In an attempt to boost sales, Acura tweaked its 2016 ILX compact sedan with some light restyling. The ILX is based on the popular Honda Civic sedan, so that means the two cars have the same interior space, right? Wrong. The ILX has 34 inches of rear legroom, but the Civic has a bit more with 36.2 inches. Those 2.2 inches are critical when it comes to installing child-safety seats.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The ILX’s Latch system is easy to use with two sets of lower anchors in the outboard seats. They sit in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, but the cushions easily move out of the way for good access. Three tether anchors sit under hinged plastic covers on the sedan’s rear shelf. We had no problems using them.
- The rear-facing convertible installed easily into the ILX, but we had to move the front passenger seat forward one click to fit the car seat. Our 5-foot-8 tester was able to sit comfortably in the front passenger seat.
- To install both the forward-facing convertible and the booster seat, we had to remove the rear head restraint. Both car seats then fit well in the ILX.
What We Don’t
- To fit the rear-facing infant seat behind the front passenger seat, we had to move the seat forward a significant amount. We also adjusted the front passenger’s seatback to a more upright position. Our tester was uncomfortable in this position with her knees pushed against the glove box.
- The rear seat belt buckles are on floppy bases and sit snugly against the side of the booster seat. They will likely be difficult for young kids to use on their own.