Compact Sedan Comparison: 2021 Acura ILX Vs. 2021 Honda Civic

blue Acura ILX parked in modern showroom

2021 Acura ILXVS2021 Honda Civic
Acura ILX
MSRPHonda Civic
Fuel Economy EPA Rating30/38
2.4L 4-cylinder
201 hp
Performance2.0L 4-cylinder
158 hp
8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
TransmissionContinuously Variable Transmission
Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive (FWD)
5 PassengersSeating Capacity5 Passengers
Driver-Assistance SuiteHonda Sensing
StandardMulti-View Rear CameraStandard
4-year / 50,000-mile limited warrantyBumper-to-Bumper Warranty3-year / 36,000-mile limited warranty
Available Features On The ILX
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
  • Milano Leather Seats
  • Apple CarPlay® Integration
  • Android Auto™ Integration
  • 18-inch Wheels
  • Acura Navigation System
  • Acura/ELS STUDIO® Premium Audio System
  • GPS-Linked Climate Control
FeaturesAvailable Features On The Civic
  • Continuously Variable Transmission
  • Apple CarPlay® Integration
  • Android Auto™ Integration
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • 18-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • 7-Inch Display Audio with Touch-Screen
  • 174-hp Turbocharged Engine
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats

Here’s How The Acura ILX Stacks Up Against The Honda Civic

New Jersey motorists who are searching for a new compact sedan have several options, including the 2021 Acura ILX and 2021 Honda Civic Sedan. We hope that you’ve gotten a good overview of these two cars for sale from the above comparison table, but now it’s time to dig deeper and help you determine which of these sedans may be a better fit for you.

While both models are classified as compact cars based on their size, the ILX is Acura’s premium sport compact sedan that is as luxurious as it is athletic. The same level of refinement and fun can’t be said about the Honda Civic, although it is still a fine automobile.

While Honda’s Civic boasts a lower starting price, it’s also not as well-appointed as the Acura ILX. For instance, all but the standard ILX trims include Acura’s plush Milano Leather Seats, while only two of the five Civic Sedan trims feature basic leather seating surfaces.

Heated front seating and stunning Jewel Eye LED headlight technology are also included with every 2021 Acura ILX sedan, two features that you won’t find on the Civic LX base trim. In fact, no editions of the Civic offer lighting technology that’s comparable to Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights fitted to every new ILX.

Turning to the performance front, drivers will find that the Acura premium sport compact sedan delivers far greater performance than what Honda’s Civic Sedan can muster. With its high-output 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine, the 2021 Acura ILX generates an impressive 201 hp. The Civic’s 2.0L base engine develops just 158 hp, and even the available turbocharged 1.5L engine puts out just 174 hp.

If you’re looking for a dynamic drive in a sporty new sedan, then the Acura ILX is the way to go. It comes standard with a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission with eight forward gears and paddle shifters for a responsive and engaging drive. A continuously variable transmission or CVT is found in the Civic, which doesn’t offer the level of responsiveness to driver input like Acura’s DCT gearbox. The Honda Civic’s paddle shifters are only optional, not standard.

One area where both of these sedans excel is in safety. Standard safety suites include an array of driver-assistive technologies like adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision braking system. Both models make use of a multi-angle rearview camera even in standard trim.

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn about the 2021 Acura ILX and the 2021 Honda Civic, which sedan do you prefer? If you’re leaning toward the new ILX, we couldn’t agree more! While we may be a bit partial, we’re confident that once you tour and test drive this Acura premium compact sport sedan, you’ll be sold on making the ILX your next car.

Secure A New ILX With Attractive Finance & Lease Offers

New Acura automobiles like the 2021 Acura ILX come backed by a generous bumper-to-bumper limited warranty that manufacturers like Honda don’t match. There are plenty of more reasons to choose Acura over the competition, and we invite you to learn more by visiting our auto dealership or contacting our sales specialists.

Ready to upgrade to a new Acura automobile like the 2021 ILX sedan around Livingston, NJ? Then shop and visit our nearby auto dealership, DCH Montclair Acura. Here, you’ll find a stellar selection of the latest Acura models for sale, as well as used and certified pre-owned (CPO) examples that provide luxury at an attainable price.

Acquiring a new Acura sedan like the ILX is made highly affordable by our Verona, NJ, auto dealership’s competitive vehicle pricing and Acura’s favorable finance incentives and lease specials. Shop now to find your preferred Acura and pre-qualify for financing via our website.

After you purchase or lease your new Acura, you can count on the DCH Montclair Acura team to be here for you when it’s time for routine maintenance. We have a dedicated Acura service center and parts department on-site that will help ensure that your ILX continues to provide dependable performance.