2021 Acura ILX – If the thought of parking a Honda Civic in your driveway is just too bland for you, consider his country club cousin – the ILX – wearing the Acura emblem on his trapezoidal grille. Under the hood of each ILX is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic. While the ILX doesn’t keep pace with turbocharged rivals such as the Audi A3 and the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé on a winding road, it offers a smooth and enjoyable ride for those looking for luxury rather than sportsmanship. The demise of the ILX is the outdated technology, starting with an infotainment system that’s ridiculously outdated, especially since the basic model doesn’t even come with a touchscreen – even the Civic offers that standard. The Acura ILX received a styling renewal for the 2019 model year, but to remain competitive it needs a thorough overhaul.
What’s new in 2021?
The ILX rolls on to 2021 with no significant changes or updates.
Price: Starting at $26,100
Engine, transmission and performance
The only powertrain is a 201 hp four-cylinder with front-wheel drive coupled with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine runs easily, and while the ILX isn’t the fastest car in its class, its character makes us yearn for the VTEC-powered Honda and Acura sedans of yesteryear. The service is balanced and confident, but not particularly memorable; road and wind noise penetrates here more than in rivals like the Audi A3 or the Mercedes-Benz A-class, especially at motorway speeds.
Interior, comfort and cargo
As with other cars in this segment, the Acura ILX’s cab is spacious for the driver and the front passenger, but tight for those in the back. The standard equipment abounds and includes a sliding roof, heated sports seats with electric adjustment for the driver and automatic two-zone climate control. However, the dashboard design looks outdated compared to the sleek-looking screens that adorn the A-class dashboard. While the inside storage space isn’t nearly as useful as in the Civic, the ILX has a large trunk that delivers the sedan’s subcompact rating.
Infotainment and connectivity
Surprisingly, a touchscreen infotainment system isn’t standard on the base model, but Premium, Technology, and A-Spec models all come with an 8.0-inch unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. While Acura’s two-screen configuration can be controlled via physical buttons and buttons, the system’s outdated graphics and lack of intuitive menus make it obsolete compared to more contemporary rivals.
Infotainment and connectivity
Surprisingly, a touchscreen infotainment system isn’t standard on the base model, but Premium, Technology, and A-Spec models all come with an 8.0-inch unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. While Acura’s two-screen configuration can be controlled via physical buttons and buttons, its outdated graphics and lack of intuitive menus make the system obsolete compared to more contemporary rivals.
Safety and driving assistance systems
The 2021 Acura ILX received a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but was not named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The ILX also has a large number of standard driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control and more. The main safety features include:
– Standard collision warning and automatic emergency braking system
– Standard lane departure warning and lane assist
– Available blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning
Warranty and maintenance cover
Acura covers the ILX with an excellent limited warranty and powertrain warranty, but the luxury carmaker doesn’t offer the – free scheduled maintenance some rivals do.
– Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
– The warranty on the powertrain includes 6 years or 70,000 miles
– No free scheduled maintenance