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A big part of what makes it feel far more focused behind the wheel, compared to most of last year's models is a sort of magic substitution under the hood, courtesy of Acura's new (and one size larger) TLX sedan: the new direct-injected, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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When just cruising along, you will notice Acura's efforts in quieting the cabin. Not much wind or road noise gets in.
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The ILX provides an entry point into the Acura line-up for first-time luxury buyers in the growing compact luxury sedan class.

The ILX is powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: a power moonroof, 18-inch aluminum wheels, "Jewel Eye" LED headlights, passive entry/start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD/satellite radio, voice-activated navigation, HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity/audio streaming, USB port, smartphone integration and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with integrated traction control and a Multi-View Rear Camera, as well as six airbags; additional driver assistance technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information and a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, are also offered.

The Acura ILX carries over with minimal changes for 2018. A new Special Edition trim debuts, featuring an A-Spec aero body kit and unique 18-inch wheels.


The 2018 Acura ILX is a sporty front-wheel-drive compact sedan launched as a 2013 model and substantially revised for the 2016 model year.The ILX competes with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.

A new ILX Special Edition model is available for 2018 that affordably adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, and a body kit.

The ILX is a simple car, with one powertrain and just three models available.However, its simplicity makes it no less sporty, with a sharp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and paddle-shifting twin-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission.It makes 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.

Meanwhile the cabin is sweet, with contoured surfaces and instruments that are easy to read.

The ILX gets good fuel mileage, rated by the EPA at 25 City, 35 Highway, and 29 Combined miles per gallon, a bit more than the A3 and a bit less than the CLA 250.That's on Premium gasoline.It's recommended but not required; power and mileage go down when using Regular octane.

The NHTSA gives it five stars for crash safety, and the IIHS gives it top scores including in the small overlap frontal impact test, which very few cars ace.Acura's available advanced safety systems were rated Superior, to give it a Top Safety Pick+ rating.


2018 Acura ILX ($28,100) standard equipment includes power moonroof, power driver's seat, a multi-view rearview camera, and Bluetooth.The Premium adds leather, power passenger seat, dual-screen infotainment, satellite radio, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.

ILX also comes in Premium ($30,100), Technology Plus ($33,100), and the new Special Edition ($28,900).


The ILX is clearly Acura, without being distinctive.It can't be called edgy despite some sharp edges, down low at the bottom of the front fascia, and the rockers along the side below the doors.Its front bumper is V-shaped, following the V of the grille, and looks like a pointed chin; it's a dated look that most of the rest of the Acura line has left behind.

The flat black plastic surrounding the round foglamps is dull and awkward.The 18-inch 10-spoke wheels are uniquely ugly, kind of like 10 legs with big feet on them, and look like they should be moving (not like they are moving) when they are standing still.They look better moving and blurred.


The instrument panel is basic and not so sporty, with a spare look to the plastic and vents; but it's easy to read.The interior materials are fine, improved in 2016 along with the upgraded dual-screen infotainment system.The fit and finish is very good, but it would be nice if the materials showed more color and originality.

Things are laid out neatly, comfortably, ergonomically and intuitively.It's easy to operate the controls without taking your eyes off the road.Except, unfortunately, for the infotainment system.

Overall the cabin is quiet and refined, with fairly thick glass and standard active noise cancellation system that absorbs small but annoying sounds from the powertrain or road.It uses the sound system's speakers, a cabin microphone, and a sophisticated processing algorithm.

The front seats are supportive and very adjustable for the driver.But Acura seems to be missing an opportunity here, because although there is a bit more headroom than most compact cars, there could be more if the seat adjusted lower, as appears possible.

In the rear, the ILX earns praise for providing enough leg room and knee room for six-footers.

The overall interior space is impressive, with plenty of room for small personal items.Unlike in the frustrating Audi A3, there are well-planned bins and cubbies everywhere.The 12.4-cubic-foot trunk can hold two large suitcases, or a large cooler, or even a wheelchair.The split rear seatbacks can be flipped forward for access to the trunk with extended space.

Driving Impression

The direct-injection 2.4-liter engine, making 201 horsepower, delivers strong and satisfying performance.It's the same engine as in the next biggest Acura model, the TLX.Acceleration is smooth and linear, and we had no problems merging into fast traffic or passing on two-lane roads.

The 8-speed, dual-clutch transmission is the perfect companion, superbly responsive.It uses a torque converter for low-speed smoothness, while it shifts very quickly with the paddles yet not jerky, when driving the ILX aggressively, including rev-matched downshifts in Sport mode.In Sport, the ILX holds gears longer and downshifts perfectly when decelerating, providing some extra oomph.

The ride is pleasant, tuned more for comfort than cornering.It's nose-heavy, which makes it a better choice for cruising and commuting rather than tackling demanding roads.The ILX has a weight distribution of a whopping 63/37 front/rear, compared with the near-50/50 balance of the BMW 2 Series or the 58/42 split of the Audi A3.

The ILX is reasonably quiet, with mild road noise on bumpier roads.Active noise cancellation picks up engine and road sounds from a microphone and pipes in noise-combating frequencies through the car's speakers.

The A-Spec performance package with 18-inch wheels that are 7.5 inches wide, with very low-profile tires, improves handling.However, the low-profile tires make the ride harsh on bumpy roads.We got a lot of seat time in an A-Spec, and don't believe the harder cornering allowed by these wheels and tires is worth the compromise in comfort.


The Acura ILX can be an enjoyable car, but limited in its appeal.The price is right, if you don't expect anything special.The styling is common; the engine is quick enough but not thrilling; and the cabin is quiet, refined and functional, sweet for those things, but still mundane.The one exceptional feature is the superb 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/convertible roof, remote engine start
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseMechanical
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Front Head Room964 mm
Front Hip Room1,276 mm
Front Leg Room1,074 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,412 mm
Front track1,509 mm
Overall height1,412 mm
Overall Length4,620 mm
Overall Width1,794 mm
Rear Head Room913 mm
Rear Hip Room1,312 mm
Rear Leg Room864 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,360 mm
Rear track1,528 mm
Wheelbase2,670 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio3.94
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.60 : 1
Displacement144 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power201 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM3,600 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size2.4 L
Torque244 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV125
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City9.4 L/100 km
Combined8.2L/100 km
Highway6.8 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA8
Trans Type - VAAuto-shift manual
TransmissionAuto-shift manual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System mitigation
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System mitigation
Lane Departure WarningActive
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Reverse tilt mirrorsPassenger mirror
Reverse tilt mirrorsPassenger mirror
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationRemote sunroof operation
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Speed RatingV
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypePerformance AS
Width215 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds8
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place350 L
Curb weight1,397 kg
EPA interior volume2,530 L
Fuel Capacity50 L
Gross vehicle weight1,815 kg
Max cargo capacity350 L
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Distance pacing cruise control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Diversity antenna
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Rear seat centre armrest
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2018 Acura ILX Base 4dr Sedan, Barrie, Ontario

Acura of Barrie, 125 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N-9H7

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