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Acura ILX Electric Cars

Compact luxury sedan hybrid and performance options

By Russin

2013 Acura ILX

When Acura launched in the the luxury brand’s first of conquest was existing Honda As Acura’s lineup diversified in the nineties, the Integra appealed to owners looking to move up the ladder but who didn’t want to up Honda’s sporty performance. that model was replaced by the Acura continued to reach enthusiasts with its crisp gearbox, peppy high-revving and nimble handling.

This Acura introduces a new model, the which becomes the brand’s level sedan. As with the expensive TSX, the new compact car to brand enthusiasts as well as customers.

By offering three Acura gives drivers the of prioritizing value, performance or The two-liter automatic model, product planners expect to 75 percent of sales, is priced $25,900, excluding destination The 2.4-liter premium model with a manual gearbox starts at gasoline-electric hybrid is priced $28,900.

By basing the new model on the chassis, the automaker contained costs, enabling Acura to a high level of standard features including keyless power moonroof, Bluetooth Pandora radio, SMS text and 16-inch alloy rims.

There are two option upgrades for the and hybrid models: a premium which adds heated seats, a 360-watt audio rearview camera, 17-inch high-intensity discharge headlamps and fog and a technology package which naviagation with real-time and weather, a 365-watt audio with 15 Gb music storage, and

Buyers who choose the 2.4-liter can purchase the premium package but not Because Acura expects the to have the lowest sales there was no business case for the expensive option.

Tuned for performance

2013 Acura ILX

Engineers sought to give the new ILX characteristics of the sporty TSX, by the car wider and lower than the for a more stable ride. A balancer reduces engine for the 2 and 2.4-liter blocks. The 2.4-liter ILX engine has the same horsepower and two foot-pounds of torque than the TSX block, which is the smaller of two engines for that model.

Acceleration in first and second is more powerful than the but more extended for the remaining gears. The gearbox has higher and sixth gear ratios the six-speed manual for the TSX. The gears increase gas mileage steady-state cruising on the highway, maintaining adequate power for the chassis.

Engineers sought to noise, vibration and harshness in all models by using a thicker system shaft, a more attachment point, and improving the torsional rigidity by 18 percent in and 11 percent in the rear.

They the suspension smoother performance friction-reducing measures, adding springs and amplitude reactive on both axles.

The electric steering system works in with the car’s antilock stability and traction control to the driver from losing control in the corners.

Test in the Superstition wilderness

2013 ILX 2.0L

On a recent media I had the chance to test both the and hybrid models on freeways in east valley, as well as two-lane roads in the Superstition foothills east of town.

I began both test in fully automatic mode; shifted to manual gear to see how it could enhance performance and how it impacted gas mileage.

I give engineers credit for offering the a lot of latitude in deciding how to use the powertrain. both engines shift in fully-automatic mode to stretch gas the driver can keep the engine high by using the paddle Doing so makes a tremendous in acceleration off the line, as well as on steep uphills.

Unlike manual gear select this one holds onto as long as the driver chooses. The will only revert to mode if the driver comes to a stop.

Both cars nimble and well balanced. The offered slightly better off the line due to instant torque the electric motor. Fuel matched EPA estimates while in automatic mode.

When gears manually, I averaged 38 miles-per-gallon: a pretty good considering that the engine was about 2000 higher rpm normal.

Visibility around the perimeter is The car’s low hood enhances the forward view. A convex on the driver’s side mirror visibility, enabling him to see around blind spots and better traffic to the left.

A rearview is not standard on the two-liter ILX. I can understand this as a cost measure, it seems shortsighted federal legislators are pushing to the devices required safety by 2014. A rearview camera offers both wide-angle and views is available as part of the option package for both 2 and ILX models.

Four-wheel disc stop both cars in a linear fashion.

Acura ILX Electric Cars


Acura ILX 2.4L Interior

its compact dimensions, the ILX has a roomy with seating for up to five A standard power moonroof on all brings an abundance of ambient inside on sunny days. customers will appreciate a USB port, Bluetooth interface, radio interface and SMS text are all standard features.

Both Honda and Acura do a job of steering wheel design. The is not too large, and the paddle shifters are I found both front to have enough lower support for moderately long

The low hood line makes it for small drivers to see out the front of the

I found both the gauge and center stack screens to see in bright sunlight. The hybrid cluster includes an information which includes an Eco drive fuel consumption history, flow meter and the driver’s eco

There are plenty of cup and bottle for both rows of passengers, as as a lockable glovebox and center bin with a 12-volt power and auxiliary jack. Both the two and models have enough space to hold a wheelchair. seats fold flat to the cargo floor.

Standard climate control keeps front passengers comfortable.

The battery pack for the hybrid is between the rear seats and area. It reduces the size of the area eliminates the possibility of a

Standard safety

The Acura ILX with front, side and curtain airbags, antilock electronic stability and traction

Acura builds the ILX at its Greensburg, assembly plant.

Likes: A compact luxury sedan is fuel efficient and fun to drive.

Rearview camera is not standard

Make: Acura

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