2014 Acura ILX becomes more standard equipment, which includes 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, the power driver’s seat and heated front seats. An entry in the growing compact entry-level luxury sport sedan segment offers 2014 Acura ILX consumers something a cut above the usual small sedans. The smaller and cheaper than more established the German and the Japanese veterans, the ILX related to the Honda Civic. But this is not just a simple ” badge job” of designers who are implementing some Acura badge and call it a day. The 2014 Acura ILX is longer and wider, with a completely different style, a more powerful base engine and many more standard features than the little Honda.
Available only as a four-door sedan, the ILX offers two power-train options (plus 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, which is reviewed separately). The basic version is equipped with a fairly pedestrian but thrifty 2.0-liter, four-cylinder. The driving enthusiasts will lean toward ILX 2.4 model, which has the more powerful 2.4-liter four that comes only with the six-speed manual gearbox. The base 2.0-liter version does not constitute an affordable gateway to premium-brand car ownership. However, its performance is not in the same league as the entry-level versions of its competitors. With its sport sedan bojelser, the 2.4 model attractive, but the lack of an automatic transmission limits its appeal.
Potential buyers should also know that for the same money as a loaded ILX you can get a scanned version of a spacious midsize sedan such as a Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata or Nissan Altima. Still, if you are looking for the relatively affordable small sedan that is good on gas and gives off a premium vibe, the 2014 Acura ILX is the good choice. 2014 Acura ILX luxury sedan available in four versions: 2.0, 2.0 with Premium Package, 2.0 with technology package and 2.4 with the Premium package. There is also the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid.
Standard equipment for base 2.0 and the 2.4 includes 17-inch wheels, athe sunroof, keyless ignition, full power accessories, the tilt and the telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, one eight-way power driver seat and the heated front seats, active noise cancellation, dual-zone conditioner, 1:05-inch information display, The Bluetooth phone and the audio connectivity, USB/iPod connectivity, and SMS text messaging functionality, and a seven speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and Pandora radio smartphone app integration.
Move up to the 2.0 Premium and 2.4 Premium adds xenon headlights, fog lights, a rear view camera and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The technique trim (not available on 2.4) contains all the features of the Premium package with a navigation system with the slightly larger screen, voice commands and the 10-speaker ELS surround sound audio system with digital music storage.
2014 Acura ILX Interior
The ILX interior is well built, but the material used is not really a step up from the best non-luxury sedans. Likewise design features Acura typical high-tech vibe, but it’s nowhere near as luxurious in this as in the fleet TSX. But if you’re after high-tech features, Acura ILX definitely delivers. There is a 5-inch monitor topped center console for the myriad infotainment functions and smartly placed buttons and knobs to control them. The 6-inch screen comes with navigation system, which makes voice command functionality (navigation and audio) and a nice sounding ELS audio system.
Particular care was used in the design of the seats to be supportive, but do not give impression of confinement or hardness. The ILX is also quite roomy for a compact car, with the decent amount of rear seat room. Yet headroom can be compact for 6 footers, because of the car’s roof panel. Cargo area, at 12.4 cubic feet, is average, and the opening is a bit narrow. The rear seat folds down to carry long objects, but the backrest is split to allow a mixture of long cargo and a passenger or two in the rear.
2014 Acura ILX Engine
Turn the base 2014 ILX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque. The only the transmission offered is the five-speed automatic that sends its power to the front wheels. In Edmunds performance testing, conducted this drive system for ILX from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds. It is average for a compact economy car but slow for a compact sedan carries a premium badge. The fuel economy is respectable at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.
The ILX 2.4 with Premium package comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated at 201 hp and 170 Nm. A six-speed manual is the only available transmission. The Acura ILX 2.4 went from 0 to 60 mph just in 7.1 seconds. This is average for the both entry-level luxury sedans with a base engine and regular sized sedans with an upgraded four-cylinder or V6 engine. The fuel economy ratings stand at 22/31/25.
2014 Acura ILX Security
2014 Acura ILX comes standard with antilock brakes, front seat side airbags, the stability and traction control, side curtain airbags and active front headrests . The rear-view camera is optional. In government crash tests, the Acura ILX earned the top five-star rating for overall protection in crash tests, with four stars for overall frontal crash safety, and five stars for side -impact safety. The Insurance Institute for the Highway Safety gave the ILX a top score of ” Good” for the car’s performance in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, the side impact and the roof strength tests. Its head restraint design also earned the “good” rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts.