First Impression: Zipping around Palm Springs in the 2019 Acura ILX

Two weeks ago, thirty female bloggers and journalists gathered at the Aloft Hotel in El Segundo, less than a mile from LAX Airport. We were there to meet for the inaugural A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference. In the parking lot eight different cars of varying makes and models awaited us to explore the drive from LA to Greater Palm Springs, the location for our two and a half day conference.

The mission of A Girls Guide to Cars is to empower women to be smarter, happier car owners, and that’s something I can support, especially since women buy or influence the purchase of 85% of cars.

While at the conference, we had the opportunity to drive the cars in groups to lunch, to scenic spots around Greater Palm Springs, and to and from Los Angeles.

On the last morning of the conference, I hopped in the Acura ILX with Dana (of Sweet Shoppe Mom and Cocktails and Cactus) and Dani (of Big Family Minimalist) for a quick bite for lunch and to cruise around and enjoy the local scenery.

Acura ILX driven at the A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference photo by Kiera Reilly

Front view of the sporty Acura ILX

This small, sporty car comfortably fit three women, and would be perfect for quick trips around town. While I am not normally a fan of red leather interiors, the red interior on this car grew on me – paired with the white exterior, the red really pops.

Here’s a close-up of the interior from the passenger side of the car.

Acura ILX passenger and center console for the A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

Passenger side of the Acura ILX showing the center console

Looking for a quick bite to eat, we found IW Coffee coffee a short drive away. After lunch we decided to drive around town, and given our short time-frame, decided to cruise along El Paseo, a popular shopping district/street in Palm Desert. The Acura ILX was perfect for zipping around and parking, making it a perfect option for running errands, joining friends for lunch, or commuting to work. This small but sporty car is boasts a luxurious interior, so it’s luxury in a small but mighty package.

Acura ILX parked at IW Coffee in Indian Wells for A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

The Acura ILX parked across from IW Coffee

Acura ILX fits into small parking spaces for A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference

Small to fit into cramped parking spaces at shopping centers.

Dani cruising El Paseo in the Acura ILX.

Our time with the Acura was short, but my first impression was a good one. Since I drive a compact-sized car at home, this would be the perfect entry for me into the Acura line-up. I’m not looking for a big SUV, but I want something that has a bit of zip, and a luxurious feel, and on first glance the Acura ILX seems to fit the bill.

Kiera Reilly with Acura ILX for A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

Me and the Acura ILX

Would it be a visit to Greater Palm Springs without a picture of any palms?

Visit greater Palm Springs hosted us for A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

Palm trees in Palm Springs

The Acura ILX is described by Acura as being, “Savvy, sporty, and bold, it’s the ride for your life.” With a starting price of $25,900, this premium sports sedan an affordable luxury. Learn more on the Acura website.

Disclosure: I was a guest of A Girls’ Guide to Cars and Visit Greater Palm Springs for this trip in exchange for my honest opinion of my experience. All the opinions here are my own.

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2019 Acura ILX premium sports sedan - perfect for zipping around Palm Springs with A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference

The 2019 Acura ILX premium sports sedan

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