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THE RIDE: Four-door, five-passenger 2017 Acura ILX.
DOWN THE ROAD: After a facelift last year, this entry-level sedan for Acura assures you a safe and adequate ride with superb handling and overall balance.
TECH & PERFORMANCE: Power is routed via a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which develops 201 horsepower @ 6800 rpm and 180 pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm. Though the 6-sped auto gearbox is just adequate, we would like to see an 8-speed replace it some day. Keeping the car stable enough to soak bumps is an independent suspension of front MacPherson strut and multilink rear. The electric power rack-and-pinion steering is quick, precise and direct.
LOOK & FEEL: Indeed, it is a stunner with the distinctive Acura jewel-eye LED headlights and tail lamps. The driver-oriented cabin is tailored and classy with such standard amenities as dual-zone auto climate control, power moon roof, supple leather seats and steering wheel, tilt/telescopic steering column, Bluetooth hands-free system, heated front seats, and Acura premium sound system. Sandwiched between the round speedometer and tachometer is the appropriately-placed but clear and legible Multi-Information Display, showing outside temp and fuel mileage figures.
SAFETY FIRST: Standard with the AcuraWatch Plus package are dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, vehicle stability control, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, hill start assist, three-point seat belts, side-impact door beams, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitor, lane keep assist/warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alerts.
OUT THE DOOR: $34,980, plus tax, tag, delivery and destination charges.
BY THE NUMBERS: Tires, P215/45 R17 all season; wheelbase, 105.1 inches; length, 181.9 inches; weight, 3,137 pounds; fuel capacity, 13.2 gallons; city, 25 mpg, highway, 35 mpg; Web site,
WHY DIG IT: The striking ILX displays remarkable agility and response. An accommodating cabin along with smart tech/safety features should inspire interested folks to head on to the nearest Acura dealer for a test drive.

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