2021 Acura ILX Review - Dick Hannah Acura of Portland | Portland Acura Dealer

2021 Acura ILX Review

Red 2021 Acura ILX driving in city roadIf you like the style and feel of a Honda Civic but desire an upgrade in luxury, it’s time to check out the Acura ILX. The 2021 Acura ILX is Acura’s Civic-like model; the ILX is based on the 2011 Honda Civic — a terrific car in itself. Not only is the 2021 ILX one of the best deals among subcompact luxury sedans. It also received an overall safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and has a host of great drivers-assistance features to keep you and your passengers safe. If you’re interested in test driving a 2021 Acura ILX after reading the review, contact Dick Hannah Acura of Portland. A friendly sales associate will gladly take you on a 2021 Acura ILX automobile test drive or road test.



  • Best entry-level luxury car in KBB’s 5-year Cost to Own awards
  • Good value
  • Excellent resale
  • Standard safety features
  • Confident handling


What’s New

This year, ILX rolls through without any significant changes or updates.



  • ILX $27,145
  • ILX A-Spec $32, 875


2021 Acura ILX Engine and Performance

The 2021 Acura delivers smooth and responsive luxury sportiness that manifests through its 2.4-liter four-cylinder eight-speed automatic transmission. Its sole powertrain is an impressive 201 horsepower four-cylinder with a front-wheel-drive system. The engine accelerates quickly and allows for fun city zipping. Handling is comfortable and confident, just like a Honda Civic. On-road tests and test drives, the 2021 Acura ILX showed a sweet combination of engine, transmission, and good fuel economy, making it one of the best compact automobiles offerings in the luxury segment.

Blue 2021 Acura ILX in country road

Interior and Tech

Inside the stylish 2021 Acura ILX, you will find an evenly matched elegant interior that feels like Honda’s sophisticated older sibling. The classy 2021 ILX has a spacious cabin that seats five people comfortably. Its trunk provides 12.4-cubic-feet of storage space with a folding rear seat for longer items. There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a dedicated tether anchor for the middle seat.

Arial view of white 2021 Acura ILX with leather interior interior

The 2021 ILX comes in a bit short in its infotainment technology. The standard display is only about 5 inches and lacks touch screen capabilities. For an 8-inch touch screen, you will need to upgrade to the premium A-Spec model. Still, even the upgraded 8-inch infotainment center lacks intuitive menus, making it seem a bit dated.

2021 Acura ILX Infotainment Center

Safety and Driver-Assistance

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Acura ILX earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Its host of driver-assistance technology, such as adaptive cruise control and more, gives drivers the confidence they need to drive with peace of mind.

Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert



Acura covers the ILX with an excellent limited and powertrain warranty, but the luxury automaker doesn’t provide the complimentary scheduled maintenance that some rivals do.

  • The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance


In Conclusion

The 2021 Acura ILX gives you everything you like about the Honda Civic with a sophisticated touch. It rides smoothly, handles well, and has excellent fuel economy and resale value like a Honda. If you are looking for a fun, comfortable, and stylish city commuter, the 2021 Acura ILX checks all the boxes at an accessible price. Don’t just take our word for it; visit Dick Hannah Acura of Portland for a friendly test drive/road test with one of our store associates. Thanks for reading our review of the new 2021 Acura ILX. It is genuinely a tremendous compact sedan with the best value for the price.

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