2021 Acura ILX Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Acura ILX Model Overview at Motorcars Acura in Bedford, OH

Key Features

  • Starting at $25,950 MSRP*
  • 2.4-liter 4-Cylinder 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC® Engine with 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Paddle Shifters
  • Standard AcuraWatch™ active safety and driver-assistive technology
  • 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights with Diamond Pentagon Grille
  • Available refreshed dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
  • Intricately styled and reshaped front and rear sport seats (with available high-contrast piping and stitching)
  • Optional Acura/ELS Studio® Audio System with 10 Speakers

About the Acura ILX

Aggressive styling adds a notably sportier and sophisticated look to the Acura ILX. Along with its bold exterior appearance, the ILX features cutting-edge technology upgrades and premium cabin appointments. Now standard on all Acura sedans and SUVs, the ILX receives the collection of AcuraWatch™ active safety and driver-assistive technologies on every trim level. More intuitive menus and command structures in the available screen On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) allows seamless access to infotainment. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration allows you to bring the power of your compatible smartphone along for each journey.

What’s New for 2021

The Acura ILX makes its return for 2021 with no major changes. It continues to remain the premier choice for luxury buyers looking for a compact sedan that delivers thrilling performance, groundbreaking technology, and premium refinement.


Acura ILX Features

Style & Performance

The Acura ILX features exterior styling that’s bolder and more dynamic than ever before. Now with a clear lineage to the rest of the Acura lineup, the ILX now wears the signature Diamond Pentagon Grille accented by 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights. At the rear, you’ll also find a striking rear fascia, LED tail lights, and a lower diffuser with exposed exhaust finisher. Race-inspired ILX A-Spec models add a gloss-black decklid spoiler, lower fascia with dark chrome accents, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

In terms of performance, the ILX is powered by a standard 2.4-liter 4-Cylinder 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC® Engine with 201 horsepower. An 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission features Paddle Shifters for precision control throughout the power band. A sport-tuned suspension featuring amplitude reactive dampers provides a composed, confident ride regardless of road conditions.

2021 Acura ILX A-SPEC Exterior Styling
2021 Acura ILX Technology

Cutting-Edge Technology

Quicker, more responsive, and easier to use — the ILX features an available dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. Its 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display which is approximately 30% faster than the previous generation. Other standard features found inside every ILX include a power moonroof, Smart Entry & Push-Button Start, and a Multi-View Rear Camera. For unrivaled audio clarity, opt for the available Acura/ELS Studio® Audio System with a total of 10 speakers. You’ll always reach your destination safely and on-time thanks to available features like the Acura Navigation System with 3D View, Acuralink Real-Time Traffic, and Acuralink® Connected Services.

Groundbreaking Safety

Demonstrating its commitment to protecting drivers from the unexpected, the Acura ILX comes standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technology. Included in this comprehensive collection of technologies are Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), and a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW). You’ll also enjoy added peace of mind from the Acura Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure engineering of the ILX. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, and advanced airbags round out the impressive safety feature list found on the Acura ILX.

2021 Acura ILX Safety


Acura ILX Standard Equipment

2021 Acura ILX Standard Features

Exterior

  • 17-inch Glitter Silver Wheels
  • Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
  • Auto-On/Off Headlight Operation with Wiper Integration
  • LED-illuminated Taillights
  • Power Moonroof with Tilt and Slide Feature
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Acoustic Glass Windshield
  • Chrome Exhaust Outlet

Media & Connectivity

  • Color Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Wireless Telephone Interface
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
  • Siri® Eyes Free

Interior

  • Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior
  • 8-Way Power Driver’s Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
  • Keyless Access
  • Pushbutton Ignition
  • Fold-Down Rear Seatback
  • Ambient Cabin Lighting

Safety & Driver-Assistive

  • AcuraWatch™ active safety and driver-assistive technology
  • Multi-View Rear Camera

Acura ILX Packages

Premium Package

Acura ILX Premium Package

Upgrade to leather seats, premium tech advancements in mobile connectivity and additional driver-assistive features. MSRP +$2,000.

Interior

  • Perforated Leather Seats with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  • 2-Driver Position Memory for Seats and Side Mirrors
  • Front Passenger’s 4-Way Power Seat with Power Lumbar Support

Exterior

  • 17-in Pewter Gray Machine-Finished Wheels

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Driver Safety & Assistance

  • Blind Sport Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura Premium Audio System with 7 Speakers including Subwoofer
  • Apple CarPlay® Integration
  • Android Auto™ Integration
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio®4
  • On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) 2.0
  • 8-in LED Backlit Center Information Display
  • Email Capability
  • HomeLink®

Technology Package

Acura ILX Technology Package

Sophisticated nav, audio and connectivity to fit any digital life. Requires Premium and A-Spec Package. MSRP +$1,900.

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers including Subwoofer
  • Acura Navigation System with 3D View
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Street and Freeway Conditions
  • Traffic Rerouting™
  • Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with Turn-by-Turn Guidance
  • AcuraLink® Connected Services

Driver Safety & Assistance

  • Dynamic Guidelines for Multi-View Rear Camera

A-SPEC Package

2021 Acura ILX A-SPEC Package

The A-Spec® Package is designed to make you stand out with larger wheels, gloss black accents and unique Ultrasuede®-Trimmed Red or Ebony interior. Requires Premium Package. MSRP +$2,000.

Exterior

  • 18-in Shark Gray Wheels
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Dark Chrome Diamond Pentagon Grille and Exterior Trim
  • Piano Black Rear Diffuser
  • Side Underbody Spoilers
  • Piano Black Decklid Spoiler
  • Dark Chrome Headlight/Taillight Details
  • A-Spec Badging on Front Fenders and Trunk

Interior

  • Premium Leather and Ultrasuede®-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  • Leather-Wrapped A-Spec Steering Wheel
  • Ebony Headliner
  • Graphite and Chrome Dash Trim
  • A-Spec Exclusive Red Instrument Panel Illumination
  • A-Spec Door Sill Garnish
  • Stainless Steel Sport Pedals

Acura ILX Exterior Colors

Platinum White Pearl

Platinum White Pearl (+$500 MSRP)

Lunar Silver Metallic

Lunar Silver Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Majestic Black Pearl

Majestic Black Pearl (+$500 MSRP)

Performance Red Pearl

Performance Red Pearl (+$500 MSRP)

Apex Blue Pearl

Apex Blue Pearl (Requires Premium and A-Spec Packages +$500 MSRP)


Pricing & Performance

Trim

MSRP*

2021 ILX

$25,950

2021 ILX with Premium Package

$27,950

2021 ILX A-Spec with Premium Package

$29,950

2021 ILX A-Spec with Technology Package

$31,850

2021 Acura ILX Performance & Specifications

Engine Type

2.4-liter 16-Valve,DOHC i-VTEC® 4-Cylinder

Transmission Type

8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT)

Horsepower

201 @ 6800 RPM

Torque

180 @ 3600 RPM

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings** (city / highway / combined)

24 / 34 / 28

EPA Passenger Volume

89.3 cubic feet

EPA Cargo Volume (SAE)

12.4 cubic feet

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.