#PRODUCTWATCH: 2020 ACURA ILX
Let’s face it, this weather has been pretty miserable this past week. The 2020 Acura ILX was there to lift us up out of these winter blahs! We previewed the vehicle in a gorgeous Apex Blue Pearl. One peek inside, we see its jaw-dropping red interior, black headliner, red illumination and stainless steel sport pedals. The ILX has a sporty sensibility, sleek and sexy, empowering its driver with a boost of confidence and style.
The car is powered by a 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine with 201 Horsepower and an 8 Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. It bodes for a smooth drive which navigates easily with a tough, athletic composition. Drives down the 407, 401 and through bumpy, sloshy dirt roads all were handled like a pro by the ILX.
The ride is chalk-full of luxuries. It stands out with its Jewel Eye LED headlights, a beautiful Moonroof, giving your drive ambience. A Remote Engine Starter enables you to pop your trunk within proximity, is designed to make your life easier, although we do wish it had Proximity Entry too. Driver and passenger Seat Warmers are a blessing.
The car’s Multi-Use Display allows you to view road navigation, your smartphone, general info, climate control, audio and more. We do wish it had a few more charging port options with a couple ports under the driver’s arm rest, the USB port a bit tricky to use. Acura has collaborated with eight-time Grammy®* award-winning music producer, mixer, and engineer Elliot Scheiner on the ILX‘s ELS Studio® Premium Audio System. You can judge for yourself how it sounds!
Above this, the ILX also brilliantly tracks the sun’s position while a solar sensor helping maintain the vehicle’s temperature in its dual zones. Rain-sensing wipers are an added convenience, letting you drive with a clear view and focus.
Safety definitely is a priority, in addition to its optics. The ILX is armed with AcuraWatch™ coming with two cameras and six sensors which work together to help you avoid hazards on the road. The Multi-Angle Rearview Camera is a parking and reversing godsend, making city parking a breeze!
Its Anti-lock Braking System* (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist to ensure we’re as safe as we can be even in horrible weather like we’ve been subject to. It also comes with a litany of airbag options: Dual-stage, multiple threshold front airbags and front side airbags.
We do wish the ILX had an ECON MODE like its sister offerings at Honda. Fuel Economy tallies in at City/Highway/Combined 9.9/7.0/8.6L per 100 km which is great if you are driving often in the city, but less advantageous if you drive often on the highway.
Some happy moments granted to us by the 2020 Acura ILX:
The 2020 Acura ILX starts at $32,696 CAN. More here.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)