Acura’s ILX entry level luxury sedan

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, March 25th, 2017

2017 Acura ILX

2017 Acura ILX
By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

A little over a year ago I gave Acura serious accolades for the
improvements made to its ILX entry luxury sedan. We have now had the
2017 model in the test driveway and little has changed – with my
opinion or with the car.
For the 2017 model year, the only changes are three new colors
from the automaker. Everything else remains as was delivered in the
completely made over 2016 we tested 16 months ago. One interesting
note that was left out of my initial review is just how tight this
vehicle is for a 75th percentile male driver (such as myself). I
banged my head more than a few times and that is with the drivers seat
in its lowest position.
As for my initial impressions on the ride quality, handling, and
overall comfort I stand by my positive review and repeat it here. The
2.4-liter four cylander powers the ILX more than amply with its 201hp
as it winds its way up through all eight gears of the automatic
transmission. I split my driving time between normal and sport modes
(with the most pleasure coming in sport mode of course). The sport
tires still generate a good bit of road noise but the overall ride
quality is above par.
Acura calls its ILX the gateway vehicle to its luxury lineup and
boasts the model as being the best seller amongst millennials since
2010. ILX is offered in three trim levels – standard, premium, and
tech-plus package. Pricing begins at $27,990 but as is usually the
case Acura sent us the range-topping model with a couple extra
add-ons.
Our 2017 ILX Tech Plus A-Spec tester arrived with a final sticker of $35,920.
Fuel economy is 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
One surprising fact from the luxury division of Honda is that
nearly 98 percent of all vehicles sold in America are now built here,
ILX being no exception.
If you’ve never driven an Acura, do yourself a favor and schedule
a test drive some day and discover why so many have taken to the brand
and the characteristics of being a “driver’s car.”

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