2014 Acura ILX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

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2014 Acura ILX

New For 2014

Acura has added more standard features in a bid to make the 2014 Acura ILX more upscale and sophisticated. These include an eight-way power driver's seat, heated leather seats, upgraded seventeen-inch wheels, a new subwoofer, active noise cancellation, leatherette door liners, and a multi-angle rear camera. Its price increases by $1000.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Acura ILX is smaller and less expensive than the rest of the Acura lineup, and thus serves as a gateway to Honda's premium brand. The goal is to attract the millennial generation -- customers in their twenties and early thirties -- and then keep them as long-term buyers as they move up to larger, more expensive vehicles. The ILX launched as a 2013 model and slots below the TSX in the brand's portfolio. It is Acura's latest attempt to craft an appealing entry-level sedan, following the Integra and the TSX. Acura pitches the ILX as a value proposition; it starts at $27,795, including shipping charges.


The 2014 Acura ILX shares underpinnings with the Honda Civic, but the Acura has its own exterior design and cabin appearance. The body styling is marked by prominent lines on the sides that define the haunches around the rear wheels and stretch into the front quarter panels. The grille is a take on Acura's signature face, but it is slimmer and less pronounced than on other vehicles. The cabin is also understated and business-like, offering black or tan leather schemes or a black cloth configuration.

There are three powertrain options. A 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine rated at 150 hp is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. This combination gets 24 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. Hot shoes can opt for the 2.4-liter 201-hp four-cylinder that teams with a close-ratio six-speed manual; this is the configuration we selected for the ILX in our long-term test fleet. Fuel economy drops 2 mpg in the city and 4 mpg in highway driving with the sportier setup. The hybrid variant is currently rated at 39 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway in 2013, but new figures are expected to be released this fall.

A few Automobile Magazine editors have criticized some of the interior features and the quality of the materials, along with the numb steering and harsh suspension, but the smooth-shifting manual transmission and energetic engine have earned consistent praise. This year, the ILX gets a much-needed upgrade to its rear camera; the driver now has access to views from several angles. Compared with our 2013 model, which provided a grainy image of only a single angle, it is a welcome upgrade. While we think the 2014 Acura ILX is an adequate entry-level luxury sedan, we have concluded that we prefer the Honda Civic Si, which shares the same powertrain as the ILX but is styled and equipped differently.

You'll like:

  • Attractive styling
  • Nicely priced with plenty of standard equipment
  • I-4 with manual is fun to drive

You won't like:

  • Cabin is plain
  • Ride quality can be harsh, unrefined
  • Backseat has little headroom
  • Can't get the most powerful engine without the manual transmission

Key Competitors

  • Buick Verano
  • Audi A3
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • BMW 1-series
2013 Acura ILX Hybrid Front Three Quarters
Acura is paring down its compact ILX sedan lineup to just two models, as the Acura ILX Hybrid model will not return for 2015. Brand representatives told us that this change is meant to better align the ILX with consumer demand, which isn't too surprising considering that out of 9217 Acura ILX models sold so far in 2014, only 730 of those were hybrids.
2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Front Side
Acura has made no changes to the 2014 ILX Hybrid, including its base price of $29,795 (including the $895 destination charge). But those who want a loaded 2014 Acura ILX with the Technology Package will have to pay $35,495, which is $200 more than the 2013 model.

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2014 Acura ILX Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
150 hp @ 6500rpm
140 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
American Honda Motor Co., Inc (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012 to March 1, 2013, ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012 to February 7, 2013, and certain model year 2014 ILX vehicles manufactured May 2, 2013, to May 31, 2014, and ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 18, 2013 to February 19, 2014. Excessive heat temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke, melting, and fire. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Additonally, the excessive heat coming from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlights, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-862-2872. Honda's number for this recall is JE9.
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Recall Date
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in Fall 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning on March 14, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JX2, JX3 and JX4.
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