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2015 Acura ILX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/25/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Acura ILX adds a new exterior color: Modern Steel Metallic. Hybrid models have been discontinued for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Acura ILX, which serves as the brand's entry-level product, is a compact luxury sedan sold in three trim levels. A heavily refreshed 2016 model with a new powertrain and host of interior improvements will be available early 2015.


Two four-cylinder engines are available in the 2015 Acura ILX: a 2.0-liter with 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque and 2.4-liter rated at 201 hp and 170 lb-ft. The smaller I-4 is paired to a five-speed automatic transmission while the larger 2.4-liter is available exclusively with a six-speed manual. Fuel economy isn't impressive for the class, with 2.0-liter-equipped models achieving 24/35 mpg city/highway and 22/31 mpg for cars with the more powerful 2.4-liter.

Performance is a strong point in 2015 ILX cars with the 2.4-liter I-4 because it provides good acceleration and passing power. On the other hand, the smaller engine isn't as fast with barely adequate power for normal driving. Handling is good on all models with a firm chassis that makes it enjoyable to drive spiritedly on twisty roads.

Space inside the cabin is compromised for taller adults due to the standard sunroof cutting into headroom. Additionally, rear seat room is snug for adults due to the car's roofline and the trunk's 12.3 cubic-foot capacity is smaller than some of its competitors. While features such as navigation and the Acura/ELS premium sound system are available, they are limited to cars equipped with the 2.0-liter. Cabin refinement is also a weak point, with little sound insulation inside the cabin, making it one of the noisiest cars in its class.

The 2015 Acura ILX has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

Overall, the 2015 Acura ILX is an acceptable entry-level compact luxury sedan with good handling and an available 2.4-liter I-4. However, we noted in a comparison test against the Buick Verano that the car lacks refinement due to its noisy cabin. Interior space is also a weak point with tall adults barely able to fit in the front seats due to the standard sunroof cutting into headroom. The car's rear seats and trunk are also snug, reducing the ILX's practicality.

You'll Like

  • Good handling
  • Strong 2.4-liter engine

You Won't Like

  • Weak base engine
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Noisy cabin

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  • Audi A3
  • Buick Verano
  • BMW 2 Series
  • Lexus CT 200h


2 star


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