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2017 Acura ILX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Acura ILX was new.


Interior: 5.9

The interior of the 2017 Acura ILX is marked by a generally plain-looking design and midgrade materials, including some plastic surfaces that are hard to the touch. All of the seats are comfortable, though rear-seat headroom is less than generous. A dual-screen infotainment setup can be difficult to decipher, and the main control knob is hard to use due to an awkward placement. Cargo room is average for the class.

  • Beyond that the interior uses good materials, with only a few hard plastic touches as reminders that you bought on a budget." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While there are a few improvements to styling, the 2017 ILX's interior largely resembles the pre-2016 models. That means the materials don't surpass what you'll find in top mainstream sedans like the Accord, though everything seems to be screwed together well. In contrast, the Audi A3 feels a notch classier and more luxurious inside than the ILX." -- Edmunds
  • "The previous model's plain interior also sticks around, and we had trouble noticing Acura's claimed improvements to the materials. The ILX's drab color combinations, dated-looking display screens, and unintuitive infotainment controls don't cut it. Competitors like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class look better and more befitting of this entry-level luxury segment and its image-conscious buyers." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)


The 2017 ILX seats five on standard leatherette seats, with an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob also included. Upgrades include leather seating, suede seat inserts, driver’s-seat memory settings, and a four-way power passenger seat.

Passenger room is decent overall, however, the standard moonroof results in cramped headroom in the back seat. All of the seats are comfortable, though some reviewers note that the front seats are too flat and lack support on the sides of the bottom cushion.

The LATCH car-seat system is relatively easy to use. There are two complete attachments, and the rear middle seat only has a top tether anchor. All tether anchors are easy to find and are separate from other hardware. The lower anchors are too deep in the seats, but there is room to maneuver around them, and it doesn’t require much force to attach the straps.

  • "Special care was used in designing the seats, which are supportive yet not overly firm or confining. The ILX is also pretty spacious for a compact car, with backseat room that feels more spacious than the numbers suggest. Still, headroom can be snug for 6-footers due to the car's standard sunroof." -- Edmunds
  • "The comfortable front seats are matched with comfortable rears, and the driver's controls are mostly easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The suede-like seat inserts were nice, and held onto to us in corners a little better, but the lower seat cushions on the front buckets were too flat and needed more side support. The seating position itself also seemed a little high, and the surface finishes throughout still appeared a little cheap." -- Autoweek (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 ILX include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, proximity key access, push-button ignition, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, a 5-inch infotainment display screen, and hands-free text messaging.

Optional features include fog lights, a rear spoiler, satellite radio, HD Radio, a premium stereo system with subwoofer, a surround-sound 10-speaker premium audio system, smartphone navigation with an 8-inch display screen, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Siri Eyes Free, 3-D navigation, real-time traffic, GPS-linked climate control, voice command activation, remote start, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The optional two-screen infotainment setup is unintuitive and visually overwhelming. Some information is split between the two screens, and it is hard to pay attention to both displays at once. A hard-to-reach control knob mounted on the dash is used to select functions and perform commands. A plethora of small buttons on the steering wheel and elsewhere further complicate functionality.

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  • … the driver's controls are mostly easy to use. The exception is the dual-screen infotainment/navigation system, which some might gripe needs another pass through the ergonomics department, but others don't mind." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Premium and Tech Plus models' larger touchscreen on the center stack is clear and vivid. But even with the optional larger screen, the ILX's multimedia setup isn't our favorite. It splits audio and navigation functions into two screens, and the control knob in the middle of the dash is less intuitive to use than the console-mounted controllers in the ILX's German rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "We are still not fans of the two-staged screens, where the upper eight-inch monitor displayed navigation maps and routes, while the lower seven-inch touchscreen display offered audio and climate controls. We felt it drew our eyes away from the road, where our real attention was needed. That, and the excessive use of small buttons, (15 on the steering wheel, alone), which controlled functions around the otherwise well-executed dashboard." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The 2017 ILX has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. The second row folds down as one piece to increase volume. Folding this seat not only takes away passenger seating in the back, it also creates a bump in the cargo floor that makes it difficult to slide longer items in. The trunk opening is narrow, though space gets wider toward the back.

  • Trunk space, at 12.3 cubic feet, is average, and the opening is on the narrow side. The rear seat folds down to facilitate carrying longer items, but the seatback is not split to permit a mix of long cargo and a passenger or two in the backseat." -- Edmunds
  • Trunk volume is good, but folding the one-piece rear seat back leaves a ‘step’ that prevents long items from being slid through the restricted opening. The trunk is ample, however. It's very wide near the back, and squared off so more types of luggage, boxes, etc., might be able to be stored upright. The gooseneck hinges are covered to protect cargo. The pull of a lever in the trunk releases the undivided rear seat back for more cargo space, though there's a little bit of a height difference between the trunk floor and the folded seats. Also, a bulkhead narrows the opening through which long items must pass to reach the interior." -- Consumer Guide (2016)
  • At 12.4 cubic feet in the base model, the Acura's cargo area isn't as big those in competitors such as the Buick Verano, which measures 14 cubic feet for the base model. The ILX still had plenty of room for weekend errands. The rear seats fold down in non-hybrid models for added space." -- Autoweek (2013)

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