Automakers are starting to listen to what the public wants. In the case of luxury cars this means cars that are less expensive but still offer a nice assortment of luxury-style features to enjoy. This movement is helping shoppers to be able to buy a luxury car for far less than a typical luxury car price allowing much more driving enjoyment and excitement for a much larger audience. One of the vehicles leading this charge to a less expensive luxury car is the 2015 Acura ILX.
The ILX is a very smart choice in a luxury sedan. It’s smaller than most luxury sedans making it easier to drive and is full of great luxury features for any owner to take advantage of. Competing with the Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h the ILX isn’t the same namesake, but with comparable equipment comes in much less expensive than either the Audi or Lexus. For 2015 the ILX adds a new paint color to the palette and loses the Hybrid model from the lineup. No other upgrades were needed with the recent addition of active noise cancellation and an upgraded audio system the previous year.
The ILX shows off impressively when being driven. Based on the Honda Civic for driving the ILX is a sophisticated and stepped up version of the Civic. Offering a highly responsive steering that takes all inputs straight to the wheels for a sharp and sincere experience the ILX is a pleasure to drive. Add the very finely tuned suspension to the equation and the car sticks to the road extremely well along with being able to dispel any and all road abrasions easily. The added benefit of the active noise cancelation technology offers plenty of enjoyment in the cabin allowing occupants to enjoy musical selections and not the road noise from around them.
Two distinct engine choices are available for the ILX offering two very different driving experiences. First is the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that offers 150 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that offers up fuel economy numbers of 24 city/35 hwy mpg. This is a very nice powertrain to enjoy except the five-speed transmission where most are now six or better.
The second and more exciting engine offered is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine coming in with 201 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine offers owners a very dynamic and energetic power to make the driving experience more fun and exciting. Along with the added power, this engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission putting all the driving control and fun in the hands of the driver. This powertrain doesn’t lose a lot when it comes to fuel efficiency offering up 22 city/31 hwy mpg for owners to enjoy making this the easiest choice for any ILX owner to make.
Even with its smaller size, the ILX offers plenty of space inside the vehicle for up to five to enjoy the ride. Covered in upgraded materials the interior is comfortable and luxurious. The dashboard is smooth and sleek with all controls situated in easy to understand and reach locations. Along with all the comfort and control is a style that feels like upgraded luxury but at a more reasonable price than the cars that are much pricier. The inside is full of tech for anyone to be able to stay connected and enjoy their favorite music from the Pandora Radio or from their own devices allowing occupants to feel even more in tune with this excellent luxury car.
From the exterior the ILX is very much a quietly sophisticated machine. The ILX looks a lot like a typical sedan, but it offers plenty of subtle accents and eye-catching angles to make it much more than just a sedan. The front of the ILX is adorned with a pair of wrap around headlights that flank a chrome mustachioed grill offering the first look at a bit of beauty and class. The curves and lines are fairly simple but elegant and added chrome accents can be found around the windows and at the rear of the vehicle. To finish off the subtle but elegant look is a full set of star-inspired wheels that are sharp and handsome, but not overdone.
The ILX offers a very nice package of standard equipment for anyone to enjoy. This list includes a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, a six-speaker audio system with a USB and iPod interface, Pandora internet radio integration, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. With such a packed vehicle, even at the base model owners are getting a great car that they can really enjoy.
The optional features for the ILX help to turn what is already a very nice luxury sedan into one that is hard for the competition to keep up with. This is achieved through two option packages, the Premium Package which adds a multi-view rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and HID low-beam headlights and fog lights. The second package is the Technology Package that adds a navigation system, Real-Time Traffic and Weather, a ten-speaker Surround Sound audio system, a 15GB Media Storage and Song by Voice, voice recognition software and a GPS-linked solar-sensing temperature control.
As stated several times, this is a luxury sedan that is much less expensive than most luxury sedans and the ILX starts out with a price tag of $28,000 for the base model. The addition of the Premium Package will only raise this price to around $30,000 and adding the Technology Package onto this model will bring it up to a $32,500 price tag. The more powerful ILX starts around $31,200 but is not available to be upgraded with the Technology Package, leaving a bit of a dilemma for many owners. With these prices and a full array of luxury features to enjoy, the ILX is a great sedan for anyone to enjoy and have a fantastic driving experience.