trips to the pump when driving it. The 2021 Acura ILX can achieve an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined, with a particularly impressive EPA-estimated figure of 34 mpg on the highway.

 For cruising the open road and taking the long way to work, the 2021 Acura ILX is a great choice.

3. Great selection of features

The 2021 Acura ILX has a jam-packed feature list across its three trims and one additional package. Even base models offer a wealth of features, such as simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof. The available 2021 Acura ILX Premium package adds sport seats, a seven-speaker sound system, and more. The A-Spec trim focuses on visual upgrades and includes a rear spoiler and stainless steel sport pedals, and the top-of-the-range Technology trim combines everything from Premium and A-Spec and adds a 10-speaker sound system. 

4. Standard driver aids

An impressive selection of driver convenience features makes the 2021 Acura ILX effortless to drive each day. The best part? All of these technologies are available on base trims, either as standard or on the additional Premium package. Every 2021 Acura ILX comes with forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Look for the Premium package if you'd like a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. For absolute peace of mind behind the wheel, the 2021 Acura ILX has you covered.

5. Roomy interior

The 2021 Acura ILX has a spacious interior for you and your passengers. There's seating for five inside, with passengers enjoying 42.3 inches of front-seat legroom and 34 inches of rear-seat legroom. Want to take your kids on a road trip? Two full sets of LATCH connectors are provided for the rear outboard seats. And with heated front seats available on the Standard trim and full leather upholstery available on the A-Spec trim and higher, the miles will fly by for you and your passengers when riding in the 2021 Acura ILX.

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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.

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Acura ILX features and specs

Technology A-Spec 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

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

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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