2018 Acura ILX Sedan

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Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Acura ILX Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Acura ILX Base include 2.4L I-4 201hp engine, 8-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Acura
ILX Sedan

Starting at: $28,100

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 201hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 180 lb.-ft. @ 3,800RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 87.0mm x 99.0mm (3.43" x 3.90")
  • Compression ratio - 11.60 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,620mm (181.9")
  • Exterior body width - 1,793mm (70.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.6m (18.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,074mm (42.3")
  • Rear legroom - 864mm (34.0")
  • Front headroom - 965mm (38.0")
  • Rear headroom - 912mm (35.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,278mm (50.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,313mm (51.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,359mm (53.5")
  • Passenger volume - 2,529L (89.3 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 348 L (12 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 348 L (12 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 201hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Torque - 180 lb.-ft. @ 3,800RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sequential SportShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 29mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 35mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 215/45VR17.0
  • Rear tires - 215/45VR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Tires - performance
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2018 Acura ILX Sedan Base Search New $28,100   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  
Special Edition 2018 Acura ILX Sedan Special Edition Search New $28,900   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  
AcuraWatch Plus 2018 Acura ILX Sedan AcuraWatch Plus Search New $29,400   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  
Premium 2018 Acura ILX Sedan Premium Search New $30,100   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  
Premium A-SPEC 2018 Acura ILX Sedan Premium A-SPEC Search New $32,100   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  
Technology Plus 2018 Acura ILX Sedan Technology Plus Search New $33,100   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  
Technology Plus A-SPEC 2018 Acura ILX Sedan Technology Plus A-SPEC Search New $35,100   201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 35  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

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.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

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.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

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.


New Car Test Drive

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.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

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).

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