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Road test: 2013 ILX Hybrid


The new Acura ILX off two of today’s hottest buzzwords in the car Firstly, it’s a “premium” a class automakers are venturing to attract young, urban and one Acura virtually invented its 1997 EL sedan. Secondly, my ILX tester has a gas-electric hybrid — Acura’s first — making it the of vehicle that still a proportionally high amount of compared to the lack of hybrids sold.

So, as a “premium compact (i.e. small package, big car and excellent fuel economy), you think I would be singing the of the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid. But a brief drive last and a more recent full with the car, the sum of the new Acura parts don’t exactly add up.

To recap, the new-this-year ILX is heavily on Honda’s best-selling front-wheel-drive, four-door Civic sedan. But its predecessor — the slow-selling CSX, during its last model sold, 2010, saw sales to just over 2,000 in — the ILX is much more than a with different front and fascias.

Reverting to the classic hood, short rear proportions, Acura designers the Civic’s A-pillar and windshield backwards to get an extra-long hood You also get a cabin that a lot more upscale than the which has come with kit like keyless entry, start and SMS text messaging. other “premium” cars, the ILX comes with optional interiors.

But the ILX’s centre stack still has a lot of buttons to with, and the resolution of the graphics on the screen look more they came from the era than the iPad age.

Base-level $27,790 ILX models with a 150 horsepower 2.0-litre (carried over from the and a five-speed automatic transmission. also a sportier $29,990 ILX which borrows the 201-hp, four and six-speed manual from the $26,190 Civic Si. My ILX came with even ambitious pricing: $34,990.

that’s a good $10,000 than what Honda for its Civic Hybrid, you don’t get any performance with the Acura. use a 1.5L gas engine assisted by an motor, together making 111 hp and 127 of torque. It doesn’t help according to Transport Canada, the hybrid sips more 5.0 L/100 km in the city and 4.8 on the highway, to the Honda’s respective 4.4 and 4.2 ratings.

you do get standard in the ILX Hybrid are goodies — a lot of such as leather seating heated front seats, 365-watt stereo system, rear camera, Acura’s ELS audio system, navigation and Acura calls its Active Cancellation system.

Beyond its exterior sheet and guessed-up interior, the biggest between the Acura compact and the Honda compact sedan is cruising at highway speeds. No the ILX is considerably quieter than a Acura took the Civic’s suspension and added Honda’s “amplitude reactive dampers,” are a two-stage shock absorber two concentric pistons. The softer-valve absorbs sharp impacts, the firmer one becomes engaged big dips or sharp cornering.

over bad pavement, the Acura is a comfortable place to be in than the

Over the Civic, the ILX also a quicker steering ratio and a steering rack. But the electronically steering is still relatively to the touch. And the power, or the lack from Honda’s relatively hybrid system, certainly feel premium.

When pressed, the ILX Hybrid’s motor protests, and the switchover gas and electric modes when the is in play is less refined systems from Ford or And while the CVT in the new 2013 Honda is more natural in its actions, the version on the ILX Hybrid still the stereotypical “rubber band” when you put your foot on the accelerator.

Stuffed with luxury car goodies and features, the new ILX certainly qualifies as a “premium” And hats off to parent Honda for the Acura look decidedly than the mainstream Civic. But ambitious pricing may make sales folks work a harder.

The already frugal and just-as-well-equipped $32,290 ILX Tech is the better

Also not helping the ILX Hybrid’s proposition is new 2013 Volkswagen Turbo Hybrid. I haven’t that car yet, but its spec says the VW hybrid compact offers more interior trunk space, power hp and 184 lb-ft) and better fuel estimates (4.5 L/100 km 4.2 hwy.) than the Acura all within a price range $27,875 and $34,025.

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of vehicle Front-wheel-drive compact

Engine 1.5L SOHC gas engine and electric motor

111 hp, 127 lb-ft of torque

Transmission variable automatic

Brakes disc with ABS


Price: base/as tested

Standard features Air conditioning, control, intelligent keyless system, rear window tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering leather-wrapped shift knob, front seats with power adjustability for the driver, seating, 365-watt surround-sound Bluetooth, USB/iPod integration, camera, navigation, HID headlights, fog dual-tip exhaust, rear

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