A respectable entry-degree automobile
Road Check EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: There are a couple of certainties that come with Acura cars: They are always going to have solid drivetrains, snappy managing traits and conservative styling. And it truly is no distinct with this 2014 Acura ILX Tech that’;s based mostly on the Honda Civic. That means a suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup out back, but I do not actually feel the ILX seems a whole lot like the Civic. Sure, they have equivalent proportions but the sheetmetal is certainly diverse. I am also glad that the Acura retains the torque-converted automated gearbox instead of following the Civic’;s lead and “upgrading” to a continuously variable transmission — at least for now.
This is the first time I have been in an ILX with the base 2.-liter 4-cylinder, which I’;ll level out isn’;t the one.8-liter unit that normal Civics get. Even though 150 hp in the ILX felt enough getting 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-pace manual. The dilemma there is that the 2.4-liter is only offered with the Premium Package deal trim degree, that means you cannot get navigation or the nice-sounding ELS audio method with it.
Our test auto is a Technological innovation Bundle model so it truly is loaded with the aforementioned navigation and premium audio technique as properly as true-time visitors and weather, Homelink and GPS-linked automatic climate controls, which explains the $ 32,585 as-tested cost.
In excess of my weekend, I appreciated the ILX’;s spritely managing with swift steering, good grip from the all-season Michelin Pilot MX HXM4 tires, and well controlled entire body motions by means of corners. Trip high quality is relatively comfortable with the suspension taking the edge off of most of the ruts I encountered.
Cabin resources are alright with huge portions of the primary dash soft-touch. The center stack thankfully retains a whole lot of tough buttons with the main center infotainment display inset into the dash. Heated seats had been tremendously appreciated and the soft leather-wrapped steering wheel conveys a feeling of increased high quality. It is a great setting if you take into account that this is Acura’;s entry-level motor vehicle and is certainly a stage above a Civic.
Overall, the ILX is a respectable entry that I would go with above the Buick Verano. But if I was searching to commit somewhere in the neighborhood of $ 33K or $ 34K, I would be taking house an additional Acura motor vehicle: 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 far better hunting to my eye, has the stellar 2.4-liter engine and handles a bit sharper. If you can live with no navigation, a much better audio program and rearview camera, then you could get the TSX Unique Edition with the 6-velocity guide for $ 32,530, which is almost certainly what I would do.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: We ought to probably get this out of the way right now: The Acura ILX isn’;t going to appear that significantly like a Honda Civic. I indicate, the rear 3-quarter see means you may never neglect the 2 cars’; shared lineage, but the Acura appears a great deal less like a suppository than its compact cousin.
But I believe the purpose auto individuals are so prepared to phone this a gussied up Civic is since it doesn’;t truly appear like anything at all. It’;s not a poor car within or out — it truly is just kind of boring. Like practically every thing else Honda/Acura appears to make today, it has a competent, rock-sound set of mechanicals. It can even be enjoyable, at occasions. However all of its good attributes are wrapped in a reasonably dull bundle.
From the front seat, this automobile isn’;t a bad spot to be (can’;t automatically say the same about the back, which seemed little). Steering is smooth and direct, a good match for the powertrain. Snow and ice manufactured it challenging to push the vehicle by way of corners with self-confidence (Acura’;s fun AWD program would have been welcome), but the suspension did seem to be to soak up the totally surprising number of potholes that have materialized on Detroit’;s roads given that winter set in.
The 2.-liter was pleasant if not especially peppy I would like to consider the 2.4-liter with the 6-pace manual. If my pleasant stint in the TL is anything at all to go by, I suspect I would come away a small more enthused about the ILX with a slightly more substantial engine and the potential to choose my very own gears.
So, this is not a poor auto. But customers have a lot to choose from in this value selection, like the turbocharged Buick Verano — properly outfitted, it can be had for around the very same cost. It has about 100 hp on the Acura and it looks greater, in my guide. I would like to give it a whirl just before picking a favored.
2014 Acura ILX with Engineering Package
Base Cost: $ 32,585
As-Tested Cost: $ 32,585
Drivetrain: 2.-liter I4 FWD, 5-pace automated
Output: 150 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 140 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Curb Weight: 2,970 lb
Fuel Economic climate (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 24/35/28 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economic system: 22. mpg
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