2013 Acura ILX
With fluctuating fuel prices and a slow to recover economy, luxury brands are quickly bringing out smaller, more fuel efficient models to hold on to customers that might be jumping ship. For Acura, that means an all-new Civic based model, the 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan. Much like the Civic, a host of powertrains will be available, starting with a 150-horsepower 2-liter I4 with 5-speed automatic, a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 with a 6-speed manual, and a 111-horsepower CVT equipped hybrid, the first for the brand.
Exterior styling shares little with the Civic, as the front end is clearly Acura, like it or not, with a somewhat toned down shield treatment in effect. An upsweeping character line arches over the rear wheels and leads to a short rear deck. While, standard wheels are 16-inch alloys with 17’s optional.
Inside, there is little to remind you of the Civic. Materials are a step up and many features such as keyless entry, moon roof, Bluetooth with text messaging, dual-zone automatic climate, and 5-inch LCD info screen are standard. An available Technology Package adds navigation with traffic and weather, while the Premium Package includes leather seating, HID headlights, and a multi-view rear camera. Behind the wheel, it still feels mostly Civic, which is not a bad thing. The suspension is slightly firmer which gives the ILX a more composed ride and there’s better sound insulation.
BRIAN ROBINSON: The Entry-level luxury car segment is about to get really hot with tons of new entries coming and the ILX is sure to be a major player. It’s comfortable, it’s good looking, and you can load it up with options for not much over 30 grand.
Base pricing will fall close to $27,000 when the 2013 Acura ILX goes on sale later this month.
Engine: 2-liter I4
Price: Base price close to $27,000