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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Review

The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid suffers from dismal overall performance, but it manages a midpack ranking thanks to its great reliability score, good crash test ratings, and low ownership costs. 

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent reliability score
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Anemic engine power
  • Small trunk space
  • Dull handling




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid a Good Used Car?

With reasonable purchase prices, stellar reliability, and good fuel economy, the 2014 ILX Hybrid is a good value for a luxury hybrid. However, many hybrid competitors have better efficiency, stronger engines, or more passenger and cargo room.

Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid's powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and an automatic continuously variable transmission. Together, the system puts out a modest 111 horsepower. The ILX Hybrid gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg in the city and on the highway, which is good among 2014 hybrid cars.  

Overall, performance is not the ILX Hybrid's strong suit. This luxury small car has enough power under the hood for everyday city driving – as long as you don't hit the pedal too hard. Otherwise, it feels slow off the line and has a hard time getting up to highway speeds or passing other cars. The ILX Hybrid also maintains a comfortable ride quality over most surfaces, but it lacks steering feel and delivers unengaging handling. 

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The ILX Hybrid sedan seats five on standard cloth seats. Some models may have leather upholstery with heated, power-adjustable front seats. Taller adults may be short on headroom in both the front and rear seats, but legroom is generally sufficient – even in the back. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections in the ILX, with a third tether anchor for the middle seat. Due to its hybrid battery pack, the ILX Hybrid only offers 10 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than what most luxury small cars offer. 

Standard features in the 2014 ILX Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, Bluetooth, a multiview rearview camera, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Available features include a surround sound audio system, satellite radio, and navigation with voice recognition command. The ILX has a small standard audio display and its physical buttons on the dashboard are easy to reach and use, but it lacks the features offered by rivals' infotainment systems.

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Used 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Prices

Average prices of a used 2014 ILX Hybrid range from about $16,300 for a base model to around $19,500 for an ILX Hybrid with Technology Package. The price you pay will depend on the car's mileage, features, condition, and location, and it can fluctuate with demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid a reliability score of 4.5 out of five. That rating is among the highest given to all cars on the road.

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How Safe Is the ILX Hybrid?

The 2014 ILX Hybrid received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It scored five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The ILX Hybrid also earned the highest possible rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. 

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Should I Consider Another Used ILX Hybrid?

The Acura ILX was a brand-new vehicle for the 2013 model year, but was discontinued after the 2014 model year. While the regular ILX received some upgrades for the 2014 model year, such as standard leather and heated seats, the ILX Hybrid remained mostly unchanged. Therefore, you may want to consider buying a very similar 2013 ILX Hybrid to save money.  

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Which Used Acura ILX Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 ILX Hybrid is only available in two variants: the standard model and the ILX Hybrid with Technology Package. Average prices differ by a few thousand dollars between the models, but it's worth stepping up to a Technology-equipped ILX. It adds attractive features like heated leather seats, navigation, and satellite radio. 

Though the ILX has a class-leading reliability score, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for a bit more peace of mind. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid or 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid is similar to the ILX Hybrid in a lot of ways. Both vehicles earn great safety and reliability scores, but they suffer from disheartening performance. Like the ILX, the CT Hybrid has a weak powertrain, but it gets up to 5 mpg more in the city. The CT is also more practical than the ILX Hybrid – it's a hatchback that offers more cargo space, and you can fold the second row to haul larger items. Though both cars have relatively low ownership costs for the class, average sale prices for the CT are higher than the Acura's upper range. If you're willing to spend a bit more money, the CT could be worth it.

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the best hybrids or midsize cars you can buy. It earns a perfect five out of five reliability score and has lower average purchase and ownership costs than the ILX Hybrid. Despite that, the Camry Hybrid's interior is replete with quality materials, and it boasts more passenger and cargo space than the ILX Hybrid. A standard touch-screen infotainment system belies the Toyota's reasonable price point, and it's available with driver assistance technologies like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Finally, the Camry Hybrid impresses with its overall performance – it has swift acceleration while maintaining great fuel economy estimates of 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid or 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is a midsize car. It boasts a roomy and comfortable back seat, along with a couple more feet of trunk space than the ILX Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid's reliability score is just above average, and it performed well in crash tests. Where the Accord Hybrid really shines, however, is the main consideration for buying a hybrid: fuel economy. At 49 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, the Honda is more efficient than nearly all other 2014 hybrid cars. It also boasts good engine power and agile handling, albeit with a slightly stiff ride quality. Overall, the Accord Hybrid is a better buy than the ILX Hybrid.

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