Acura cut its teeth and in many ways established its brand with small sporty coupes and sedans, first with the Integra and later with the RSX. These fun and affordable models quickly became beloved by young American enthusiasts looking for performance and luxury combined with legendary reliability. More than 30 years after the brand's 1986 debut, Honda's luxury division is best known for its popular SUVs and its NSX hybrid supercar. But Acura is still in the fun and affordable sedan business with the 2018 ILX, which is its least expensive and second-best-selling sedan.
Built in Marysville, Ohio, right alongside the Honda Accord and the larger Acura TLX sedan, the front-wheel drive ILX competes with sedans from Germany such as the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The rear-wheel drive BMW 2 Series is also similarly priced, but it’s only available as a two-door coupe.