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Acura ILX

Acura’s newest entry-level hope.

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There isn’t a single automotive luxury brand today that isn’t looking to capture the hearts and minds of a younger generation of buyers. Acura hopes its 2013 ILX resonates with that demographic. On sale since spring 2012, the ILX shares its underpinnings with the Honda Civic, but it’s hard to call it a badge-engineered product. Every inch of sheetmetal is unique to the Acura, as is the cabin, which is awash in premium materials. In spite of the shared Civic underpinnings, the ILX drives rather differently than its Honda brethren. Dual-rate dampers and unique rear suspension geometry help improve ride quality over rough surfaces. Body roll is kept in check, and the car is surprisingly neutral when pushed hard into corners. The base model bundles a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic transmission. Those seeking more pep can opt for a 2.4-liter four, which is only available with a six-speed manual. Fuel-conscious buyers can also opt for the 111-hp Hybrid model, although its sedate acceleration will hardly set any pulses racing. Standard equipment on all ILX models includes keyless entry and ignition, a power moonroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a Pandora Internet radio interface. The optional Technology Package adds ELS surround sound and navigation, but it’s not available on the 2.4-liter model.

COMPETITORS

Audi A3

Buick Verano

Cadillac ATS

Lexus CT200h

new for 2013

The ILX is a new addition to the Acura model line, one priced and sized to attract young buyers to the brand for the first time.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; electronic brake distribution; brake assist functions; and a tire pressure monitor are standard.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 22–39

HWY 31–38 (est.)

PRO

Not just badge engineering

Surprisingly balanced chassis

Acura’s first hybrid model

CON

Nearly costs TSX money

Limited options on 2.4-liter model

Hybrid feels anemic under hard acceleration

Base Price Range: $26,795–$35,295

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: 2.0L, 2.4L, Hybrid

BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 1.5L I-4/electric hybrid, 111 hp, 127 lb-ft

2.0L I-4, 150 hp, 140 lb-ft

2.4L I-4, 201 hp, 170 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, continuously variable

PASSENGER VOLUME: 89.3 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: 10.0–12.4 cu ft

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