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In a step back its roots, Acura, Honda’s division, is once again a less-is-more entry level compact car. Slotted the TSX, the 2013 Acura ILX is reminiscent of the 1986-2001 Integra, but with more luxury.

like the Integra before it, the ILX its platform with the latest Honda Civic. However, dismiss the ILX as just a dressed up with an Acura nameplate; are noteworthy engineering changes and refinements.

Non-hybrid models are in four trim levels and two ILX trim levels are available. six possible iterations are made up of Premium, Technology trim

More specifically, the base ILX is equipped with a 150-horsepower four-cylinder engine and five-speed transmission and starts at $25,900. For of wahoos, the ILX Premium non-hybrid is by a 2.4-liter, 201 horsepower four to a close-ratio six speed manual and is priced at $29,200. Alternately a automatic transmission version of 2.4-liter Premium trim is available for the same price.

And as a 2.4-liter option, the non hybrid ILX is with a Technology package, auto, and MSRP of $31,400.

The version is the ILX Hybrid, Acura’s ever hybrid offering. is ironic considering Honda was the carmaker to introduce a hybrid, the Insight in 2000. Borrowing the system from the Civic the ILX Hybrid has a base price of add the Technology Package and the price to $34,400.

Honda’s IMA Hybrid

The 2013 ILX Hybrid employs fifth generation hybrid system that the automaker Integrated Motor Assist It’s a descriptive name in an ultra-thin, 17.2-kilowatt brushless motor/generator is “integrated” between the and transmission and only “assists” the engine during acceleration, saves gas. This to other hybrid systems the electric motor can assist the gas plus, propel the vehicle on power alone.

In certain instances, the ILX Hybrid does cut off fuel and the car operates on electric power only, but the parts still move.

other hybrid vehicles, the ILX has an operation, which shuts off the when the car comes to a stop, and fires up again when the pedal is released.

When the car is or brakes are applied, the motor as a generator and charges the 20-kilowtt battery pack located in the

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline features Honda’s i-VTEC and exhaust valve control The engine produces 90 horsepower and 97 of torque. Powered by the lithium-ion the electric motor makes 23 and 78 pounds-feet of torque for a combined output of 111 horsepower and 127 pounds-feet.

the IMA system is a continuously variable (CVT) that directs to the front wheels. The CVT consists of a pulley and driven pulley are linked by a steel belt, and somewhat like a 10-speed It combines the fuel economy of a ratio manual transmission, the of a low-gear manual and the stepless of a conventional geared automatic

Unlike the Civic, the ILX Hybrid has shifters on the steering wheel, lets the driver manually seven fixed shift for the CVT. Manual shifting can be in either the Drive mode – for most driving situations, or mode – for more performance-oriented For maximum fuel economy, an mode provides increased assistance.

Surprising, and puzzling, the ILX Hybrid’s economy rating is 39 mpg city/38 and 38 combined while the Civic bests those numbers 44/44/44. The ILX does weight 100 pounds more than the but we’ve not learned what for the discrepancy.

Styling, Cabin and

Styling won’t have you to the closest Acura dealer; the ILX is quite handsome, albeit a tad Kudos to the designer who toned Acura’s current overly nefarious chrome grille certainly grabs attention, but for the reasons. The new face has a slender of the grille that is accented thin, tapered lower air and gets attention for the right – it’s good design.

hood creases, pronounced character lines and shapely wheel arches project a appearance that quietly luxury. There is little to the Hybrid from the other two just a small rear lid spoiler and the now obligatory discrete badges.

The ILX cabin coddles its in typical Acura fashion. means comfortable and well The dash design follows the TL sedan’s curved shapes give the interior a well-crafted of understated luxury. White on conventional gauges are well and easily readable.

For a quick at the myriad infotainment features, a info screen is placed the center stack.

Front are supportive in the right places and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel it easy to find a comfortable position. The rest of the ergonomics are the switches and controls are high and everything is assembled perfectly.

is compact car so, two rear seat have adequate room, but nix a person. And, since a hybrid, the battery robs cargo room, reducing it to 10 feet versus 12.3 for its siblings.

Following Acura’s tradition, the ILX Hybrid is very well keyless access with ignition, heated exterior speed sensing wipers, steering wheel and shift and of course, power windows and mirrors as well as cruise There’s no need to upgrade to the package for features like a USB port and voice text because they are standard.

doesn’t offer a list of rather the company bundles into packages. The $5,100 Package is the only upgrade for the Hybrid model. It includes a system with voice AcuraLink communication system, seating, driver’s eight-way seat, heated front Xenon HID headlights and rearview

For music aficionados with commutes, the ELB surround sound is excellent therapy.

On The Road

the Honda Civic’s ride and reputation of being among the best in class, engineers had a leg up in the chassis to conform with tradition of overall driving fun a refined feel in ride and Acura reworked the multi-link suspension’s geometry, revised and added dampers with valving at all four corners. The ILX has a quicker steering ratio for a steering response and body rigidity is increased for added during cornering.

The upgraded tuning and more rigid provides a refined ride while delivering agile and handling. Steering is nicely and executes sharp cornering in an manner.

When accelerating from a stop or merging fast moving traffic, the ILX exhibit much gusto. can remedied by using the paddle – hold after downshifting two or gear settings and acceleration In ordinary driving conditions, the powertrain absolves itself enough and the car becomes a solid on the highway.

Around town the Hybrid has a fairly well damped and it’s easy-to-drive and easy-to-park. The ride is firm, controlled and not harsh. Bumps and those expansion joints have a impact.

One thing that the Acura apart from the that lets you know it is in the luxury class is the quiet This is accomplished by the use of laminated and the audio system’s noise feature.

But, there is one Acura didn’t overcome. the gas engine restarts after down temporarily at stops, the car as it gets up to speed, just the Civic Hybrid and that’s a demerit.

Hybrid cars are all fuel economy and the ILX, most cars, gas-only or hybrid, can deliver fuel results that are better the EPA numbers if driven properly, and I mean hypermiling techniques.

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Our during a week with the ILX racked up 379 miles, 187 miles on the balance was mixed in town and highway miles. Results? Our fuel economy was 41 mpg, mpg more than the EPA’s

ILX Hybrid in the Marketplace

Acura the target customers for the new ILX are the younger of Generation X and members of Generation Y – 20- and 30-somethings moving into the car ranks but looking for high-value in their purchases. The automaker is on this group of buyers to longtime Acura customers.

The ILX only direct hybrid is the Lexus CT 200h. It’s $220 more than the and its 43-city/40 highway fuel bests the ILX. However, will soon be dropping the from the lineup, leaving the ILX as the expensive luxury hybrid.

Acura considers Audi’s A3 a even though it is not a hybrid. the A$ TDI diesel offers excellent economy – 30 city and 42 highway – and has a price of $30,250, $1,350 than the ILX.

The ILX fills a gap in lineup that has been for some time and opens for new buyers wanting to step up to a car without a premium price. The bonus is there’s a premium without a premium price.

are Manufacturer Suggested Retail (MSRP) at time of publication and do not destination charges, taxes or

Dilemma: Green Driving or Driving?

At HybridCars.com we’re hybrid cars and, as our says, Auto Alternatives for the Century—mostly. We are also driving and when the opportunity presents we never say no to test driving a car dishes out lots of Wahoos!

what we did with Acura’s new ILX compact sedan. After a with the ILX Hybrid, we swapped it for the ILX of it as a more refined and luxurious Civic Si that costs $300 more than the

2.4-liter ILX (non-hybrid).

The ILX Premium is available with a close-ratio manual transmission. The tight and high rpm characteristics of the 201 horsepower engine work superlatively this gearbox.

Underway, the cruises at highway speed minimal effort. Put your down on the drive-by-wire throttle, and 60 in a quick 6.7 seconds from Throttle response is crisp and

This four cylinder power with the strength and of a six.

The overall balance is to rear-wheel drive cars. quite nimble, with a touch of front push on Press it hard and the tail out in a smooth, predictable manner.

You can drive this car with steering wheel and throttle.

with the LXI on curvy two lane country roads elicited a at every turn. But the reality is, of the time— like everyone drove the car in everyday traffic on a of road surfaces. The suspension no sweat to patchy roads. It the worst of them with no or tipping or jolting.

The suspension’s of firm for the curves and comfortable on the is exceptional.

After collecting our we became serious about economy. Just what of gas mileage could be wrung out of little pocket rocket?

We 251 miles on the trip odometer, 57 of we weren’t thinking about economy. The balance of the miles dedicated to sensible driving: no rabbit stops, lifting off the go long before coming to a and a lot of short shifting—1st to 3rd, 3rd to We always kept pace the flow of traffic, including short stints on the freeways.

we topped up with gas, the miles driven by the number the results were 29.4 Certainly not close to the 41 mpg the Hybrid the week before, but it was a decent 4.4 mpg over the EPA’s estimated 25

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