Like many others, we were openly disappointed with Honda after driving its lackluster 2012 Civic, a model so ill-conceived that the Japanese automaker was forced to put together a far-reaching facelift after just one year on the market. We found the resulting 2013 Civic to be much improved, putting the sedan back into the thick of the economy-car hunt.

The 2013 model year not only brought with it an upgraded Civic, it also marked the first model year of the Civic's upscale twin, the Acura ILX. Despite having the same model year and the same general underpinnings as the Honda, the ILX went on sale ahead of the freshened Civic and didn't receive all of the upgrades to its suspension, structure or NVH tuning (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) that graced its more plebeian cousin. While the ILX was a somewhat quieter and more refined car to begin with, the Civic's 2013 changes meant that it crept uncomfortably close to its Acura-badged brother in terms of refinement and standard equipment. For 2014, however, Acura is taking steps to remedy the inequity.

2014 Acura ILXThe 2014 ILX features a reworked interior with new leather seating surfaces and retrimmed door cards, along with heated front seats (the driver's side now featuring eight-way power), along with an enhanced audio system featuring a new subwoofer and active noise cancellation technology (found elsewhere on Honda's Odyssey minivan). A new multi-angle rearview camera and 17-inch alloys round out the 2014 model changes.

Unfortunately, no mention has been made of any changes to the car's unseen bits. While we don't mind that there hasn't been much in the way of an aesthetic rework, the Civic received reworked suspension tuning, additional sound deadening, and even structural enhancements for improved safety. We're inquiring to see if any such changes have been effected to the 2014 ILX, but for now it looks like the model year changes include mostly interior furnishings. As before, the ILX will be available with either a 2.0-liter, 150-horsepower four-cylinder or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder offering 201 horsepower (the latter recently lost an Autoblog comparison test to the Buick Verano Turbo). Details on the 2014 ILX Hybrid model have not yet been released.

For all of its upgrades, the 2013 Civic only suffered a $160 increase to its base price. The Indiana-assembled 2014 ILX, by contrast, is $1,000 dearer, starting at $26,900 (plus $895 in destination fees) for the five-speed auto model. All-in, the 2013 ILX has sold just 7,503 units through April so far this year.
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2014 ACURA ILX LUXURY SPORTS SEDAN ARRIVES WITH HOST OF NEW STANDARD FEATURES, PROVIDING MORE CONTENT AND VALUE

05/13/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif
The 2014 Acura ILX luxury sports sedan goes on sale tomorrow with a host of new standard features, further strengthening the gateway vehicle to the Acura brand. Introduced as an all-new model for the 2013 model year, the 2014 Acura ILX offers increased value on a luxury scale with eight new standard features to enhance its curb appeal, interior comfort and overall driving enjoyment.

The ILX is the only luxury model on the top ten list of Generation Y car shoppers according to J.D. Power and Associates, and the 2014 ILX gets upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, while the interior receives new leather seating surfaces and leatherette door liners, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. The ride experience is further enhanced by a new audio-system subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system that are standard features on the 2014 ILX, which starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price* (MSRP) of $26,900, an increase of just $1,000.

Two advanced powertrain choices are available for 2014 ILX, with a standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower. Paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, it has an EPA ** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 24/35/28 mpg. For a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission matched to a 2.4-liter engine generating 201 horsepower, and earning an EPA ** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 22/31/25 mpg. Information on the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

The ILX uses 59 percent high strength steel (HSS) in its body structure for enhanced protection and chassis rigidity. The chassis utilizes an advanced, fully independent MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension system and Acura signature Amplitude Reactive Dampers, which offer superior ride comfort and precise handling. In addition, Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is used for excellent steering feel and improved fuel efficiency.

The high-quality, well-appointed interior is smart, spacious and sporty. It offers a number of convenient features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® interface and SMS text message function for easy connectivity. As before, a Premium Package and Technology Package are both available.

Acura's belief in "Safety Through Innovation" is the foundation for the brand's commitment to leadership in safety, and accordingly the ILX has a wide range of standard active and passive safety features, including Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. It received a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), attaining a score of GOOD in all four Institute tests, including the rigorous roof-strength test.

The Acura ILX is manufactured exclusively at the company's state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant using U.S. and globally sourced parts.

TRIM MSRP* EPA** MPG (city/highway/combined)
2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic $26,900 24/35/28
2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic w/ Premium Package $29,200 24/35/28
2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic w/Technology Package $31,600 24/35/28
2014 ILX 6-Speed Manual with Premium Package $29,200 22/31/25
About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features seven distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the ZDX four-door sports coupe, and the soon to be released all-new MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.


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      Steven
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own the Acura ILX 2.0 Premium and I think it makes sense to offer leather and 17" for only $1,000 more. $26,900 is a great value for what you get. I bought my IlX Premium for $27,000 and I think it is a great value. I own the car so I can say that it is a GREAT car. I think it drives smooth, has decent power and gets great MPG. It makes sense to offer more value in 2014. They are not going to change the engines the next year, they are going to adjust production and when the 2015 TLX comes out, the next ILX will get one of the new "earth dreams" engines. The RDX had a slower first run and look at how well the new 2013-14 RDX is selling, it has been the top seller. If you ar looking at the ILX test drive it, it is a great car.
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        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        Say what you will about but I just don't see how there's anything objectively ugly about it. It's utterly inoffensive
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          @Shiftright
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          @Shiftright
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        Rochester
        • 1 Year Ago
        Exactly right. Honda should see if Sarah Palin is available as spokesmoron.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      The people Honda is selling this pimped out Civic to are NOT reading AutoBlog. Let's understand that basic fact first, and everything else kind of slips into place.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2004 Acura TSX w/manual transmission. No current Honda/Acura has advanced one iota from my decade-old-car. Honda keeps resting on its laurels while competitors are putting out 250+ HP turbo DI engines mated to 8-speed transmissions getting better fuel economy than the n/a fours in Hondas. For shame.
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        @Matt
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        mary.keana
        • 1 Year Ago
        Get a clue you clueless troll. IT's the age of the buyers, not about all the rental cars Buick sells which is plenty. Buick still sells to 70 year old women.
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          @mary.keana
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      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Cadillac Cimmaron just called, and it wants it's Poser Crown back.
      MrMonkaroo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It amazes me that the new Kia Forte EX/SX offers more equipment and technology than this ILX. What is Acura thinking? You can't allow lower market cars like the Focus, Elantra, and Forte out perform your premium model. The Kia offers this in their Forte! *6-speed automatic *power folding mirrors *cooled and heated driver seat *Latest infotainment *direct injected 2.0 and 1.6 liter turbo *HID Headlights
        mary.keana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MrMonkaroo
        If ALL you are interested in are CHEAP Gadgest, then yes, KIA is for you.
          JDubbs115
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mary.keana
          But gadgetry was how Acura tried to position themselves for the past several years. They were supposed to be the techy, advanced premium/entry-lux brand. That's why their interiors look the way they do. But people stop noticing when cars like the Forte and Focus cost less, come with more, and according to reviews, are probably just as nice. Kia's new UVO system is also way ahead of anything Acura's putting in the ILX now, that's for sure. There's a reason why Acura's a North American only brand. They're just nice Hondas...
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mary.keana
          LOL, MicroSoft's UVO advanced. That was funny.
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      Mr White
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear HoeHum/Ass-ura, LEARN TO BUILD A DECENTLY EXCITING CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You want some pointers?!: -Base Engine should be the 201 HP Inline 4, with a 6AT. -Upgraded Engine should be the 240 HP turbo charged inline 4 that was found in the last gen RDX offered in a 6MT and 6AT. -Add Nav. -Add blind spot monitoring, lane departure, ect. (Things that can be found in the HONDA Accord but not an Acura?! That makes sense!!!!!!) -Add a "Type S" Model with optional 18 Inch Wheels and an SH-AWD System, 6MT only. Lets get the brand performance line moving here! -This car should start where the top-of-the-line Civic ends. -When your Entry Luxury Sedan is out geared by a $17,000 Kia and you get smoked by a BUICK you have a HUGE PROBLEM!!!! -In Conclusion, make it as un-CIVIC like as possible. Make it more ILX-ish!!! -Your Concerned Fan, Mr White PS- Fire your designers, marketing dept, project managers, and anyone involved in the ILX monstrosity and hire those of us who post on Autoblog!! Pay us $40,000 a year as part time consultants...and...LISTEN TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY!!!!! You will turn a profit.
        Mondrell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr White
        "-This car should start where the top-of-the-line Civic ends." This is my biggest concern for the ILX. Not only is it struggling for new buyers, it doesn't seem to be convincing the current Honda/Acura community, which isn't as brand conscious as other mainstream/upscale pairings. A guy in an Acura doesn't necessarily have qualms about 'downgrading' to a Honda tomorrow if he feels as if the better value is there, and I'd certainly do so since the ILX, unlike my 3.2 CL, largely parallels the Civic line instead of building upon it at thousands more per trim.
        x19x19
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr White
        Absolutely correct on all points. Mr. Honda would be spinning in his grave seeing how the once engineering leader (especially powertrains) is now dead last.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just me thinking out-loud here but I have no issues with a loaded Focus $26K, and I'm feel I'm getting techonology overdose with refinement and performance,yet the ILX starting at $26K doesn't address all the other inherent issues of the Civic underneath, and the badge isn't enough to justify the added cost. Or even Verano or Cruse for what matter. Anyone else see that?
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        Jim Pease
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        I'd get a Bordeaux red Fusion with My Ford Touch for about the same price as the ILX.
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim Pease
          you would WILLINGLY pay for "My Ford Touch"?
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      The base engine should have been the 2.4 with an auto AND manual! Wait... never mind. Just buy a TSX.
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        @Indubitably
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      max
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe people aren't really into this car because of it's painfully slow engine and a crappy 5 speed transmission? Sure you can get the 2.4 liter with a 6 speed, but at that price point you might as well get a TSX if you're really into Acuras. My point is that it needs a little more than 150 lousy horse power if Acura wants to be "up market"
      TurbosForAll
      • 1 Year Ago
      An expensive Civic, underpowered vs. competitors. A Jetta GLI or TDI seems a much better option to me, more satisfying overall.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurbosForAll
        Jetta is not entry level luxury - the ILX just, just barely qualifies but only because of the brand, not this product
          Mondrell
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          And yet, the upper-echelon of the Jetta line does a far more convincing entry-level upscale impersonation than the ILX. That would matter far more to me than the brand, especially when the brand in question is admittedly as dubious of perception as Acura.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
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