Leather upholstery is now standard on all 2014 ILX models, with leatherette door liners. An eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system have also all been added to the standard-features list.
There's also a new subwoofer included with the standard audio system, but one new standard feature with significant impact may prove to be Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), a feature that can actively 'mop up' smaller but bothersome noises from the powertrain or road, using the sound system's speakers, a cabin microphone, and a sophisticated processing algorithm.
The ILX continues to be, essentially, a sporty luxury sedan that shares some of its underpinnings with the Honda Civic. Amplitude Reactive Dampers improve the ride while keeping handling precise, and a Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system does contribute to its more confident driving manners.
Powertrains haven't changed for 2014. A base 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine makes 150 horsepower, while you can step up to a 201-hp, 2.4-liter four for more performance. The 2.0-liter engine comes only with a five-speed automatic transmission (with SportShift), while the 2.4-liter comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Fuel economy ratings range up to 24 mpg city, 35 highway (with the 2.0), or 22/31 with the 2.4-liter.
A hybrid model will also again join the lineup and offer the best fuel economy, although it hasn't yet been specified for 2013; we're assuming that its Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system, with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, will carry over, earning EPA ratings of 39 mpg city, 38 highway.
As for that price? The 2014 ILX starts at $27,795, including destination, and ranges up (for non-hybrid models) to $30,095 for the six-speed manual model—and that's prior to any options, in both cases.