Last year, Acura introduced an all-new entry sedan, called the ILX. And now just in its second year, Acura is giving the 2014 ILX some new standout standard features.
The catch? It's also raising the base price on the ILX by $1,000—to $27,795, including destination. But we'll venture to say that you get more for your money.
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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