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2014 Acura ILX

$12,041 — $18,289 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
25-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Decent ride quality
  • Contemporary styling
  • Clean interior layout
  • Roomy backseat
  • Folding backseat (except hybrid)

The Bad

  • Steering feel
  • Body roll in 2.4-liter version
  • Some cabin materials
  • Hybrid's braking feel
  • No folding backseat on hybrid
2014 Acura ILX exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Acura ILX
  • More standard features for 2014
  • Compact luxury sedan
  • Hybrid available
  • Manual or automatic (depends on engine)
  • Relatively high mileage

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat ILX sedan is the brand's entry-level model. Based on the Honda Civic, the ILX offers three drivetrains, including a hybrid system. The ILX competes with the likes of the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Buick Verano and Lexus CT 200h.
New for 2014
Now in its second model year, the ILX gets new standard features including leather seating, simulated-leather door trim, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a multi-angle backup camera, a new subwoofer for the stereo and an active noise cancellation system.

Exterior Highlights

  • Similar in size to the Honda Civic but with more intricate and elegant styling
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Acura's trademark silver-shield grille
  • Power moonroof
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Optional fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • CD stereo with USB, iPod and Pandora connectivity
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional ELS premium audio

Under the Hood

  • Standard 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Optional 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder pairs with a six-speed manual 
  • Optional hybrid model combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and a continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Premium gas required

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability syst...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat ILX sedan is the brand's entry-level model. Based on the Honda Civic, the ILX offers three drivetrains, including a hybrid system. The ILX competes with the likes of the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Buick Verano and Lexus CT 200h.
New for 2014
Now in its second model year, the ILX gets new standard features including leather seating, simulated-leather door trim, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a multi-angle backup camera, a new subwoofer for the stereo and an active noise cancellation system.

Exterior Highlights

  • Similar in size to the Honda Civic but with more intricate and elegant styling
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Acura's trademark silver-shield grille
  • Power moonroof
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Optional fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • CD stereo with USB, iPod and Pandora connectivity
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional ELS premium audio

Under the Hood

  • Standard 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Optional 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder pairs with a six-speed manual 
  • Optional hybrid model combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and a continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Premium gas required

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
27 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love this Acura!

by Tina from Reno NV on March 22, 2018

I had a older TL and had my heart set on a newer TL u til I found this perfect ILX. Wasn’t planning on buying a new car until Summer but what an outstanding price point for an Acura. Looks good, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very sporty and fun car, especially for the price!

by Mary from Louisville, KY on January 25, 2018

Great vehicle for daily use, if you are looking for something on the sporty side. Excellent base level luxury vehicle, especially for the cost - lots of bells and whistles but without the very high ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Acura ILX currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Acura ILX 2.0L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ILX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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