2019 Acura ILX vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The ILX has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the ILX and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Acura ILX is safer than the Honda Accord:

 

ILX

Accord

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

227

261

Neck Compression

56 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

57/324 lbs.

231/338 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Acura ILX is safer than the Honda Accord:

 

ILX

Accord

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

143 G’s

152 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

324

386

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The ILX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the ILX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the ILX’s reliability 19 points higher than the Accord.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the ILX first among small premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Accord isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 20th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 2 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

The ILX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (201 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura ILX is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

ILX

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

19.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

121 MPH

Transmission

The ILX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Accord doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the ILX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:

 

ILX

Accord

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.5 inches

Tires and Wheels

The ILX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the ILX’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The ILX’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

The ILX is 10 inches shorter than the Accord, making the ILX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The ILX’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sport 2.0T/EX/EX-L/Touring.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the ILX is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost less on the ILX than the Accord, including $98 less for a muffler, $36 less for a fuel pump and $160 less for a power steering pump.

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