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2015 Acura ILX Walk Around

As noted, there is no sheetmetal commonality between the ILX and Honda's Civic. Simply put, the Acura ILX looks like an Acura. The beaky chrome strip that tops the main grille opening is familiar, and Acura diminished the size and serpent's tooth appearance that has marred other recent offerings.

Overall, the look is subdued. There's too much front overhang and not enough at the rear, making the proportions seem awkward when viewed from the side. But the design is otherwise quietly conservative and inoffensive, though it remains to be seen whether it will measure up to target market research. Acura's goal for the ILX is to attract Gen Y buyers, professionals in their early to mid-20s, and the sum of the research indicates that these prospects prioritize value and cool styling. Whether the ILX is perceived as cool will be in the eyes of those particular beholders.

Interior

Inside, the Acura ILX contains nothing that's likely to remind anyone of the Honda Civic. Materials are high quality and the dashboard design has a distinct Acura flavor, strongly reminiscent, in particular, of the layout in the larger TSX sedan. While many carmakers are moving to touch-screen controls, a variety of buttons and knobs govern many of the secondary controls in the ILX's center stack, with a good many duplicates appended to the steering-wheel hub.

The front seats are moderately supportive; less so than those in a BMW, but comfortable, and adjustable enough to fit a wide range of body types and physical dimensions. A tilt/telescope steering column ensures a good driving position. Seating surfaces are leather, even in the base ILX 2.0-liter.

The Premium Package includes a seven-speaker 360-watt premium audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth audio, Pandora internet radio interface, and SMS text messaging. Acura's navigation system, which is baked into the Technology Package, includes voice recognition, real-time traffic info, real-time weather, and a satellite communications function that will keep track of your appointments. Other elements of the package include the upgrade audio features that are also part of the Premium Package.

**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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