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2017 Acura ILX Performance Review

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


Performance: 6.6

The 2017 ILX has poised handling around turns, but still lacks the sportiness of some rivals. Fuel economy is excellent for the class, and the standard engine provides decent acceleration and power. The automatic transmission delivers precise shifts as well.

  • "We saddled up in an ILX A-Spec and tackled some winding roads throughout California's Napa Valley and were immediately impressed with the power from the new drivetrain and its handling ability on some challenging strips of pavement." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • We do like how the 2016 Acura ILX rides. This car offers a nearly ideal compromise between control and comfort, even with the larger 18-inch wheels. Driving enthusiasts might be disappointed that the steering doesn't provide much feedback, but overall the car is sure-footed and pretty enjoyable to pilot around turns." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Regardless of model, the 2016 ILX is a better, more cohesive car to drive." -- Road and Track (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The standard engine in the 2017 ILX is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also standard. According to EPA estimates, the ILX gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which are excellent numbers for the class.

The ILX’s engine delivers good overall power, though test drivers offer varying opinions about the acceleration. Some note that the ILX moves quickly from a standstill, while others think it speeds up best at higher revs. The transmission shifts very smoothly and standard paddle shifters add a measure of sportiness.

  • "Acura ILX has found the perfect partner in Acura's 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. But what's really remarkable about the whole thing is how utterly unremarkable it is. Leave it in Drive and go to the grocery store, and you'll never notice a thing. Shift it into Sport and use the steering wheel-mounted paddles, and you'll find a sport transmission that's quick and crisp, but never jarring." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The ILX's 2.4-liter engine delivers good punch once it's allowed to wind to the top of its rev range. Still, the … ILX is hardly a speed demon, and the engine has to work harder and rev higher than most competitors to accelerate with authority. The eight-speed automatic transmission's steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and rev-matched downshifts liven up the driving experience, but we noted some low-speed hiccups in full automatic mode." -- Edmunds
  • Where the old ILX with the 2.0-liter felt underpowered, the 2016 version is quick to jump off the line and pulls strong, particularly in the middle of the rev range. Pull does taper off at the top end, but it doesn't fall off a cliff." -- Autoweek (2016)

Handling and Braking

The 2017 ILX's driving dynamics are fun but short of sporty. It has a somewhat unpleasant ride quality and drives roughly over bumps in the road. Outside noise also permeates the cabin. Steering is direct and has good response. The brakes have good stopping power and respond quickly.

  • "The … Acura ILX's ride quality is also disappointing. The car reacts stiffly over rough surfaces, yet it's overly soft and wallowy when encountering big highway dips. Road noise is also higher than average for this segment. In both regards, the Audi A3 is more refined and pleasing to drive. Around turns, the ILX's precise steering helps the car feel sporty and direct, but its handling limits and fun-to-drive nature are ultimately modest for the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The suspension and steering are equally fun just cruising around town, or exploring your favorite mountain road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Steering is nicely weighted and has pretty good feel, fostering a sense of connection with the road. Brakes in the test car responded very quickly to pedal pressure and stopped in a hurry. The ride has some firmness-but not stiffness-to it, though pavement joints and cracks that this driver crossed registered with more noise than might have been expected, and sometimes a stout jolt. At those times, at least the car felt as if it were shaking as a single unit, so there's your rigidity for you." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

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