The 2017 Acura ILX holds the spot in the Acura line once occupied by the beloved Integra. It's the small Acura; the one that carries a bit of luxury and sophistication to the market while still being accessible to people on a Honda budget. But while the Integra name is long gone, the ILX has entrenched itself into the Acura psyche. After all, 2017 is this sedan's fifth year on the market.
After a less-than-sizzling debut season, the ILX has evolved into a solid and distinctive car. The most significant advance came with the debut of the 2016 model that incorporated extensive revisions to the front-wheel-drive ILX's mechanical substance and electronic feature set. A 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter, direct-injection, high-compression four-cylinder engine is now the sole powerplant offered and it almost purrs out its 180 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission is a near-brilliant eight-speed automated manual that uses dual-clutch technology to perform precise, reassuring shifts. The suspension consists of simple MacPherson struts up front and a supple and sophisticated independent multilink system in the back, while the brakes are relatively large 12.3-inch diameter ventilated discs in front with 11.1-inch solid discs in back.
With only one engine and transmission offering, every 2017 Acura ILX sold is rated at 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which combines for an average rating of 29 mpg.
Acura equips every ILX with LED daytime running lights and a "Multi-View" rear camera for easy monitoring of what's behind the car while backing up. And the stability, traction control and "Motion Adaptive Steering" all seamlessly work together to deliver a confident driving experience. OK, whatever that Motion Adaptive Steering is doing is imperceptible, but it's there.
There are five slightly different levels of trim offered in the ILX, ranging from an adequately fitted Standard model up through AcuraWatch Plus, Premium, Technology Plus and A-Spec. And if you want to go nuts, the A-Spec car is also available with a Premium package or Technology Plus package at the very tippy top of the line.
While there's plenty of attractive reasons to choose an ILX, there are limits to its charms, too. Much of the cabin feels more Honda-like than a serious luxury car with surface texturing that's more industrial than sumptuous. As sweet natured as the engine is, this is a naturally aspirated unit playing in an increasingly turbocharged world. So acceleration is, well, modest. And if road silence is a virtue, the tires need to quiet down some. Plus, though the electronic gizmos all function fine, the interfaces are showing some age and are often less than elegantly presented.
Beloved as the old Integra was, there's a bit of coldness in the ILX's soul that keeps it from being all cuddly-wuddly. But if it sounds like it fits your budget and needs, let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Acura ILX for you.
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Vehicle 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)
Review Feels like Honda literally sent Acura a civic LX and they "pimped your ride" with some leather and such. Back in 2007 with my first new Acura, the TSX was with navi or not, and came fully loaded with all the other features and was tons of fun to drive, especially in the twisties (mine was a 6 speed manual). Now they have packages and trim levels (no manual trans offering) and it seems the value of Acura has gotten lost and swept up to try and compete with heavily option oriented luxury brands where you're nickle and dimed for each and every convenience. "Pleather" and heated seats, bluetooth and a dual clutch trans are all nice and standard features but also very basic ones you'll find on most cars with stickers in the low $20k range these days. If you want a touch screen entertainment system you'll pony up $2,000 for the premium package and also get some nick-nack features like perforated leather and blind spot detection. If not you're stuck with the 2006 looking blue interface that is way past its due date to be redone. The 17" wheels they put on this thing belong on a base model civic in my opinion and make the car look a touch like it's trying way too hard to be cutting edge styled, otherwise the styling of the car may be one of it's higher selling points. 2.4L motor is standard now so 201hp but it still feels like it could use a kick in the pants in that department for being damn near $30,000. Truthfully it really is just a very comfortable, better looking Civic that you can lease for under $300 a month with $0 down, however, it may be the best thing you can get for that price in the luxury market.
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The 2017 Acura Ilx earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 2.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
Available Acura ILX 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan, Hybrid
Available Trims: Base, Premium Package, Technology Package, Technology Plus Package, Technology Plus and A-SPEC Packages, Premium and A-SPEC Packages, AcuraWatch Plus Package, Hybrid w/Technology Package
Exterior Colors: Bellanova White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Fathom Blue Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Silver Moon, Catalina Blue Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, San Marino Red, Slate Silver Metallic, Alabaster Silver, Amber Brownstone, Crimson Garnet, Graphite Luster Metallic, Basque Red Pearl II
Interior Colors: Ebony leather, Parchment leather, Ebony leather/suede, Graystone leather, Black leather/leatherette, Graystone leatherette, Ebony leatherette, Black vinyl/cloth, Parchment leatherette
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Power Driver Seat, Alarm, Leather Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Upgraded Headlights, Back-up camera, Navigation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, AUTOMATED_MANUAL, MANUAL
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (recommended)
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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