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2020 Acura ILX Sedan

What’s new

  • The ILX returns unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the first ILX generation introduced for 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of features for the money
  • Precise steering feel
  • Lightweight, plasticky interior trim
  • Many technology features feel outdated
  • Leisurely acceleration, especially for the class
Other years
MSRP Range
$25,900 - $31,650
MSRP Starting at
$25,900
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$22,522
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$22,522 - $27,266

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MSRP Range
$25,900 - $31,650
MSRP Starting at
$25,900
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$22,522
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$22,522 - $28,493

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2020 Acura ILX Review

The Acura ILX received a handful of updates last year, including new front-end styling, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, more safety features, and, in a rare twist, a lower price. The changes advanced the ILX's mission of offering a luxury badge with lots of standard equipment at a bargain price.

Nothing changes for the 2020 model. That's not necessarily a bad thing — the ILX still represents a good value. But it also means another year of rival automakers introducing more compelling entry-level luxury sedans. A robust list of standard features can't cover for the ILX's swaths of cheap, hollow-feeling plastic or its noisy cabin and slow acceleration.

The Acura remains a pleasant car to sit in and drive, plus it comes with the brand's reputation for reliability and a care-free ownership. But the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz A-Class are better cars in almost every aspect. Even a non-luxury model such as the new Mazda 3 offers a richer and more upscale driving experience than the dated ILX.

Which ILX does Edmunds recommend?

The ILX with the Premium package combines a low price with all the features you'll need. You won't get the navigation system included with the more expensive Technology package, but Apple and Android smartphone integration lets you use your favorite nav app anyway.

2020 Acura ILX models

The Acura ILX starts with a reasonably well-equipped base trim level and offers three major upgrade packages. All trim levels use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (201 horsepower, 180 lb-ft of torque) paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The ILX is front-wheel-drive only.

Key to the ILX's appeal is its generous list of standard features, which include premium touches such as LED headlights, a sunroof, simulated leather upholstery and heated front seats. The base model's tech entertainment is fairly basic, with Bluetooth streaming audio and a six-speaker sound system.

The AcuraWatch suite of safety features and driver aids comes standard. It includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

Choosing the Premium package brings additional driver aids, leather upholstery, a better stereo system and, critically, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you want navigation, you'll need the Technology package, which has the Premium's features plus a 10-speaker sound system and Acura's connected services. Finally, there's the A-Spec. It's primarily an appearance package — with unique exterior and interior trim plus 18-inch wheels — that can be paired to either the Premium or Technology package.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Acura ILX.

5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 25%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 4 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • interior
  • value
  • appearance
  • technology
  • fuel efficiency
  • transmission
  • road noise
  • comfort
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • driving experience
  • maintenance & parts
  • lights
  • infotainment system
  • sound system
  • handling & steering
  • seats
  • engine
  • wheels & tires
  • doors
  • brakes

Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 ILX an Incredible Vehicle
Rob,
Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

Before purchasing this car, I did a TON of reading both professional and consumer reviews as well as watching YouTube review videos. Some professional reviewers get behind the wheel, floor the gas pedal, and then say it's noisy and not fast enough. But the truth is most drivers don't floor the gas in everyday driving. For a driver like myself going to work every day in a normal commute I found the car to be very quick and it also gives a quiet ride! The transmission and engine work very well together for an incredibly smooth driving experience, and both have proven long term reliability. The styling is great, and the fit and finish is quality. It's a very solid feeling car and mine has absolutely no squeaks or rattles. The ELS stereo system with surround sound blows me away and it's the best sound system I've ever heard in a car. The lower touch screen is solely dedicated to the sound system with integrated pandora capability as well as XM radio. The upper screen is dedicated to navigation as well as apple car play and android auto. Reviewers like to complain about the dual screen set up, but I think it's great! My one and only complaint about this car is that the navigation is very dated looking, but hey it works well anyway. The best part about this car is no doubt the value for the money. Compare it to other premium brands and you will pay thousands more, and you really cannot compared it to a non premium model such as a civic because it's truly a cut above in fit and finish. In a way it's in a class all by itself. Also great is that the cost of repair and normal maintenance is nowhere near what you will pay for other premium brands. So all in all I know I made a great decision in buying the ILX and look forward to driving this fun car for many years to come.

3 out of 5 stars, Neither here nor there
LawyerDave,
Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

I was leasing a Mazda3 premium plus. I loved that car and was inclined to get the new redesigned one, but had some negative feelings about the Mazda dealership experience. Against my better judgement I looked at the Acura ILX. Let me just saw that this car is inferior to the 3 in virtually every respect, and in some ways vastly inferior. But first, the positives: the headlights! This car has the best headlights ever. They illuminate the road extremely well under any circumstances such that I hardly ever use my high beams. Next, the value: it's easily the cheapest "luxury"vehicle one can lease and you do get a great amount of tech for the money as long as you step up to the quite affordable premium package. Apple Carplay? Emergency braking? Lane departure warning? Sunroof? You've got it! And finally, the seats. Extremely comfortable. Everyone who sits in them makes the same observation. Now, the negatives: IT'S NOT A LUXURY CAR!!!!! Rear windows aren't automatic. Seriously? My Mazda had a vastly superior interior. It also had a vastly superior driving experience. Acura's DCT is a horrible transmission, never seeming to know which gear to be in at lower speeds. It hesitates before downshifting and flutters about annoyingly, irritating the driver and probably wasting gas. The 3 also ran circles around this car in terms of handling. The ILX does not do well in the twisties and the noises it makes and general way it behaves just does not inspire one to test its limits and push it harder. It's not completely awful but feels a lot more like a Toyota product, or maybe even an old Buick. Steering/handling are vague. Last but not least, the heating system: the weakest I have experienced in any vehicle, period. Unacceptably bad. I will leave it at that. One may wonder why I got this car given the above. It came down to price. Truthfully, I am paying less to lease it than I paid for the Mazda. And it is very cute looking. People tell me that all the time.

5 out of 5 stars, Excellent
Danene ,
Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

We are very happy with our new car ! Drives well responsive, sharp looking inside and out lots of features . Highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars, ILX GREAT CAR
Ernesto ,
Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

I would recommend Edmonds.com to get the best price

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Features & Specs

Premium Package 4dr Sedan features & specs
Premium Package 4dr Sedan
2.4L 4cyl 8AM
MSRP$27,750
MPG 24 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower201 hp @ 6800 rpm
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Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan features & specs
Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan
2.4L 4cyl 8AM
MSRP$29,750
MPG 24 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower201 hp @ 6800 rpm
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4dr Sedan features & specs
4dr Sedan
2.4L 4cyl 8AM
MSRP$25,900
MPG 24 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower201 hp @ 6800 rpm
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Technology Package 4dr Sedan features & specs
Technology Package 4dr Sedan
2.4L 4cyl 8AM
MSRP$29,650
MPG 24 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower201 hp @ 6800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite ILX safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Warns if a front collision is imminent and will apply the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Lane Keeping Assist System
Warns if you are drifting out of your lane without signaling and will nudge the car back if no action is taken.
Blind-Spot Information System
Indicates if a car is lurking in your blind spot and will beep if you signal for a lane change in that direction.
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

Acura ILX vs. the competition

Acura ILX vs. Mazda 3

Until this year when the Mazda 3 was redesigned, this might not have been an apt comparison. But this year's 3 is one part mainstream compact car and one part entry-luxury sedan. It boasts a nicer interior than the ILX and plenty of convenience features. The ILX still has an edge with engine power, but that doesn't mean the Mazda is slower. The 3 is also available with all-wheel drive, something the ILX doesn't offer.

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Acura ILX vs. Audi A3

The price difference between a base ILX and a base Audi A3 is substantial. But load up the ILX with all the options, similar to what you get in the base A3, and the gap shrinks by half. We'd argue it's worth the stretch to the A3. You get sharper and more modern interior tech, better cabin materials, and a more engaging car to drive because of the A3's increased power and more nimble handling. It's definitely the better luxury sedan of the two.

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Acura ILX vs. Honda Civic

The ILX is based on the last-generation Civic. The current Honda Civic is light-years ahead of the old car in drivability, technology and quality. It's an excellent choice for a small car, and it offers more backseat room than the ILX. The Civic's optional turbo engine is also much punchier around town and more fuel-efficient to boot. Unless you really want the Acura brand name, we'd recommend the current Civic over the ILX. And if you do really want the Acura brand, we'd suggest simply sizing up to the better, and not much more expensive, Acura TLX.

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FAQ
Is the Acura ILX a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 ILX both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 ILX gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews) You probably care about Acura ILX fuel economy, so it's important to know that the ILX gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the ILX has 12.4 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. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Acura ILX?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Acura ILX:

  • The ILX returns unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the first ILX generation introduced for 2013
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Is the Acura ILX reliable?
To determine whether the Acura ILX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the ILX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the ILX's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Acura ILX a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Acura ILX is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 ILX gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 ILX is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Acura ILX?

The least-expensive 2020 Acura ILX is the 2020 Acura ILX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,900.

Other versions include:

  • Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) which starts at $27,750
  • Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) which starts at $29,750
  • 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) which starts at $25,900
  • Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) which starts at $29,650
  • Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) which starts at $31,650
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What are the different models of Acura ILX?
If you're interested in the Acura ILX, the next question is, which ILX model is right for you? ILX variants include Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), and Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM). For a full list of ILX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Acura ILX

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Overview

The 2020 Acura ILX Sedan is offered in the following styles: Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), and Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM).

What do people think of the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 ILX Sedan 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2020 ILX Sedan.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 ILX Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including Premium Package, Premium and A-SPEC Packages, Base, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan here.
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.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Acura ILX Sedan?
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

The 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,675. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is trending $3,411 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,411 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,264.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is 11.1% below the MSRP.

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2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

The 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,775. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is trending $3,166 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,166 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,609.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is 11% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 32 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

The 2020 Acura ILX Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,925. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura ILX Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is trending $3,790 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,790 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,135.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is 14.1% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 16 2020 Acura ILX Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

The 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,675. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is trending $3,611 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,611 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,064.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is 11.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)

The 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,775. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is trending $3,438 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,438 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,337.

The average savings for the 2020 Acura ILX Sedan Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) is 11.2% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Acura ILX Sedan?

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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