Buyer's Guide

2022 Acura Ilx
Select a Different Model (4 Available): Base Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 24 / 34 mpg
Horsepower 201@6,800
Torque 180@3,600
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  • Attractive exterior
  • Generous standard safety tech
  • Inexpensive for a luxury sedan


  • Aging platform
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • FWD only

The 2022 Acura ILX returns with no changes, marking its tenth year on the market. The compact sedan is based on a previous-generation Honda Civic, though it has been jazzed up with a few design changes. It isn't the most exciting luxury sedan, but it offers strong value. We expect a new generation to make its debut next year.

What We Think

The ILX is Acura's entry-level model. At a starting price just north of $27,000, it's an affordable way into the brand. Against comparable models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi, the ILX offers sharp styling and middling performance at a much lower price.

A front-wheel-drive platform means the ILX will never be a real contender for the king of sport sedans. Still, it does an admirable job balancing comfort with agility, and its dual-clutch transmission is a standout.

Interior space is decent for the class, and seats are supportive. Cargo capacity is excellent for the ILX's size, but practicality is limited by the lack of a split-folding rear seat. Infotainment is another weakness—a touchscreen isn't standard on base models, and even the upgraded system is clunkier than we'd like.

The ILX's biggest competition may come from in-house. The latest Honda Civic rides on a newer platform, and for buyers who care more about features than badges, it's an even better deal.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2022 Acura ILX offers a single engine choice. Its naturally aspirated 2.4-liter I-4 makes 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which is respectable when compared to an Audi A3 or Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Shifting duties are handled by a slick eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, and front-wheel drive is the only option. The EPA estimates that the ILX is good for 24/34 mpg city/highway.

Sibling Rivalry

The Honda Civic is currently in its eleventh generation after a redesign for the 2022 model year. The ILX is based on the Civic that was introduced in 2011, two generations back.

That means the current Civic is longer and more spacious than the ILX. It has more rear legroom and an impressive cargo capacity of nearly 15 cubic feet.

The Acura has more features in base form, but it costs about $5,000 more. A top-trim Civic Touring costs only $1,800 more than a base ILX, and the Civic comes with Bose sound, leather upholstery, and wireless smartphone compatibility.

For luxury on a budget, the Civic may be an even better buy than the ILX. The competition should get more interesting next year, when the ILX is due for an update (likely to be based on the current Civic).

Safety Ratings and Features

The ILX's safety report card is generally strong. The IIHS rated the ILX Good in most crash categories, but subpar headlights kept the sedan from earning a Top Safety Pick designation. The NHTSA gave the ILX a five-star overall rating.

Acura's standard suite of safety tech includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. The only feature missing is blind-spot monitoring, which is standard on all but the base trim. This is an area where the ILX proves its feature-per-dollar value, as most rivals don't make adaptive cruise control standard.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The sloping roofline cuts into headroom, but otherwise the ILX compares favorably to petite luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Cargo space:

  • 2022 ILX: 12.4 cubic feet
  • 2022 A-Class: 8.6 cubic feet

Headroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 ILX: 38.0/35.9 inches
  • 2022 A-Class: 40.3/37.2 inches

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 ILX: 42.3/34.0 inches
  • 2022 A-Class: 41.8/33.9 inches


The base ILX is stuck with a 5.0-inch infotainment display that isn't touch compatible. It's controlled by old-fashioned knobs and buttons, and it feels behind the times. Upgrading to the Premium trim brings a dual-screen setup with an 8.0-inch (non-touch) screen above a 7.0-inch touchscreen. It's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it's less intuitive than most modern alternatives. Navigation is limited to the top Technology A-Spec trim.

Recommended Trim

The 2022 Acura ILX comes in four trims: base, Premium, A-Spec Premium, and A-Spec Technology. Prices start at around $27,500, and even the A-Spec Technology costs well below $35,000.

The base ILX is too spartan for our taste, but the higher trims hurt the value proposition. We'd split the difference with the Premium trim, which gets leather upholstery in addition to the upgraded infotainment system.

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Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter
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Transmission, Sequential SportShift 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
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Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Acura announces a College Graduate Bonus program for customers who finance or lease through AFS. 03-31-2022
$750 Acura announces a Military Bonus Cash for customers who lease or finance through AFS. 03-31-2022
$500 Acura announces a Conquest Program on select models. 01-03-2022
$750 Acura announces a Lease Cash offer for customers who finance through AFS. 01-03-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Acura announces APR rates on select models. 01-03-2022
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 48, 60 Months - Acura announces APR rates on select models. 01-03-2022
$500 Acura announces a Loyalty Program that is good towards a purchase or lease on select models. 01-03-2022
$1500 Acura announces a Loyalty Program that is good towards a purchase or lease on select models through AFS by March 31, 2022. 03-31-2022