A respectable entry-level luxury compact
Road Test EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: There are a few certainties that come with Acura vehicles: They are often going to have strong drivetrains, snappy handling traits and conservative styling. And it’;s no distinct with this 2014 Acura ILX Tech which is based mostly on the Honda Civic. That implies a suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup out back, but I will not truly think the ILX appears a lot like the Civic. Confident, they have similar proportions but the sheetmetal is certainly different. I am also glad that the Acura retains the torque-converted automated gearbox as an alternative of following the Civic’;s lead and “upgrading” to a constantly variable transmission — at least for now.
This is the 1st time I’;ve been in an ILX with the base 2.-liter 4-cylinder, which I’;ll level out isn’;t the one.8-liter unit that regular Civics get. Although 150 hp in the ILX felt enough receiving off the line and merging into the expressway, there is no denying that my drivetrain of option is the 2.4-liter I4 with 201-hp teamed with the super slick 6-speed manual. The issue there is that the 2.4-liter is only presented with the Premium Package trim degree, which means you cannot get navigation or the nice-sounding ELS audio program with it.
Our test auto is a Engineering Package model so it really is loaded with the aforementioned navigation and premium audio method as nicely as genuine-time visitors and weather, Homelink and GPS-linked automated climate controls, which explains the $ 32,585 as-tested cost.
Over my weekend, I appreciated the ILX’;s spritely dealing with with swift steering, decent grip from the all-season Michelin Pilot MX HXM4 tires, and properly managed body motions through corners. Trip top quality is relatively cozy with the suspension taking the edge off of most of the ruts I encountered.
Cabin components are alright with massive portions of the principal dash soft-touch. The center stack thankfully retains a great deal of tough buttons with the main center infotainment screen inset into the dash. Heated seats were greatly appreciated and the soft leather-wrapped steering wheel conveys a feeling of higher good quality. It truly is a great setting if you contemplate that this is Acura’;s entry-level car and is definitely a step over a Civic.
Total, the ILX is a respectable entry that I would go with in excess of the Buick Verano. But if I was searching to commit somewhere in the neighborhood of $ 33K or $ 34K, I would be taking residence one more Acura automobile: the soon-to-be discontinued TSX. For $ 34,630 you would have the TSX Tech with all the bells and whistles in a package deal which is much better hunting to my eye, has the stellar 2.4-liter engine and handles a bit sharper. If you can live without navigation, a far better audio program and rearview camera, then you could get the TSX Special Edition with the 6-pace guide for $ 32,530, which is possibly what I would do.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: We should most likely get this out of the way proper now: The Acura ILX does not appear that significantly like a Honda Civic. I mean, the rear 3-quarter view implies you will never forget the 2 cars’; shared lineage, but the Acura seems a whole lot less like a suppository than its compact cousin.
But I feel the reason car individuals are so prepared to phone this a gussied up Civic is simply because it isn’;t going to genuinely search like something. It’;s not a poor vehicle inside or out — it really is just sort of uninteresting. Like practically almost everything else Honda/Acura would seem to make nowadays, it has a competent, rock-strong set of mechanicals. It can even be entertaining, at occasions. Yet all of its constructive attributes are wrapped in a relatively dull package deal.
From the front seat, this auto is not a poor location to be (can not automatically say the exact same about the back, which appeared small). Steering is smooth and direct, a great match for the powertrain. Snow and ice manufactured it challenging to push the vehicle through corners with self-assurance (Acura’;s fun AWD system would have been welcome), but the suspension did look to soak up the definitely surprising amount of potholes that have materialized on Detroit’;s roads since winter set in.
The 2.-liter was pleasant if not notably peppy I’;d like to consider the 2.4-liter with the 6-speed manual. If my satisfying stint in the TL is anything to go by, I suspect I would come away a small much more enthused about the ILX with a somewhat larger engine and the ability to pick my personal gears.
So, this is not a bad vehicle. But purchasers have a whole lot to select from in this value assortment, like the turbocharged Buick Verano — properly equipped, it can be had for about the exact same cost. It has about 100 hp on the Acura and it seems to be much better, in my guide. I would like to give it a whirl prior to choosing a favourite.
2014 Acura ILX with Technology Package
Base Price: $ 32,585
As-Examined Price tag: $ 32,585
Drivetrain: 2.-liter I4 FWD, 5-velocity automatic
Output: 150 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 140 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Curb Bodyweight: 2,970 lb
Fuel Economic climate (EPA City/Highway/Mixed): 24/35/28 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economic system: 22. mpg
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