Changes for the 2014 Acura ILX:
Acura pumps up the 2014 ILX model’s equipment list this year, including leather, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, an improved stereo, and larger 17-inch aluminum wheels as standard. This stuff isn’t free, though. The base price rises $1,000.
Like other Acura models, the 2014 ILX is sold in a single level of specification that can be upgraded with option packages. An ILX Hybrid is also available, and is covered in a separate vehicle summary.
In addition to the new standard features listed above, every ILX is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a passive keyless entry system with push-button start, and a premium sound system with satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio, iPod compatibility, and a USB port. Additionally, the ILX includes Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming with SMS text messaging capability. Active Noise Cancellation helps to quiet the ILX’s cabin.
The optional Premium Package adds high-intensity discharge headlights, fog lights, a multi-angle reversing camera, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The optional Technology Package includes a better audio system with hard-drive music storage and Song By Voice track retrieval technology, a navigation system with voice recognition technology and AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather reports, and a GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control system.
Engines and Transmissions:
Two different engines are offered in the non-hybrid versions of the Acura ILX. Most models get a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters help to make the most of the power, which is delivered to the car’s front wheels.
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is optional, making 201 horsepower. There’s just one problem: it comes only with a manual transmission, and nobody knows how – or really wants – to shift one of those anymore. Plus, Acura doesn’t offer the Technology Package with the engine.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined city and highway driving, the Acura ILX returns an EPA-rated 28 mpg. Choose the larger, more powerful engine with the manual gearbox, and that figure drops to 25 mpg.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the ILX an overall crash-test rating of 5 stars, the highest score possible. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 ILX as this summary is published.
Every Acura ILX is equipped with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, SMS text messaging capability, and a Pandora Internet radio interface. Choose the optional Technology Package, and in addition to expected upgrades such as a voice recognition navigation system with real-time traffic and weather reports, this version of the ILX gets a solar-sensing, GPS-linked climate control system designed to provide optimum comfort depending on sun angle and occupant location.
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