2015 Acura ILX

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Acura ILX sees a minor reshuffling of feature content across trim levels. The ILX Hybrid has been discontinued.

If you've looked at new-car pricing recently, you've probably noticed that entry-level luxury sedans aren't so "entry" anymore. To compensate, many automakers are coming out with smaller, less expensive sedans that still provide premium amenities and entertaining performance. The Acura ILX was one of the first sedans to pioneer this trend, and for 2015 it's still going strong.

As is the case with other Acura products, the ILX's appeal lies in its ability to deliver solid quality and superlative value. The sedan comes with a long list of standard features, including leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats and a reasonable price that makes it one of the more affordable models in its segment. We also like its balanced approach to ride comfort and handling. Ride quality is a strength for all versions of the 2015 Acura ILX. This car offers a nearly ideal compromise between control and comfort, and it's quiet on the highway.

Exterior Highlights
Entry-level luxury sedan available in 2.0, 2.0 with Premium package, 2.0 with Technology package and 2.4 with Premium package trim levels

The 2015 Acura ILX entry-level luxury sedan comes in four trim levels: 2.0, 2.0 with Premium package, 2.0 with Technology package and 2.4 with Premium package.

Standard equipment for the base 2.0 includes 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless ignition and entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, a fold-down rear seatback, active noise cancellation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch information display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB/iPod audio interface and Pandora radio smartphone app integration.

The 2.0 with Premium package and 2.4 with Premium package include the amenities listed above and add xenon headlights, foglights, satellite radio and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The 2.0 with Technology package (not available on the 2.4) includes all of the features of the Premium package along with a navigation system with a slightly larger display, voice commands, AcuraLink, GPS-linked climate control and a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system.

Useful interior design, thoughtful detail, standard automatic climate control, eight-passenger capacity, liftgate glass opens separately, rearview camera

The ILX's interior is well-constructed. Similarly, the design features Acura's typical high-tech vibe, and you do get a fair amount of features. There is a 5-inch display screen topping the center stack for the myriad infotainment functions, and smartly placed buttons and knobs to control them. A 6-inch screen comes with the navigation system, as do voice command functionality (navigation and audio) and a nice-sounding ELS audio system.Special care was used in designing the seats, which are supportive without giving the impression of confinement or hardness. The ILX is also pretty spacious for a compact car, with a decent amount of backseat room.

The trunk space is at 12.3 cubic feet, and the rear seat folds down to facilitate carrying longer items. The 2015 Acura ILX comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is standard. Standard equipment for the base 2.0 includes 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless ignition and entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, a fold-down rear seatback, active noise cancellation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch information display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB/iPod audio interface and Pandora radio smartphone app integration.

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