2019 ILX New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Acura ILX traces its ancestry to the Honda Civic of the recent past, but this year it receives a round of updates that give it a more contemporary feel.
The 2019 ILX now comes with new active safety and driver-assistance technology, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on all but the base model. With a resigned front end, the ILX now looks more like its Acura siblings, too.
Acura offers the ILX in a single trim level, but it can be fitted with one or two of the three available option groups: Premium, A-Spec, and Technology.
New features have been added to the sportier-looking A-Spec edition including Ebony or Red leather sport seats, 18-inch wheels, darkened headlights and taillights, and a gloss black decklid spoiler.
Every ILX has front-wheel drive and the same powertrain: a 201-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 pound-feet of torque, coupled to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are standard.
The NHTSA gave the 2019 ILX a five-star rating overall. The IHHS rated the 2019 ILX 'Good'? in each of its instrumented crash-tests, but its headlights held it back from earning a Top Safety Pick award..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
The base ILX Sedan ($25,900) comes with a moonroof, 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, and keyless ignition.
ILX with Premium Package ($27,650) adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, leather seat trim, sport seats, power passenger seat, blind-spot monitors, and satellite and HD radio.
ILX with Premium and A-Spec Packages ($29,650) adds 18-inch wheels, aluminum pedals, side spoilers, a decklid spoiler, LED foglights, and leather-trimmed seats with ultrasuede inserts.
ILX with Technology Package ($29,550) includes navigation, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, real-time traffic, and a multi-view rearview camera.
ILX with Technology and A-Spec Packages ($31,550) combines contents of the Technology and A-Spec option groups..