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December 18, 2012

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Either s very little demand for luxury cars, or Acura something that the vast of of its upscale competitors don t. The 2013 ILX is the in a line of Honda Civic–based that began nearly 30 ago, with the Integra. makes it a rarity is that it s one of few “premium” cars with a price of less than

The ILX also becomes Acura s hybrid model, which a long time coming, that Honda s hybrid began with its original Insight. Acura has waited a time to add a hybrid to its lineup – too a wait for a luxury car that the same underwhelming powertrain as the Hybrid. It pairs an efficient gas with an electric motor, but the can t run independently of the former, and with a net output of 111 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of the ILX Hybrid is anything but quick.

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The ILX Hybrid s lazy acceleration (to be it s not that much slower the Lexus CT 200h) isn t the real here. This car s true is its disappointing continuously variable (CVT), which feels it s connected to the engine via rubber The CT 200h may not be fast either, but at its Prius-based powertrain is a smooth and can run on electricity alone. Like any the ILX shuts its engine off when the car is but it starts up automatically when the pedal is released.

This gets annoying in driving, where you start to it would just keep never mind the consequences for economy.

Again, in fairness, Honda s system allows for some operation, but only under specific circumstances. It also t provide any obvious indication it s doing so, unless you happen to the zero reading on the instant consumption display.

What the ILX Hybrid s poor straight-line so disappointing is that this car is a bit of fun to drive if you ve got the opportunity, inclination, and a road in front of you. A but comfortable suspension and decent feel both contribute to entertainment, but the rock-hard brake detracts from the fun factor, and the braking function makes the hard to modulate for smooth

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