In an effort to liven up its aging ILX – which has been on the market in its current form since 2012 – Acura has announced the addition of a unique A-Spec Special Edition trim, available in the U.S. starting today. The special trim comes with an asking price of $28,900, and features a number of unique accents to boot.

Most notably the ILX gains 18-inch A-Spec wheels, side sills, a deckled spoiler, and plenty of unique badging. Along with the custom add-ons, the ILX carries over a number of standard features like Acura JewelEye LED headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a multi-view rearview camera, a five-inch multi-view display, and AcuraWatch, a suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies, among others.

Power comes courtesy of a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing a respectable 201 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 180 pound-feet (244 Newton-meters) of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. Together with the new Special Edition trim, the updated ILX comes with seven unique trim options. Here’s how they stack up in terms of pricing:



EPA MPG Rating




ILX Special Edition



ILX AcuraWatch™ Plus



ILX Premium



ILX Premium A-Spec



ILX Tech Plus



ILX Tech Plus A-Spec




If the ILX feels a bit too entry level for your sporting needs, buyers can always opt for the more advanced TLX A-SpecThe Acura TLX A-Spec comes with a new V6 delivering 290 hp, and a sport-tuned suspension. Available in both front- and all-wheel-drive options, the A-Spec trims tacks on features like 19-inch wheels, a gloss black deckled spoiler, round dual-exhaust tips, and more distinguishable side sills. With the A-Spec equipped, the TLX can be had for $45,750

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