2018 Acura ILX

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2018 MODEL

$28,100 - $35,100

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Detailed Review

If you desire a luxury badge but are not willing to part with a chunk of your hard-earned cash, the 2018 Acura ILX may seem attractive to you. With a base price of $28,100, it's almost a bargain luxury sedan.

The build quality is good, there is a smooth 2.4L I4 under the hood, and the Dual Clutch transmission gets torque converter to eliminate those irritating jerks while starting. However, it's not all rosy. Just be ready to sacrifice the badge and you can get a more refined Honda Civic for significantly less money.

Further, if you can spend just a little more, the luxury offering from German giants like the Audi A3 positively outclasses the Acura ILX. Honda Civic, Audi A3 and Acura's very own TLX are the main rivals of the Acura ILX.


6.1/10
Features

 

6.1/10
Engine

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.7/10
Interior

 

6.8/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2018 Acura ILX may seem attractive to you. With a base price of $28,100, it’s almost a bargain luxury sedan. The build quality is good, there is a smooth 2.4L I4 under the hood, and the Dual Clutch transmission gets torque converter to eliminate those irritating jerks while starting.

2018 Acura ILX Features

6.1/10

The base Acura ILX starts at $28,100 all the way up to the A-Spec trim with $35,100. Every trim in the ILX family share a similar 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, the difference largely lies in the number features backing each trim. The Acura Watch Plus gives you active safety features and the technology Plus offers a suite of infotainment features. 

Trims Standard Special Edition Acura Watch Plus Premium Technology Plus A-Spec
MSRP $28,100 $28,900 $29,400 $30,100 $33,100 $32,100 (w/ Premium Package)/ $35,100 (w/ Technology Package)

 

Features

  • Standard 17-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Acura Audio System with 6 Speakers
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • 18-inch alloy machine-finished wheels
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Sills
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Assist System,
  • Color Multi-Information Display.
  • Perforated leather-trimmed sport seats,
  • Sub-woofer
  • 2-driver position memory for driver's seat,
  • 4-way power adjustment for front passenger seat
  • Siri Eyes Free (iPhone only)
  • Acura Navigation System10 with 3D view
  • Acura Link Real-Time Traffic with exclusive street and freeway conditions
  • Voice Recognition for navigation, audio, climate control 
  • Phone Book and Bluetooth Hands-Free Link systems
  • Acura/ELS Surround Premium Audio System with 10 speakers
  • Fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • 18-inch alloy machine-finished wheels
  • Side Sills
  • Perforated Lux Suede seating surfaces
  • Contrast stitching for interior trim
  • Red instrument illumination

We Recommend

Given that the high-end versions encroach into the more accomplished German Luxury Sedan territory, we recommend sticking with the lower trims. The Acura Watch Plus is a must-have package that adds a full suite of active safety features.

2018 Acura ILX Engine

6.1/10

“Dual clutches used to be the bee's knees if you couldn’t get a manual trans, but now, the torque converter autos might be better. The inline four gets a little buzzy at high rpm, and sometimes the trans jumps around a little, which is worrisome.” - Autoweek

Engine and transmission

The 2018 Acura ILX uses a 2.4L Inline-4 engine cranking 201 brake horsepower @ 6800 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to transfer the power to the front wheels.

Models Acura ILX Honda Civic  Acura TLX Sedan Audi A3
MSRP $30,695 $30,900 $30,925 $32,925
Engine 2.4 L Inline – 4 2.0 L Inline - 4 2.4 L Inline - 4 2.0 L Inline – 4
Transmission 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
Power 201-hp @ 6800 rpm 158-hp @ 5,500 rpm 206-hp @ 6,800 rpm 220-hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 180 lbs.-ft. @ 3800 rpm 138 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm 182 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm

The ILX stablemate, the TLX sports the same 2.4L Inline-4 but with slightly more power output. The Civic and the Audi A3 both use 2.0L Inline-4. The A3 is the most powerful of the lot with 220 hp on tap.

Acceleration

When it comes down to the acceleration of the 2018 Acura ILX there is a stiff competition that tends to eat up the 2018 Acura ILX. Needless to say, that it isn’t the slowest car out there as the 0-60mph is somewhere around 6.6 sec and on a quarter mile it does surprisingly well at 15.2 sec @ 94 mph.

Models Acura ILX Honda Civic Acura TLX Sedan Audi A3
0-60 MPH 6.6 sec 7 secs 5.7 secs 5.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.2 sec @ 94 mph 15.2 sec @ 94 mph 14.2 sec @ 100 mph 14.2 sec @ 98 mph
Engine 2.4 L Inline – 4 2.0 L Inline - 4 2.4 L Inline - 4 2.0 L Inline – 4

Emission

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

6.1 5.5 6.6 7.8

The fastest of the competition is the Audi A3 from 0-60mph at 5.5 sec. Also, the 2018 Honda civic is the slowest from 0-60mph but cleanest of the lot at 5.5 tons of [email protected] miles.

Ride and handling

Despite an eager engine, the light electric power steering takes away the fun of driving. The suspension too is tuned for comfort rather than diving into the corners. The flipside is the supple ride. The smooth suspension gobbles up road imperfections and the light steering makes negotiating tight spaces easy.

Braking

The 2018 Acura ILX gets 12.3-inch brake rotors up front and 11.1-inch brake rotors at the back. The brakes provide good pedal feedback and the linear response makes executing smooth stops an easy affair.

Model Acura ILX Honda Civic Acura TLX Sedan Audi A3
Brake Front(in) 12.3 11.1 12.6 12.3
Brake Rear(in) 11.1 10.2 12.2 10.7
Curb weight(lbs.) 3093 lbs. 2739 lbs. 3505 lbs. 3197 lbs.
70-0 MPH (ft.) - 160 168 178

Among the competitors, the Honda Civic stops the fastest thanks to its low curb weight of 2739 pounds. The Audi A3 takes the longest to stop which is a bit surprising given its dynamic capabilities.

2018 Acura ILX Fuel Economy

8.4/10

“The 2018 Acura ILX uses little fuel, but it does require expensive premium gas.” - TheCarConnection

The Acura ILX delivers 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Combined EPA rating is 29 mpg. That’s average among the cars compared here.

Model Acura ILX Honda Civic Acura TLX Sedan  Audi A3
MPG (city) 25 31 23 26
MPG (highway) 35 40 33 35
MPG (combined) 29 34 28 29

The Acura TLX is the least fuel efficient car compared here – but only slightly. The most efficient car compared here is the Honda Civic thanks to it's low curb weight and smaller lower powered engine.

2018 Acura ILX Interior

5.7/10

“Honda/Acura keeps clinging to its central dual-screen infotainment setup. And we keep disliking having to look at two different screens. Headroom is lacking front and rear, partly because the ILX comes with a sunroof. Outward visibility is excellent for the segment.” - Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The 2018 Acura ILX offers a well-built interior with comfortable and supportive seats. However, the competitors are more opulent inside and that’s definitely an important thing when you are shopping for a luxury sedan.

Model Acura ILX Honda Civic Acura TLX Sedan Audi A3
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cubic ft.) 89.3 97.8 93.3 133.9

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38/55.6/42.3 39.3/57/42.3 37.2/57.5/42.6 36.5/54.8/41.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.9/34.0/53.5 37.1/55/37.4 36.7/55.4/34.5 36.1/53/35.1

Infotainment

The Acura ILX rocks a dual-screen infotainment system split on the dash. It might be a bit difficult to operate the infotainment as the 8-inch screen sits way back in the dashboard. You also don't get the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which should've been made standard.  

Cargo

It’s pretty substantial to see that all the competition to the 2018 Acura ILX has the same kind of offering in terms of boot space that is around the region of 12.2 cu ft. – 12.3 cu ft. but then the company’s 2018 Acura TLX sedan begs to differ while offering 14.3 cu ft.

Model Acura ILX Honda Civic Acura TLX Sedan Audi A3
Cargo Volume (cubic ft.) 12.3 cu.ft. 12.1 cu.ft. 14.3 cu.ft. 12.3 cu.ft.

2018 Acura ILX Exterior

6.8/10

“With a strong resemblance to Acura’s larger sedans, the TLX and the RLX, the design of 2018 ILX is simple, youthful and understated. Its most distinctive features are LED headlights with multiple lenses.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and weight

The Acura ILX is fairly light among the cars compared here with only the much cheaper Honda Civic edging it out. At 181.9 inch, it’s considerably shorter than its bigger brother – the Acura TLX sedan. However, if you want a small manageable cocoon of luxury, the A3 at just 175.5 inches is the right pick.

Model Acura ILX Honda Civic Acura TLX Sedan Audi A3
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3093 lbs. 2742 lbs. 3505 lbs. 3197 lbs.
Length (In) 181.9 in. 182.3 in. 190.7 in. 175.5 in.
Width (In) 70.6 in. 70.8 in. 73.0 in. 70.7 in.
Height (In) 55.6 in. 55.7 in. 57.0 in. 55.7 in.
Ground Clearance (In) 5.3 in. 5.9 in. 5.8 in. NA
Wheelbase (In) 105.1 in. 106.3 in. 109.3 in. 103.8 in.
Track width(in) F/R 63.9/64.1 60.3/66.3 62.8/63.1 63.9/64.1

 

2018 Acura ILX Safety

8.1/10

The 2018 Acura ILX is equipped with a host of safety features. Some of the key safety features are:

  •    LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  •    Multi-View rear camera
  •    Expanded View Driver's Mirror
  •    Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  •    Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Motion Adaptive Steering
  •    Adaptive Cruise Control
  •    Collision Mitigation Braking System
  •    Lane Keeping Assist System

Safety Ratings

The 2018 Acura ILX has scored 4 Starts in NHTSA crash test. While that’s not bad, the competitors offer better protection. The IIHS Rating is also just about average.

NHSTA Ratings

NHSTA Ratings
Frontal barrier crash rating overall 4 Stars
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 Stars
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 Stars
Side barrier rating overall 5 Stars
Side barrier rating driver 5 Stars
Side barrier rating passenger 5 Stars
Side crash rating overall 5 Stars
Combine side barrier and pole rating 5 Stars
Rollover 4 Stars

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
Latch ease of use Acceptable

 

Crash avoidance and Mitigation
Frontal crash prevention Basic
Headlights Acceptable
LATCH Marginal

 

2018 Acura ILX Competition

Acura ILX vs Honda Civic

The 2018 Honda Civic is significantly cheaper than the ILX, offers more refinement, comfort, space, and fuel efficiency. Further, it’s more fun-to-drive and is nicely built too. A more powerful engine and the Acura Badge are the only things in favor of ILX. And we don’t think it justifies the higher asking price.

Acura ILX vs Acura TLX sedan

The Acura TLX is the larger brother of the ILX and hence offers a more powerful engine, a larger better-appointed interior, and more comfort – for more money. However, unlike the compromised ILX, the TLX is a genuinely good Luxury sedan and is available for a lower asking price than its competitors.

Acura ILX vs  Audi A3

The A3 is basically a German luxury Sedan trimmed down to a more manageable size at a more manageable price. It offers a rock-solid driving characteristic, composed high-speed dynamics, impeccably built interiors, and loads of equipment. All these and the Audi badge for just slightly higher asking price.

2018 Acura ILX Final Verdict

The 2018 Acura ILX is a good all-around luxury car for a small family. It packs plenty of luxury amenities, is well built and is not short on power either. However, when competition is so intense, being just “good” is not enough.

If you can spend a bit more, the German Luxury Sedans like the A3 and the Mercedes CLA offer more luxury, performance, and exclusivity. Also, you can save a lot of dollars by opting for the Honda Civic and still have more refinement, comfort, and driving pleasure. So unless you are an Acura loyalist, the ILX does not make sense.

Pros

An engine that is rev-happy

Sturdy chasis

Smooth Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission

Top of the line features are standard

Cons

Based directly out of the old Honda civic

Looks bland

Lack of space in the interiors

German rivals offer more upmarket image and feel

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu. in.

horsepower

201 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1 in. ventilated front disc/12.3 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

181.9 in.

width

70.6 in.

height

55.6 in.

curb weight

3093 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/35 mpg

highway range

462 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Acura ILX in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2018 Acura ILX in San Marino Red color  2018 Acura ILX in Crystal Black Pearl color  2018 Acura ILX in Bellanova White Pearl color
Lunar Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.1

Engine

6.1

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

5.7

Exterior

6.8

Safety

8.1

Comfort

7.1

Driving

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Acura ILX 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

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

$28,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $28,100 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Acura ILX Special Edition

Special Edition

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

$28,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $28,900 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Acura ILX AcuraWatch Plus Package

AcuraWatch Plus Package

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

$29,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
AcuraWatch Plus Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $29,400 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Acura ILX Premium Package

Premium Package

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

$30,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $30,100 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Acura ILX Premium Packages

Premium Packages

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

$32,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $32,100 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Acura ILX Technology Plus Package

Technology Plus Package

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

$33,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Plus Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $33,100 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Acura ILX Technology Plus Packages

Technology Plus Packages

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

$35,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Plus and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $35,100 MSRP (25/29/35) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA