2020 Acura ILX vs. 2020 Mazda 3

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the ILX deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The ILX’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Mazda 3’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the ILX and the Mazda 3 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, 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.

Warranty

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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 3’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 Mazda covers the 3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Mazda 3 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Engine

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The ILX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (201 vs. 186) than the Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura ILX is faster than the Mazda 3 (automatics tested):

ILX

3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

19.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

131 MPH

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Acura ILX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 3.

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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the ILX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 3:

ILX

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 AWD

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.02 inches

11.61 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.43 inches

10.43 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the ILX has larger standard tires than the Mazda 3 (215/45R17 vs. 205/60R16). The ILX A-SPEC’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 3 (225/40R18 vs. 215/45R18).

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 Mazda 3 Sedan’s standard 60 series tires. The ILX A-SPEC’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the ILX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Mazda 3 Sedan.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Acura ILX has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda 3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The ILX has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis

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The ILX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The ILX has .8 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 3 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the ILX offers cargo security. The Mazda 3’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the ILX. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Mazda. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 55% lower rating, Mazda is ranked 25th.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the ILX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Mazda 3 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The ILX’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The ILX has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the ILX is less expensive to operate than the Mazda 3 because it costs $218 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the ILX than the Mazda 3, including $76 less for a muffler, $7 less for front brake pads, $44 less for a fuel pump and $18 less for a timing belt/chain.

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