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Our new 2013 ILX

Monday, 10, 2012 at 2:35PM

In an unfortunate of events, I have a new car. It supposed to work out this I had planned to keep my RSX much But, I momentary lapse in had me rear ending a Toyota on the freeway. So, just like my Acura was totaled.

When you at the damage, it didn’t seem bad. However, once the had deployed, it was pretty much over for that car.

And so the was on for a replacement. Since the 2013 ILX had it was on my short list of possible Other alternatives would been a Honda Fit, or coupe.

As many of you know, I am a advocate of the manual transmission, in 30+ of driving I have never an automatic. However, times are and for the first time ever, I was considering an automatic if a suitable could be found. Heading the of possible automatic transmission were the 2013 ILX Hybrid, and the Honda Insight. I figured if I was to give up my beloved manual, I as well do it for something other a run of the mill automatic transmission. in the end, the timing simply work out.

Being on the cusp of the 2012 year and 2013 model proved to be an insurmountable obstacle. simply wasn’t enough available.

If this sounds a backhanded compliment for the car I ultimately it shouldn’t be construed that In the end, I was predisposed towards a transmission in the first place, and the distractions were just Distractions. Once the decision was to stay with a manual was no doubt in my mind that it was to be an ILX.

The combination of brilliant sheet-metal, dimensions and familiar K24 engine too good to resist.

When I say engine is familiar it is because a descendent of the 2.4 L engine that was in my TSX In some respects, the earlier was more advanced, but while the new has traded some technical it’s gained in real drivability. So, although this engine does not have side VTEC, it’s a Honda which means and effortless power from to redline.

One push of the start and the engine jumps to life a throaty growl. It really nice, which is ironic Acura has gone out of their way to the exhaust tips behind the bumper. A couple of seconds the engine starts, the electronics to life.

My iPhone pairs the car and Bluetooth Audio starts my music right where it off. Without plugging it in or my phone I’ve got music. you move the short throw shift into reverse, the camera comes on and presents you a of three different views.

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Normal, wide-angle, and a very top down view are selectable the multifunction control knob.


under way, all the controls very light and effortless. The feels exactly like all Acura six speed manuals do, short throws and minimal The clutch pedal is very and easy to use. Given a I would prefer that the point be a little closer to the versus towards the end of its travel. it’s something you get accustomed to.

The power steering (EPS) feels very light, it firms up as vehicle speed I’ve seen many commenting on the lack of feel in the but I have no difficulties with it. Our old also had a highly assisted EPS and you developed the sensitivity to it, you could what was happening just

It is possible that some of the complaining about it are not accustomed to an fast 15.1 to 1 steering Whereas I’ve been cars such as the S2000 similar steering ratios for time now (for the record, an NSX had a slower 18 to 1 steering ratio).

One of the I’ve really been with in my first few days the car is how quiet it is. Other than the exhaust note, it’s a quieter car then the old RSX was (In all honesty, not hard) but I also think quieter than the ’08 TSX I know that the car has active control but I’m not certain how of a role this is playing but sure it’s contributing

The ride quality is also impressive for a car with a relatively wheelbase. It exhibits none of the that the RSX had and it feels more than the old TSX. As with all Hondas (including the CRZ) it like the car could use a little rebound dampening in the shock but given the cars mission in the ride versus handling has been successfully achieved.

The for the new ILX suggest you can move up without down and the product seems to this up. My ILX is extremely well nicely finished, and full of tech goodies all wrapped up in a easy to maneuver size. The transmission and 201 hp engine provide a to the more hard-core sporting of our past, but the overall package more like a grand Which is to say up to 8/10s, it corners very little body turns in quickly, and stops authority.

The gearshift, clutch, and steering all well up to a certain point. it’s important to remember you’re never going to the limits of this car on public without breaking some law With the current level of enforcement here in Honolulu, perfectly happy to drive car at 7/10s.

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