The ILX is a new addition to the Acura model line, one priced and sized to attract young buyers to the brand for the first time.
There isn’t a single automotive luxury brand today that isn’t looking to capture the hearts and minds of a younger generation of buyers. Acura hopes its 2013 ILX resonates with that demographic. On sale since spring 2012, the ILX shares its underpinnings with the Honda Civic, but it’s hard to call it a badge-engineered product. Every inch of sheetmetal is unique to the Acura, as is the cabin, which is awash in premium materials. In spite of the shared Civic underpinnings, the ILX drives rather differently than its Honda brethren. Dual-rate dampers and unique rear suspension geometry help improve ride quality over rough surfaces. Body roll is kept in check, and the car is surprisingly neutral when pushed hard into corners. The base model bundles a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic transmission. Those seeking more pep can opt for a 2.4-liter four, which is only available with a six-speed manual. Fuel-conscious buyers can also opt for the 111-hp Hybrid model, although its sedate acceleration will hardly set any pulses racing. Standard equipment on all ILX models includes keyless entry and ignition, a power moonroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a Pandora Internet radio interface. The optional Technology Package adds ELS surround sound and navigation, but it’s not available on the 2.4-liter model.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; electronic brake distribution; brake assist functions; and a tire pressure monitor are standard.
- Not just badge engineering
- Surprisingly balanced chassis
- Acura’s first hybrid model
You won't like:
- Nearly costs TSX money
- Limited options on 2.4-liter model
- Hybrid feels anemic under hard acceleration
Key Competitors For The 2013 Acura ILX
- Audi A3
- Buick Verano
- Cadillac ATS
- Lexus CT200h
Acura’s newest entry-level hope.