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2017 Acura ILX Review

The 2017 Acura ILX has a roomy interior, a respectable fuel economy rating, and a good safety score. However, it ranks at the back of the luxury small car class in part because of its mediocre cabin materials, firm ride, and finicky infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Relatively low prices for a luxury car
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Good safety score
  • Subpar cabin materials
  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Firm ride

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Acura ILX Overview

Is the 2017 Acura ILX a Good Used Car?

The 2017 ILX is a good car, but it isn’t a great pick if you’re shopping for a luxury small car. The ILX may be cheaper to buy than its competitors, and it offers a sufficiently roomy interior and good fuel economy. That said, it just doesn’t stray far enough from its economy-car roots. The ILX has lackluster cabin materials, a cumbersome touch screen, and a firm ride. Its dual-clutch transmission can be clunky at lower speeds. Before you buy, consider higher-rated alternatives like the Audi A4 and Lexus IS.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 48 Acura ILX reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2017 ILX review includes applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2013.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2017 Acura ILX?

Prices for the 2017 ILX range from around $16,700 to $20,800. These prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Acura ILX Cost to Own?

The 2017 ILX’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $ 25,350. That’s on the low end for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New ILX?

Acura launched the ILX sedan as an all-new vehicle for the 2013 model year. Initially, there were two engine options and a hybrid variant. Acura discontinued the ILX Hybrid after the 2014 model year. The 2016 ILX received a significant update with refreshed styling and newly available safety features (AcuraWatch package) such as forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Also, all models that year came with a 201-horsepower four-cylinder engine with an 8-speed transmission.

The 2019 ILX saw the next round of changes, including another styling refresh and an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The AcuraWatch safety features also became standard equipment.

You can save a lot of money by shopping for an older ILX model in this generation. However, we suggest sticking with 2016-or-newer model to get the added advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Acura ILX?

J.D. Power gives the 2017 ILX a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2017 Acura ILX Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 Acura ILX. These recalls address issues with the fuel gauge and half shafts. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Acura ILX Trim Is Right for Me?

Acura sold the 2017 ILX sedan in one trim level. Standard features include a rearview camera, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The ILX also comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, LED headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

If you want more features, you’ll have to look for a model equipped with one of four optional packages. The AcuraWatch Plus package adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.  The Premium package adds a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free connectivity, a seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, leather seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Technology package bundles the AcuraWatch and Premium packages together, while also adding an 8-inch display screen, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker sound system. Lastly, the A-Spec package adds larger 18-inch wheels, aluminum pedals, fog lights, and a trunk spoiler.

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How Safe Is the ILX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 ILX an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The ILX also earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ILX a 2017 Top Safety Pick. The ILX earned the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests. The ILX’s headlights received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Models with the optional AcuraWatch Plus package received the top rating of Superior for the effectiveness of their front crash prevention features.

The 2017 ILX comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2017 Acura ILX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura ILX or 2017 Acura TLX?

The 2017 Acura TLX is a luxury midsize car, and like its smaller ILX sibling, it has trouble standing out in its class. The TLX has a quirky dual-screen infotainment system, so-so cabin materials for a luxury car, and the same four-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission as the ILX. The big difference is that the TLX is available with a potent V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Additionally, its rear seats are a bit roomier. Ultimately, though, neither of these cars is a great option.

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura ILX or 2017 Honda Civic?

The 2017 Honda Civic may be a nonluxury compact car, but it’s actually a better pick than its ILX cousin. Honda offers the Civic in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles, whereas the ILX is available only as a sedan. The Civic has a wider array of engines to choose from, including those with zestier performance, and it gets considerably better fuel economy (up to 32/42 mpg city/highway). The Honda also feels sportier and more fun-to-drive, and its interior materials rival the ILX’s in quality. Save some money and go with the Civic.

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2017 ILX Performance

How Does the 2017 Acura ILX Drive?

The Acura ILX has a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. This engine feels reasonably smooth and peppy, but it doesn’t provide the confident acceleration that many of its turbocharged rivals do. Instead, it needs to rev high to make the most of its power. The dual-clutch automatic transmission operates well at cruising speeds, but it's less effectively in stop-and-go traffic, where the shifts can be harsh and clunky.

The ILX’s handling is similarly hit-and-miss. The steering is quick and precise, and the car feels stable around tight turns. The ride is rather stiff though. While it's not uncomfortable per se, you do feel all the little bumps and dips in the pavement.

Does the 2017 Acura ILX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Acura ILX gets an EPA-rated 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. That’s one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the luxury small car class, and it’s in line with competitors like the Audi A3 and Volvo S60.

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2017 ILX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 ILX Seat?

The Acura ILX is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and they provide good support for longer trips. There’s ample headroom and legroom up front for taller occupants as well. The rear seats have adequate space for two adults to sit comfortably, which isn’t always the case in the luxury small car class. That said, anyone over six-feet will wish for more headroom. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Leather seats are available.

The ILX’s interior is well put together, but it doesn’t exactly feel luxurious. The styling is dated, and there are a number of hard plastics some areas. Wind noise is hushed nicely, but road noise is apparent at higher speeds.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Acura ILX?

The 2017 ILX has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Acura ILX Features

The Acura ILX comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. This infotainment setup is fairly low-tech for a luxury car, but it's easy to use. There are large buttons and knobs for all the audio and climate controls.

The optional system isn’t very intuitive. It trades the 5-inch display for an 8-inch upper navigation screen and adds an additional 7-inch lower touch screen. The two screens make for information overload, and the touch screen can be distracting to use while driving. Other available features include satellite radio, seven- and 10-speaker sound systems, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity.

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2017 Acura ILX Dimensions

Acura ILX Cargo Space

The ILX sedan has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space. That's typical for a luxury small car. The rear seats fold down so you can fit bulkier items.

2017 Acura ILX Length and Weight

The Acura ILX is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,093 to 3,137 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2017 Acura ILX Built?

Acura built the 2017 ILX in Ohio.

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