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2021 Acura ILX Interior Review

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Interior: 4.8

The 2021 Acura ILX has a lackluster interior quality, convoluted infotainment operations, and a somewhat cramped second row.

  • "The dashboard design looks outdated compared with the slick-looking screens that adorn the dash of the A-class." -- Car and Driver
  • "The ILX is cursed with economy-car bones that it simply can't cover up. The seats and steering wheel, along with some important touchpoints, feel nice, but otherwise the prevailing impression is of hard, cheap plastic. We also noticed some creaks and rattles, which added to the impression of below-average materials quality." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "While there might be some good features and equipment here, it still suffers from feeling like a slightly gussied-up old Honda. … 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)

Cargo

The Acura ILX has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the luxury small car class.

  • "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
  • "You will, however, notice space limitations in the trunk, where maximum cargo capacity is … modest." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "Standard folding-rear seats help improve the flexibility of the trunk’s smallish 12.4 cubic feet of cargo room." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)

Seating

The five-seat Acura ILX sedan has roomy and comfortable front seats, but the second row is more cramped. Rear headroom is adequate, though legroom is subpar.

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. Optional features include genuine leather upholstery, combination leather and suede upholstery, driver's seat memory settings, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, but there's enough room to maneuver your hands around the anchors, and it doesn't require much effort to attach the car-seat straps.

  • "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 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. … The ILX’s rear seats are on the stingier side space-wise, no big surprise given this car’s small dimensions." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "The front seat cushions are supportive and not overly firm. They should fit a variety of bodies and are good for long-range comfort. … Rear passengers will notice a lack of legroom, although headroom is enough for average-size adults. The front seat offers sufficient elbow and knee room, although taller-than-average drivers might find headroom a bit tight." -- Edmunds (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2021 ILX include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch audio display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, and ambient interior lighting. Optional features include a dual-screen infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and an 8-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a seven-speaker premium stereo, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

The ILX's base infotainment system is simple to use, but it’s out of date. The optional dual-screen system is more modern, but it’s overly complicated. Graphics are also subpar and unimpressive.

Also optional are an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a 10-speaker premium stereo, navigation, and the AcuraLink telematics system, which lets you connect to the ILX via your smartphone.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are optional.

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  • "While Acura's dual-screen setup can be operated via physical knobs and buttons, the system's outdated graphics and lack of intuitive menus make it obsolete compared with more contemporary rivals." -- Car and Driver
  • "There’s no denying the dated look of its available navigation system and some of the plastic bits around the center storage area. Base models have only a small, 5-inch central screen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "The dual-screen infotainment system is an unnecessary complication, requiring the user to learn which commands and features run on which screen and to regularly switch between touch and dial-based interfaces." -- Edmunds (2019)
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