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2015 Acura ILX Review

The 2015 Acura ILX ranks near the bottom of the luxury small car class. It struggles to distinguish itself in such a competitive segment, and as a result, it falls behind rivals that have better performance and more luxurious cabins.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced handling
  • Some rivals have more upscale cabins
  • Cluttered infotainment controls
  • Few available safety features

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2015 Acura ILX Overview

Is the 2015 Acura ILX a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Acura ILX is an OK luxury small car. It has good fuel economy ratings and a potent available engine. However, everything it does well is done better by rivals. For instance, many rivals have cleaner, more upscale cabins. Some of them also have sportier handling.

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Our Acura ILX review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 35 sources and combined them with concrete data like reliability ratings, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Acura ILX?

Based on listings for the 2015 ILX on our site, the average list price is $16,700, which is below-average for the class. Prices range from $14,400 to $18,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Acura ILX Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 ILX are estimated to be around $25,310 over five years, or $5,062 per year. That’s well below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Acura ILX?

For 2019, Acura refreshed the ILX's interior and exterior styling. It also gained more standard safety features, including adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a pre-collision warning and braking system. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were introduced as options. These changes make the 2019 model a good bet for many shoppers. However, the new ILX retails for $25,900, so shoppers looking to save money will have more success with an older model.

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The price of a used 2015 ILX ranges from $14,400 to $18,900. No new luxury small cars even come close to that price spread.

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Which Model Year of the Acura ILX Is Best?

The 2015 ILX belongs to a generation that launched for the 2013 model year. Aside from discontinuing the hybrid, Acura made no major changes to the ILX for 2015. For 2016, Acura updated this small sedan’s exterior styling, made the stronger engine the sole powertrain, and introduced a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that raised fuel economy. Additionally, the ILX gained several available safety features, such as blind spot monitoring, as well as the AcuraWatch suite of driver aids, which includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The 2017 and 2018 models were largely unchanged.

Unless you really want the ILX Hybrid, the 2016 model is the best bet for its added safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Acura ILX?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 ILX a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.  

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2015 Acura ILX Recalls

As of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Acura ILX sedan. Two address the potential for the driver’s frontal air bag to rupture or explode, and a third concerns the fuel gauge displaying that the car has more fuel than it really does. Before buying this Acura, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Acura ILX Model Is Right for Me?

The Acura ILX sedan is available with two powertrains. A 150-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission come standard; a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed manual are available (ILX 6MT). Both powertrains come with front-wheel drive.

Notably, the ILX Hybrid has been discontinued for 2015.

The ILX comes standard with a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, Pandora compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof. Both also have a rearview camera.

The 6MT comes with satellite radio and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, which were available in the base ILX as part of the Premium package when it was new. The base ILX is also available with a Technology package, so you might find models equipped with a navigation system, a 10-speaker premium stereo, and GPS-linked climate control.

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Certified Pre-Owned Acura ILX Warranty

Acura offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Qualifying vehicles get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty beyond the expiration of the standard four-year/50,000-mile 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.

Compared to other luxury brands, Acura's CPO coverage is subpar. It's slightly better than the coverage Honda provides, but you'll get a much more comprehensive set of CPO benefits from luxury rival brands like Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus.

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How Safe Is the ILX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 ILX an overall rating of five out of five stars, as well as five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in the four crash tests it conducted.

A rearview camera comes standard in this Acura. No other advanced driver aids are available.

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2015 Acura ILX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura ILX or 2015 Honda Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic is a nonluxury compact car. It’s available as a sedan or coupe, and it has a roomy, upscale cabin. The Honda also comes with a performance-oriented Civic Si model with sportier handling and a stronger engine. The Honda has a slightly larger trunk, but the Acura has more standard features. However, the Honda is likely to save you more money. On average, it costs around $1,800 less than the ILX. It’s the better pick in this comparison.

Notably, Honda redesigned the Civic for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Honda Civic is a much better car than its predecessor.

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura ILX or 2015 Audi A4?

The 2015 Audi A4 is one of the best used luxury small cars you can buy. Its strengths include premium cabin materials, a punchy engine, dynamic handling, and a good reliability rating. The Audi also has an available supercharged V6 engine in the high-end S4. The A4's average purchase price eclipses the Acura’s by around $5,400, but if your budget stretches that far, get the Audi.

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2015 Acura ILX Performance

How Does the 2015 Acura ILX Drive?

The 2015 Acura ILX sedan comes with one of two engine options. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 150 horsepower, and it’s mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. You could instead opt for a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower. This one comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

With the base engine, the ILX feels capable around town, but this car struggles to get up to speed on the highway. Models equipped with the larger engine feel more energetic and accelerate more swiftly. Some critics also knocked the five-speed automatic for feeling outdated compared to more modern six-speed transmissions in some rivals. 

Although it’s far from the sportiest sedan in the class, the ILX remains composed on the road. Precise steering and strong brakes help it handle competently, and the suspension soaks up most road flaws. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

Does the 2015 Acura ILX Get Good Gas Mileage?

In its base setup, this luxury sedan gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. Models with the larger engine and manual transmission earn a lower 22/31 mpg city/highway. The hybrid model was discontinued for 2015.

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2015 ILX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 ILX Seat?

This Acura seats up to five people. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. No seating upgrades are available.

The front seats are supportive, and the back seats have a typical amount of space for a small car, though the standard moonroof may cut into rear-seat headroom for some folks. The interior has some premium materials and a top-notch build quality, but some rivals have richer cabins.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Acura ILX?

The 2015 ILX sedan has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Acura ILX Features

The ILX comes standard with a 5-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker stereo. A navigation system, a premium 10-speaker stereo, and satellite radio are available.

The infotainment system garnered mixed reviews. Some critics said there were too many buttons cluttering the dash while others thought the layout was logical and driver-friendly.

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2015 Acura ILX Dimensions

Acura ILX Cargo Space

This vehicle has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk, which is about average for the luxury small car class.  

2015 ILX Length and Weight

This sedan measures about 14.9 feet long. The curb weight ranges from 2,955 pounds for the base model to 2,978 for the ILX 6MT with the Premium package.

Where Was the 2015 Acura ILX Built?

Acura built the ILX in Ohio.

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