Comparison: 2017 Acura ILX vs 2017 Buick Verano

August 9th, 2017 by

Drivers in Middletown who are ready to upgrade to a luxury vehicle have a few great options, and not all of them come from Europe. Acura has been making an impression in the segment as buyers see the value in luxury brands that give you much more than a label.

When you compare the 2017 Acura ILX to a model like the 2017 Buick Verano, you’ll see that, to some established automakers, the word “luxury” is merely a title. Check out our side-by-side comparison, then come take an ILX for a test drive:


Acura ILX

The 2017 ILX is available as a standard model, as well as the option to add the following packages: AcuraWatch Plus, Premium, Technology Plus, and A-Spec. The base model comes with a power moonroof, leatherette-trimmed sport seats, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, two-level heated seats, and dual-zone climate control. It’s also equipped with an Acura Audio System with 6 speakers, Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth streaming audio and HandsFreeLink, SMS text message reading, and a Multi-View rear camera.

The Premium Package adds perforated leather-trimmed interior, blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitor, On Demand Multi-Use Display, iPhone AcuraLink Navigation App, and Driver’s Memory Seat. The Technology Plus Package gives you the Acura Navigation System with 3D View, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, Next-Generation AcuraLink, ELS Studio Premium Audio, and Song by Voice. For a sporty ride, the A-Spec Package adds sport seats with ebony suede-trimmed interior and contrast stitching, ebony headliner, aluminum sport pedals, body-colored side sills and trunk spoiler, fog lights, and 18-inch machine-finished, noise-reducing alloy wheels.

Buick Verano

The 2017 Verano comes in three trims: base, Sport Touring, and Leather. The base model comes standard with manually adjustable front seats, 6-speaker audio, AM/FM/USB audio interface, dual-zone climate control, and OnStar Guidance Plan.

You’ll need to upgrade to the Sport Touring if you want somewhat common features such as Bluetooth wireless, a rear vision camera, or Sirius XM Radio. This trim also includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, remote start, Rear Park Assist, and a Universal Home Remote. The Leather trim, predictably, adds leather-appointed seating and a heated leather steering wheel.


Acura ILX

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Acura ILX a 2017 Top Safety Pick when equipped with optional front crash protection*, and it earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‡.

The AcuraWatch Plus package includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Color Multi-Information Display.

Buick Verano

The 2017 Verano also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, but the model was not fully evaluated by the IIHS, so it failed to receive a Top Safety Pick title. While the Verano did not undergo IIHS tests for small overlap front impact or rear crash protection, it did receive best-possible scores in moderate front overlap impact, side impact, and roof strength.

Features such as a Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert are available on upper trims only.


Acura ILX

Starting at $27,990**

Buick Verano

Starting at $21,065 MSRP


*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 12/08/16 ‡ Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer. 

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