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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2015 Acura ILX Review

The 2015 Acura ILX offers good predicted reliability, but it fails to stand out in most other areas. Limited engine power contributes to uninspired performance, and a confusing dash layout and cramped back seat limit the ILX's practicality. 

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • Good amount of standard features
  • Limited power from base engine
  • Mediocre passenger space
  • Cluttered dashboard controls

2015 Acura ILX Overview

Is the 2015 Acura ILX a Good Used Car?

A 2015 Acura ILX is a good used car. With good reliability and low associated costs compared to the rest of the upscale small car class, it's a solid value for a luxury sedan. However, the ILX finds itself in a strange spot between mainstream cars that are better and cost less, and other luxury cars that are better but cost more.

Used 2015 Acura ILX Performance and Interior

The 2015 ILX is available with one of two four-cylinder engines. A 2.0-liter is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and makes 150 horsepower, while a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter version only comes with a six-speed manual. The smaller power plant has adequate strength for daily driving around town, but it can feel underwhelming on the highway. If you can drive stick, opt for the larger engine and its more potent power. The base engine gets good fuel economy for the class, at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Those numbers drop to 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway with the 2.4-liter engine.

The ILX delivers the comfortable ride and balanced driving that you would expect from an entry-level upscale sedan. Steering is light and precise, making the car easy to maneuver.

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The 2015 ILX comes standard with luxury amenities like leather seats, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Taller occupants might want more headroom sitting up front, but the seats themselves are comfortable. Rear-seat space is average for a compact sedan, so if you're looking for a very spacious cabin, you'll want to shop around. The ILX has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat attachments, as well as another tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

Standard features in the 2015 ILX include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity-keyless entry, cruise control, and a moonroof. A myriad of buttons on the dashboard control the car's functions, as there is no touch-screen infotainment system available. This layout received mixed reviews for its usefulness. Some ILX models may have additional features such as voice-command activation, a navigation system, satellite radio, GPS-linked climate control, xenon headlights, and fog lights.

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Used 2015 Acura ILX Prices

Prices for a used 2015 ILX range from about $17,300 for a base model, $18,606 for a model with the 2.4-liter engine, and up to around $20,000 for a 2.0 model with the Technology package. Exact prices depend on where you live, as well as the car's mileage, features, condition, and current demand.

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To help you decide if a used 2015 Acura ILX is right for you, we analyzed 31 other professional reviews and compiled the information into a single buying guide. Our research also includes crash test results, reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Acura ILX?

The 2015 Acura ILX has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is a better score than most other vehicles on the road.

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How Safe Is the ILX?

The 2015 ILX has good safety scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the ILX a five-star overall rating, with four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The ILX also received the highest ranking of Good in its four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests.

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Should I Consider Another Used ILX?

Acura introduced the ILX as a new model for the 2013 model year, and it saw few major changes in its first couple of years. The most significant differences were for the 2014 version, with newly standard leather upholstery, a rearview camera, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. You can likely save money by shopping for an older ILX, and you’d get a very similar car with a 2014 model. Acura also offered the ILX as a hybrid for the years prior to 2015. 

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Which Used Acura ILX Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Acura ILX is available with one of two powertrains and with available Premium or Technology packages. Since there's only about a $3,000 price difference between models, you're best splurging for the most power and features. If performance is your priority, get a manual ILX. It includes most optional features, though it is not available with things like navigation or the premium sound system. Alternatively, the ILX with the Technology package builds on the Premium package to combine nearly all available equipment.

You might also want to visit an Acura dealer to check out 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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2015 Acura ILX and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura ILX or 2015 Acura TLX?

The 2015 Acura TLX is an upscale midsize sedan. It'll probably cost you more to buy and own than an ILX. The TLX also gets a slightly lower – but still respectable – reliability rating. In most other areas, the TLX is a better car. Two available potent engines and all-wheel steering give the TLX the edge in performance, and you can even find the larger Acura with all-wheel drive. The TLX’s upscale, quiet cabin boasts plenty of rear legroom and a standard touch-screen infotainment system.

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

The 2015 Honda Civic ranks high among used 2015 compact cars and has an excellent predicted reliability score. Though it doesn't wear a luxury badge, the Civic’s interior quality and soft-touch cabin materials rival some upmarket competitors. There is also plenty of passenger space. Its available touch-screen infotainment system is intuitive and user-friendly. One downside is the Civic's lone engine, which has mediocre power – though it does deliver great gas mileage. The Civic compares well to the ILX, and it will likely cost less, too.

 Which Is Better: 2015 Acura ILX or 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class might be attractive if you're shopping for a luxury brand on a budget, but its much higher purchase and ownership costs aren’t justified. Both the CLA-Class and the ILX boast good reliability, but the CLA-Class delivers better performance. It has strong engines and a stiff suspension compared with the tame, yet comfortable, ILX. The CLA-Class is shorter on rear passenger space than the ILX, and its standard infotainment system is less user-friendly. If a fun drive is important to you, go with the CLA-Class – but note that the ILX is a tad better, and cheaper, overall.  

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