Does the 2014 Acura ILX Offer Competitive Luxury?


When you hear the terms, “Mercedes-Benz” and “Audi,” you think luxury, quality, and sophistication. When you hear, “Acura ILX,” do you think of these same characteristics? The Acura ILX has received recognition in the automotive world for being the gateway to the Acura brand. It’s a luxury compact sedan that doesn’t come with a luxury price tag. We think the 2014 Acura ILX can hold its own when compared to other luxury models in its class. To demonstrate that point, let’s compare the 2014 Acura ILX 5-Speed Automatic with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class CLA250 and the 2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium FWD S tronic.


All three of these vehicles appeal to and have something to offer to luxury car drivers. They’re beautiful examples of automotive craftsmanship, and they also have many of the same conveniences, technologies, comforts, and safety features. Here’s a list of standard features you’ll find in all three models (except where noted):


  • Remote door lock
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Front power outlet
  • Leather-trimmed seats (optional for Mercedes-Benz model)
  • Front adjustable seats
  • Power driver seat
  • Fold-down rear seatback
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Compact disc player
  • MP3 player jack
  • Automatic headlights
  • Trunk/cargo area lights
  • Map light
  • Power adjustable heated exterior mirrors
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Remote keyless access
  • Remote trunk release
  • Multi-function remote
  • Front wheel drive
  • Automatic transmission
  • Hill start assist
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Roadside assistance
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic vehicle stability control
  • Traction control system
  • Brake assistance
  • Driver, front passenger, front side, and side head curtain airbags
  • Daytime running lights
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Child proof rear door locks
  • Vehicle and radio theft-deterrent system

That’s a long list of great standard features modern luxury drivers can appreciate! With three models all providing many of the same amenities, how are today’s car buyers supposed to make the right choice in buying the car that suits their preferences?

To answer that question, we also have to look at the differences, because the differences among these three models just might be the tipping point for many drivers.


If you’re new to the luxury car scene, the 2014 Acura ILX is a great stepping stone. Not only does this particular model ease you into the comforts of owning a luxury sedan, but it won’t break your bank in the process. Base MSRP for the ILX is more affordable compared to the Mercedes-Benz and Audi. If you factor in the destination fee, the Mercedes-Benz is even a little costly!

Here’s something worth noting as well: Recently, the 2014 Acura ILX won the 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award in the premium compact passenger car category. This award represents recognition for lower total ownership costs and lower-than-expected costs over time when compared to similar models. So it’s more than reassuring to know the 2014 Acura ILX is a car worth investing in!

Here are some other numbers helpful to know: When it comes to fuel economy, the ILX beats out the Audi on city, highway, and combined mpg. Also, all three premium cars have the same basic warranty of 48 months/50,000 miles, but when it comes to the powertrain warranty (covers all the components that work together to power the car), the ILX has a 72-month/70,000 mile warranty! This far surpasses the 48-month/50,000 mile warranties of the Mercedes-Benz and Audi, and we don’t have to tell you how reassuring having this coverage standard would be for you.

There are also many standard features for the ILX that are merely optional (or not available) on the Mercedes-Benz and Audi. For example:

  • Automatic Climate Control (ACC) and a power moonroof are standard on the ILX and Audi, but optional for the Mercedes-Benz
  • Retractable rear-seat head restraints are standard on the ILX and Audi, but not available for the Mercedes-Benz
  • A multi-view rear camera—a feature that is being touted as a safety must-have in the automotive industry—is standard on the ILX, but optional for the Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
  • Speed-sensing interval wipers are standard on the ILX and Audi, but not available for the Mercedes-Benz.
  • The ILX and Mercedes-Benz each have standard telematics, whereas these features are optional in the Audi.
  • Heated front seats come standard in the ILX—so warmth for everyone up front!—not so for the other two models.
  • A USB port is standard for the ILX and Mercedes-Benz, but optional for the Audi.
  • Push-button start ignition is standard on the ILX, but only optional for the Audi, and not available for the Mercedes Benz, which poses the question, “Why fumble with keys if you don’t have to?”
  • The ILX offers better rear headroom, front legroom, and rear legroom than the Mercedes-Benz, better front shoulder room than the Audi, and better rear shoulder room than both models.

Yes, when it comes to picking the luxury vehicle that’s right for you, the littlest details can make a big difference. Of course, one of the biggest details, the price, can have a huge impact on the decision-making process as well.

If you’d like a more in-depth understanding of the 2014 Acura ILX, please check out our review, or better yet, consider checking out the ILX first hand–click on the button below to schedule your test drive of the ILX at our dealership. We’d love to talk with you about this model in person. Of course, you can also leave your questions or comments below, or contact us via Facebook or Twitter at your convenience.

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