Attractive and well-equipped, the 2014 Acura ILX is a respectable choice for a compact luxury sedan. For 2014, the Acura ILX gets more standard equipment, which includes 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a power driver seat and heated front seats.
Powering the 2014 ILX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Transmission features a five-speed automatic that sends its power to the front wheels. The ILX will go from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds which is average for a compact economy car. Fuel economy is respectable at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway.
Overall performance is more than adequate for everyday commuting duty. The 2.0-liter engine is quite smooth. Ride quality is a strength and this car offers a nearly ideal compromise between control and comfort, and it's quiet on the highway. The car is sure-footed around turns and generally enjoyable to drive.
The ILX's interior is well constructed and delivers on tech features. There is a 5-inch display screen topping the center stack for the myriad infotainment functions, and smartly placed buttons and knobs to control them. Special care was used in designing the seats to be supportive, yet not give the impression of confinement or hardness. The ILX is also pretty spacious for a compact car, with a decent amount of backseat room.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, full power accessories, keyless ignition/entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, active noise cancellation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch information display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, SMS text message functionality, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB/iPod audio interface, satellite radio and Pandora radio smartphone app integration.
The 2014 Acura ILX comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints, and a rear-view camera. In government crash tests, the Acura ILX earned a top five-star rating for overall protection in crash tests, with four stars total for frontal impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the ILX a top score of "Good" for the car's performance in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its head restraint/seats design also earned a "Good" rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts.