2019 Acura ILX

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2019 Acura ILX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Acura explains the ILX as “Meticulously- crafted” which is somewhat right. In the name of entry-level luxury Acura features a number of additional packages with a galore of convenience features backing the ILX. For 2019, the ILX 's price is slashed by $2,000 which is a good thing but it 's still based on the last generation 's Honda Civic. The interior is below average for a car launched as an entry grade luxury; it feels like a baseball team with no pitcher. This year 's updates are more on the technology and design front than the mechanical aspects.

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Pros

Decent features for what you pay

Cons

Subpar interior quality

What's New?

The 2017 F-Type offers large screen in the infotainment system with better graphics. Some driver aids are now standard on all trims.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu. in.

horsepower

201 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

182.2 in.

width

70.6 in.

height

55.6 in.

curb weight

3095 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

188 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24 /34 /28 mpg

ev range

316.8 mi.

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./70000mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ Unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Acura ILX in Modern Steel Metallic color  2019 Acura ILX in Majestic Black Pearl color  2019 Acura ILX in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2019 Acura ILX in Canyon Bronze Metallic color  2019 Acura ILX in Apex Blue Pearl color
Modern Steel Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Acura ILX Base

Base

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$25,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $25,900 MSRP (24 mpg/28/34 mpg) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic manual front wheel drive 5

 2019 Acura ILX Premium Package

Premium Package

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28

$27,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $27,650 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm2.4I-4premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2019 Acura ILX Technology Package

Technology Package

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28

$29,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $29,550 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm2.4I-4premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2019 Acura ILX Premium and A-SPEC Packages

Premium and A-SPEC Packages

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28

$29,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $29,650 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm2.4I-4premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2019 Acura ILX Technology and A-SPEC Packages

Technology and A-SPEC Packages

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28

$31,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $31,550 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm2.4I-4premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

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MPG: 21 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 5, 2019


Acura takes great pride in the ILX’s $26,900 price which is half of what the German brand's charger, but don’t get us wrong even the most inferior plastic on a Mercedes would feel better than the Acura. Well what can we say, you get what you pay for, throwing more packages will add extra features which are nicely priced factoring the features you get. As for the powertrain, the ILX hides a 2.4L Inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The power station cranks out 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Acura ILX Features

ILX is Acura’s entry-level sedan and brings the most number of shoppers into the Acura’s showroom. Though there is no direct kin to the ILX you can still go with advanced packaged which evolves this barebone luxury into a more tasteful and capable sedan. The base version of the ILX starts as low as $25,900 and goes all the way up to $31,550 with the Technology and A-spec package. Other packages like the Premium packaged could be added for more convenience features. However, none of these upgrades reached the mechanical aspect of the car. There is just one engine and transmission option and a front wheel drive on the ILX.

Trim

ILX

Premium

Premium and A-Spec

Technology

Technology and A-spec

MSRP

$25,900

$27,650

$29,550

$29,650

$31,550

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

Unique Interior colors

Navigation with real-time traffic

Unique Interior colors

 

Automatic headlight

Perforated leather upholstery

Faux-suede seat inserts

AcuraLink services integration

Faux-suede seat inserts

 

Heated mirrors

Four-way power-adjustable passenger seat

18-inch alloy wheels with slightly wider tires

Dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera display

18-inch alloy wheels with slightly wider tires

 

LED head- and taillights

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

A premium 10-speaker stereo

Navigation with real-time traffic

 

Proximity entry and push-button start

A second touchscreen

   

AcuraLink services integration

 

Power sunroof

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

     
 

Dual-zone climate control

Subwoofer

     
 

Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

       
 

Eight-way power-adjustableDriver's seat

       
 

Heated front seats and faux leather upholstery

       
 

Single-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming and a six-speaker stereo system

       

We Recommend –

Your basic ILX is nothing without the Premium package, it manages to keep the price low and at the same time add all features you need. However, you will miss out on the benefit of navigation.

2019 Acura ILX Engine

The ILX can be fun to drive, but the engine lacks power low in the rev range, which means you'll need to keep it above 4,000 rpm for best responsiveness. Luckily, the transmission is quick and smooth, and it responds rapidly to inputs- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Honda's engineers installed the ILX with a 2.4L Inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain can amass 201 horsepower and 180-pound-feet of torque. The power delivery is linear and refined to the front wheels of the car. The entire car is constructed to be more aggressive right from the engine's growl to the firm tuned suspension. The transmission is smooth and keen to grab the next gear. Its movement is buttery and better than the usual automatic transmission used by the competitors.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

MSRP

$25,900

$22,900

$22,840

$20,250

$20,240

$28,080

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L I-4

2.5L I-4

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0L flat 4

Transmission

8-speed DCT

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-speed Auto

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

201 @6800

185@ 6000

175 @ 6000

158hp @ 6500 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

268 hp@ 5600 rpm

Torque

180 @3600

178 @ 4000

175 @ 4500

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ \xa02000rpm

Acceleration

The slightly aggressive sound of the engine might pump you up for a blast, but the lack of a turbocharger results in a mild start. You won't feel your front wheels firing up with torque. The engines athletic prime emerges after 4000 rpm. One thing which will have a lasting impression is the smooth transmission and instant response.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

0-60 MPH(sec)

6.4

6.8*

8.5*

8.2

8.0

6.2* second

Quarter mile(sec)

15*

15.2*

16.3*

16.3

16.2

14.5*second

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.1*

7.1*

8.4

11.2

 

Curb Weight (lb..)

N/A

3411*

3431*

2742

2899

N/A

Ride and Handling

Right from the stiff suspension to the sporty seat placement, Acura has planted hints of sportiness all over the ILX's driving mechanism. Starting off with the wheel, it feels heavier than its predecessors but its still light for a first-time driver. Road communication is not that loud but the direct response makes up for the lost feel. Take it for a spin and you will notice the high traction, the ILX feels glued to the road even small bumps. Though it feels sporty there are not many sporty cosmetics in the suspension, it feels stiffer than the usual Acura. Still, that car suffers from a notable body roll.

The 8-speed dual clutch transmission is probably the best part about this entry level Luxury. The transmission is seamlessly synced with the engine, the downshifts are smooth and upshifts balanced for the economy. You will not get an instant dose of power in the Normal mode but the Sports mode manages to stay in the powerband.

Braking

The brakes are quite sharp with a responsive pedal. You don't need to wire your brain in a different way, the pedal is quite limber when it comes to control. During hard braking the car doesn't wobble. The front brakes on the ILX are rated are 12.3 inches and 11.1 inches respectively.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

12

11.8

10.2

10.7

12.4

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.2

11.9

9.8

9.5

11.3

70-0 MPH (ft.)

 

124(60-0)

122(60-0)

180

179

112

2019 Acura ILX Fuel Economy

Being an entry-level luxury Acura delivers decent fuel ergonomic numbers. You won't need to gas up the ILX after every few kilometers. In city, Acura musters 24 mpg mileage while on the highway it stretches the number to 34 mpg. Together the combined fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

MPG (city)

24

24

21

32

27

21

MPG (highway)

34

33

32

42

36

27

MPG (combined)

28

27

25

36

30

23

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

13.2

18.5

16.5

12.39

13.2

 

2019 Acura ILX Interior

While some surfaces have nice soft-touch coverings, the bulk of the ILX's interior feels hollow and plasticky an unfortunate carryover from the ILX's last-gen Civic roots. The controls are simple and easy to find, but otherwise the interior feels tighter and less premium than those of rivals- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The seats sit high above the ground with a lot of thigh support and foot support. though the armrest sits relatively lower. The interior is straight out of last year's civic minus the quality. It feels plasticky, cheap, and doesn't feel qualified to compete with other luxury sedans in the competition. Though the back legroom is a little low and might be unfit for longer routes. Visibility is good, the only germ infecting the ILX's visibility is the fat pillar, rear everything is easy.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/55.6/42.3

39.8/58.1/45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.8/55.6/43.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.9/53.6/34

37.8/56.4/35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

The interior seems below average and there are frequent creaks over the hard plastic material. You can fit 5 adults in the cabin with ease. The front seats are spacious with 38 inches headroom and 42 inches of legroom space. The rear cabin is deprived of legroom which is measured at 34 inches. The headroom is fair though, 35 inches. On the luxury angle, you have 6 way heated and ventilated front seats and 3 way heated outboard seats.

Infotainment

The ILX's features 8-inch dual screen infotainment parted into the dash one over the other. Though it's not a touch screen you need to control every feature through a rotary knob which is not that precise. Working that on two screens makes it even worse. Though you still have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the ILX.

Interior Features

  • Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Sun Sensor
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror\t
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration

Cargo Capacity

In the name of practicality, the ILX is not that giving. The 12.4 cubic feet of cargo is what you will get, which is the average in the segment. Practicality goes downhill inside the cabin due to the lack of cubby holes so be prepared to adopt minimalism.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Cargo Capacity (lb.)

12.4

15.9

16

15.2

12.4

14.8

2019 Acura ILX Exterior

The Acura ILX isn't much of an attention-grabber. The Acura ILX's styling is pleasant, but hardly noteworthy- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

Acura ILX gets subtle changes from a style outlook. The most visible change comes to the front grill, they binned their previous sliver grill and swapped in a new diamond pentagon grill. It's not the most striking sedan like but Acura is going for an exclusive design away from the look. Honda's shadow. Other changes are equated on the taillight and front and rear bumpers. You get a rear lip spoiler and a single exhaust. Enough to add a little character but not as appealing as other entry-level luxury sedans.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Ford Fusion

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Subaru WRX sedan

Curb weight (lb..)

3095

3219

3411

2724

2899

2870

3294

Length(in)

182.2

191.1

191.7

182.3

180.3

183.7

180.9

Width(in)

70.6

73.2

75.6

70.8

70.7

70.5

70.7

Height(in)

55.6

57.7

58.1

55.7

57.3

57.4

58.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

 

6.3

6.1

6.4

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

110.4

112.1

106.3

106.3

106.3

104.3

Track Width

59.4/60.2

         

60.2/60.6

Dimensions and Weight

For a long time, ILX was out shadowed by its older brother the TLX. It is bigger and more luxurious though the ILX is all set to make a statement with all its updates, however, much of this will not come from its dimensions. Acura builds a decent executive but it's not that sizeable than other cars in the lot. Its 182 inches long which is 10 inches shorter than the usual executive. It's not that wide either the 70.2-inch width is again not than competitive resulting in a smaller cabin. The wheelbase is relatively average at 105 inches.

Exterior Features

  • F sport 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels* (rwd only)
  • All-weather floor mats
  • Cargo net
  • Body side moldings
  • Door edge film* 
  • Rear bumper appliqu 9
  • Door edge guards
  • Rear spoiler

2019 Acura ILX Safety

When it comes to safety and reliability Honda is very conscious about their cars, the same blood runs through Acura's veins too. Acura's signature AcuraWatch suit which consists of a number of safety suits like emergency braking, road departure mitigation, even adaptive cruise and more.

  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System

2019 Acura ILX Competition

Kia Optima Vs Acura ILX

The Optima is one car with a decent threshold on the sedan market. It has a reasonable price, suffices power, and a rich standard feature list. The interior is great factoring with the price of this sedan. Compared to that the Acura looks inferior. The A-Spec package adds touches of red suede seats which is a great improvement. The 2 infotainment screen was supposed to be an improvement but at the end of the day, one screen will always win the battle of being intuitive. The ergonomic numbers go neck to neck with each other. Acura delivers more power and but is also priced a little more.

We would suggest you go with the ILX as it is still the entry-level luxury and have a taste of that.

Honda Civic vs Acura ILX

Civic and the ILX are cut from the same cloth, but Honda put their heart in crafting the Civic while the ILX is modeled on the previous version of the Civic. Though the base level Civic us backed with decent power but not quite potent like the Acura. The interior is tasteful and Civic's reliability and handling prowess are unprecedented. In terms of efficiency, Honda is the class leader, which is more of a reason why you are better off with the Civic. Also, the availability of engine options makes it even more

Subaru WRX vs Acura ILX

WRX has earned a reputation for being a rally monster, its handling is its most lethal weapon on tacks and on off-road tracks. It's the civilized sedan a family guy wished to buy. The power is top-notch and the price is a little over the top but its essential for a car with off-road capabilities. Compared to the Acura the WRX will surely look more intriguing, but then again the ILX is an entry-level luxury and is a more efficient and sensible choice.

If you are running tight on budget then the ILX is a nice choice but if you can spend more go for the WRX which will completely rock your world.

2019 Acura ILX Final Verdict

Acura kept things simple for the ILX, one engine, one transmission, and a galore of exclusive packages. The engine is naturally aspirated which is not that common these days and more power than any of the other sedans in the competition. The entry-level luxury badge may seem nice on paper but the reality is somewhat inferior. The interior feels plasticky and cannot beat the uber vibe of its sibling car the Honda Civic. The ILX has 2 infotainment screen but it feels distracting and at times confusing to use.

The new aggressive grill and taillights feel sharp and add a little character to the ILX to step out of the TRLX's shadow which is good. Overall it's a solid offering in the executive segment but buying it's as an entry-level luxury is not the best idea.