The 2015 Acura ILX is an entry-level luxury sedan manufactured by Acura. The 2015 ILX comes in four trim levels: 2.0, 2.0 with Premium package, 2.0 with Technology package, and 2.4 with Premium package. The Acura ILX base model’s standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, sunroof, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, fully electric accessories, keyless start, and entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, foldable rear seatbacks, active noise canceling, dual-zone automatic climate control, 5-inch information display, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone, audio connectivity, and seven-speaker audio system.
2015 Acura ILX premium package 2.0 and Premium package 2.4 include the amenities listed above and add xenon headlights, fog lights, satellite radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The 2.0 Technology package includes all the features of the Premium package plus a slightly larger screen navigation system, voice commands, AcuraLink, climate control with GPS, and a 10-speaker ELS surround sound system.
2015 Acura ILX : Interior
The Acura ILX’s interior is well-built, but the materials used aren’t a step up from non-luxury sedans. Similarly, the design has the typical high-tech vibe of Acura, but nowhere is it as luxurious as on the classy A3. There’s a 5-inch display at the top of the center console for numerous infotainment functions and cleverly placed knobs and buttons to control them. Along with the navigation system comes a 6-inch screen, voice command function, and a good-sounding ELS audio system.
Special care has been taken in the design of the booster seats, without giving the impression of confinement or stiffness. The ILX is also pretty roomy for a compact car and has ample rear seat room. Still, headroom can be comfortable for 6 feet due to the car’s standard sunroof. Luggage space at 12.3 cubic feet is average and the opening is a little tight. The rear seat folds down to facilitate transporting longer items, but the backrest is undivided to allow for a mix of long cargo and one or two passengers in the backseat.
2015 Acura ILX : Engine
The 2015 Acura ILX base model is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 150 hp and 140 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission offered is a five-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to the Edmunds’sont wheels. In the Edmunds performance test, this powertrain took the ILX from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds. That’s average for a compact economy car but slow for a compact sedan that wears a premium badge. The fuel economy estimated by the EPA is respectable at a total of 28 mpg (24 cities/35 highways).
The ILX 2.4 with the Premium package comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 201 hp and 170 lb-ft. The six-speed manual is Edmunds’ only viable endorsement. In performance testing, the ILX 2.4 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. That’s still a bit slower than many entry-level luxury sedans with the base engine or regular midsize sedans with an upgraded four-cylinder or V6 engine. Fuel economy ratings total 25 mpg (22 cities/31 highways).
2015 Acura ILX : Safety
The 2015 Acura ILX comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is standard, but useful safety features such as blind spot monitoring and a lane departure warning system are missing. In government crash tests, the Acura ILX received a top five-star rating for overall protection in crash tests, receiving a total of four stars for front-impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the ILX the highest score for the car’s performance in moderately overlapping front stability, side impact, and roof strength tests. The Iseatad protection and seat design also received the best rating for whiplash protection in a rear-end collision.