2017 Acura ILX

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Acura ILX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Engine power
  • Contemporary styling
  • Clean interior layout
  • Folding backseat
  • Available safety systems

The Bad

  • Tight headroom front and rear
  • Lots of road and engine noise
  • Transmission quick to upshift at low speeds
  • No more manual transmission option
  • No all-wheel-drive option

Notable Features of the 2017 Acura ILX

  • Compact luxury sedan
  • One engine and transmission
  • Sporty A-SPEC model
  • Optional upgraded audio system
  • Optional rear cross-traffic alert system

What Is the 2017 Acura ILX?

The 2017 Acura ILX is a five-seat compact luxury sedan that competes with the Buick Verano, Audi A3, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Trim levels include the base model, base with the AcuraWatch Plus Package, Premium, Premium A-Spec, Technology Plus and Technology Plus A-Spec. 

What's New on the 2017 Acura ILX?

Extensively updated for 2016, the Acura ILX has no significant changes for 2017.

How Does the 2017 Acura ILX Compare to Other Sedans?

The Acura ILX is an adequate luxury compact sedan. Overall, it's good-looking with impressive interior quality and ergonomics. The ILX is more affordable than the Audi A3, though the Buick Verano is less expensive than both. It's fun to drive, although more unsettled on rough terrain than the Verano or A3. The ILX isn't as quiet as some competitors, and little headroom leaves much to be desired. It's sporty but a tad unpolished. 

What Features in the 2017 Acura ILX Are Most Important?

Each Acura ILX gets front-wheel drive, a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Significant standard features include a backup camera, keyless ignition and keyless entry. As required in all new vehicles of this model year, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard.

One of the most notable available features for the ILX is AcuraWatch. This safety system includes lane keep assist, a multiview backup camera with guidelines, road departure mitigation and an enhanced collision mitigation braking system with pedestrian sensing capability. Another is the A-Spec Package, which adds foglights, a side-sill garnish and a trunk spoiler. Further options include an upgraded audio system, blind spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems, adaptive cruise control and optional voice recognition.

Should I Buy the 2017 Acura ILX?

The 2017 Acura ILX Sedan is worth considering if you want dynamic handling, distinctive styling and a folding backseat for extra cargo room. The engine is noisy, however, and taller drivers will likely pine for more headroom. The ILX also doesn't offer a manual transmission or all-wheel drive as options.

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2017 Acura ILX Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


Right there with Lexus and Infiniti

by car buff from Yorba Linda, CA on February 11, 2018

I found the technology to be excellent and appropriate for such a stylish vehicle. The engine (2.4 Liter) has more than enough power and hugs the road at higher speeds. Read full review


Looked a long time for a car....LOVE what I choice

by Average gal from Lake County IL. on January 24, 2018

Great power and drive.I am so happy with this car. It has a nice quiet drive with fantastic pick up for being a 4 cylinder. There are no blind spots and this was a major concern. Lots of room for four ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Acura ILX currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Acura ILX Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.*

Latch or Latch system


Infant seat


Forward-facing convertible

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Rear-facing convertible



(second row)

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker