Previously optional creature comforts that are now standard include leather seats, leatherette door liners, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a multi-angle rear-view camera. Acura also added a new subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation system that makes the cabin quieter, a good addition considering cabin noise has been one of our big complaints with our Four Seasons car.
The 2014 ILX’s exterior has also been dressed up a bit with standard 17-inch alloy wheels. A 150-hp 2.0-liter I-4 paired to a five-speed automatic transmission is standard on the base model, which can be upgraded with the Premium Package at $30,095 or the Technology Package, which includes navigation, for $32,495. A peppier 201-hp 2.4-liter I-4 combined with a six-speed manual transmission is also available, and including the Premium Package, also starts at $30,395. The Technology Package, however, isn’t available with the sportier model. Since there weren’t any changes to the hardware, the ILX achieves the same 24/35 mpg city/highway for the automatic, and 22/31 mpg for the six-speed manual.
Additional standard features include passive keyless entry, push-start button, Pandora, and an SMS text message function. Changes to the ILX Hybrid have not yet been announced, but we can expect similar upgrades, as well as a slight price bump. The 2013 model starts at $29,795.
Prices include $895 destination charge