Acura ILX
Acura TLX

Acura ILX vs TLX

Acura ILX vs TLX

The engines are primed and ready to go. The crowd has gathered, and the showdown between the Acura ILX and the Acura TLX is about to begin. These sport sedans are ready to soar off the starting line and show you which is the best match for your drives through Westwood, Dedham, Needham, and Norwood, Massachusetts.

Our team at Ira Acura Westwood is about to drop the green flag. It’s the Acura ILX vs. TLX. Who will cross the finish line first? Ready? Set. Go!

Acura ILX


Acura TLX

201 horsepower


272 horsepower

24 city/33 highway MPG*

EPA-estimated MPG

22 city/31 highway MPG*

5 passengers

Seating Capacity

5 passengers




Acura ILX Engine Specs

ILX vs TLX: Precise Performance

Both the ILX and the TLX come standard with an aluminum-alloy 4-cylinder engine. The Acura TLX is the more powerful, boasting a lively 272 horsepower. The ILX still holds its own with an impressive 201 horsepower.

If you’re looking for a more efficient option, the Acura ILX is the top choice. It boasts an EPA-estimated 24 city/33 highway MPG.* Compare that to the Acura TLX. It comes in right behind with an EPA-estimated 22 city/31 highway MPG.*

They both come with unique transmissions, which offer a few different benefits. The 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission of the ILX comes with two clutches, one for odd-numbered gears and the other for even-numbered gears. This provides swift-shifting and rivals the traditional feel of a manual system. The wider gear ratio of the 10-Speed Automatic Transmission onboard the TLX provides a smoother ride.

Acura TLX Interior

Driver-Centric Interiors

Both Acura sport sedans put you into the cockpit of your very own racecar, albeit one that’s fitted with all the bells and whistles for comfort and connectivity. Settle into their matching sport seats wrapped in Milano leather and Ultrasuede®. They also boast just over 42 inches of legroom in the front row, so you’ll have plenty of space to work those pedals.

The infotainment systems in the ILX and TLX are both anchored to a responsive touchscreen display. They give you access to shared technology features, including:

  • Bluetooth®
  • SiriusXM®
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto
  • Navigation

Hear that? It’s the new song everyone is talking about. Turn up the volume on the ELS STUDIO® Premium Audio System. It’s available with both models. It comes with DTS Neural Surround, which allows the system to turn music from any digital source into immersive surround sound.

Acura ILX Driving

Acura ILX vs TLX: Standard AcuraWatch™

Whether you’re out enjoying the open roads on Sunday morning or cruising through the city on the way to work, you’ll have complete confidence thanks to AcuraWatch. It comes standard on both the ILX and TLX and includes the following systems:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Lane Departure Warning System

Both models also offer a Blind Spot Information System, which helps keep you aware of any vehicles riding alongside you. It works with a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, which helps ensure the coast is clear before backing out of a tight parking spot.

Finally, there’s the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. It’s used in the construction of both the Acura ILX and the Acura TLX. It’s specially engineered to evenly disperse frontal collision energy away from the cabin, so you and your passengers are better protected against the unexpected.

Acura ILX vs TLX: When the Smoke Settles

As the dust clears, it’s easy to see that both Acura sport sedans are a great choice. The one you choose will all come down to your driving style in Westwood, Dedham, Needham, and Norwood, MA. If greater efficiency is your desire, the Acura ILX is for you. The Acura TLX is for drivers who crave more power.

Test drive both models at Ira Acura Westwood today!

* Based on 2022 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 only) and other factors.

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