2014 Acura ILX Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
Was apprehensive at first considering the HP ratings, BUT for the price this car can't be beat! Lots of high-tech and comfort features for <$30K. Heated power comfy seats, rear camera, voice integration, bluetooth, active noise cancellation, NAV, leather, sleek styling. This is NOT just an "upgraded Civic."
Obviously, engine leaves you wanting, but its buttery smooth and loves to rev, and is plenty for highway passing. Suspension is not too taut like a sports car, but not overly soft. Steering is typical Honda light, but also responsive. Great handling for FWD. Also, super LIGHT car with consistent 30 mpg.
Other than power, it has everything I could ask for in an entry luxury sedan.
Lots of standard features. High level of comfort and class in this price range. Balanced suspension that isn't too tight or too loose. Steering is surprisingly responsive and communicative despite feeling light. Great MPGs. Lots of upgrades included standard for 2014 version over the 2013 model.
Have Tech package and Automatic transmission options for the 2.4L engine! The 2.0 is good, but I don't see why you can't have an auto or a navigation system with the upgraded engine. I get it's the Civic Si engine and should be enjoyed with a manual, but the wife didn't want a stick, so we were left with no options but the 2.0.
Also, the base engine is smooth, fuel-efficient, and good "enough" but still a little underpowered for a luxury car, even entry-level. I guess that keeps the price down.