Even as Honda’s premium brand, Acura has struck out on its own path and has done so with impressive results. The brand’s 2021 lineup is slightly slimmer than in years past, but the legendary NSX sports car will return for the new model year with a convertible option and the wildly popular MDX crossover will return for 2022 as an all-new model.
Note: There is no MDX crossover listed in this summary. Acura has confirmed that the vehicle will not be available for the 2021 model year and has stated that it will return as an all-new 2022 model. The automaker is also yet to announce updates to the NSX, which will be omitted until full details are available.
2021 Acura ILX
Acura’s smallest car offers a sporty and upscale experience in a mostly affordable package.
2021 Acura ILX Trims
The 2021 Acura ILX is truly sold in a single trim with available packages, but the A-Spec is a significant enough upgrade to view as its own model:
Base – $26,450
A-Spec – $28,450
2021 Acura ILX Performance Figures
2021 Acura ILX 0-60 mph – 6.4 seconds
2021 Acura ILX Engine and Powertrain
2021 Acura ILX – 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Power hits the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
2021 Acura ILX Fuel Economy
2021 Acura ILX – 24/34/28 mpg city/hwy/combined
2021 Acura ILX Competitors
The ILX has become a bigger deal in its segment as competition has dwindled and others have been discontinued:
2021 Kia K5
2021 Mazda Mazda3
2021 Acura RDX
The RDX was refreshed a couple of years ago with a sharp new design, loads of new tech, and a sportier driving experience.
2021 Acura RDX Trims
The 2021 RDX is sold as a single trim with available upgrade packages. The A-Spec package is different enough to be considered its own model.
RDX Base – $38,700
RDX A-Spec – $41,700
2021 Acura RDX Engine and Powertrain
2021 Acura RDX – Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox
2021 Acura RDX Performance Figures
The 2021 RDX is capable of hitting 60 mph from a stop in just 6.3 seconds.
This is a tough decision, because the MDX is sitting out for the 2021 model year and we don’t yet have full details on the NSX. That said, the RDX is a wonderful vehicle that is fun to drive, feels premium, and manages to remain somewhat affordable in the process. The 2019 redesign brought good things to the RDX line, and while there are some minor frustrations with its infotainment system, the vehicle is almost a total win for Acura.