Acura ILX: Luxury Vehicle, Reasonable Price
Many luxury manufacturers are now offering an entry-level, compact luxury sedan. The main reason: people can afford it.
In case you hadn't noticed, the lure for people to actually purchase a luxury vehicle has increased. It has nothing to do with the improving economy, but it does have everything to do with money.
For car shoppers looking for an upscale luxury sedan that doesn't arrive with a luxurious price tag, Acura debuted the ILX a year ago and its back for 2014 virtually unchanged - although the price did hike by roughly a thousand dollars. New this year is additional standard equipment, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power driver seat.
The ILX has an attractive curb appeal and can sit in the driveway and definitely receives a thumbs up from the neighbors making an observation on looks alone.
Of course, no one wants to purchase a vehicle that looks good and can't perform. The ILX can perform as well, providing solid acceleration, a smart interior, good (not great) gas mileage, and a "fun" element thanks to its adroit handling.
This ILX can be purchased for just under $27,000, while the upgraded version with the technology package isn't outrageously priced at $31,600. The ILX also comes in a hybrid with a $28,900 sticker price. This is Acura's first gas-electric model, the 1.5L Hybrid.
2014 Acura ILX - At a Glance
- Performance: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 150 horsepower; 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, 201 horsepower
- Mileage estimate: 24-35 mpg; 22-31 mpg
- Price: $26,900 to $29,200
- Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; drivetrain 6 years/70,000 miles; corrosion 5 years/unlimited; roadside assistance 4 years/50,000
The competition includes the Buick Verano, Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h, two other premium models.
The front-wheel drive ILX replaces the TSX as Acura's most entry-level vehicle. Slightly smaller than the TSX sedan, the ILX is based on the Honda Civic, and some might label it as an upgraded Civic. As a former satisfied Civic owner, I can honestly say that the ILX ranks quite a bit higher than a Civic and surprisingly gets a little better gas mileage.
The ILX is pretty zippier, especially the premium model that features a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It feels quicker than the estimated 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds.
The base ILX is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. It's two seconds slower, going 0-60 mph than the premium ILX. The hybrid version is a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder paired with an electric motor that has a combined 111 horsepower.
From an interior standpoint, the ILX won't dazzle anyone. However, it's very well constructed. The controls are within convenient reach and are easy to master. And even though it's small, the 5-inch display screen is a real plus. Another positive is automatic climate control that comes standard.
The ILX provides considerable space for a compact car. The front seats are both roomy and comfortable, although head room might be an issue for taller occupants. The back seat offers good leg room and passengers won't feel cramped overall. Trunk space is average at 12.4 cubic feet.
Although the ILX is no sports car, its handling does provide an athletic driving feel, thanks to its light weight and rigid suspension.
For anyone shopping for an upper-end Civic like the SI model, note that for about $4,000 more the ILX can be purchased. The ILX is worth it.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesRocklin Flash Crime Report (9.28.16)Rocklin, CA- The latest police activity report from Rocklin Police covering the period of September 12- 18, 2016.
Rocklin Venues to Host Cyclocross RacesRocklin, CA - On October 8 and 9 Sacramento Cyclocross will kick-off their cyclocross race season with exhilarating events in two Rocklin locations
$3 Million Plan to Remove Damaged Trees Approved by SupervisorsCounty staff has identified approximately 1,800 trees in need of immediate removal. With an estimate of $1,700 per tree, the total cost of the project is expected to be about $3.1 million
Draft Vision for Sunset Area and Placer Ranch in South PlacerRoseville, CA - Placer County planners today unveiled the first draft land use vision for Placer Ranch and the Sunset Area in south Placer
Grant to Support Seniors First Meal Delivery ProgramSeniors First Executive Director Jamee Horning is honored to announce the receipt of $15,000 from Sierra Health Foundation, a private philanthropy committed to improving health
Steven Pedretti: New Community Development Resource Agency directorGuiding future development in Placer County is now in the hands of Steven Pedretti, Placer's new Community Development Resource Agency director.
Best & Worst Cities for People with DisabilitiesThe results are in for 2016's Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities.
Allyhoos Comfort Young Hospital PatientsIt all began with her own physical suffering, and through this suffering she has helped heal others.
Seniors First Receives Grant from Alzheimer's Foundation of AmericaSeniors First, located in Auburn, has announced the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America
UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Grant RenewedThe UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, which investigates cognitive aging and dementia, has received renewed funding of $6.9 million
Roseville Gas Prices Ticking UpwardRoseville, CA- Gas prices in Roseville and surrounding communities continue to push upward
Roseville Woman Sentenced to 14 Year Prison SentenceRachel Siders, 41, of Roseville, was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison for her involvement in mortgage fraud schemes that cost financial institutions over $17 million
NEWS: In Case You Missed It