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To Honda’s the ILX looks and feels nothing a Civic. Acura’s typical cues have been sharply onto a smaller and the interior look and feel is Acura than Honda. The dynamics, too, are sharper the Civic’s and betray no economy car – as well they shouldn’t in a car that’s priced from and can surpass $35,000.

But it’s to give the car a wholehearted recommendation, because of its powertrain. The 150-horsepower four-cylinder equipped on most is an upgrade over the Civic and is acceptable for an economy car, but lacking in pep and refinement for an entry-luxury A small car doesn’t need to be a silent rocket, but more is at this price point.

is so close to making a big difference, One version of the ILX combines a larger engine with a six-speed transmission, which delivered acceleration that complements the handling. The slick manual further adds to the driving but even the engine would the ILX into a thoroughly impressive

But if you don’t want to shift own gears, you’re out of luck – ILX are sold only with the smaller four-cylinder and as an even (and pricier) gas-electric version. Furthermore, the 2.4-liter ILX offered with such the system and upgraded audio on other ILX versions.

Surprising as it might seem, the ILX sheds most of its Civic With a competitive powertrain, it a premium feel in a compact for buyers who favor luxury and over size for the money. If you a manual transmission and want the particular set of features Acura sell you with the 2.4-liter it carves out a unique niche in the and fills it ably.

Otherwise, it’s hard to excuse an engine at sticker prices $30,000.

Unless you’re out the stripped-down cloth-seat version of the ILX offered with the 2.4-liter you’re not shopping this for its cost savings over larger TSX midsize sedan; the is less than $1,500.

you’re seeking out the sort of responses that you just get from a larger car. The wider, and taller TSX outweighs the ILX by 500 pounds, and does not shed its on the road. The ILX delivers quicker and well-weighted steering.

It could do to challenge a top-tier model a BMW 3-Series on a racetrack, but this does quite well in driving. Drivers are reminded in a sporty car even when aren’t seeking out its limits – a some pricier cars

Well, at least in cornering. In a line, buyers of most ILX will be reminded that 150 is well below the standards at a premium price point. Acura would only be even among ordinary cars. (The hybrid’s 110 horsepower helps explain its sales.)

To be sure, there are cases when the “slow” car in a is so powerful you can’t safely your foot to the floor in But in case you’ve been to the word, know that the ILX is lethargic for a premium vehicle. If you any expectation of zip, you’ll yourself routinely demanding performance, and you won’t be rewarded an engine note that a $32,295 automobile.

Whether it the standard of good enough is shoppers will have to for themselves, but it’s not even in that the engine is far from

Fortunately, this reviewer’s test car was the truly enjoyable 2.4-liter, which is shared the TSX and the sporty Si version of the Civic. it’s still certainly not the car you can buy for around $30,000, the engine’s and sound are far more in line the price. And the precise, short-throw is a far cry from the afterthought manuals in some cars that are almost exclusively with an

But as noted, unlike in the TSX, seeking pep from an automatic – or a full complement of luxury with the manual – are left

The gearing of the manual ILX also the engine running at a high rpm on the A decently sized engine and a transmission should allow for a highway cruise, but the ILX is at 3,000 rpm at 70 per hour, contributing to excess noise and reduced fuel There’s also a fair bit of noise.

With the five-speed transmission, the 2.0-liter ILX is rated for 28 per gallon in mixed driving, to 25 mpg for the six-speed manual 2.4-liter and 38 mpg for the This reviewer observed miles per gallon in mixed from the manual ILX. recommends premium fuel on all

Even for a compact car, the ILX especially roomy. Large might feel cramped in the seats; others might it more comfortably cozy most upscale cars. The are firm and nicely shaped, but include lumbar adjustment.

Chunky roof pillars cut visibility.

The rear seat is low to the and doesn’t offer much clearance. There’s enough leg for adults to fit, just not in comfort. The 12.3-cubic-foot trunk is a bit but it’s conveniently shaped. (It to a puny 10 cubic feet in the ILX

The cabin looks and feels the of a $30,000 sedan – it won’t wow you a particular brilliant detail or a finished feel, as a more luxury car might, but it’s that Acura put care the car’s design. As in most you won’t find a lot of eye-catching wood or aluminum trim; the interiors tend to have designs, though no less quality. Opinions will on whether this is tasteful or merely dull.

One foible appears common among is a large panel gap where the dash starts to meet the console – large enough to fit a finger. The two tested ILXs black leather interiors, allow the gap to largely disappear in but it’s more obvious a lighter color. The edges of the two are nicely finished – there’s a large ragged edge – but a fit would be appreciated at this point.

Controls are easy to use, but the climate and audio buttons and are at a distance from their display screens. The attractive are crisp and clear, but the small-diameter goes to 160 miles per hour, a relatively small space for the range.

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With a widely available engine, the ILX could fill a niche as an affordable premium sedan, slotting above versions of the Ford Focus and Jetta but below pricier like the once-entry-level BMW 3-Series now easily pass $40,000 a few options, or $50,000 with a few

But that engine isn’t available, and the 2.0-liter and hybrid are a tougher sell. An ILX customer has to be to give up roominess in search of agility, and most are being asked to sacrifice engine and refinement.

For a nice interior and features in a compact car, but much sportiness, the Buick is the ILX’s closest competitor. And if a size isn’t a virtue for there are many nicely and nicely equipped midsize at this Acura’s price

The ILX is certainly better than it have been, and worth a look from someone who nice, small cars – if you’d be shopping the six-speed version. But don’t be surprised if the proves to be a deal-breaker.

Estimated transaction prices as $28,067, $30,103

Key specifications: 179.1 inches

Width: inches

Height: 55.6

Wheelbase: 105.1 inches


2,978 pounds

Trunk 12.3 cubic feet

circle: 36.2 feet

(as tested): 2.4-liter four-cylinder 201 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder 150 horsepower

Acura ILX Electric Cars
Acura ILX Electric Cars
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