Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

Pros & Cons

  • Generous number of standard features
  • good ride and handling balance.
  • Lackluster performance
  • fuel economy still not as good as many other hybrids
  • smallish trunk.
List Price Estimate
$12,303 - $17,526

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Given its tepid performance and subpar (for a hybrid) fuel economy, the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid doesn't make a strong case for itself as a high-end hybrid. Less expensive hybrid sedans offer more room, better performance and higher fuel economy.

Vehicle overview

An entry in the growing, entry-level compact luxury sedan segment, the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid presents itself as a cut above mainstream small sedans in regard to style, features and brand prestige. And since it's a hybrid, it promises fewer trips to the gas station. In theory, this should be a pretty nifty combination. But in practice, the ILX leaves us underwhelmed.

The ILX Hybrid, which is related to the Honda Civic Hybrid, earns an EPA-estimated 38 mpg combined. Compared to regular cars, this might seem pretty swell. But hybrid technology has been improving, and the reality is that the ILX's fuel economy pales in comparison to some roomier and more powerful full hybrid sedans that rate nearly 10 mpg higher. Furthermore, this Acura's total output is just 111 horsepower -- considerably less than other compact luxury cars.

Of course, the Acura ILX Hybrid is not without its charms. There are plenty of standard luxury features, and its smooth ride and steady handling should please most shoppers. But it's hard to recommend the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid in the face of other vehicles that are frankly more appealing. For effectively the same money, consider loaded up versions of the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid , both of which deliver markedly better acceleration and fuel economy. Or, if a premium nameplate holds sway and you prefer a more compact size, the hybrid Lexus CT 200h offers hatchback utility to go along with its frugal fuel economy. Ultimately, there's nothing gravely wrong with the ILX Hybrid, but in this price range, it's simply not the best value.

Acura ILX Hybrid models

The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid entry-level luxury sedan comes in two trim levels: ILX Hybrid and the ILX Hybrid with Technology package.

Standard equipment for the base ILX Hybrid includes 16-inch wheels; foglights; a rear spoiler; a sunroof; full power accessories; keyless ignition and entry; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; cloth upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; a 5-inch information display screen; Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; SMS text message functionality and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB/iPod audio interface and Pandora radio smartphone app integration.

The Technology package adds xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, satellite radio, active noise cancellation, a navigation system (with a slightly larger display and traffic/weather reporting), voice commands and a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system with digital music storage.

2014 Highlights

For 2014, the Acura ILX Hybrid sees no significant changes.

Performance & mpg

Powering the 2014 ILX Hybrid is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery pack. Unlike most rival hybrid systems, this one cannot propel the car solely under electric power. The electric motor acts as an occasional power booster and converts braking energy into electricity to recharge the battery pack. Combined output is 111 hp and 127 pound-feet of torque.

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard on the Acura ILX Hybrid and takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission. The sedan's EPA fuel economy ratings are 38 mpg combined (39 city/38 highway).

In Edmunds testing, the ILX Hybrid accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds. That's about the same as a Lexus CT 200h but considerably slower than the Fusion, Camry and Accord hybrids, which are all about 2 seconds quicker.

Safety

The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is standard with the Technology package.

In government crash tests, the Acura ILX Hybrid earned a top five-star rating for overall protection in crash tests, with four stars total for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the otherwise similar non-hybrid ILX a top score of "Good" for the car's performance in its moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. The ILX's seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

In Edmunds brake testing, the ILX Hybrid came to a stop from 60 mph in 129 feet -- a few feet longer than average.

Driving

Nobody is going to mistake the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid for a BMW 3 Series, but overall, this small sedan's handling and ride qualities are perfectly adequate for everyday commuting duty. For most people, this car will likely offer a nearly ideal compromise between control and comfort, and it's notably quiet on the highway.

That said, the ILX Hybrid is slow, no question, so you'll have to rely on that near 40 mpg EPA combined rating for compensation. However, it's hard for us to make peace with the Acura's sluggish acceleration given that most full hybrids boast considerably stronger performance along with even higher fuel economy numbers. Additionally, Acura's hybrid system can feel a little unrefined at times, particularly when the gas engine first starts up after leaving a stop.

Interior

The Acura ILX Hybrid's interior is well constructed, but the materials used aren't really a step up from top non-luxury sedans. Similarly, the design features Acura's typical high-tech vibe, but it's nowhere near as luxurious as in the classy TSX.

Nevertheless, if you're looking for high-tech features, the ILX definitely delivers. There is a 5-inch display screen topping the center stack for the myriad infotainment functions, and smartly placed buttons and knobs to control them. A 6-inch screen comes with the navigation system, as do voice command functionality (navigation and audio) and a nice-sounding ELS audio system.

The ILX Hybrid is also pretty spacious for a compact car, with a decent amount of backseat room. Still, headroom can be snug for 6-footers due to the car's standard sunroof. Trunk space for the Hybrid rates 10 cubic feet, a few cubes shy of the standard ILX, and the opening is a little narrow. The rear seat folds down to facilitate carrying longer items, but the seatback is not split to permit a mix of long cargo and a passenger or two in the backseat.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$28,900
MPG & Fuel
39 City / 38 Hwy / 38 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 111 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 1000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 179.1 in. / Height: 55.6 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 70.6 in.
Curb Weight: 2959 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 10.0 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.7%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



FAQ

Is the Acura ILX Hybrid a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2014 ILX Hybrid both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Acura ILX Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the ILX Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the ILX Hybrid has 10.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Acura ILX Hybrid. Learn more

Is the Acura ILX Hybrid reliable?

To determine whether the Acura ILX Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the ILX Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the ILX Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2014 ILX Hybrid is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid?

The least-expensive 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid is the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,900.

Other versions include:

  • Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $34,600
  • 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $28,900
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What are the different models of Acura ILX Hybrid?

If you're interested in the Acura ILX Hybrid, the next question is, which ILX Hybrid model is right for you? ILX Hybrid variants include Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of ILX Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Overview

The Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: ILX Hybrid Sedan. Available styles include Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). The Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2014 ILX Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2014 ILX Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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What's a good price for a New Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid?

Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,795. The average price paid for a new Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $15,869 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $15,869 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,926.

The average savings for the Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 53.3% below the MSRP.

Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,495. The average price paid for a new Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $19,829 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $19,829 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,666.

The average savings for the Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 55.9% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid?

2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
38 compined MPG,
39 city MPG/38 highway MPG

2014 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
38 compined MPG,
39 city MPG/38 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG38
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.5 L
Passenger Volume99.3 cu.ft.
Wheelbase105.1 in.
Length179.1 in.
WidthN/A
Height55.6 in.
Curb Weight2987 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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