Under the hood of each Acura ILX model is a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC engine that generates 201 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. This powerhouse engine features direct injection and Drive-by-Wire throttle control and is also paired with the aforementioned 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter—the very first to be offered in the automotive industry—is a standard feature onboard the Acura ILX. Enjoy fast shifting and smooth responsiveness with this pioneering amenity!
The 2017 Acura ILX suspension system is composed of MacPherson struts for the front—featuring specially tuned bushings and performance calibration—and a multi-link arrangement in back. Both of these elements enable exceptional ride quality and handling. The use of a strut-style front suspension also leaves additional room for the vehicle’s crash structure, and the multi-link rear suspension enables maximum rear seating and cargo space.
The Acura ILX offers a standard feature that irons out problems so quickly, you likely won’t know anything out of the ordinary has happened. We’re talking about Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control and motion adaptive steering, which comes standard in each ILX model. Using a variety of sensors as well as the car’s ABS, this system monitors and then corrects dangerous oversteer and understeer, addressing instability before drivers even have a chance to notice it.
An outstanding driving experience is further bolstered in the ILX thanks to electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, which comes standard. The steering assembly’s rigid mounting cuts down vibration and bolsters precision at the same time, and the rack-and-pinion has been tuned for a peak experience at various speeds.
Among components of the ILX’s standard performance braking system are specialized pedals. These pedals are shaped in such a way as to direct force onto the center of the pedal, thereby increasing response.
A keyless access system also comes standard onboard the ILX, letting drivers enter the car, activate their personal memory settings, and even start the engine without ever taking out the key. Drivers don’t need to be holding the key at all to utilize this system; as long as the key fob is near, the rest is simple.
Among the many head-turning features of the ILX are its standard Jewel Eye LED headlights. Glittering like precious gems, these special headlights are designed to be brighter, longer-lasting, and more energy-efficient than ordinary headlights. The fact that they’re gorgeous is just a wonderful bonus!
The Acura ILX’s various high-quality standard offerings include a multi-view rear camera that affords a clear picture of what’s behind the ILX, enabling drivers to operate in reverse more safely and with greater confidence. Three rear images are served up, and dynamic guidelines are added to this feature in the higher trim levels.
Active noise cancellation is another standard feature found in the ILX, keeping exterior noise outside where it belongs and letting vehicle occupants enjoy a quiet ride or uninterrupted conversation and audio programming. This feature operates by issuing a reverse-phase sound profile through the ILX’s sound system, which cancels out outside noise and leaves drivers and passengers with a serene cabin that is free of wind sound, engine noise, and other din.
Another standard feature vehicle occupants will love in the ILX is dual-zone automatic climate control. Comfort is taken to another level as drivers and passengers can finally choose their own temperature and ventilation settings—no more jockeying for supremacy in the battle of hot versus cold. Everybody up front gets it their own way in the ILX!
The upper trim levels of the ILX feature an ELS Studio Premium Audio System, which delivers exceptional sound quality. Whatever your listening pleasure, you’ll be impressed by the high-caliber delivery of your favorite programming as it issues through this system’s 10 speakers.
The need to take one’s eyes off the road is diminished greatly thanks to an array of conveniently located steering wheel-mounted controls in the ILX. Access to cruise control, music functions, Bluetooth, and more is readily at your fingertips—no more need to fumble around on the dash for faraway or awkwardly placed buttons.
An On Demand Multi-Use Display is an available feature offered for the ILX, enabling access to various commonly used vehicle controls through an intuitive touchscreen. This system helps free up the car’s top display screen so functions like navigation can continue uninterrupted, and it even has security features that can block valet parking personnel and other outsiders from accessing certain areas of the car.
Siri Eyes Free technology is also offered as an available feature for the ILX, allowing drivers to sync up their iPhones to the car for safer access to phone functions like messaging, calling, music, and more. Just press the “Talk” button on the steering wheel to mute the car’s audio system and set Siri into motion.
Fundamental features can be the most important elements in a vehicle, and that certainly holds true for the seat belt system in the ILX. For all seating positions in this advanced car there are three-point seat belts, head restraints, tensioners, and load limiters. Intelligent features like seat sensors and SmartVent airbags are also included.
The ILX additionally features available adaptive cruise control, which lets drivers take advantage of cruise control features even when there is traffic on the road. Simply program a desired speed and choose a distance interval and the system goes to work, adjusting throttle and applying braking power to keep a safe amount of space between the ILX and other vehicles ahead of it.
The ILX also features an available Collision Mitigation Braking System, which constantly monitors for potential collisions and can help minimize or even avoid crashes. When the system detects an impending collision, warnings are issued to the driver. If an unavoidable accident is detected, the system will immediately apply brake force—whether or not the driver has been given a warning first.
Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure comes standard in each ILX model, employing connected structural elements and braces to absorb and more evenly distribute crash energy when accidents occur. Passengers in the cabin are not only better protected thanks to this system, but ACE body structure can also more evenly distribute collision force to the other vehicles involved in a crash.
Another of the ILX’s advanced driver-assist features is an available Lane Keeping Assist System, which works to keep the car safely in its proper lane of travel. Whenever the ILX starts to leave its lane without the appropriate turn signal being activated, this system issues audio and visual warnings and begins tugging the steering wheel to bring the vehicle back to the center of its designated lane.
Out on the road, your blind spot is covered thanks to an available Blind Spot Information System. Whenever another vehicle enters the ILX’s alert zone, a visual notification of that vehicle’s presence is issued to the driver. When the turn signal is activated and another automobile is detected in the indicated lane, an audio warning is given, as well, to let the driver know it is not safe to change lanes.