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The Ever Dependable and Extremely Functional 2015 Acura ILX

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If you want a light and nimble car that is well equipped yet affordable; and one which you can easily maneuver, check out the 2015 Acura ILX.

This compact car is another creation of Honda, a car maker known for building highly functional and reliable cars. The Acura ILX is Honda’s serious foray into luxurious cars. You can consider this model as a fortified Honda Civic but with additional functional features coupled with great performance.

Specifications

Here are some of the most important specs you need to know about the Acura ILX.

Engine – 2.0 liters in line 4 cylinders, 16 valves, SOHC
Horsepower – 150 hp. at 6,500 rpm
Torque – 140 lb.-ft. at 4,300 rpm
Drive Type – front wheel drive
Transmission – 5 speed shiftable automatic transmission
Suspension – MacPherson front strut suspension, Multi-link rear suspension, Four-wheel independent suspension, Front and rear stabilizer bar
Brake System – four-wheel ABS
Fuel Efficiency – 24 city/35 highway
0 to 60 mph – 6.6 seconds

Performance

The Acura ILX is the most affordable variant of this series. There is a 2.4 liter version that offers more perk and more zip. But the base 2.0 liter variant is robust enough for most mundane purposes.

It has an engine with 150 horsepower rating plus a 140 lb.-ft. of torque offered in 5 speed shiftable automatic transmission. This car has enough power that you can use for your daily duties, even with a little weight tagging along on your back.

Shifting is not so difficult with its steering-wheel paddle-shifters which add more fun to your driving. With this feature, you will also have better control when you are on off road assignments.

It is fast enough to race when you get the green light. You can floor the pedal and hit 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.6 seconds. This is pretty decent for a car this size.

Fuel Efficiency

The Acura ILX is considered the most efficient in the series. A couple of years ago, with its hybrid model, it captured the excitement of fuel economy conscious drivers because of its better than average fuel ratings.

But now that the hybrid variant was discontinued, and with the introduction of several fuel efficient competitors, the 2015 Acura ILX was relegated to the middle of the pack. But still, the base 2.0 liter variant has pretty decent fuel consumption with its 24 miles per gallon in the city, and 35 mpg on the highway.

Comfort and Amenities

If you are looking for a comfortable ride, you will love the Acura ILX. It is equipped with an excellently detailed cabin which will keep your spirits up no matter what difficulties you are facing on the road.

The base model costs much less than its competitors, thus you will get more bang for the buck considering its luxurious features and its exquisitely designed interiors. Being a compact car, the whole thing is tightly assembled and built solidly.

You will enjoy the quiet ride offered by this car. It has an Active Noise Cancellation feature that Honda incorporated as a standard on all this series. Small and bothersome noises from the car’s powertrain are effectively eliminated with the use of a cabin microphone, the speaker of the sound system and the high-tech processing algorithm.

You’ll find the cabin more spacious even if it’s a compact car. The seats at the front are comfortable and roomy. There are no obstructions on your sight lines and even your passengers will enjoy the view as you cruise along the highways.

If you need to carry extra load in the trunk, you will have more space than you need. Trunk space ranges from 12.3 to 12.4 cubic feet. You can even fold the rear seats if you need more cargo space.

Safety

This is a car that ensures your safety on the road. It has good safety features which were proven by its impressive safety ratings. The Acura ILX is one of the safest compact cars you can drive today.

This car was awarded a five-star overall score by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The agency also awarded the Acura ILX five stars for its side impact test, and four stars in its frontal impact test.

On its part, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) also awarded this car with top ‘good’ score in all its testing categories.

However, there is still one test that this car has not yet undergone. This is the new IIHS small overlap frontal test.

Some of the safety features that ensure your safety while driving this car include side-curtain airbags, tire-pressure monitoring systems, Vehicle Stability Assist for stability and traction control, brake assist, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution and many more.

In addition, this car has incorporated many design elements for the mitigation of pedestrian injury.

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