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2013 Acura ILX

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2013 Acura ILX Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the ILX

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.

TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
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.

2013 Acura ILX Details
2013 Acura ILX photo Interior

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
2013 Acura ILX photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

2.0-liter inline-4
150 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
140 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg

2.4-liter inline-4
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

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2013 Acura ILX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 27 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great value

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, features, looks."

Cons: "rougher ride than expected"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Not to brag about it, but this car is great value for the money. No other brands offer so many luxury and safety features at this price. Sunroof, duel clutch transmission, adaptive cruise, lane watch and lane keep, automatic duel climate, LED lights, and more. All comes under $28k at select models. It's a fun to drive, it corners well. Acceleration is decent for the price and 200hp. It can even pick up speed well at 60mph because of it's transmission. It fits 5 people fine as long as you don't drive full car all the time. I would look into TLX if you are thinking to have people in back more often. Only complain I have is somewhat rough ride. I guess it might have something to do with run flat tires. I would like it to be a little bit softer, but I can live with that."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

quite, driving experience is good.

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "sweet ride, vert quick"

Cons: "more interior colors, more rear head room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"much better than the 2013 model we had, could not wait to trade up, new Acura had to up the anti on this one cause competitors where widening the gap anyways Acura needs to make more rear head room, where is the lumbar for the driver, they also need the heads up displays like Mazda has done, also very important people want more interior colors just 2, have to be creative like Volkswagen has done..."

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Best small luxury for the money.

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "value, features, design, sportiness"

Cons: "head room."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'd like to start with the point that this is the best small luxury sedan for the money. No other luxury makers offer so much for the same price. A3, CLA250, 320i all cost almost $30k, and if you add same number of options as ILX has you might be looking at $35k+ New ILX is not slow and Sport mode really bring car to life. It sounds great when you push throttle hard. Transmission is nice and smooth. Driving dynamics is decent. Bluetooth is crystal clear, I was very surprised with microphone quality. Headlights along with day running lights and LED turn signals are beautiful and very bright, no issues at night whats so ever. Rear lights are very stylish too. So far everything works great in this car. The only con is so far head room for tall individuals, you might find it a little bit uncomfortable if you taller than 6', but it's not horrible."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

life Again

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, good on gas, style."

Cons: "Not roomy."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased the 2016 ILX about a week ago. Almost immediately had buyers remorse but that faded very quickly. The car is beautiful, small, and has enough technology to keep you occupied. It's quiet, smooth, and comfortable enough for its size. I'm 6'0 and still feel very comfortable driving this car. I bought the premium package and have yet to discover all the potential this car has. It is definitely an entire step up from the 2015 and before models."

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

only for the young and nimble

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
2/10

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"

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Luxury Commuter Car - Love it!

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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