2017 ILX New Car Test Drive
The Acura ILX is a luxury front-wheel-drive compact with simple choices compared to some of its rivals: one engine, one transmission, and three trim levels.
Edgy and sporty, it uses a sharp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and paddle-shifting twin-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission. It makes 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The ILX cabin is a sweet spot to spend time, with contoured surfaces and instruments that are easy to read.
The Acura ILX competes most directly with the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA.
For 2016, it got a light update, with LED headlamps, better interior materials, and more available connectivity including a dual-screen infotainment system. The 2017 Acura ILX is unchanged.
The NHTSA gives it five stars for crash safety, and the IIHS gives it top scores including in the small overlap frontal impact test, which very few cars ace. Acura's available advanced safety systems were rated Superior, to give it a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The 2017 ILX is rated by the EPA at 25/35 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Premium fuel is recommended, so that raises the fuel cost. That's 2 mpg more than the A3 and 1 mpg less than the CLA.
The 2017 Acura ILX ($27,990) comes in Premium ($29,990), and Technology Plus ($32,990) trim levels. There's an A-Spec package ($2000) that adds a spoiler, foglamps and 18-inch 10-spoke wheels.
Standard equipment includes power moonroof, power driver's seat, a multi-view rearview camera, and Bluetooth. The Premium adds leather, power passenger seat, dual-screen infotainment, satellite radio, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.