2018 Acura ILX Lineup Adds Special Edition Model

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2018 Acura ILX arrives tomorrow.

The entry-level luxury sedan is priced from $29,050 including destination, but for $800 more buyers can opt for the Acura ILX Special Edition that adds 18-inch wheels, side sills, and a rear spoiler from the A-Spec package. For the 2018 model year, all ILX trim levels come standard with Acura JewelEye LED headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, multi-view rearview camera, auto on/off headlights, one-touch moonroof, Bluetooth HandsFree Link, five-inch Multi-View Display, keyless smart entry with push-button start, security system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies is available on all ILX models, costing $1,300 additional if added to the base model.

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The ILX Premium, which starts from $31,050 includes leather seating surfaces, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor, HD Radio and Aha, driver’s two-position memory seat, front passenger four-way power seat, eight-inch upper display, seven-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display touchscreen, HomeLink, and more.

The A-Spec package can be added to the Premium trim for $2,000 additional, which features sporty side gill garnishes, a decklid spoiler, front fog lights, 18-inch wheels, exterior A-Spec badging, Premium Black interior with black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching, and aluminum brake and throttle pedals.

At the top of the range is the ILX Tech Plus, starting at $34,050. The Tech Plus trim adds AcuraWatch as standard equipment, along with a color TFT multi-information display, AcuraLink, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting. The A-Spec package is also available on the Tech Plus trim for $2,000 extra.

All 2018 Acura ILX models feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine with 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque while paired to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission. The sedan returns 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway for a 29-mpg combined rating.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 05, 2017

    29 Grand is large enough but 31 Grand? or even 34 Grand? plus $2,000 extra for a trim package? it's that much better than a KIA Stinger?

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    • Critofur Critofur on Dec 05, 2017

      Seems like it would be a really good idea to make an Acura version of the Type R, with the 2.0T engine, and the full Acura "luxury" changes. Also, they'll need to do something like an updated V6 with a Turbo for the TLX, if they want to compete with the likes of the Audi S5 and other mid-range German sedans. As far as the Honda side goes, why the Hell didn't they make the 2.0T engine an option for the CR-V?!? I would have bought that car in a heartbeat, I wanted to buy that car, but they don't make it.

  • JT Mega JT Mega on Oct 16, 2017

    Acura is a dying brand. This is what you get when you fail to keep up with the competition and bring new products to the table.

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