Is the Acura ILX a Good Car?
There are better options in the luxury small car class than the 2019 Acura ILX. It isn’t very engaging to drive, there’s some road noise at high speeds and over rough pavement, and its interior has some hard plastics. It also has a below-average predicted reliability rating. On the plus side, this Acura has a good amount of engine power and a slew of standard safety features.
Should I Buy the Acura ILX?
The ILX’s below-average base price and lengthy list of standard and optional features make it an appealing vehicle. However, most rivals deliver better all-around performance and are worth consideration.
With the Kia Stinger, you can stay at the more affordable end of the spectrum and still get a fantastic car. This sporty sedan has a ride that is a near-perfect balance of sport and comfort. It also comes with ample standard features like leather upholstery, as well as lots of passenger and cargo space. There are also some nonluxury compact cars that compare favorably to the ILX, including the Honda Civic. The affordable Civic has athletic handling, more potent engine options, and a spacious cabin.
Should I Buy a New or Used Acura ILX?
The 2019 ILX is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. Acura added leather seats, heated seats, and a rearview parking camera to the base trim of the 2014 ILX. It discontinued the ILX Hybrid for the 2015 model year. The 2016 ILX received a mild refresh with a revised powertrain, updated exterior styling, and additional available safety features. For 2018, Acura added a Special Edition ILX trim.
As part of a refresh for 2019, Acura updated the interior and exterior design and added AcuraWatch to the base trim. This system includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and a multi-view rearview parking camera. The infotainment system is also updated, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available. The mechanics of the ILX are unchanged from previous years.
If you’re not interested in the 2019 updates, consider an older model to save some money. If you are considering a used model, the 2016 ILX is a great option because it’s fairly similar to the new ILX, but it will likely cost you thousands less. Read our overviews of the 2017 and 2018 ILX for more information on recent models, and check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.
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How Much Does the Acura ILX Cost?
The 2019 Acura ILX starts at $25,900, which is one of the lowest base prices in the class. Instead of trim levels, Acura offers the ILX with packages that all cost around $2,000. Fully loading the ILX will cost you about $35,500, which is reasonable considering many competitors start at around that price.