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2020 Acura ILX Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 5.0

The 2020 Acura ILX has relatively comfortable seating up front, and there’s decent space in the back if you’re of average height. While Acura stocked the ILX with a heaping amount of technology and safety features, most rivals have nicer cabins with better materials and more advanced infotainment systems. Additionally, the ILX’s interior can be fairly noisy.

  • The ILX’s 5-passenger interior is mostly impressive for its price. High points include comfortable and well-bolstered front seats, a good driving position, and snazzy color choices that include Ebony, Espresso, and Ebony-and-Red on sporty ILX A-Spec variants. But there’s no denying the dated look of its available navigation system and some of the plastic bits around the center storage area." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While there might be some good features and equipment here, it still suffers from feeling like a slightly gussied-up old Honda. Consider the RDX's material choices and design language, or the new Accord's ultra-modern feel. The ILX is old, sure, but you can't have the luxury car brand interiors lag so far behind the non-luxury branded cars." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "Unfortunately, outside the seats and small color and trim alterations, the ILX's cabin layout is unchanged, with a blocky dash and large swaths of cheap, hard plastic on the center stack." -- CNET (2019)

Seating

The ILX seats five on synthetic leather upholstery. Heated front sport seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard. Genuine leather-trimmed seats and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat are optional.

Up front, the seats are comfortable, roomy, and supportive. The rear seats have decent space, though some critics note that the standard moonroof cuts into headroom in both rows.

For securing child safety seats, the ILX has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

  • As with other cars in this segment, the Acura ILX's cabin is roomy for the driver and the front-seat passenger but cramped for those in the rear." -- Car and Driver
  • "The ILX’s rear seats are on the stingier side space-wise, no big surprise given this car’s small dimensions. Unfortunately, even top trims lack rear air vents." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There’s a decent amount of legroom in the back seat for the average adult, and while I didn’t spend a ton of time back there on my brief test, my 5'11" frame didn’t feel too cramped." -- Jalopnik (2019)

Interior Features

This Acura sedan has a generous amount of standard features. It comes with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an infotainment system that includes a USB port, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, and Siri Eyes Free.

Available features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, the AcuraLink telematics system, a seven- or 10-speaker premium audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch information display, navigation, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

While the current version of the infotainment system is more streamlined and responsive than the previous one, some rivals have systems that feel more advanced, with larger standard touch screens and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The ILX comes loaded with standard safety features, including lane keep assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, a road departure mitigation system, a collision mitigation braking system, a surround-view camera parking system, and adaptive cruise control. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available.

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  • "Standard equipment is plentiful and includes a sunroof, heated sport seats with power adjustments for the driver, and dual-zone automatic climate control." -- Car and Driver
  • Base models have only a small, 5-inch central screen. You’re better off stepping up just one trim to the Premium model, which brings a twin-screen setup in which the upper 8-inch screen is ready to connect to your Apple or Android phone while the bottom unit facilitates climate settings, audio info and other data." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Acura updated the infotainment system, but it feels ancient compared to the completely new setup in the RDX — Acura needed that system in all of its cars yesterday. Plenty of the requisite tech is onboard, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. AcuraWatch comes standard too, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation and auto emergency braking." -- Autoblog (2019)

Cargo

The ILX offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a luxury small car. That should be enough space to satisfy most shoppers. Folding the rear seats creates additional room.

  • Standard folding-rear seats help improve the flexibility of the trunk’s smallish 12.4 cubic feet of cargo room." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You will, however, notice space limitations in the trunk, where maximum cargo capacity is a modest 12.3 cu ft." -- Autotrader
  • "While its interior cubby storage is nowhere near as useful as inside the Civic, the ILX has a large trunk that … begets the sedan's subcompact classification." -- Car and Driver
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