Exterior view of the 2014 Acura ILX.
Acura calls the ILX its “gateway” vehicle. I know you always have to start somewhere, so if you’re in the market for luxury cars, this is not a bad place to begin, writes our automotive editor Sally Miller Wyatt.
I’ve always thought those rear view cameras were not only a safety feature, but a convenience, as well. Think about it: with a car packed with kids, dogs and lots of every day distractions, it sure is nice to have something backing you up – no pun intended – when you’re backing up. The camera is just another layer of safety to alert you to obstacles you may be headed toward.
This feature is one of many safety features on board the Acura ILX, which was totally remade for 2013 and receives just a few tweaks for 2014, in addition to the nod from the NHTSA.
This ILX model is a smaller five-passenger sedan, but it is not short on the standard features and safety technology that you would expect to find in any Acura.
(Above): Interior view of the 2014 Acura ILX.
The base model offers such high-end standard features as Keyless Access with pushbutton start, Pandora internet radio interface, a power moonroof, aluminum wheels and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and heated door mirrors.
Standard safety features start with Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE body structure, and add side-impact door beams; front, side and side curtain air bags; anti-lock brakes; Electronic Brake Force Distribution; Hill Start Assist; and Vehicle Stability Assist.
(Above): Exterior view of the 2014 Acura ILX.
The 2014 Acura ILX is a sporty-looking sedan with sweeping lines. Behind the wheel, you’ll find supportive seats and a cleanly designed dashboard. Visibility is very good to the front, sides, and even to the rear. Out on the road, I immediately noticed its smooth ride, intuitive and responsive handling and almost total lack of road noise. Acura’s sound-dampening efforts are extremely effective.
The rear seat is comfortable for passengers in the outboard positions. Even the rear middle seat is made just that much more comfortable, thanks to a flat floorboard.
The trunk is good sized and easily accessed through a lid that lifts up and away.
The 2014 Acura ILX is a smartly designed, feature-packed sedan and a very nice start for those looking for luxury’s “gateway” vehicle.