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First Drive: 2013 ILX

Acura adds an entry-lux with the new ILX.

It can be a challenge to Acura to those unfamiliar the brand – perhaps the reason why it has under the radar for so many buyers.  The first of the Japanese brands, the Honda division earned a reputation for style and with products such as the Legend flagship and the smaller

To its credit, Acura has finally the errors of its way. And while it has yet to abandon the naming strategy, leaves motorists struggling to the difference between an RL, TL and RLX, it has down the ungainly “beak” Now, more importantly, it is fleshing out a thin line-up, the new “flagship” RLX and, at the other extreme, the 2013 Acura

The new Acura ILX will be offered in configurations, including a hybrid

The new entry model slots the older Acura TSX and is clearly at a new generation of Millennial buyers, officials explaining their of bringing first-time luxury into the brand where, the hopes, they’ll stick migrating ever upwards as grow older.  The new Acura ILX the requisite high-tech features, an updated infotainment system can operate some of the more smartphone apps, such as

But as we headed to Phoenix, recently, we looking to see how the 2013 ILX might when measured on more automotive attributes.

As earlier Acura has finally heeded shrinking the clumsy silver that has been an unpleasantly feature on so many other models. What worried us was a made to during a background meeting, last suggesting that the brand was to tone down its overall to styling.  Quite the opposite is

Though based on the Honda platform the ILX shares none of the car s switches or dials.

Yet, the 2013 Acura ILX is a reasonably product, it is clear that the did, indeed, take a cautious approach – almost the of what we’re seeing a key competitor in the form of the very styled Lexus GS and Toyota remakes.

The ILX is built up from the of the latest Honda Civic – roundly criticized for playing it But while the two cars bear a resemblance, the ILX is anything but a clone of its cousin.  Fittingly, for a luxury Acura designers give the new the appearance of a much longer end, for one thing.

What’s interesting are some of the they used to create look. The A-pillars, for example, pushed back almost 8 even though the base of the receded just 4 inches.  approach necessitates some curves to the ILX front glass.

The ILX Hybrid makes great numbers but the 11.2 second time isn t nearly as impressive.

so many other recent the influence of the wind tunnel is apparent, including the tall deck that keeps the flowing smoothly over the of the ILX body. The side benefit with the tall and seemingly rear shoulders.

The latest took quite a bit of heat for interior details, especially the use of lots of cheesy-looking plastic. Not so the Acura ILX.  While it doesn’t reach the level of of the new RLX – which will likely in at about twice the $26,795 price of the entry-lux sedan – you immediately that you’re in a car.

There isn’t a holdover Civic switch or There is the big knob anchoring the stack that Acura has been using to control its system.  As with everything BMW’s iDrive to Audi’s such controls seem to generate controversy.

  But our own experience suggests the learning for the Acura system is about as as you can get.

The Acura ILX concept was production-ready.

The new ILX is offered in three the high-volume model being by a 2-liter inline-four making 150 and 140 lb-ft of torque.  Disappointingly, sticks with a 5-speed even though a number of brands are migrating to 6-, 7-, even 8- and gearboxes.

For those looking for a ride, there’s a 2.4-liter I-4 201 hp and 170 lb-ft.  It come exclusively a 6-speed manual – the only in the ILX line-up to offer a stick, in

At the other extreme, green-minded might be tempted by the ILX Hybrid, makes use of the latest version of IMA, or Integrated Motor gas-electric driveline.  That Stop/Start, which automatically off the engine rather than gas idling at a light or fast drive-through. Lift your off the brake and the engine automatically back up.

The ILX downplays Acura s controversial grille.

It may boost your to 39 City/38 Highway not an issue to with fuel prices near record levels but at 111 hp and 127 lb-ft, we found the hybrid to be a bit on the side. Honda claims a 11.2 seconds 0 to 60.

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The base performance isn’t exactly but it is a reasonably responsive package will let a buyer keep up traffic and won’t force you to your face when you off the stoplight.  But there’s no question the 2.4-liter engine is the powertrain of choice if you like your fun-to-drive.

As with the basic Acura engineers have and updated the Honda Civic suspension, adding an “amplitude damping” system, another way to say a shock absorber. But it introduces a slick way to handle varying conditions and driver demands the traditional multi-stage shock, that impressed us during through the mountains outside Great at masking harsh bumps it firms up nicely high-speed cornering.

At just cubic feet, the Acura ILX is mid-range in the segment.

On the downside, we found the ILX interior a bit especially on rougher pavement.

positive was our reaction to the electric assist steering, which is a bit than Civic’s, and notably numb than some EPAS systems in the entry-lux segment.

In terms of the functional the seats are comfortable and reasonably the 2013 Acura ILX offering a amount of interior space but 12.4 cubic feet of space – a bit on the low side for the segment.  It minimal storage space in the and center console with an large glovebox.

Acura’s into the entry-lux market sense considering current trends.  Not only does the hope to appeal to those Millennial buyers but also to Boomers who might need smaller as their own kids away.

Of course, the maker the only one reading the tea leaves for trends and there’s plenty of in the segment, including the likes of the BMW the upcoming Audi A3 remake, the new Verano, Mercedes’ planned and the Cadillac ATS coming later year.

And that’s where strategy could run into considering the $26,795 to $35,295 for the 2013 ILX.  It’s at mid-segment, the Verano listing for $3,000 less.  And then the TSX, which a buyer get into for less than more than an ILX.

  The TSX delivers better performance, room and some additional

Nonetheless, we expect the new Acura ILX to a niche in the market, especially if can find the marketing language to to a new generation of buyers.

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Acura ILX Electric Cars
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