The gateway to the brand is still just an old Civic, though
Originally launched as a 2013 model, the Acura ILX gave buyers a cheap means of entering the premium sedan segment, offering something more upmarket than a Honda Civic, but at a cheaper price than the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class or Audi A3. But since then, the segment has evolved, and we've lamented the ILX for its dependency on the ninth-generation Civic platform, despite the fact that even the Civic has moved on from that. The 2019 year model ILX brought about a welcome change in the form of a complete remodel, although still based on the old chassis, but it seems to have been enough to spur on sales among buyers under 35 years of age, becoming the number one seller and the fastest-growing model in the premium compact sedan segment. The 2020 ILX has now started arriving in showrooms, but the only thing that's changed is the price.
For 2020, the ILX retains its five trim options: base ILX, ILX with Premium package, ILX With Technology Package, ILX A-Spec with premium package, and ILX A-Spec with Technology Package. Likewise, what's under the hood remains the same - a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine developing 201 horsepower and making use of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Gas mileage estimates remain identical to the outgoing model year, too, at 24/34/28 mpg city/highway/combined.
Acura has kept the entry point to the line-up the same, with $25,900 getting you behind the wheel of a base ILX at the same cost as last year's entry-level trim. The rest of the range gets a $100 price increase across the board, with the ILX Premium package carrying an MSRP of $27,750, while the ILX Technology package will set you back $29,650. A-Spec variants of both packages are available, sporting dark 18-inch alloy wheels, dark exterior trimming, LED foglights, and an exclusive A-Spec interior. The ILX A-Spec with the Premium Package will cost buyers $29,750, while once again, the A-Spec with Technology Package is the only trim to break the $30,000 mark at $31,650. Prices exclude tax, licensing, and registration, as well as a $995 destination charge - up by $120 from last year's fee of $875. That still means the 2020 ILX is cheaper than it was in 2018, though, which could be key to keeping the ILX at the top of the sales charts.