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2014 Acura ILX

$26,900 to $31,600
24 City - 35 Hwy

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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.

Model Lineup:

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.

Safety Ratings:

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.

Technology Highlights:

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.