Acura ILX

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Acura ILX (DE1/2/3)
2013 Acura ILX 2.4 -- 07-13-2012.JPG
2013 Acura ILX 2.4
Manufacturer Honda
Production Apr 2012–present
Model years 2013–present
Assembly Greensburg, Indiana, United States (Honda Manufacturing of Indiana) [1] (2012–14)
Marysville, Ohio (Marysville Auto Plant) (2015–)
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact executive car (C)
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Related Honda Civic
Engine 1.5 L LDA/LEA15 I4
2.0 L R20A I4
2.4 L K24Z7 I4
2.4 L K24V7 I4 (2016-)
Transmission 5-speed automatic (2013-15)
6-speed manual (2013-15)
8-speed dual-clutch (2016-)
Wheelbase 105.1 in (2,670 mm)
Length 179.1 in (4,549 mm)
Width 70.6 in (1,793 mm)
Height 55.6 in (1,412 mm)
Predecessor Acura CSX (Canada)
Acura Integra (United States)
Acura TSX (as an entry-level car)

The Acura ILX is a subcompact executive car for Honda's luxury brand Acura. All ILX variants are based upon the ninth-generation Civic Sedan.

The ILX became Acura's first compact model in the United States since the RSX was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and their first compact sedan in the United States since the Integra was last produced in 2001. The ILX was also Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.


The concept version was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the production version was presented in the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The ILX introduces a new design that Acura calls "aero-fused dynamics".[2] Mass production commenced on April 23 at Honda's assembly facility in Greensburg, Indiana[3] and U.S. sales began on May 22.

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid
2013 Acura ILX

The ILX's body in white uses 59% high strength steel ranging from 440-980 MPa yield strength grades, aluminum is used for the hood and front bumper beam.[4] Compared to the Civic the ILX uses Acura's "Amplitude Reactive" dampers and a larger more rigid steering shaft for improved handling and ride quality characteristics.

Major options are grouped into Premium and Technology packages and include leather upholstery, 17" alloy wheels, navigation system, premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, and high intensity discharge headlamps. Both option packages include a multi-view rear backup camera with regular, wide-angle, and top-down modes.

For the 2014 model year the ILX came standard with 17-inch wheels, leather interior, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, tri-angle backup camera and audio subwoofer with Active Noise Cancellation, however price was increased by $1000.

2016 facelift[edit]

2016 Acura ILX, updated model (USA)
2016 Acura ILX, updated model (USA)

The refreshed 2016 ILX was unveiled during November 2014 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and went on sale in February 2015. It comes with the "Earth Dreams" direct injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, a very closely related powertrain to that of the TLX, first introduced in 2014 (as a 2015 model). "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps (low and high beams, DRL pipe and amber turn signals) similar to those on other Acura models (RLX, MDX and TLX) are standard, along with new LED tail lamps. A new "A-Spec" trim will be offered, which includes sporty exterior and interior styling enhancements. Production of the 2016 ILX began during January 2015 moving to the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio.[5]


IIHS scores[6]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2013–15) not tested
Small overlap frontal offset (2016- models) Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
NHTSA scores[7][8]
Overall: 5/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 4/5 stars / 2013-2015
Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars / 2016
Rollover: 4/5 stars / 10.7%


Honda offers two four-cylinder gasoline engines in this model, similar to those in the CSX, TSX, and Civic Si. A hybrid model, Acura's first, uses a 1.5 L four and shares its gas/electric powertrain with Honda's current Civic Hybrid producing 111 hp (83 kW; 113 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb⋅ft (172 N⋅m) of torque between 1,000 and 3,000 rpm. The ILX is not sold in Japan.

  • 2.4 L (DE2) Manual: 201 hp (150 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb⋅ft (230 N⋅m) of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • 2.0 L (DE1) Auto: 150 hp (112 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb⋅ft (190 N⋅m) of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • 1.5 L (DE3) CVT Auto: 111 hp (83 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb⋅ft (172 N⋅m) of torque between 1,000 and 3,000 rpm

The ILX features either a standard 2.0-liter I4 engine making 150 hp, or the Civic Si's 201 hp 2.4-liter I4 engine. The 2.0-liter engine offers a 5 speed automatic transmission while the 2.4-liter engine offers only a 6-speed manual. The ILX Hybrid models feature a 1.5-liter I4 engine making 111 hp hybrid from the Civic Hybrid The EPA fuel economy rating of the hybrid version is 39 mpg‑US (6.0 L/100 km; 47 mpg‑imp) for city and 38 mpg‑US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg‑imp) on highway driving.[9] For 2016 the ILX is offered with the 2.4-liter I4 engine with an 8 speed DCT.[10]


Calendar year US sales Canadian sales
2012 12,251 (incl 972 hybrid)[11]
2013 20,430 (incl 1,461 hybrid)[12][13]
2014 17,854 (incl 379 hybrid)
2015 18,531[14] 2,551[15]
2016 14,597 2,459
2017 11,757[16] 2,047[17]


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  3. ^ "Honda in Indiana". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Acura Claims New ILX Sedan No Civic Clone". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "New 2016 Acura ILX Begins Production as Brand Marks 20th Anniversary Of Manufacturing in America". Honda North America (Press release). 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Vehicle details". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "2013 Acura ILX 4 DR FWD". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
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  9. ^ "2013 Acura ILX Specifications". Honda of America. 2012-03-26. Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  10. ^ "Specifications: Drivetrain". 
  11. ^ "Acura Sales 2012 - Acura Connected". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
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