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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1
The 2013 Acura ILX sedan has set its sights on tapping into a 4-door luxury-leaning market that sits just below, in price and size, the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 audience. Acura has its entry-level-luxury bets covered with three models – sedate, sporty and hybrid – each with its own style.
For the time being, the 2013 Acura ILX has a lock on this little-lux sedan niche, so if you gotta get a diminutive, fine-finished 4-door today, look no further.
If you think that for a new car to carry a strong whiff of luxury, it needs to have some stretch-out room and standard leather, the ILX is not your first choice. You'll have to go up a size or wait a year for the 2014 Audi A3 sedan or the rumored 2014 BMW 1 Series sedan.
All-new to Acura, but based on the new-for-2012 Honda Civic architecture, the 2013 ILX sedan isn't full-court luxury, but it's nicer than a really nice Civic.
Driving Impressions It would be easy to say that the ILX drives just like a Civic, but truth be told, it doesn't. Although the ILX is small and light like a Civic,...its interior layout looks far more sophisticated and the cabin is beefed up to drown out the outside noise, which makes for an overall more pleasant driving experience. The steering effort is light and the ride varies from comfortable to firm depending upon the model. We had the chance to sample all three powertrains the ILX has to offer and came away impressed with all them, each in its own way. The base 2.0-liter engine has plenty of power for the everyday drive, although getting up steep hills proved a little challenging. BMW 3 Series, this is not. The hybrid powertrain, while slower than the 2.0, easily netted us a constant 38 mpg in mixed driving conditions. The high-revving 2.4-liter puts a legit sporting face on the ILX.
2.4-LITER, i-VTEC ENGINE
Taken straight out of the Honda Civic Si, the high-revving 2.4-liter engine offered in the ILX adds a wild side to the car and is enough to awaken anyone's inner boy racer.
The Technology Package is offered in all of Acura's models and we would definitely opt for it in the ILX. We like the sweet sounds of the Acura ELS 10-speaker audio system, as well as the intuitive navigation system with AcuraLink Realtime traffic and weather.
The 2013 ILX interior is roomy in front, claustrophobic in the rear, and well equipped throughout. Comfort and convenience items like keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and a power tilt/slide moonroof are standard, as is modern magic like Bluetooth capability, an iPhone-compatible USB port, text messaging and Pandora radio.Exterior
We define the Acura ILX's exterior as "subtly elegant." So much so that one could forgive the signature Acura shield-style grille that can be off-putting on other models. But in comparison to other cars in the segment like the Buick Verano or the CT 200h, the ILX treats viewers to a contemporary look, forgoing an overly staid or overtly futuristic approach.
The 2013 Acura ILX comes with a healthy list of standard features. Some of the more notable ones include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, Bluetooth and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, and a 6-speaker audio system with a USB/iPod interface, and Pandora integration. Cloth seating surfaces are standard, as are 16-inch wheels.
Two major packages dominate the ILX options roster. For the comfort lover, Premium Package highlights include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable seat for the driver, heated front seats, plus a hotted-up 7-speaker sound system and rearview camera. The Technology Package includes the upgraded audio, navigation and voice recognition, and AcuraLink's satellite communications menu which features Real-Time Traffic, traffic rerouting and weather.
The three distinct ILX personalities referred to earlier shake out thus:
ILX 2.0L – 150 horsepower with a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission.
ILX 2.4L – 201 horsepower pulling strong through a 6-speed manual transmission.
ILX 1.5L Hybrid – 39 miles per gallon in the city, 38 mpg on the highway.
150 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
140 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg
201 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg
1.5-liter inline-4 + electric motor
111 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
127 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 39/38 mpg
By db on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"If you are 5'10 200lbs you will find it uncomfortable getting in and out. Also the hand break handle nubs your right leg. The operating manual is a bird's nest of instructions"
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By kittycatjunkie on Sunday, February 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Luxury design, Tech Package, Great Price"
Cons: "No memory seats, Only driver seat is electric"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my 5th Acura and I will drive any of them. My lease was up for my MDX and I decided to go with the ILX (w/Tech Pkg) because I have a longer commute now. I have driven the ILX as a loaner car a few times and it's hard to believe this is a little 4-banger. It's not going to ride smooth like the higher end Acuras, but I feel very comfortable in it. This car has some pep and it takes corners well. The interior has a luxury look and the exterior has great lines. And it takes regular gas!! If you are looking for a commuter car that looks expensive and drives great, definitely consider the ILX."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Acura Tom on Saturday, February 07, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive and great gas mileage"
Cons: "not as much power as the other Acuras"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This ILX Hybrid is the 5th Acura I have owned. All purchased from the same dealership. This car is one of the most fun to drive although it doesn't have near the power or acceleration as the others I have owned. Fun to drive and very easy to park. Forty miles to a gallon on the highway isn't too bad either. I just hope that Acura comes out with another hybrid next year so we can trade in our other Acura and buy one for my wife."
10 people out of 24 found this review helpful
By menards15 on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "great interior, fun tech features, sleek exterior"
Cons: "kinda slow, need snow tires, expensive parts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great car for those who want something that looks more sophisticated than a Honda Civic or Mazda 3. The exterior of the car is seamless and is more appealing to me than the previous mentioned. It just looks more expensive. The alloy wheels are nice feature that increases its appeal. I love the interior the most. The steering wheel is comfortable, the controls are all within my arm's length and the heated leather seats are a must in the winter. Not much leg room in the back seat but I have sat back there and I am 5'4" and had plenty of room if the front seat wasn't all the way back. The audio display screen looks very similar to the Civic and seems slightly outdated to me. I didn't like the look of the navigation so I didn't waste the extra money upgrading to the Tech Package. Using the HandsFreeLink and Bluetooth capabilities are easy to use. The back-up camera actually is helpful for parallel parking. I never need to dig around for my keys because of the keyless ignition and entry. Even works for the trunk! Easier to push a button than dig around for keys with your hands full of groceries. I really wish the engine was more powerful. I only have a 2.0L automatic and it's pretty pathetic with it's 150 horsepower. Not very quick in the lower gears but it's ok when trying to pass someone if you're going over 55mph. My brother's 201 horsepower Civic Si leaves me in the dust:( The car is bigger and heavier than the Civic Si and if you are set on better performance, I would suggest at least the 2.4L or sticking with the Civic Si. I heard a rumor the 2016 ILX base model was going to have more horsepower so maybe wait or purchase the 2016 model. I don't really get the point of the paddle shifters in this car. It's not fast and if you don't shift into the right gear, it will shift for you eventually. I never use them and they seem lame compared to an actual floor shifter. The car is not that great in the snow. I don't have snow tires on but my '97 Civic was easier to maneuver through the snow and this was slightly disappointing to me. Beware that parts and repairs will be more expensive. I have had my car for 8 months and I think I am a magnet for careless people. I had dents in my right fender from car doors slamming into my car 3 months in. Some spots have chips in the paint. All minor cosmetics, but someone just recently side swiped the right fender creasing it along with graciously providing large scuffs down to the primer. My right fender needs to be replaced and I am not looking forward to the cost of that. At least it is all on one body panel:) I feel like gas mileage is comparable to the Civic and I put premium gas in mine. If you can, rotate your own tires and change your own oil unless you want to spend $80. When I bought this car, I was deciding between the ILX, Honda Civic, Mazda 6, and Hyundai Elantra. I would still pick the ILX over these any day."
8 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By sgn on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I don't own this caroverall rating 6 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Offered as either a cargo van or as a passenger wagon, all models are powered by a 178-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic driving the front wheels."
16 people out of 37 found this review helpful
By Frank D. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great looking and easy to park"
Cons: "Road noise and lack of power are irritating!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Just made 10,000mi with my 2013 ILX - 5 Speed w/Tech. pckg.- I love the look and size of this car. I have Crimson Garnet with the beige interior so it is very good looking. Only disappoints are road noise and lack of power upon accerating. I wish the 200HP engine was available with the automatic. Sometimes I think I should have gotten the manual, but then you can't get the tech. pckg. - Also, I think they added more noise insulation in 2014 and that would be a help. I believe the next time this car is changed the engine will be larger."
36 people out of 54 found this review helpful