2015 Acura ILX

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The 2015 Acura ILX entry-level luxury sedan comes in four versions: 2.0, 2.0 with the Premium Package, 2.0 with technology packages and 2.4 with the Premium package. The standard equipment for the base 2015 Acura ILX 2.0 includes 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, full power accessories, the keyless ignition and entry, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a fold-down rear backrest, active noise cancellation, dual zone automatic climate control, a 5-inches information display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, rearview camera, and 7-speaker audio system with CD player, USB / iPod Audio Interface and Pandora radio smartphone app integration.

The 2015 Acura ILX 2.0 Premium Package and 2.4 with the Premium package includes amenities listed above and add xenon headlights, fog lights, satellite radio and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The 2015 Acura ILX 2.0 with technology package (not available on 2.4) contains all features of the Premium package with a navigation system with a slightly larger screen, voice commands, AcuraLink, GPS-linked climate control and a 10-speaker ELS ambient sound system.

2015 Acura ILX Interior

The 2015 Acura ILX interior is well designed, but the material used is not really a step up from the top non-luxury sedans. Likewise design features Acura typical high-tech vibe, but it’s nowhere near as luxurious as the fleet A3. You get a lot of features, however. There is a 5-inch display topped the center console to the myriad infotainment functions and smartly placed buttons and knobs to control them. A 6-inch display comes with the navigation system, which allows voice command functionality (navigation and audio) and a nice-sounding ELS sound system.

Particular care was used in the design of the seats, that is supportive without giving the impression of confinement or hardness. The 2015 Acura ILX is also quite roomy for a compact car, with the decent amount of rear seat room. Yet headroom sit tightly for 6-footers, because of  car’s roof panel.

The 2015 Acura ILX luggage compartment, at 12.3 cubic feet, is average, and the opening is a bit narrow. The 2015 Acura ILX rear seat folds down to facilitate carrying long items, but the backrest is not shared allow a mix of long cargo and a passenger or two in the rear.

2015 Acura ILX Engine

Turn the base 2015 Acura ILX  with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 150 hp and 140 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission offered is 5-speed automatic that sends its power to the front wheels. In performance testing, brought this powertrain for 2015 Acura ILX from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds. It is average for the compact economy car, but slow for a compact sedan carries a premium badge. Fuel economy is respectable at 28 mpg combined (24 city / 35 highway).

The 2015 Acura ILX2.4 with the Premium package comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 201 hp and 170 Nm. A six-speed manual is only available transmission. In performance testing, the ILX 2.4 went from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. This is still a bit slower than many entry-level luxury sedans with a base engine or regular sized sedans with an upgraded four-cylinder or V6 engine. Fuel economy ratings stand at 25 mpg combined (22 city / 31 highway).

2015 Acura ILX Safety

The 2015 Acura ILX comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front headrests. A rearview camera is standard, but useful security features such as blind spot monitoring and a warning system lane departure are not available.

In government crash tests, the 2015 Acura ILX earned a top five stars for overall protection in crash tests, with 4 stars for overall frontal crash safety and five stars for side impact safety. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Acura ILX a top score of “Good” for both performance in moderate overlap frontal-offset, side impact and roof strength tests. Its head restraints and seat design also earned a “good” rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

In brake testing, 2015 Acura ILX2.0 Premium come to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet, which is slightly better than average. Curiously, the supposedly sportier 2015 Acura ILX 2.4 stopped in 130 feet, which is longer than average.

2015 Acura ILX Tech Package