2013 Acura ILX review and test drive

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Acura’s overpriced underachiever

product line has gotten a bit these past couple of but now they are introducing a compact called the ILX, which like a good idea the way gas prices are skyrocketing. Is the ILX the car that get Acura back on track? on.

First Glance: Acura to return to its roots. and gets

Acura has always done with small cars. there was the Integra, a sporty, car that helped established the in America, and later became a favorite among Honda fans. (Acura is a division of Then there was the RSX coupe. not a luxury car, perhaps, but looking, fun to drive, and likeable.

In their effort to attract more affluent buyers, seems to have lost way, and I know I wasn’t the person looking forward to the new ILX. I was hoping that a new sedan would help get back to its roots.

It hasn’t.

we delve into the details, give you the short version: The ILX is an car, but you’d have to be a Acura fan to pay the kind of price Acura is asking.

The ILX looks from some angles, from others, and forgettable all of them. Under the sheetmetal, the ILX many of the Honda Civic mechanical bits, although it is a car and not just a gussied-up Civic. too bad — if Acura had simply some new badges and a revamped onto a Civic, instead of so many costly changes, they could have the ILX a bit more reasonably.

Dash is well built and not as as other Acura vehicles

Aaron Gold

In the Driver’s Signs of improvement

Of all the things I about the ILX, the interior is the one I least. I’ve been about Acura’s overly-complex layouts for years, but the ILX’s stack (link goes to shows a remarkable level of There’s the usual dial/joystick but the number of buttons surrounding it can be counted on the driver and front fingers and toes (provided aren’t missing any). of the ILX’s secondary systems can be run the dial controller, but there are climate controls grouped below and stereo buttons above, just beneath the 1980s-era LED display.

Like most Acuras, the that make up the dashboard are even if the design doesn’t my idea of luxury.

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But it all goes a bit from there. The back isn’t particularly roomy, the is just meh with a small and a 12.3 cubic foot while hybrid models are meager at 9.4 cubic feet. ILXs get an el-cheapo single-piece rear seat. and the hybrid’s seat doesn’t fold at all.

On the Road: Slow, you can drive a stick

Acura offers three choices for the ILX. First is a 150 two-liter four-cylinder. basically an version of the Civic’s 1.8 with a balancer for smoother running and a automatic transmission. EPA fuel estimates are 24 MPG city and 35 MPG highway. a hybrid version (Acura’s with the Civic Hybrid 1.5 liter powertrain reprogrammed to stronger acceleration (a term I use in the context of the ILX; we’ll get to in a sec).

EPA estimates are 39 MPG city and 38 MPG Finally, the ILX offers a hot-rod 2.4 engine, a 201 horsepower unit from the Civic Si .

How do they all Not terribly well, I’m The 2.0 is pokey and the hybrid is mind-numbingly

The 2.4 liter engine is fantastic sharp, aggressive, and quick but it can only be had with a 6-speed Without an automatic transmission, useless for 90% of the American car-buying

Once I got the ILX up to speed — and in the of the 2.0 and hybrid models, that a while — I did find a of that sharp, nimble, and feeling that sets and Acuras apart from cars. The ride is quiet (by standards at least) and the steering more feedback than electrically-assisted systems. But with its ol’ front-wheel-drive setup, the ILX deliver the same handling that is the saving grace of older brothers, the TSX and the TL.

And that’s what really the ILX apart from its forebears, the and the RSX — it’s almost to get excited about driving it.

Acura ILX Electric Cars
Acura ILX Electric Cars
Acura ILX Electric Cars
Acura ILX Electric Cars
Acura ILX Electric Cars


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