2014 Acura ILX

For 2014, the Acura ILX gets more standard equipment. Smaller and less expensive than more established German and Japanese stalwarts, the ILX is related to the Honda Civic. Maybe related, but far from same, with many more standard features.

2014 Acura ILX front view

2014 Acura ILX powertrains

The 2014 Acura ILX offers three powertrain options. The base version is fitted thrifty 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and 190 Nm of torque. This model comes with a five-speed automatic only, that sends its power to the front wheels. Fuel economy is at 8.4 l/100 km. It accelerates 0-100 km/h in 9 seconds. It cames to stop in 37 metres.

Driving enthusiasts will lean toward the ILX 2.4 model, which has a considerably more powerful 2.4-liter four that comes only with a six-speed manual transmission, with 201 hp and 230 Nm. Lastly, there is the ILX Hybrid, which is expected to be out soon this fall.

2014 Acura ILX side view

2014 Acura ILX accessories

Standard equipment for the base 2.0 and 2.4 includes 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, a sunroof, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat and heated front seats, active noise cancellation, a 5-inch display screen and a seven-speaker sound system. Premium package for all models give you xenon headlamps, fog lamps, a rearview camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2014 Acura ILX right-side-rear-view

2014 Acura ILX safety rating

The 2014 Acura ILX standard is equipped with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera comes with Premium packages. In government crash tests, the Acura ILX earned a top five-star rating for overall protection in crash tests, with four stars total for frontal impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety.

2014 Acura ILX interior

If you’re looking for high-tech features, the the 2014 Acura ILX definitely delivers. Myriad infotainment functions on the 5-inch display screen, with smartly placed buttons and knobs to control them. A 6-inch screen comes with the navigation system, as do voice command functionality. Vehicle is also pretty spacious for a compact car, with a decent amount of backseat room. Trunk space is average and the opening is a little narrow.

2014-acura-ilx interior design

2014 Acura ILX competitors

Buick Verano, 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Audi A3 TDI, Lexus CT 200h