2018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Acura has shown that a luxury sedan doesn't have to come with a luxury price tag with the Acura ILX. Like previous generations, the latest ILX available at the Bill Gatton Acura showroom, potential owners can choose from seven different trims: Base, Special Edition, AcuraWatch Plus, Premium, Premium A-Spec, Tech Plus and Tech Plus A-Spec. The automaker can easily demonstrate the inherent value of its entry-level sedan by comparing the 2018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA. Buyers considering jumping into the world of luxury cars can take the 2018 ILX home with a manufacturer's starting price* that is several thousand dollars less than that of the entry-level versions of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz. Even with this price difference in place, the 2018 Acura ILX offers a comparable list of standard equipment as well as a competitive level of performance.

The base model of the 2018 Acura ILX offers automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and keyless entry/ignition. Additionally, Acura has introduced a new trim for the 2018 ILX. The Special Edition model slots ahead of the base trim and carries most of the same accessories. To set itself apart, the 2018 ILX Special Edition adds 18-inch wheels, extended side sills and a rear spoiler. These additional features were borrowed from the pre-existing A-Spec package. In terms of technology, many of the more premium features available with the Mercedes-Benz CLA are only available with the top-of-the-line AMG CLA 45. All versions of the 2018 Acura ILX are equipped with limited text messaging functionality, Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with streaming internet radio. The AcuraWatch Plus versions of the 2018 ILX stand out for its active driver assistance systems.


2018 Acura ILX Vs. 2018 CLA Class
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
201/180 Horsepower/Torque 208/258
Eight-speed auto Transmission Seven-speed auto
$28,100* Starting MSRP $37,995


Performance Specs: 2018 ILX vs. 2018 CLA Class

All of the 2018 Acura ILX trims available at Bill Gatton Acura use the same powertrain set up. Under the hood of each sedan is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All seven trims use front-wheel-drive. Drivers will be able to take advantage of 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The competing trim grade of the 2018 CLA uses a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with a small performance advantage of fewer than 10 horsepower. Additionally, the 2018 ILX has received strong marks for its precise handling profile.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $965 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

A left right quarter view of the 2018 Acura ILX in front of a home.
A left rear quarter view of the 2018 Acura ILX parked on the side of the road.

An interior photo of the dashboard and infotainment system of the 2018 Acura ILX
A close up photo of the infortainment system in the 2018 ILX
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