The new and updated 2017 Acura ILX could be seen as a sensible choice for a compact luxury sedan at first glance. However, the segment offers plenty of better alternatives despite the significant changes and updates that the 2017 version comes with. Also, expect a generous list of standard features, rear seat for its class, and a low base price. We should expect its release date in the middle of 2017.
New features that will most certainly debut for the new model year include some additional torque, a multi-view back-up camera, adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert, a standard 2.4L engine, new LED headlights, and front and rear end treatments.
Despite the continuous improvements and upgrades Acura has made to the ILX ever since its first debut, the model has been unable to make a standout moment for itself, and has lagged behind some of its traditional rivals. This was attributed to a sluggish powertrain and few available safety features that could match those of its competitors.
But things are set to change with the new 2017 Acura ILX as those concerns have been dealt with exhaustively. For newbies, the ILX will derive its inspiration from a new four-cylinder 2.4L engine as opposed to the previous 2.0L base engine. And to add icing on the cake, the vehicle still comes competitively priced over its other rivals.
Numerous foibles still persist nevertheless. For instance, the quality of the cabin materials might not meet your expectation. In a nut shell, the ILX compares similarly to a well-equipped Honda. Naturally, you’d want to look at other alternatives the segment offers. They include Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, 2017 Audi A3, and 2017 Ford Fusion.
Acura ILX – Available Trims
The new 2017 Acura ILX is available in six trim levels inform of equipment levels: base, AcuraWatch Plus Package, A-Spec package, Premium package, Premium and A-Spec package, and the top-of-the-range Technology Plus package. The 2017 Acura ILX Type S is reviewed separately.
Interior Spy Photos & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Acura ILX
Standard equipment available for the base 2017 Acura ILX trim includes an eight-way power driver seat, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, 17” wheels, smartphone app integration, automatic climate control, a USB/iPod audio interface, a multi-view rearview camera, leatherette upholstery, a fold-down rear seatback, heated front seats, a 5” infotainment system, a 6-speaker sound system, automatic LED headlights, Pandora radio and Siri Eyes Free integration, and sunroof.
With the AcuraWatch package-equipped model expect to get lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, a frontal collision warning system, and blind-spot warning system.
Opting for the Premium package gets you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear cross traffic alerts, Aha and satellite radio smartphone app integration, an 8” information display, leather front seats, a seven-speaker sound system, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors.
At the top of the food chain is the Technology Plus package that build upon what the AcuraWatch Plus package offers and adds voice commands, 10-apeaker sound system, a rearview camera, and a navigation system.
Also, you can add the A-Spec package to both the Technology Plus and Premium packages to get simulated suede seats, 18” wheels, contrast stitching, and a rear spoiler.
Engine Specs – 2017 Acura ILX
A 2.4L engine powers the needs of the base 2017 Acura ILX rated at 202 horsepower and 180 pounds of torque. The only transmission system offered is an eight-speed automatic, however, it functions like a conventional automatic despite technically being an automated manual transmission system.
According to EPA ratings, expect them to stand at 26/35/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Its 0-60 mph acceleration stands at segment-average 6.9 seconds.
Safety wise, the ILX will come standard with a rearview camera, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, and stability and traction control. Optionally provided are road departure mitigation system, automatic braking, frontal collision warning system, and collision mitigation systems.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Acura ILX
As for the price of the ILX coupe models, expect the base to cost you an MSRP starting from $27,900, the AcuraWatch Plus Package – $29,200, the Premium Package – $29,900, the premium and A-Spec package – $31,890, the Technology Plus Package – $32,900, and the top-of-the-line $34,890.
The release date on the other hand isn’t known but should be expected in the middle of 2017.