Leather upholstery and active noise cancellation are among the new features added to all models of the ILX, which in a press release Acura terms its “gateway sedan.” An eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system have also all been added as standard.
Carry-over standard features include a Bluetooth hands-free phone interface; power moonroof; keyless entry with push-button start; rear-view camera; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; cloth-trimmed front seats (2.0L base and Hybrid); dual-zone automatic climate control; and a 12-volt power outlet.
Add the Technology Package and you get premium audio with USB and Pandora integration, a navigation system with voice recognition, a rear-view camera system, and real-time traffic and weather info.
This past year, Honda surprised us all by giving its Civic a very significant refresh—just one model year after a complete redesign that, by some accounts, fell a little flat. It's not all that surprising that with the Civic moving more upscale and refined, Acura made a similar move with the ILX.
In our full review of the Acura ILX, we found it to be a balanced—if a bit compromised—near-luxury sedan that combined fun and style at an affordable price.
Acura cites J.D. Power and Associates data in noting that the ILX is the only luxury-brand model that's on the top-ten list for Generation Y shoppers.
Do these feature changes add up to make the ILX a better value? Let us know what you think, and in the meantime, peruse our review pages on the 2014 Acura ILX.
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