2017 Acura ILX Release Date, Specs and Info

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.

2017 Acura ILX
2017 Acura ILX

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

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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.

2017 Acura ILX interior
2017 Acura ILX interior

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

2017 Acura ILX EngineA 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.

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2017 Acura RDX Release Date, News & Specs

With ample legroom, fuel-efficient V6, competitive price, and lengthy standard features, the new 2017 Acura RDX undoubtedly offers buyers a solid choice for their hard-earned cash. Its release date should be expected in the fall of 2017.

A first for the RDX include a new optional touchscreen interface, brightened interior, freshened LED taillights and headlights, and grille. Others include a blind-spot monitoring system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic wipers.

Boasting a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the RDX made an unprecedented rebound onto the scene as Acura’s high-tech wonder kid. However, it didn’t resonate well as Acura had hoped for, so three years ago, the Acura design engineers put in extra effort to make it a conventional small luxury crossover. AS expected, the RDX quickly became the trending model for Acura and even ranks highly on our favorite list.

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For 2017, the trend is expected to continue judging from the changes and redesigns that have been made on the vehicle. To start off with, it comes with high-tech driving aides previously a reserve for luxury-branded vehicles, and which was conspicuously missing on the previous RDX models. Also, we are pleased to see top-rated safety features, for instance, a blind-spot monitor, a forward collision warning system, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control.

And apart from the added high-tech features, we still like some unique features previously available on the RDX. On offer this year, is a lone engine that offers better EPA fuel economy ratings thanks in part to the cylinder deactivation system. Interior wise, things only get better, it comes with a comfortable and spacious cabin that makes every day driving a pleasurable experience.

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Despite this review holding the RDX in high regards, it still comes with some few faults just as any vehicle we have reviewed. For instance, some of its traditional rivals still offer a more prestigious and sporty driving experience. They include 2017 BMW X1 and BMW X3, 2017 Audi Q5, and 2017 Volvo XC60.

Available Trims – Acura RDX

As already mentioned, the small-luxury RDX SUV comes in only one well-equipped trim model.

2017 Acura RDX Exterior Review & Interior Configurations

For 2017, three optional packages have been provided: Technology, AcuraWatch, and Advance packages.
Standard features and accessories available for the RDX include an eight-way power driver’s seat, premium leather upholstery, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, 18” wheels, satellite and HD radio, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 5” infotainment system, a seven-speaker sound system, keyless entry and ignition, Siri Eyes Free, Pandora internet radio, seven-speaker sound system, a sunroof, and automatic headlights.

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The AcuraWatch Plus package adds lane intervention and warning system, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and forward collision warning system.

The Technology package bundles voice commands, an eight-way power front passenger seat, a 10-speaker Acura/ELS sound system, leather upholstery, Aha compatibility, HD radio, and a 7” infotainment screen.

Finally, the Advance package bundled all the contents of the above two packages plus automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, automatic wipers, foglights, and remote engine start.

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Engine Specs – 2017 Acura RDX

Rated at 280 horsepower and 252 pounds of torque is a 3.5L V6 engine. The six-speed automatic transmission system is standard, as is the front-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive system is available as an option.
During our own conducted 2017 Acura RDX test drive, the all-wheel-drive version was able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Its fuel economy for this class can be considered rather impressive. It returns 20/30/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the 2WD RDX, and 19/28/22 mpg for the AWD-equipped RDX.

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2017 Acura RDX Release Date & Price

Its release date should be expected in the fall of 2017, according to very reliable sources party to Acura RDX’s operations. As for its price. Expect it to set you back by an MSRP starting from $37,078.

In overall, the vehicle has some laudable achievements. It’s handling and steering feels right and changes direction with confidence and poise. We highly recommend this vehicle, and would still make an affordable alternative to its overly priced rivals like the 2017 Lexus RX.

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2017 Acura RLX Release Date and Info

The fresh 2017 Acura RLX is a luxury sedan that offers plenty of upscale tidbits while still ensuring a smooth and serene ride. It features a spacious cabin, plenty of safety features, abundant standard features, and excellent crash test-scores. Its release date should be expected early next year.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, black color

For 2017, buyers should expect new 19” wheels, suspension and chassis upgrades, expanded package collection, new safety features: collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, an all-surround camera, and rear-cross traffic alert. Lastly, the new Sport Hybrid trim is set to arrive later in the year while the previous base trim will no longer be available as it has been discontinued.

Although mostly unchanged for 2017, the new 2017 Acura RLX will most probably drive below the radar in its class. Just to be honest, the exterior and interior styling is conservative and a mild change might have worked for it. But that shouldn’t mean that the RLX misses the point, its exterior and interior styling is still something worth taking a selfie with.

2017 Acura RLX exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

Depending on your priorities, the new RLX offers plenty of features at a lower price tag if you were to compare it with its traditional and mostly higher priced German rivals.

To start off with, the base RLX features a standard navigation system, which is normally optional for most sedans. Other otherwise optional features include LED headlights, a suite of safety features, and keyless entry and ignition.

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Notably, the price across the entire trim level hasn’t increased from the previous year. Things remain unchanged under the hood of the 2017 RLX, it still comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that drives the fore wheels via a six-speed auto transmission system. For 2017 however, Acura has seen it fit to fine tune its suspension tuning and chassis in an effort to help it reduce road noise, improve ride handling and quality.

Despite the effort, the RLX still comes with some notable cons. They include: uncomfortable seats on longer trips; disconnected steering feel; and distracting digital screen interface.

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Some of its rivals include 2017 Hyundai Genesis, 2017 Lexus GS 350, 2017 Audi A6, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and 2017 BMW 5 Series.

Available Trims – Acura RLX

The 2017 RLX is available in three trims: Navigation, Technology Package, and the Advance Package.

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As already mentioned, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is expected later on.

Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2017 Acura RLX

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The 2017 Acura RLX w/Navigation comes bundled with keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, heated front seats, driver memory settings, leatherette upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front seats, automatic climate control (four-way), auto-dimming rearview mirrors, 19” alloy wheels, power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

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Standard electronics include a rearview camera, Pandora and Aha compatibility, ELS sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, dual displays, satellite and HD radios, and an auxiliary audio jack.

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Opting for the Technology option package gets you a 14-speaker ELS sound system, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, and leather upholstery. The Advance package adds ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, an all-surround camera, Krell premium sound system, a heated steering wheel, and remote start.

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2017 Acura RLX Engine Specs

For 2017, the RLX receives a carryover engine from the 2015 model. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 310 hp and 272 lbs. of torque. Both the six-speed automatic transmission system and the FWD are the default systems.

Although slated to arrive later after the sedan’s debut, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will combined the 3.5L engine with a three motor hybrid system, complete with electronically powered Acura’s Super Handling SH-AWD and torque vectoring. You can get the full information once it debuts.

2017 Acura RLX engine

During our 2017 Acura RLX test drive, the RLX with the Advance package sprints to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The EPA fuel economy ratings available stand at 20/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Safety features include stability control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, traction control, driver knee airbag, side curtain airbag, and a rearview camera.

Release Date & 2017 Acura RLX Price

Once available, the new 2017 Acura RLX Hybrid will cost you an MSRP starting at $59,950, and $50,950 for the RLX sedan. The sedan should be available in dealerships early next year.

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