2018 Acura ILX goes on sale, gains sporty-looking new Special Edition

It’s still a previous-generation Honda Civic Sedan under the fancy bodywork

Acura has kicked off sales of the 2018 ILX sedan in the United States, with the big news being the addition of a Special Edition trim.

Still based on the previous-generation Honda Civic Sedan, the 2018 ILX Special Edition boasts a sharper look thanks to a series of components from the A-Spec package including the decklid spoiler and side sills, as well as new 18-inch wheels and unique badging.

Positioned just above the base ILX, the Special Edition gets the same standard equipment including automatic LED headlights, an 8-way power driver's seat, rearview camera, one-touch power moonroof, 5-inch Multi-View Display, keyless entry with push-button start, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Furthermore, all ILX models get the AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Nothing changes under the hood, with the 2018 Acura ILX carrying on with the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 201 hp and 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) of torque. Equipped with a Sequential SportShift 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters, the 2018 ILX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.

Prices for the 2018 ILX start at $28,100, while the Special Edition retails for $28,900.

Want an Acura sedan that's more contemporary both in terms of looks and technology? Check out the 2018 TLX.