Acura's relatively recent ILX model marks a low-cost entrant to the premium car segment.

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Acura makes its Jewel-Eye LED headlights standard on the ILX.

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Styling echoes the larger Acura car lineup.

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This 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine uses direct injection to produce 201 horsepower.

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The small sedan's body shows off a modern design.

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These wheels come as part of the A-Spec package.

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Like its platform-mate the Honda Civic, the ILX is a front-wheel-drive car.

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Trunk volume is rated at 12.3 cubic feet, about average for a compact car.

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At a little over 15 feet long, the ILX offers easy parking in an urban environment.

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In keeping with its premium aspirations, the front seats are power adjustable.

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Cabin materials are soft plastics and thin metal trim pieces.

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Rear seating will prove a little cramped for adults.

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With the Technology Plus package, the ILX comes with navigation.

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Electric power steering is well-tuned for a natural feel.

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The instrument cluster display shows many of the driver assistance functions.

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Acura fits the ILX with a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

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The rear-view camera includes active trajectory lines.

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Acura litters the steering wheel with buttons.

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The navigation system shows maps in plan or perspective views.

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Although it doesn't show online destination search on the main menu, Aha app integration offers some level of search.

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The lower touchscreen shows limited phone, audio and destination information and control.

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The upper screen also shows phone information.

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The lower touchscreen defaults to an audio display and controls.

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You can choose an audio source from the touchscreen.

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You can also choose the audio source from the upper LCD.

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Impressively, you can view a Bluetooth-paired iPhone's music library on the upper LCD.

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The play screen shows a list of songs in the queue.

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Satellite radio is also available.

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The ELS audio system offers excellent clarity.

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The DTS Neural Surround setting adds robust sound.

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The ILX tackles the premium segment with many tech goodies, but a noisy cabin lets it down.

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