2018 Acura ILX

Original MSRP Range
$28,100 - $35,100
Available Style(s)
25 - 25 MPG City / 35 - 35 MPG Hwy
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2018 Acura ILX

What We Like

Full feature set; engaging 2.4-liter engine; pleasantly premium interior; strong reliability ratings

What We Don't

No manual-transmission option; modest trunk space; lacks any sense of individualism


Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Acura ILX?

A new Special Edition package debuts, sporting new 18-inch wheels, A-Spec aero body moldings and a rear spoiler. See the 2018 Acura ILX models for sale near you

Which ILX is the Best?

We think the ILX with the Technology package brings all the high-tech luxury, audio and safety features expected of this class at a price that undercuts similar cars from Audi and BMW. Those seeking a sportier ride should add the A-SPEC package to the mix.

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How Much Does a 2018 Acura ILX Cost?

The 2018 Acura ILX comes in one model with seven possible options packages.

Standard on the ILX ($29,050) are 17-in alloy wheels, a sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, automatic LED headlights, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, an 8-way power driver's seat, leatherette seating surfaces, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability, a 5-in color display that controls many accessory functions (including a read-aloud SMS text feature), a rearview camera, a 6-speaker 160-watt sound system with iPod/USB connectivity, Pandora Internet Radio and active sound cancellation.

The Special Edition package brings 18-in wheels, A-SPEC side moldings and a spoiler.

The AcuraWatch package on the base car includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, collision-mitigation braking and forward-collision warning.

The Premium package adds a 7-speaker 360-watt premium sound system, leather seating, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind spot monitoring system, a 7-in multiuse touchscreen, HD and Aha Radio, Siri Eyes Free, a power passenger seat and a 2-position driver's-seat memory feature.

The Technology Plus package includes the Premium and AcuraWatch packages plus an 8-in display and a hard-drive-based navigation system that offers 15 gigabytes of music storage and a 10-speaker ELS audio system.

The A-SPEC package can be added to either the Technology Plus or Premium package and brings 18-in alloy wheels, sport seats with Lux Suede inserts, a black headliner, fog lights, a rear spoiler and aluminum sport pedals.

In back, the ILX has plenty of room for a couple of adults, which shouldn't come as a surprise. The Civic has been similarly roomy for quite a few years, so although this is a compact sedan, your rear passengers won't necessarily feel the pinch.

You will, however, notice space limitations in the trunk, where maximum cargo capacity is a modest 12.3 cu ft.

ILX Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
ILX Sedan$28,100 / $26,7014 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
ILX Sedan w/AcuraWatch Plus$29,400 / $27,9324 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
ILX Sedan w/Premium Pkg$30,100 / $28,5954 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
ILX Sedan w/Premium/A-SPEC Pkg$32,100 / $30,4904 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
ILX Sedan w/Technology Plus Pkg$33,100 / $31,4374 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
ILX Sedan w/Technology Plus/A-SPEC Pkg$35,100 / $33,3324 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
ILX Special Edition Sedan$28,900 / $27,4584 Cylinder20125 / 358-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Acura ILX Safety

Is the 2018 Acura ILX a Safe Car?

The ILX comes with 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control and a full roster of airbags. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the ILX Good ratings across the board in crash tests, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a top 5-star overall crash-test rating, including four stars for front impacts and five for side impacts.

Frontal Crash Rating
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Crash Rating

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind-Spot Information System
  • Premium Pkg


2018 Acura ILX vs the competition

2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI -- The GLI has more power, a more engaging ride and better sport seats. Its interior is equally refined, and it has a lower base price.

2018 Audi A3 -- The A3 costs more but offers more power, more luxury features and more personality.

2018 Cadillac ATS -- The ATS also costs more than the ILX at the base level, but it offers more engine and luxury options, available all-wheel drive and a manual transmission. It's also a much more engaging driver's car.

Used Audi A4 -- A 2013-2016 Audi A4 provides more power, a larger cabin and trunk, the option of all-wheel drive and better-quality materials inside the cabin.

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