Acura demands quality in craftsmanship in every machine it produces. Comfort, performance, and attention to detail keep its customers loyal to the brand. Honda came up with yet another winner when they boldly married the compact nature of a sports car with a five-seater sedan, creating the 2017 Acura ILX.
Acura switched out the previous years’ two-liter engine for an upgraded 2.4 liter direct-injected ‘DOHC’ ‘i-VTEC’ engine, which souped it up with 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. It also has keyless entry, ‘push to start,’ and fantastic safety features. All three trims come with the same powerful drivetrain. The interior received slight updates with classy contrast stitching on the steering wheel, and a few tech add-ons were borrowed from the premium trim levels.
This sporty sedan has an affluent-looking leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering column with mounted cruise and audio controls. The day/night rear view mirror helps reduce the glare of high beams when driving at night. The front seats have thirty-eight inches of headroom and on cold days, a heating option is available. The ILX seats five comfortably with thirty-four inches of legroom, and the rear passengers have access to a center armrest with convenient cup holders.
Acura’s ‘Jewel Eye’ LED headlights are remarkable because they imitate natural light and make the night seem like daytime. There are ten individual lamps in each light; The five low-profile LEDs per headlight look like bezel set diamonds making the 2017 ILX look much more expensive and rich-looking than its fantastic price point. The LED high beams have a whiter and brighter appearance. Colors look vivid at night resulting in noticeably reduced night driving fatigue.
Always keep connected with Bluetooth. With it, the driver can send texts and multimedia messages to other cell phones and talk on the phone entirely hands-free. Simply download the Pandora app to an iPhone or an Android phone. Open up the app, select the icon when it appears on the audio screen, and choose a station where everyone can rock out simultaneously! Ask the wireless carrier if the use of Pandora will incur extra charges.
The lightweight aluminum block engine was designed for fuel efficiency. Direct gas injection creates a cooling effect which increases power and eliminates engine knocking. Honda’s ‘i-VTEC’ system enhances its performance, and the eight-speed dual clutch transmission has a torque converter conducive to excellent controlled road handling. When speed is of the essence, this ride reaches speeds of almost one hundred and forty miles per hour and zooms from zero to sixty in under seven seconds.
The 2017 ILX has a multi-view rear view mirror which creates a synergistic bond between the car and driver. Its standard view is useful when backing up or parking. The mirror boasts a wide angle view of 170 degrees which gives the front seat passengers a trouble-free view behind the sedan. Parallel parking has never been less complicated with the top down mirror angle. Safety is paramount so Honda included anchors to secure child seats.