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What's the Difference Between the Acura ILX and Acura TLX?

The ILX and TLX are both stylish, high-tech, and sporty sedans from Acura. There are a few significiant differences though that set them apart.

The most noteable difference between the ILX and TLX is their size. The ILX is classified as a compact sedan while the TLX is a mid-sized sedan. The ILX is 9 inches shorter in length and 2 inches shorter in width. Due to its smaller size, the ILX has better fuel economy** and a lower MSRP*. The TLX, on the other hand, offers available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, and comes with more standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and an Acura Premium Audio System. The TLX also offers an additional half-inch in rear legroom and almost 2 more cubic feet in cargo space.

If you are looking for a premium compact sedan with advanced standard tech like Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless Access, and the Acura Collision Mitigation Braking System™, we suggest checking out the Acura ILX. If you want more interior space, all-wheel drive, or even more luxury features like 3-level heated and ventilated front seats, the Acura TLX is for you.

For more information on the Acura ILX and TLX, feel free to give us a call at (310) 667-8231 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales team members.

Acura ILX vs. Acura TLX

Specs ILX TLX
Base Price MSRP* $25,900* $33,000*
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder 2.4 L 4-cylinder (Standard)
3.5 L V6 (Optional)
Horsepower 201 hp 206 to 290 hp
Fuel Economy (MPG)** 24 city / 34 highway** Up to 23 city / 33 highway**
Transmission 8-Speed Dual Clutch (DCT) Automatic w/ Sequential Paddle Shifters 8-Speed Dual Clutch (DCT) Automatic w/ Sequential Paddle Shifters
Drivetrain FWD and Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (Standard) FWD and Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (Standard)
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (Optional)
Dimensions 182″ L x 71″ W x 56″ H 191″ L x 73″ W x 57″ H
Interior ILX TLX
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Rear Legroom 34.0 inches 34.5 inches
Cargo Capcity 12.4 cubic feet 14.3 cubic feet
Upholstery Leatherette-Trimmed Interior (Standard)
Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior (Optional)
Leatherette-Trimmed Interior (Standard)
Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior (Optional)
Heated/Ventilated Seats Heated Front Seats Heated Front/Rear Seats and Ventilated Front Feats (3-level Heat, 3-level Ventilation)
Features ILX TLX
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Optional Standard
Acura Premium Audio System Optional Standard
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) Standard Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Standard Standard
Keyless Access with Push-Button Ignition Standard Standard
GPS-linked Automatic Climate Control Optional Optional

*Vehicle MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, registration, license and options. Starting price refers to the base model vehicle with no optional equipment included, and a more expensive model or trim may be shown. To get full pricing details, see your local AutoNation dealer.
**Based on 2020 EPA Estimates. 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.