2018 Acura ILX Silky Smooth Transmission; Powerful Engine

July 16, 2018

2018 Acura ILX Silky Smooth Transmission; Powerful Engine

Smart styling; inexpensive price of entry; compact footprint; silky smooth transmission; powerful engine

The 2018 Acura ILX is powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder that makes a very healthy 201 horsepower. The engine is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This all adds up to sprightly performance from the powerful drivetrain, as well as relaxed cruising on the highway, thanks to the extra gears.

Power is sent to the front wheels in the ILX making for decent traction. Suspension tuning strikes a nice balance between handling and ride. The ILX feels smooth and controlled on twisty roads, but the suspension is still soft enough to soak up all but the biggest bumps.

The ILX bills itself as a small luxury car, and its list of standard features backs up that assertion. Standard items on the basic ILX include a 6-speaker sound system with Bluetooth, USB, Pandora and iPod connectivity, an SMS text messaging assistant, a multi-view rear facing camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, powered and heated side mirrors and LED headlights.

Upgrading to the Premium Package will add leather seating surfaces, a 7-inch multifunction touch screen, an improved stereo with a subwoofer, HD radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a HomeLink garage door opener. The Premium Package also adds a couple of safety features, including blind spot information and cross traffic monitoring.

The top-of-the-line Tech Plus trim adds a 10-speaker stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, a TFT multi-information display, and a navigation system that can be linked to the climate control system. The Tech Plus trim also comes with suite of safety and driver assistance technologies which Acura has named AcuraWatch. These features include an adaptive cruise control system, a lane departure warning system, a lane-keeping assist system and a road departure and collision mitigation braking system. Though AcuraWatch is standard on the Tech Plus trim, it is also available on the base and Premium Package trims as a $1,300 option.

2018 Acura ILX Parts and Accessories

For buyers who wish the ILX was a little sportier, an A-spec package includes 18-inch wheels, fog lamps and a spoiler as well as suede seat inserts and a few external badges.

New for 2018 is the Special Edition Package. It offers several add-ons to the exterior of the car including 18-inch alloy wheels, side sills and a rear spoiler. And at a cost of just $800, it won't break the bank.

The Acura ILX is an entry-level compact luxury car. Despite its diverse feature set and high-end badge, the ILX actually starts at under $29,000. Being smaller than traditional luxury cars means that the ILX is right at home in the city, where parallel parking a large vehicle might be problematic. Buyers who don't necessarily want or need a large car may find themselves in the enviable position of being able to get luxury appointments in a small urban-friendly package.

2018 Acura ILX Prices

2018 Acura ILX sedan$28,100.00
2018 Acura ILX Special Edition $28,900.00
2018 Acura ILX w/AcuraWatch Plus$29,400.00
2018 Acura ILX w/Premium Package$30,100.00
2018 Acura ILX w/Premium/A-SPEC Package$32,100.00
2018 Acura ILX w/Technology Plus Package$33,100.00
2018 Acura ILX w/Technology Plus/A-SPEC Package$35,100.00

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2018 Acura ILX Features and Specifications

EPA ClassificationCompact Cars
MPG/MPGe35 Highway / 25 City
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
EnginePremium Unleaded I-4 2.4L/144 cu in
TransmissionAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Overall Crash Safety Rating5 / 5 Stars

Power and Performance
Engine 4 Cylinder Engine
Transmission 8-Speed A/T
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
FuelGasoline Fuel
Suspension Data Unavailable
Steering Power Steering
Adjustable Steering Wheel
Brakes4-Wheel Disc Brakes
MirrorsPower Mirror(s)
WipersVariable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Tires - Front Performance
  • Tires - Rear Performance
Temporary Spare Tire
WheelsAluminum Wheels
Doors Data Unavailable
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Daytime Running Lights
Fog Lamps
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Bucket Seats
Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Multi-Zone A/C
Center Console
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Rear Defrost
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Satellite Radio

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