2018 Acura ILX vs Honda Accord

2018 Acura ILX

The 2018 Acura ILX and Honda Accord are perennial contenders in the midsize sedan sector, with each offering a great driving experience and the best available technology. Of course, somewhere along the line, one of them has to come out on top, and many drivers are interested in the key items you should be looking for when researching and doing your due diligence in the buying process.

Both vehicles offer reliable performance, interior comfort and numerous standard and available features that put the cherry on top. When you’re taking on the roads of Egg Harbor, Atlantic City and Vineland, get behind the wheel of a car that you enjoy driving.

2018 Acura ILX vs Honda Accord: Performance

Acura ILX Interior

The 2018 ILX comes equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s the perfect car for daily driving around town but handles highway driving well, too. The engine and transmission combine to put out 201-horsepower. The 2018 Accord base engine is a turbo-four, and provides 192-horsepower, slightly off the pace of the power the ILX delivers.

The Accord offers a few different engines but upgrading to the Sport trim means sacrificing fuel economy. This trim provides just 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. The 2018 ILX provides the same fuel economy across the board, with 25 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway1, solid performance for a luxury car.

Interior Comfort and Technology

When out on the road, it’s nice to feel like you’re in a welcoming, safe environment. After all, plenty of drivers spend lots of time inside their vehicle, so it’s only right that we’re comfortable and feel protected. The ILX and Accord both offer a rearview camera standard, which lets you know what’s going on around the car when backing up in the driveway or into a parking spot.

Bluetooth® technology is also standard in both cars, with the ability to play music and make hands-free phone calls with ease when driving. A few things separate the 2018 ILX from the Accord in terms of interior comfort. Heated seats are standard in the interior of the Acura ILX, perfect for cold mornings and chilly nights, a feature not found in the standard Honda Accord offering. A moonroof also comes standard in the ILX so you can let a little light into the cabin. This is not standard in the Accord.

ILX vs. Accord: The Little Things

Acura ILX Technology

The “little things” in a car can go a long way. The Advanced Compatibility (ACE)™ body structure is one of those things. With ACE™ engineering, the body is designed to absorb and evenly distribute energy if there is a frontal collision. Energy is transferred around the vehicle and away from passengers to aid in minimizing potential injury.

The standard paddle shifters in the 2018 ILX are a nice touch, too. With paddle shifters, it’s easy to override the gear selection in your automatic transmission and shift without moving your hands off the steering wheel. This feature is available in the Accord, but it’s not standard.

2018 Acura ILX vs Honda Accord: The Final Verdict

When searching for your next vehicle, it’s easy to see why you should consider both the 2018 Acura ILX and Honda Accord. But for drivers in Egg Harbor, Atlantic City and Vineland, the Acura ILX provides luxury and many standard features not found in the Accord.

Come test drive the 2018 Acura ILX! Schedule your test drive with the sales staff at Boardwalk Acura today.


1. Based on 2018 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 models only) and other factors.