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With a 5-star NHTSA safety ratings score, this 5-passenger sedan gets aspiring junior executives to meetings in sporty fashion, with plenty of tech.

  • MSRP: $27,900 (base model)
  • Tested Price: $35,810 (includes $920 destination fee)
  • 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque
  • 25 mpg in the city
  • 36 mpg on the highway
  • 29 mpg combined
  • Cargo Volume: 12.3-cubic feet

Our test vehicle is the fully loaded trim level of the ILX, so there were no extra options added to the vehicle.

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Hits

  • Athletic, light-feeling handling that makes you want to drive spiritedly
  • Sport mode increases throttle response, adding to the driving experience
  • Lane Keep Assistance System performs flawlessly, keeping the vehicle in its lane; moves Acura line of vehicles toward being more autonomous
  • Collision mitigation (braking) and safety systems in the Acura Watch suite are great value for the money 
  • Well bolstered seats add to the sporty experience the ILX delivers
  • The 8-speed dual clutch automatic is smooth and trounces transmissions from the much more expensive Lexus competition
  • Navigation/infotainment system apps (Pandora and Aha radio were tested) play well with smart devices
  • Impressive fuel efficiency

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Misses

  • Must purchase a lesser-equipped trim level to get leather seating
  • No rain-sensing wipers available
  • Steering can feel too light at very low speeds
  • Tires often feel “at the limit” too often when cornering spiritedly
  • Steering wheel suffers from button overload

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Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, "2016 @Acura #ILX is a fun, sporty sedan that won't break the aspiring junior exec's bank account."