The Acura ILX is a pretty good car with a pretty forgettable exterior. Believe it or not, it's based on the last-generation Honda Civic, which was as visually unexciting ad the ILX. The 2019 ILX has finally adopted styling cues from the RLX, MDX, and the new RDX, and the results are way, way better. The difference is like night and day. 

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The "diamond pentagon" grille is front and center. A very good thing.

The entire nose of the ILX has been totally redone, along with the rear fascia, in what actually amounts to a refresh. Gone is what was left of the single-bar power plenum grille that so many of us hated. The jewel-eye headlights are big and aggressive, as are the foglight housings and the lower fascia. The dark mesh is a nice touch and shows up on A-Spec models. Body creases are also more pronounced and the overall look is much sportier and eye-catching. Though it's not a full redesign, it might as well be. The car looks downright fetching. 

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The taillights mimic the headlight shape, and there's even a faux diffuser. Wow!

The cabin gets minor changes, mostly the A-Spec gets fancy sport seats (see below). The ILX also gets an upgraded infotainment system with better graphics, increased speed, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Sadly, it's not the same system in the new RDX, but it is an improved version of the last ILX system. And yes, the twin screens still confuse the heck out of us. 

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In blue paint and A-Spec trim, the ILX is seriously handsome. 

Though there aren't many changes to the interior, a big upgrade occurs in the now available AcuraWatch safety system, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and, road departure mitigation. It's already a pretty safe car in crash tests, and these features only add to its security for the family.

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There are no changes to the powertrain. The ILX is still powered by a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder as the 2018, and the mill still drives only the front wheels via an 8-speed dual clutch automatic. Sadly, no stick shift is offered, but that's no surprise. Regardless, we're happy to see the changes to the ILX's totally forgettable styling. It will surely gain customers on its looks alone.

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 The 2019 ILX goes on sale in October, but pricing has not yet been announced. The base price of the 2018 ILX is $28,100, so we expect the refreshed 2019 model to get a slight increase with the new styling and upgraded tech.

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