2019 Acura ILX Performance

$25,900 - $31,550
Price Range (MSRP)

If you enjoy driving, then the Acura ILX isn’t for you. The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine might require some wringing to get to its true potential, but it’s gutless on the torque front and needs to be worked hard for moderate performance. Turbocharged rivals from Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer more engine wise, and provide better fuel consumption estimates as well, which leaves us pondering why Acura didn’t borrow Honda’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine instead, or at least make it available on higher trims. However, the Acura’s dual-clutch automatic is right up there with some of the better propositions on the market which is a small consolation.

The steering is light and devoid of most feedback, but the ILX responds quickly to inputs, while the brakes are efficient and the pedal easy to modulate. But the ILX’s suspension is comfort biased and doesn’t feel wieldy, making the ILX feel larger than it is. The awkward seating position also does little to help endear you to it as a driver.

2019 Acura ILX Engine and Transmission

There’s just one single engine, one single gearbox, and one single drivetrain layout available for the 2019 Acura ILX, making it a rather boring proposition for buyers who might want more performance, or who live in areas where different drivetrains might be needed. A 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder is what you’ll find lurking beneath the hood of the ILX, developing 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. On power alone it’s on par with rivals, even boasting more than an entry level Audi A3. But it has a torque deficit versus rivals who offer turbocharged motors in their compact sedans. Considering Acura bases the ILX on the Civic - albeit the last generation - it’s a pity we don’t see a turbocharged motor housed in their more premium offering, especially since the current Honda Civic offers the 1.5T engine.

That lone engine offering powers the front wheels only, with no option for all wheel drive. The lack of all-wheel drive ensures all models are equally efficient, but in colder or wetter states the ability to buy an all-wheel drive ILX would appeal to many buyers who will have to turn elsewhere. Power is routed through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as the standard and only gearbox available. The gearbox is efficient and slips through the gears quickly and imperceptibly, holding on to gears in sport mode and shifting between them fo economy’s sake in regular driving modes. There are steering mounted paddle-shifters for you to shift yourself, but there’s no sign of a manual gearbox in sight.

Acura ILX
2.4-liter Gas Engine
Acura TLX
2.4-liter Gas Engine
Horsepower 201 @ 6800 206 @ 6800
Torque 180 @ 3800 182 @ 4500
Transmission 8-Speed Dual-Clutch 8-Speed Dual-Clutch

Drivetrain

2019 Acura ILX is available in Front wheel drive

MPG

In a segment where economy matters and the Germans show mastery of such, the Acura ILX is a little below par. It consumes an average of 28 mpg, with city/highway estimates at 24/34 mpg which is below the figures the comparable Audi A3 sedan boasts. What’s more is that the ILX’s fuel tank is smaller than some of the competition at just 13.2-gallons, meaning you’ll only see an estimated 370 miles per tank whereas the Audi A3 offers up to 420 miles from its 14.5-gallon tank.

Acura ILX
2.4-liter Gas Engine
Acura TLX
2.4-liter Gas Engine
Combined 28 mpg 27 mpg
City 24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway 34 mpg 33 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13 gallons 17 gallons