• 2018 Acura ILX Special Edition

    2018 Acura ILX Special Edition We’re talking about A-Spec goodies here
  • Custom Looks; Low Price The base model starts out at $28,100, but you can get the S.E. for just $28,900
  • A-Spec Love but Not Too Much The S.E. gets 18-inch A-Spec Wheels, A-Spec Side sills, and the A-Spec rear spoiler
  • No Love Inside, Though… There may not be any upgrades inside, but it does come standard with a leather steering wheel, push-button start, and an 8-way powered driver’s seat.
  • The A-Spec Models Get Even More If you go for the A-Spec models, you get new badging, black interior trim, perforated black Lux Suede seat inserts, red backlighting, grey stitching, and aluminum pedals.
  • Decent Motivation All models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. That gets you 25 mpg in the city, 35 on the highway, and 29 combined.

Adding a few bits and pieces to the entry-level premium four-door

First introduced in 2012, the Acura ILX is framed as the premium brand’s replacement for the Acura TSX, and continues the tradition as a premium compact sedan offered at a relatively affordable price. At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura ushered in a refresh for the 2016 model year, bringing an updated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed transmission, and new LED headlights. Now, there’s a special edition model on the table, and it gets sportier exterior styling plus new premium goodies in the cabin.

The new special edition is in dealers now, and it gets styling components pulled from the sporty-looking A-Spec package, plus premium touches in the cabin that help to justify the model’s luxurious aspirations. However, in terms of actual performance, the ILX Special Edition is essentially unchanged. Making the go is a standard-spec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with direct fuel injection, dual overhead cams, and the i-VTEC variable valve timing system. Sending the power to the front axle is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which can be controlled via steering wheel paddle shifters if desired. Peak output is rated at 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while fuel mileage is rated at 25 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. Pricing for the Special Edition model is set at $28,900, which is an $800 premium over the standard model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Acura ILX Special Edition.

What Makes The Acura ILX Special Edition Special

So What About Those Exterior Upgrades?

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Custom Looks; Low Price
The base model starts out at $28,100, but you can get the S.E. for just $28,900
Upgrades include new aero components plucked from the popular A-Spec package, including a new rear spoiler and side skirts

For starters, the ILX was already a rather sharp-looking piece of design, even in its standard specification. While no one is gonna confuse it for a high-end German luxury sedan, the ILX is still a cut above the more mundane commuters that reside just below its entry-level price.

The point is this – it’s a pretty solid starting point for this Special Edition. Luckily, Acura built on this (as opposed to diminished it) when going about upgrading the exterior. Upgrades include new aero components plucked from the popular A-Spec package, including a new rear spoiler and side skirts, plus 18-inch wheels in the corners and the requisite special edition badges scattered here and there. In the front fascia you’ll find Acura’s JewelEye headlights, complete with LEDs and an automatic on/off feature.

What Should I Expect From The Cabin?

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Like the exterior, we find the ILX Special Edition equipped with exactly the sort of stuff you want inside

Like the exterior, we find the ILX Special Edition equipped with exactly the sort of stuff you want inside. There’s an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a multi-view rear-facing camera, a one-touch power moonroof, a Bluetooth hands-free feature, a 5.0-inch display, keyless smart entry, a push-button starter, a security system, and leather for the steering wheel and shift knob. Acura is also offering its AcuraWatch safety systems and driver assists as an available option.

Conclusion

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A-Spec Love but Not Too Much
The S.E. gets 18-inch A-Spec Wheels, A-Spec Side sills, and the A-Spec rear spoiler

Normally, we aren’t the biggest fans of these sorts of special editions. We usually find them overpriced and promising far more than they can deliver.

This time around, we were pleasantly surprised. Given the ILX seeks a mix of performance and luxury amenities, we like the slightly sportier attitude and extra stuff in the cabin. True, there are more aggressive options out there, and there are more luxurious options out there as well, but this special edition finds a nice balance all the same. There aren’t too many gimmicks (no blacked-out trim, thank goodness), and rather, you get all the sort of stuff you actually want. Sure, we’d love more performance, but we’ll let it slide this time around.

References

Acura ILX

2016 - 2017 Acura ILX
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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura ILX.

Acura TSX

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura TSX.

Press release

The 2018 Acura ILX sport sedan arrives at Acura dealerships beginning tomorrow with a new Special Edition featuring A-Spec goodies that include aero body components, 18-inch wheels and unique badging. The 2018 ILX starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $28,100, with the new Special Edition coming in at $28,900. ILX serves as the gateway model to the Acura lineup and has posted month-over-month sales gains every month this year, appealing to new entry-luxury buyers with its sophisticated design, lively performance and upmarket quality.

New for 2018

For 2018, the Acura ILX adds a Special Edition trim, which includes 18-inch wheels, side sills and a rear spoiler from the A-Spec package, making it an excellent value in its class. The Special Edition adds to a long list of standard equipment on all ILX models including Acura JewelEye® LED headlights, an 8-way power driver’s seat, multi-view rearview camera, auto on/off headlights, one-touch power moonroof, Bluetooth® HandsFree Link®, 5-inch Multi-View Display, keyless smart entry with push-button start, security system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. In addition, the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies is available on all ILX models.

A-Spec Sport Appearance Trim, Premium Features

Both ILX A-Spec-equipped trims—Premium and Tech Plus—feature sporty side sill garnishes, a decklid spoiler, front fog lights, 18-inch 10-spoke machined alloy wheels, and exterior A-Spec badging in three locations: left and right front fenders and trunk lid. Inside, A-Spec trims enhance the cabin appeal with an exclusive Premium Black interior color scheme including a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede® seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching and aluminum brake and throttle pedals.

ILX Premium grades include leather seating surfaces, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor, HD Radio™ and Aha™, driver’s two-position memory seat, front passenger 4-way power seat, 8-inch upper display, 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display touch screen, HomeLink® and more. Tech Plus grades add AcuraWatch™ as standard equipment, as well as a color TFT multi-information display, AcuraLink™, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting.

Powertrain

All 2018 Acura ILX models are powered by a 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine mated to a crisp and responsive Sequential SportShift 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters, combining responsive performance with exceptional efficiency and at-your-fingertips shift control. The ILX produces 201 peak horsepower (SAE net) and 180 lb.-ft. peak torque (SAE net) and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city/35 highway/29 combined2.

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