2020 Acura ILX

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$26,995 - $32,650
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2020 Acura ILX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 13, 2020
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Acura is a heavily reworked Honda and most of it is visible from the body structure and the engine which both share. It amplifies the comfort and has a composed chassis which makes it a very polished ride. But then, this boon comes at a loss in performance and playfulness which was present in the Honda.

Millennials will be surprised to know that, the Acura ILX sees a meagre $100 increase when adding any of the optional packages.  The base Acura ILX model comes with no increase in price for 2020, which puts the car reserved at a $26,995 opening price. 

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Pros

Very potent and reliable Engine

Bang for Buck

Very Efficient

Steering is Precise

Cons

Interior Quality is poor

Acceleration is lethargic

Outdated Tech features

What's New?

Carries on unchanged from 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

201 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

180 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

8 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Honda Architecture (10th gen)

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

59.4/60.2

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

182.2 in.

width

70.6 in.

height

55.6 in.

curb weight

3095 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

188 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/34 mpg

ev range

316.8 mi.

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Acura ILX in Apex Blue Pearl color  2020 Acura ILX in Majestic Black Pearl color  2020 Acura ILX in Modern Steel Metallic color  2020 Acura ILX in Performance Red Pearl color  2020 Acura ILX in Platinum White Pearl color
Apex Blue Pearl

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

5.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

6.0

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Acura ILX Base

Base

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$26,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $26,995 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Acura ILX Premium Package

Premium Package

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$28,745


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $28,745 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Acura ILX Technology Package

Technology Package

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$30,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $30,650 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Acura ILX Premium and A-SPEC Packages

Premium and A-SPEC Packages

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$30,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $30,750 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Acura ILX Technology and A-SPEC Packages

Technology and A-SPEC Packages

power
201 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$32,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology and A-SPEC Packages 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $32,650 MSRP (24/28/34) 201 hp @ 6800 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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2020 Acura ILX is powered by a similar 2.4L inline four-pot which chunks out 201 horses and 180 twisties. This power gets transferred to the front wheels via an 8-Speed Automated manual transmission. The 2020 ILX is available in five fully-fledged trims which has an interesting feature list.

2020 ILX takes on the likes of Kia Optima, Mazda 3 and Ford Fusion in an all-out battle for the better all-rounder. Let’s see how the competition fares against the plush cabin and host of creature comforts provided in the ILX.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Front View
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Rear View

6.0/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 

6.0/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Acura ILX Features

6.0/10

Acura provides the ILX in five varying trims. The barebone base trim starts at $26,995 and goes all the way up to Technology and A-SPEC Package trim at $32,650. All trims are powered by a 2.4L inline four-pot which chunks out 201 horses and 180-pound feet of torque. The power gets transferred to the front wheels via an 8 Speed automated manual transmission.

The base trim gets all the basic necessities, but it's the higher trims that actually do the talking. Various premium features like leather upholstery and GPS enabled navigation system gets added, which adds to the creature comforts. Choosing the Technology Package automatically combines the Premium Package, as does opting for an ILX A-Spec.

Trims

Base

Premium Package

Technology Package

Premium and A-SPEC Package

Technology and A-SPEC Package

MSRP

$26,995

$28,745

$30,650

$30,750

$32,650

Engine

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

Features

Power Moonroof with remote operation

All the features in Base trim included and:

All the Features in Premium Package included and:

All the features in Premium Package included and:

All the Features in Technology Package included and:

 

LED Headlights

Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror

GPS Linked Climate Control

Unique Interior upholstery colors

Acura Connected Services

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Front Passenger 4-Way Power Seat

Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

A-SPEC Sport seats with ultra suede-trimmed interior

Graphite and chrome dash trim

 

Heated Side Mirrors

2 Driver Position Memory for Seats and Side Mirrors

Acura Navigation with 3D view

18-inch alloy wheels

Stainless Steel Sport Pedals

 

Acoustic Glass Windshield

Acura Premium Audio System

ELS Studio Premium Audio System

LED Fog lamps

 
 

Leatherette wrapped sport seats

Sport seats with perforated leather upholstery

     
 

Heated Front Seats

       
 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

       
 

Adaptive Cruise Control

       


We Recommend

We recommend you to confidently go for the Technology package trim which treats you with a host of features. It includes creature comfort features as well as much needed safety and assistance features at a reasonable price of $29,650.

2020 Acura ILX Engine and Performance

6.0/10

Honda's engineers installed the ILX with a 2.4L Inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain can amass 201 horsepower and 180-pound-feet of torque. The power delivery is linear and refined to the front wheels of the car. 

2020 Acura ILX comes with 2.4L engine

The entire car is constructed to be more aggressive right from the engine's growl to the firm’s tuned suspension. The transmission is smooth and keen to grab the next gear. Its movement is buttery and better than the usual automatic transmission used by the competitors.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

MSRP

$25,900

$24,690

$24,200

$24,500

Engine

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.5L I4

1.5L Turbo I4

Transmission

8-Speed Automated Manual

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

201 hp

@6800 rpm

185 hp

@6000 rpm

186 hp

@6000 rpm

181 hp

@6000 rpm

Torque

180 lb-ft

@3600 rpm

178 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

186 lb-ft

@ 4000 rpm

185 lb-ft

@4320 rpm

2020 ILX manages to surpass the competition in sheer performance as it is a fair 20 horses more than the competition. Mazda 3 which is powered by a larger engine also fails to overcome the flexible performance provided by Acura.

Acceleration

The slightly aggressive sound of the engine might pump you up for a blast, but the lack of a turbocharger results in a mild start. You won't feel your front wheels firing up with torque. The engine’s athletic prime emerges after 4000 rpm. One thing which will have a lasting impression is the smooth transmission and instant response.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Engine’s athletic prime emerges after 4000 rpm

The lower curb weight coupled with the quick gearbox plays a crucial role in giving the ILX an edge over the others. It would have done the ILX much more justice if fitted with a turbocharger.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

0-60 MPH

6.4 s

6.9 s

7.5

9.1 s

Quarter mile

14.9 s

15.3 s

15.5

18.9

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

6.3

7.3*

5.8

6.5

Ford Fusion comes in as a sluggish one and this can be blamed on the unwanted extra weight it carries. Kia Optima is the closest rival to Acura which closes the gap of 0-60 to a minimum. Mazda 3 has not undergone any road test yet and so we are devoid of its test results. But Mazda’s impressive performance would surely bring it closer to the Acura than Kia. 

Ride and Handling

Right from the stiff suspension to the sporty seat placement, Acura has planted hints of sportiness all over the ILX's driving mechanism. Starting with the wheel, it feels heavier than its predecessors but it's still light for a first-time driver. Road communication is not that loud but the direct response makes up for the lost feel.

Take it for a spin and you will notice the high traction, the ILX feels glued to the road even small bumps. Though it feels sporty there are not many sporty cosmetics in the suspension, it feels stiffer than the usual Acura. Still, that car suffers from a notable body roll.

2020  Acura ILX Sedan Rear View

The 8-speed dual-clutch transmission is probably the best part of this entry-level Luxury. The transmission is seamlessly synced with the engine, the downshifts are smooth and upshifts balanced for the economy. You will not get an instant dose of power in the Normal mode but the Sports mode manages to stay in the powerband.

Braking

The brakes are quite sharp with a responsive pedal. You don't need to wire your brain in a different way, the pedal is quite limber when it comes to controlling. During hard braking, the car doesn't wobble. The front brakes on the ILX are rated are 12.3 inches and 11.1 inches respectively.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan has Front Brake of  12.3 in.

There is no nose dive at all during hard braking and this can be credited to its low ground clearance which helps lower the centre of gravity and thus provides a more composed ride.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

12.0

11.0

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.2

10.4

11.9

60-0 MPH (ft)

119

124

121

122

Acura comes with the largest front rotors of the lot but is the opposite at the rear with the smallest of the lot. Mazda 3 is the lightest of the lot but still stops shy of the ILX because of its smaller rotors.

2020 Acura ILX Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Being an entry-level luxury Acura delivers decent fuel ergonomic numbers. You won't need to gas up the ILX after every few kilometers. In the city, Acura musters 24 mpg mileage while on the highway it stretches the number to 34 mpg. Together the combined fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg.

It has a small fuel tank which makes frequent fuel fill-ups during long drives a chore. Acura could have added in a few more gallons to the tank which would have made it a decent tourer as well.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

MPG (city)

24

24

26

23

MPG (highway)

34

32

35

34

MPG (combined)

28

27

30

27

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

13.2

18.5

13.2

16.5

Range

(City/Highway)

317/449

444/592

343/462

380/561

Kia Optima is blessed with the largest fuel tank of the lot with an 18.5 Gallon tank. Mazda 3 provides an impressive combined 30 miles to a gallon. This puts it on top followed by the Acura ILX.

2020 Acura ILX Interior

5.0/10

The seats sit high above the ground with a lot of thigh support and foot support. though the armrest sits relatively lower. The interior is straight out of last year's civic minus the quality. It feels plasticky, cheap, and doesn't feel qualified to compete with other luxury sedans in the competition.

Though the back legroom is a little low and might be unfit for longer routes. Visibility is good, the only germ infecting the ILX's visibility is the fat pillar, rear everything is easy.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Front Seats

The interior seems below average and there are frequent creaks over the hard plastic material. You can fit 5 adults in the cabin with ease. The front seats are spacious with 38 inches headroom and 42 inches of legroom space.

The rear cabin is deprived of legroom which is measured at 34 inches. The headroom is fair though, 35 inches. On the luxury angle, you have 6 way heated and ventilated front seats and 3 way heated outboard seats.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/55.6/42.3

39.8/58.1/45.5

38.0/55.7/42.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.9/53.6/34.0

37.8/56.4/35.6

37.3/53.5/35.1

37.8/56.9/38.3

Interior space is not the ILX’s strong point as it struggles to house people comfortably. Kia Optima easily takes the lead here with its impressive cabin space. Mazda 3 and Acura ILX have a similar distribution of rows with the Mazda having a bit more second-row space.

Interior Features

  • Sport Seats with Leatherette upholstery
  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat with Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Foldable Rear Seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Start/Stop Button
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel-mounted Controls

Infotainment System

The ILX features 8-inch dual-screen infotainment parted into the dash one over the other. Though it's not a touch screen you need to control every feature through a rotary knob which is not that precise.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan  Infotainment Screen

Working on two screens makes it even worse. Though you still have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the ILX.

 Infotainment Features

  • ELS Studio Premium Audio System
  • 10-Speakers
  • SiriusXM COmpatibility
  • Bluetooth and USB Audio Interface
  • Pandora Compatible
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatible

Cargo Capacity

In practicality, the ILX is not that generous. The 12.4 cubic feet of cargo is what you will get, which is the average in the segment. Practicality goes downhill inside the cabin due to the lack of cubby holes.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan has 12.4 cubic feet cargo space

It doesn't even provide added storage compartments like its twin, Honda Civic. The ILX would have made a much better practical car if not for these pesky issues.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

12.4

15.9

13.2

16.0

Ford Fusion takes advantage of its larger dimensions which makes way for the largest cargo compartment of the lot with 16 cubic feet of volume. The Optima comes in second followed by Mazda 3 by a considerable margin.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan Front Seats
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Interior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Dashboard
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Interior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Seats
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Interior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Infotainment system
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Interior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Rear seats
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Interior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan interior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Interior

2020 Acura ILX Exterior

7.0/10

Acura ILX is completely carried over from last year with all the subtle changes done then. The most visible change comes to the front grill, they binned their previous sliver grill and swapped in a new diamond pentagon grille.

It's not the most striking one but Acura is taking a detour here with an exclusive design.

2020 Acura ILX Sedan  Side View

Other changes are equated to the taillight and front and rear bumpers. You get a rear lip spoiler and a single chrome-tipped exhaust. Enough to add a little character but not as appealing as other entry-level luxury sedans.

It is one of the narrowest cars in this segment which gives it a more compact look and is much easier to manoeuvre as well.

Models

Acura ILX Base

Kia Optima S

Mazda 3 Preferred

Ford Fusion SE

Length (in)

182.2

191.1

183.5

191.8

Width (in)

70.6

73.2

70.7

72.9

Height (in)

55.6

57.7

56.9

58.2

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

5.5

7.8*

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

110.4

107.3

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

59.4/60.2

62.9/63.2

61.7/62.2

62.7/62.4

Curb weight (lbs)

3095

3298

3071

3470

For a long time, ILX was out shadowed by its older brother the TLX. It is bigger and more luxurious though the ILX is all set to make a statement with all its updates, however, much of this will not come from its dimensions.

Acura builds a decent executive but it's not that sizeable than other cars in the lot. It is 182 inches long which is 10 inches shorter than the usual executive but holds up with Mazda’s offering.

Exterior Features

  • Power Moonroof
  • Remote Operate Windows
  • LED Headlights with Auto On/Off Function
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Decklid Spoiler
  • Acoustic Glass Windshield
  • Chrome Exhaust Tips 
  • Rear Diffuser
2020 Acura ILX Sedan 3rd quarter view
2020 Acura ILX Sedan exterior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan front view
2020 Acura ILX Sedan exterior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Rear view
2020 Acura ILX Sedan exterior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Rear view
2020 Acura ILX Sedan exterior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan Exterior
2020 Acura ILX Sedan exterior

2020 Acura ILX Safety

7.0/10

When it comes to safety and reliability Honda is very conscious about their cars, the same blood runs through Acura's veins too. Acura's signature AcuraWatch suite consists of several safety suits like emergency braking, road departure mitigation, even adaptive cruise and more. 

Safety Features

  • Advanced Front and Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Lane Keeping Assist System(LKAS)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Road Departure Mitigation(RDM) System 
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System(CMBS)

2020 Acura ILX Competition

7.0/10

Acura ILX vs Kia Optima

Kia Optima is a sedan that makes you feel comfortable right away. It is cheaper than the ILX and has a much larger cabin than the narrow ILX which makes it a very roomy car. 

2020 Kia Optima

The engine specs don’t come at par with the Acura but we aren't complaining here as this set of sedans is not made for outright performance. Moreover, it makes up for the loss in power with the involving driving dynamics.

Acura ILX vs Mazda 3

The 3 is Mazda’s offering in the sedan segment with a much cleaner and modern design philosophy. Mazda has loaded the 3 with a list of features that the 2020 ILX fails to cope up with. 

2020 Mazda 3

For a cheaper price, we will vouch for the Mazda 3 for the value for money it provides with extremely comfortable seats and premium usage of materials. 

Acura ILX vs Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion has been one of the oldest players in the market and the 2020 Fusion makes it’s ageing just fine. It provides us with an impeccable combination of comfort, features and driving dynamics which theILX has been chasing for a long time. 

2020 Ford Fusion

The simple yet elegant interior makes it easy to understand various functionalities. The optional all-wheel-drive setup adds to the character of its sharp and nimble character. Ford Fusion still remains the one to be dethroned. 

2020 Acura ILX Final Verdict

6.0/10

2020 Acura ILX is a very good and complete offering in the sedan segment. It has ample of features with a calm and composed character. But the 2020 Ford Fusion with its experience manages to provide us with an even better car which is hard to go unnoticed.

From a lower price point, it provides us with a much larger and comfortable cabin with a cleaner and better-built interior. The Ford Fusion makes for a much better car than the Acura ILX which would justify the money, you pay for it.