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2017 Acura ILX review with photos, horsepower, specs

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As Acura's entry-level offering, the ILX is now in its fifth year of production. This compact four-door sedan had an inauspicious start when it originally debuted, not quite living up to the segment or the expectations of its brand.

However, a significant refresh was introduced in 2016 that reinvigorated the ILX with a dose of vitality. It received a more powerful engine, an impressive all-new transmission and a host of safety features. The styling was livened up, too, and numerous other minor enhancements phased in. So while technically the current generation of the Acura ILX is entering the latter stages of its life, it's never been better.

The ILX doesn't escape its foibles entirely. There isn't much to differentiate its cabin from that of a well-equipped Honda, and its touch points don't feel like they're up to snuff for a luxury sedan. Acceleration is tepid unless you like taking the engine to redline, and isolation from road noise could be better. Tech-sa…

2017 Toyota Avalon Prices, Reviews and Pictures

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The Toyota Avalon doesn't beg you to own it or drive it. It puts comfort to the fore: it's comfortable like a pillow-top bed, and no longer rides or handles like one. This year, it's offered as an Avalon XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Limited, or as an Avalon Touring. Avalon Hybrid sedans come in XLE and sporty Touring trims. The big news for 2017, though, is that Toyota has made a suite of safety gear standard, including forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking; adaptive cruise control; automatic high beams; and lane-departure warnings. The main rivals for the Avalon include the Chevy Impala, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and the Ford Taurus. We give the Avalon a very good score of 7.8 out of 10, with big points for its safety and comfort.  Toyota redesigned the Avalon in 2013, and gave it more visual distance from the Camry that shares its running gear. It now has real presence, thanks to a swoopy roofline, flared-out rear fenders, and laid-back rear glass…