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2014 Acura ILX Review

The 2014 Acura ILX will please most buyers looking for a comfortable commuter car, but it falls short of class leaders that have sporty performance and more interior luxury.

Pros & Cons


  • Lots of standard features
  • Excellent fuel economy


  • Rivals offer more luxurious interiors
  • Cramped trunk
  • No advanced safety systems

New for 2014


  • Leather upholstery, heated seats, and rearview camera became standard





Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Acura ILX Overview

Is the 2014 Acura ILX a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2014 ILX is a good used car. It has numerous standard features, an upmarket interior, and relaxed performance for daily driving. The ILX also earns an exceptional reliability rating and above-average fuel economy estimates.

Used 2014 Acura ILX Performance and Interior

The ILX's base powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The duo is adequate for daily driving around town, but it feels overwhelmed when going uphill. A more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is available, and it's paired with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is not available with the 2.4-liter engine. With the base powertrain, the ILX gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is above average for a luxury small car. For even better fuel economy, check out the ILX Hybrid.

Drivers looking for sporty cornering will be disappointed by the ILX's sedate handling. There's a good amount of body lean through turns, and the steering gives little feedback from the road. However, the ride is smooth and comfortable.

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The ILX’s upscale cabin has high-end materials and excellent fit and finish. Still, since it is an entry-level model, it isn't quite as luxurious inside as pricier luxury small cars. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard in every model. You have to pay more for leather or heated seats in most rivals. Most adults, aside from those who are especially tall, will fit comfortably in the front seats. The rear seats have an adequate amount of space. There's a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the rear outboard seats, along with an additional upper tether anchor over the rear middle seat.

Every ILX model comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a power moonroof, a 5-inch infotainment display, and a seven-speaker stereo. A 10-speaker ELS surround sound system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port, and navigation are available. The display's graphics look a bit dated, and the physical controls for adjusting climate settings are low on the center stack and hard to reach.

At just over 12 cubic feet, the ILX’s trunk is smaller than those found in most competitors. Instead of a split-folding seatback, the rear seats fold down as one piece. This gives you little flexibility in carrying a mixture of passengers and cargo.

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Used 2014 Acura ILX Prices

Prices for the used 2014 ILX start around $15,000 for the base model and go up to about $18,000 for a model with the Technology package. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all impact pricing.

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We gathered and analyzed 31 professional reviews from various automotive sources to give you an idea of the ILX's strengths and weaknesses. We also added information on safety and reliability to help you decide if the ILX is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Acura ILX?

The ILX has one of the best reliability scores in the luxury small car class: a 4.5 out of five. That's better than the score of nearly every other vehicle on the market.

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How Safe Is the ILX?

The 2014 ILX performed well in crash tests, earning a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the front and rollover tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the ILX earned the highest rating of Good in every category tested. A standard rearview camera is the only safety feature available in the 2014 ILX.

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Should I Consider Another Used ILX?

The ILX was introduced as an all-new model for the 2013 model year. For 2014, Acura added leather seats, heated front seats, and a rearview camera as standard equipment. The ILX Hybrid was discontinued for the 2015 model year. Otherwise, there are no major differences between the model years, so you should shop around for the best price.  

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Which Used Acura ILX Is Right for Me?

Even though the ILX has a fair number of standard features, you may want to buy a model equipped with the Premium package, which adds both Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB port. The Technology package has a premium ELS audio system, navigation, and a larger display. Drivers who need more power for highway driving should step up to a model with the 2.4-liter engine – but be aware that you can't get the Technology package in models with the larger engine. The 2.4-liter engine also only comes with a manual transmission.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned ILX. 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 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura ILX or 2014 Buick Verano?

The Buick Verano is an excellent alternative to the ILX. It matches the ILX's strong reliability rating, smooth ride, and feature-filled interior. The Verano is also available with several advanced safety features that aren’t offered in the ILX, like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The Verano also has more cargo room than the ILX. While the Verano gets lower fuel economy estimates than the ILX, it does have a lower price.

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura ILX or 2014 Acura TL?

If you like the ILX, but you want larger cabin space or more athletic performance, consider the Acura TL. It has roomy seats in both rows, many of the ILX’s features, and an above-average reliability rating (though it's a bit lower than the ILX's score). The TL has powerful V6 engines and poised handling, without sacrificing ride comfort. However, you will sacrifice fuel economy, and the TL generally costs more than the ILX, too.

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