2020 Acura ILX

MSRP $26,995 - $32,650

Ranked #22 in Sedan

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2020 Acura ILX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Acura ILX after a major change last year is a carry-forward model for this year. The 2020 ILX starts at $25,900 and sees no price increase this year. The ILX doesn't offer much in terms of choice, you get only a single powertrain that sends power to the front wheels. The ILX shares the base engine of its elder sibling the TLX which in the lighter ILX helps it do quicker acceleration timings. But all that performance takes a hit on the real-world gas mileage and it returns the lowest gas mileage in the segment. Moving inside cost-cutting is evident although the ILX is pitched as a luxury sedan.

2020 Acura ILX

The front seats do offer the luxury appeal but with cramped rear seats and the smallest cargo space in the segment, the ILX is like a compromise in the name of luxury. Add to that the dual-screen infotainment setup with several switches and knobs around the dash makes the cabin look cluttered and unsophisticated. Thus for this review, we haven't pitched the ILX against its target sedans like Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Audi A3, or the BMW 2-Series. Instead, we have compared it with the likes of Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, and Mazda 3. Read our review on the 2020 ILX to find out how it fares against its more humble rivals.

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Pros

Low base MSRP

Bevy of standard safety features

Supple ride quality

Smooth shifting 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox

Cons

Low gas mileage

Cramped rear seats

Below-average boot space

What's New?

The 2020 Acura ILX is a carryover model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

201 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

180 ft-lb. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

8 speed auto shift manual w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1/12.3 in.

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.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

188 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/34 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$26,995 onwards

Premium Package$28,745 onwards

Technology Package$30,650 onwards

Premium and A-SPEC Packages$30,750 onwards

Technology and A-SPEC Packages$32,650 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Acura ILX in Majestic Black Pearl color
Majestic Black Pearl

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

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

5.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

6.0

6.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.1

Overall Rating


Acura takes great pride in the ILX’s $25,900 aggressive price which is much lower than what the German brands charges. But don’t get us wrong even the most inferior plastic on say a Mercedes-Benz would feel better than the Acura and you only get what you pay here. As for the powertrain, the ILX gets an i-VTEC inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2020 Acura ILX Front Three Quarter Driving View

The power delivery is smooth and the ILX posts some quick acceleration numbers but poor fuel economy is the price you pay for this. The cabin of the ILX is designed as a premium one but look closely and you will find why it is priced so low. That said, the strong suit of the Acura ILX still is its standard safety features bundled as AcuraWatch and its top-notch safety ratings.

2020 Acura ILX
2020 Acura ILX

6.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

5.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

6.0/10
Final Verdict


2020 Acura ILX Features

6.0/10

The 2020 Acura ILX is offered only in one trim and three packages Premium, Technology, and A-Spec. The Premium package can be had by paying $1,850 over the ILX's base price and adds features like a dual-display screen, a seven-speaker stereo, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, etc. The Technology package is priced at a premium of $1,900 and the A-Spec package is priced at $2,000. Adding either of the two packages requires you to first have the Premium package. The Technology package adds AcuraLink telematics services, a 10-speaker premium sound system, and navigation while the A-Spec package adds larger wheels and unique exterior and interior trims.

Trim
ILX
MSRP (FWD)
$25,900
Key Features
201 hp, 2.4-liter inline-4 engine
  17-inch alloy wheels
 
Automatic LED headlight
 
Proximity entry w/ push-button start
 
Power sunroof
 
Dual-zone climate control
 
Heated front seats and faux leather upholstery
 
5-inch touchscreen w/ 6-speaker stereo
 
Lane departure warning w/ lane keep assist
 
Forward collision warning w/ automatic braking assist
 
Adaptive cruise control
 
Surround-view parking camera

We Recommend

Your basic ILX is nothing without the Premium package. Thus get that package as it manages to keep the price low and at the same time add all features you would ever need. However, if you also wish to have the premium sound system and the convenience of in-built navigation we suggest adding the Technology package to your shopping cart.

2020 Acura ILX Engine and Performance

6.0/10

"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."- Edmunds

The 2020 Acura ILX is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain cranks out 201 horsepower and 180-pound-feet of torque. The power delivery is refined while lower down the rev range the ILX feels lethargic and only as you climb the rpm this engine starts showing some punch. The eight-speed transmission is smooth and is tuned for relaxed driving. Sadly, there is no AWD even as an option on the 2020 ILX instead you get only FWD.

2020 Acura ILX Engine

The engine is the ILX has been taken from its heavier elder sibling TLX and the lesser weight helps the 2020 ILX clock a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds which is fairly decent for its size and character. The handling of the ILX is sure-footed while the ride quality remains just about average with road noise creeping in as you pick pace. 

2020 Acura ILX Driving

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 but is not as sporty as its more touted rivals like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class or the BMW 2-Series sedans. Although the ILX is stiffer than the usual Acura cars which do make things a bit better.

2020 Acura ILX Wheel Design & Brake

The brakes on the 2020 Acura ILX are quite sharp with a responsive pedal feel and under panic braking, the ILX took just 119 feet to stop from 60-0 mph. The ILX offers a 12.3 inches rotor at the front and 11.1 inches at the rear to ensure sufficient stopping power for an upwards of 3,000 lbs heavy car.

Models

2020 Acura ILX

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$25,900

$20,550

$21,500

$24,425

Engine

2.4-liter inline-4 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 2.5-liter inline-4 2.5-liter inline-4

Transmission

8-speed automatic CVT 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic

Power

201 hp @ 6800 rpm 174 hp @ 6000 rpm 186 hp @ 6000 rpm 203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

180 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm 162 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.2

6.9

7.0

7.7

Quarter-mile (sec)

14.7

15.3

15.4

16.0
Top Speed 130 MPH 137 MPH 131 MPH 135 MPH

Being a premium offering the ILX does command a slight premium over its humble rivals. While all the rivals here offer naturally aspirated engine options, the Civic is the only one with a turbocharged engine on offer. But when it comes to output it is the Camry that churns out the highest power and torque figures among all. Although the slightly less powerful ILX is the one with the quickest acceleration time among all.

2020 Acura ILX Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2020 Acura ILX is offered in only one engine and drivetrain option so the gas mileage is pretty straightforward, the 2020 ILX returns 24 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg under mixed driving conditions. The ILX has a 13.2-gallon fuel tank capacity which is more than enough to returns 300 miles plus and 400 miles plus of range in the city and on the highway respectively.

Models

2020 Acura ILX

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Toyota Camry

MPG (city)

24

32

26

29

MPG (highway)

34

42

35

41

MPG (combined)

28

36

30

34

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

13.2

12.4

13.2

14.5
Range (City / Highway) (mi.) 317 / 449 397 / 521 343 / 462 421 / 595

The Honda Civic thanks to using the smaller engine as compared to the competition is the most efficient beating the city gas mileage of ILX by a margin of 8 mpg and by the same margin on the highway. What's even more surprising is that the Camry which is powered by a similar capacity engine as the ILX returns better gas mileage. On paper, the Camry returns 5 mpg more in the city and 7 mpg more on the highway compared to the ILX.

2020 Acura ILX Interior

5.0/10

"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."- Edmunds

Get inside the 2020 ILX and you would quickly realize there is a lack of real estate. The front seats sit high above the ground and provide sufficient support and space but move to the back and taller folks will find the space to be a pinch. The cabin quality isn't exactly low-rent but there is a couple of plasticky and cheap materials is not so prominent areas. Compared that to its actual rivals i.e. the Germans you would quickly realize why the ILX has a far lower asking price. Even though the ILX is an entry-level Acura it does pack in a host of features like heated seats, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, etc.

2020 Acura ILX Front Seats Side View

The infotainment on the other hand is a 5-inch unit on the standard model while going for the Premium package adds an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 7-inch touchscreen sitting at the top of it with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-speaker sound system, HD Radio, etc. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, etc. While the Technology package when had along with the Premium package adds navigation and a 10-speaker premium sound system.

2020 Acura ILX Dashboard

In the name of practicality, the 2020 ILX is not that giving as it only offers 12.4 cubic feet of space in its trunk, which is below average in the segment. If you have a couple of luggage to keep then either you leave the luggage or the rear passengers as the rear seats only fold flat instead of 60/40-split which is another bummer.

Models

2020 Acura ILX

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Toyota Camry

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.0/ 55.6/ 42.3

37.5/ 56.9/ 42.3 38.0/ 55.7/ 42.3 38.3/ 57.7/ 42.1

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

35.9/ 53.6/ 34.0 36.8/ 55.0/ 37.4 37.3/ 53.5/ 35.1 38.0/ 55.7/ 38.0

Cargo Capacity (ft³.)

12.4

15.1

13.2 14.1

Inside Acura ILX you can fit four adults with ease although the seating for five is what it offers. Compared to the Mazda 3, which is the least spacious among the rivals, the ILX falls short in rear legroom and headspace. While the Camry has undisputedly the most spacious rear seats. Coming to the cargo space here also the ILX retains the last spot while the Civic with over 2 cubic feet more cargo space takes the first spot followed by the Camry. 

2020 Acura ILX Rear Seats Side View

Interior Features:

  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available satellite radio
  • Available genuine leather-trimmed seats
  • Available AcuraLink telematics system

2020 Acura ILX Exterior

7.0/10

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

The 2020 Acura ILX gets no changes as it got a complete redesign inside out just last year. The overall design remains subtle yet contemporary The Diamond Pentagon grille at the front combined with the Jewel-Eye LED headlights lend the Acura ILX a more premium and sophisticated look. Although it's not the most striking sedan if you compare it to the likes of the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class but still for a lower price tag the looks aren't that bad either.

2020 Acura ILX Front Three Quarter Driving View

At the rear, you get a sloping roofline which surely does eat up into the headroom but gives the ILX a nice and sporty silhouette. Add the A-Spec package with the Premium package and you get a rear spoiler, larger wheels, and a couple of more sporty visual flair. 

Models

2020 Acura ILX

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Toyota Camry

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3095

2917 3071 3241

Length (in)

182.2

182.7

183.5

192.1

Width (in)

70.6

70.9

70.7

72.4

Height (in)

55.6

55.7

56.9 56.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

N/A 5.5 5.7

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

106.3

107.3 111.2

Acura has made the ILX into a decent executive sedan but it's not that sizeable as other cars in the lot. It's 182.2-inches long which is 10-inches shorter than the Camry. It's not that wide either the 70.6-inch width is again not competitive resulting in a smaller cabin. The wheelbase is relatively average at 105-inches where the likes of Camry offer almost 6-inches more of the wheelbase thus liberating a generous amount of real estate inside the cabin.

2020 Acura ILX Rear Three Quarter View

One thing to note here is that even though the Civic measure almost similar to the ILX, give or take one inch, it still has a more spacious cabin and a bigger trunk between the two.

Exterior Features:

  • All-LED exterior lights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sunroof

2020 Acura ILX Safety

7.0/10

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 suite consists of a number of safety suits like emergency braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and more. The crash-test agencies also rated the 2020 Acura ILX well with the NHTSA giving it a perfect safety score of five stars and the IIHS rating the ILX with the highest rating of 'Good' in all its six parameters.

2020 Acura ILX NHTSA Crash Test

Safety Features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Available blind-spot monitoring
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert

2020 Acura ILX Competition

8.0/10

2020 Acura ILX vs 2020 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic and the Acura 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 is backed with decent power but it is not quite potent like the Acura. The interior is tasteful and Civic's reliability and handling prowess are unprecedented.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

In terms of efficiency, Honda is the class leader, which is more of a reason why you are better off with the Civic than the gas-guzzling ILX. Also, the availability of a naturally aspirated engine and a turbocharged engine option on the Civic compared that to only one engine option on the ILX gives you far more flexibility.

2020 Acura ILX vs 2020 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry and the Acura ILX share a similar capacity engine under the hood but the Camry makes slightly more power and torque while the ILX is quicker in terms of acceleration. The more powerful Camry although slow delivers fantastic gas mileage when compared to that the ILX looks like a gas-guzzler.

2020 Toyota Camry Sedan

Getting inside both the cars you won't find much of a difference in terms of quality although the cabin of the ILX looks more premium. But when it comes to space and overall comfort the Camry takes the lead here. So unless you want to make a statement with the Acura brand in your garage we suggest sticking to the tried and tested Camry. 

2020 Acura ILX Final Verdict

6.0/10

Acura kept things simple for the 2020 ILX, one engine, one transmission, and a couple of exclusive packages. The engine is naturally aspirated which is not that common these days and has 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 the dual infotainment screens feel distracting and at times confusing to use.

The new aggressive grille and taillights feel sharp and add a little bit to the ILX's premium vibe while on the safety front there is hardly any compromise and the ILX was rated well by the agencies. Overall it's a solid offering in the executive segment but buying it as an entry-level luxury is not the best idea as the German rivals feel more premium and have a higher badge value while its humble rivals are a better package overall compared to it.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the 2020 Acura ILX:

Does 2020 Acura ILX offer manual transmission?

No, the 2020 Acura ILX only offers an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

What engine does the 2020 Acura ILX have?

The sole powertrain is an i-VTEC 201-hp 2.4-liter inline-4 engine with front-wheel drive mated to a smooth eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Does the 2020 Acura ILX have VTEC?

All versions of the 2020 Acura ILX come equipped with a 2.4-liter, i-VTEC four-cylinder engine.

Does 2020 Acura ILX get remote start?

Yes, the 2020 Acura ILX offers remote start. For remote starting your ILX, you need to press and hold the button with the engine sign for a couple of seconds.

Is the 2020 Acura ILX reliable?

The 2020 Acura ILX got a reliability score of 81 out of 100 from J.D.Powers and grabbed the second position just below the 2020 Audi A3 in the top ten consumer-rated sedan list. Thus the 2020 Acura ILX is a fairly reliable small luxury sedan.

What is the difference between the 2020 Acura ILX and 2020 Acura TLX?

Both the Acuras are almost similar but the TLX enjoys a tad bit more cabin space and a choice of a powerful V6 engine over the ILX.

Is the 2020 Acura ILX AWD?

No, the 2020 Acura ILX is only available as FWD.

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