2017 Acura ILX: The Compact Sedan

Feb 21, 2017 05:02 AM EST | Joyce Vega

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Acura ILX redefines the compact sport-sedan category. The aggressive styling makes a bold statement, while the high-revving standard 201-horsepower engine and rapid-shifting 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission turns every road into a driving revelation.

According to Autoweek, 2017 ILX Acura comes with a 2.4-liter inline four engine with 201 horsepower. It makes 180 pound-feet of torque coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that drives the front wheels. The car has a nice and quick launch once the driver stomps the pedal. The car can get significantly more aggressive in its sport mode. The inline-four engine gets a little loud at high rpm, and sometimes the trans jumps around a little.

Sometimes when the driver looks for a lower gear, it will give him higher one because he didn’t press the pedal far enough. The car is better-looking than it has been in recent years. But the interior feels downscaled. The cloth seats are comfortable and have good support with big bolsters on the side, but the rest of the cabin is average.

According to CarAndDriver, it takes 6.6 seconds from 0-60mph. The steering is light and decent for an entry-level luxury four-door vehicle. The car handles competently enough, and the understeer gradually builds before the tires lose grip. The price of the trims is definitely up there with the competition. The Acura ILX Standard starts at $27,990, Acura ILX Watch Plus starts at $29,290, Acura ILX Premium starts at $29,990, Acura ILX Technology Plus starts at $32,990, and the Acura ILX A-Spec starts at $31,980 with Premium Package or $34,980 with Technology Plus Package. At $31,980, the Acura ILX A-Spec beats the Audi A3, BMW 2-series, and Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

However, the cabin is not as quiet as the European cars. The front seats are roomy, but the back seats are small for adults. Plus the Acura only offers front-wheel drive. The latest 2017 Acura ILX doesn’t feel as an upscale as an Acura probably should.

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