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Cheap Thrills: Acura ILX


Cheap Thrills: A Used Acura ILX

The reason that a used Acura ILX is a cheap thrill, goes far beyond its affordable price. This subcompact “entry-level luxury car” is designed to compete in the same category as the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3. It could be argued that the German competitors have a lot more panache than the baby Acura. However, you will miss the point of the Acura ILX, if you think of it as a luxury car. Instead, think of it like the modern interpretation of an Acura Integra – a small car that’s extremely well-made, and an absolute hoot to drive. Sure, it’s not going to win any drag races or handle like a Formula One race car. But it will still put a smile on your face.

Acura ILX Buyers Guide

Although the Acura ILX is based on the Honda Civic, the two cars have very little in common. The ILX has a completely unique suspension set up, which manages to be both comfortable and sporting. The bodywork is very striking, particularly from the front end with its wide grill and LED jewel headlights. The interior is also a lot nicer than the Civic’s, with extra sound deadening and lots of premium feeling soft touch materials. Opt for a used Acura ILX Technology, or one with the AcuraWatch package, and you get lots of useful safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

Nice features aside, one of the main reasons that a used Acura ILX is such a good cheap thrill, is under the hood. The standard (and only engine option) ILX 2.4L produces an eager 201 hp, which you can easily manage with the manual shift capable 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. This allows you to easily control your momentum with the paddle shifters or shift lever. And because it also has a torque converter, accelerating from a stop will be a lot smoother than with a typical dual clutch transmission. In spirit, a used Acura ILX feels a lot like an old Acura Integra. You can wind it out and have a lot of fun. Or you can just cruise to work in style and comfort.

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Acura ILX Engine Specs

The Acura ILX is powered by a 2.4L direct injected four-cylinder, that makes 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated into a Honda 8 speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The gearbox is unique because it uses a traditional torque converter, which allows for instantaneous shifts and smooth acceleration from a standstill.

Acura ILX Standard Features

17 inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, heated exterior mirrors, sunroof, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat, dual zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a 5 inch infotainment display and a backup camera.

Acura ILX AcuraWatch Plus Package Features – Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and road departure mitigation. Later models added a multiview option for the backup camera

Acura ILX Premium Features – Leather upholstery, driver memories settings, four-way power passenger seat, a dual screen infotainment system that includes an 8 inch upper screen and a 7 inch lower touchscreen with a seven speaker audio system, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Later models received Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration, as well as a subwoofer for the audio system.

Acura ILX Technology Plus Package Features – This trim level includes all of the Premium package and AcuraWatch features, in addition to an 18 speaker audio system, voice command controls, a navigation system and guidelines for the backup camera.[

Acura ILX A-Spec Features – This appearance package can be added to cars equipped with both the Premium and Technology packages, and brings with it unique 18 inch wheels, fog lights, side sill extensions, a rear spoiler and Alcantara seat inserts with contrast stitching

How much is an Acura ILX?

With loads of spunk and style, this baby Acura is definitely worth considering. Acura ILX prices at Off Lease Only start at just $14,999. For the money, you will get a late model example with extremely low miles. Off Lease Only has around 5,000 used cars in stock at any one time, so we’re able to price our cars much lower than the competition. And we don’t use hidden fees to suddenly inflate the price when you go to sign the papers. So just pick the ILX you want, and you won’t even have to negotiate the price. You also get a 5 Day/500 mile return guarantee, and we can even ship the car to you anywhere in the country!

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