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What's with the Technology, A-spec, and Premium packages of the Acura ILX?

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist

April 29, 2020 at 12:04 PM

The 2020 Acura ILX is exceptionally popular among drivers in the entry-level luxury segment. The Acura ILX is available in five trims and the bottom trim is called Base, which starts at around $25,900 and rises to $31,650 for the range-topping Technology and A-SPEC trim

2020 Acura ILX: Review

Acura introduced the ILX sedan as a luxurious meticulously - crafted car focused on the entry-level luxury car market. Before anything, one obvious thing is that it is very similar to the Honda Civic. But still, the Acura ILX sedan is very different from the Honda Civic. The exterior design is identical to all the Acura cars. Still, the interior is ancient and outdated, thus feeling bad, which is not suitable for a luxury sedan as advertised by Acura.

2020 Acura ILX

The major updates are on the Technology and design side with added features making it a more overall appealing car to the customer. What Acura does ideally is that it is incredibly comfortable and excellent ride quality, which is far better than the Civic.

Also Read: 2020 Acura ILX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

What’s under the hood?

The car comes with one powertrain, which is a powerful 2.4 - liter inline-four engine and is a front-wheel-drive a car. This engine on the ILX produces 201 hp and has 180 lb-ft of torque on offer. Power sent to the front wheels with the help of an 8 - speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which makes sure that power delivery is linear through the range and is well-refined. 

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Mazda 3 

Ford Fusion

0-60 mph (seconds)

6.6

8.1

7.5

8.4

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15.2

16.3

15.8

16.3

Top-speed (mph)

130

130

130

130

Power (HP)

201 @ 6800 rpm

185 @ 6000 rpm

186 @ 6000 rpm

181 @ 6000 rpm

Torque (Lb-Ft)

180 @ 3600 rpm

178 4000 rpm

186 @ 4000 rpm

185 @ 4320 rpm

It is very clear from the table that this Acura is the most powerful and almost matches the Mazda 3 in terms of torque figures. 

How does the car perform on the fuel economy front?

The ILX fairs well for an entry-level luxury sedan with a decent fuel economy, which will be adequate for almost every one of its buyers. Even though having the most powerful engine in the segment, the ILX still manages to give respectable fuel economy figures.

Models

Acura ILX

Kia Optima

Mazda 3 

Ford Fusion

MPG (City)

24

24

26

23

MPG (Highway)

34

32

35

34

MPG (Combined)

28

27

30

27

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

18.5

13.2

16.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

317/449/369

444/592/499

343/462/396

380/561/445

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

5.2

5.5

4.9

5.4

Different configurations of 2020 Acura ILX

The Acura ILX is available in five trims and the bottom trim is called Standard, which starts at around $25,900 and rises to $31,650 for the range-topping Technology and A-SPEC trim. Other trims include the Premium Package, Technology Package, and Premium and A-Spec Packages. The features for each of the five trim levels are given below.

2020 Acura ILX Interiors
  • Standard - $25,900

Standard features on the Base trim of the ILX include jewel eye LED headlights, powered moonroof with remote operation, 17.0 - inch split - spoke alloy wheels and, acoustic glass windshield. Coming to the interior you get, heated front seats, leatherette wrapped sports seats, Acura Watch driver assistance suite, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

  • Premium Package- $27,750

The Premium Package includes all the features present in the Base trim. Still, it gets some additional equipment like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 4 - way power-adjustable front passenger seats, two memory options for driver seat and side mirrors, Acura premium audio system, and sports seats with perforated leather upholstery.

  • Technology Package-$29,650

Technology Package spices things up with more technology-oriented features in addition to the features offered on the Premium Package. It includes a GPS linked climate control system, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, ELS Studio Premium Sound System. Finally, it also comes with an Acura Navigation System with a 3D view.

A-Spec Package

  • Premium and A-Spec Packages

The Premium and A-Spec Packages get unique interior upholstery than the other trims. The seats are also now A-Spec Sports seats with ultra suede-trimmed interiors. On the exterior, we now get 18.0 - inch alloy wheels with Shark - grey finish, and it now also gets LED fog lamps.

  • Technology and A-Spec Packages

This range-topping Technology and A-Spec Packages trim gets AcuraLink Connected Services, Graphite, and Chrome finish on the dash, and features Stainless Steel Sport Pedals.

Which trim should you buy?

The trim you should go for when getting the Acura ILX is the Technology, and A-Spec Packages trim. It can be thought of as the value for money pick from all the five trims available, and it is well packed with features too.

2020 Acura ILX Technology with A-Spec

The Technolgy and A-Spec Packages trim also gets the very much needed safety and driver assistance features all at a sensible price of $29,650.

Lease Options for 2020 Acura ILX

The lease deals for the Acura ILX are quite expansive and functional. The detailed lease figures are given below.

Offer Type

Offer

Due At Signing

10% Down Lease Special

$199 for 33 Mo. 7.5k mi/yr

$4122inc. tax, title, license

$0 Down Lease Special

$289 for 36 Mo. 10k mi/yr

$1274inc. tax, title, license

Sign & Drive Lease Special

$329 for 36 Mo. 10k mi/yr

$0inc. tax, title, license

One Pay Lease Special

$0 for 24 Mo. 10k mi/yr

$8540inc. tax, title, license

Finance Special

$378 for 72 Mo.

$2699inc. tax, title, license

APR Finance Special

0.9% APR for 60 Mo.

$0

Why should you buy Acura ILX?

After a very thought-provoking process of choosing to get an entry-level luxury sedan other than market favorites, which are crossovers and SUVs, you stuck on which car to buy. The Acura ILX is entirety that will feature in your list, and it is worth the selection to be your next car. For starters, the ILX is well packed with features, Technology, and is the dominant car in the segment for which its numbers talk. 

Also Read: 

2020 Acura ILX Pricing: Trims, MSRP, Ownership, and Depreciation

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