Acura makes his comeback to the entry-luxury segment with the 2013 ILX sedan after departing in 2006 with the termination of the RSX hatchback. The ILX has the same underpinnings as the Honda Civic just like the RSX and the Integra before it. This isn’t the first luxury car to use the underpinnings of a mass-market cousin. The interiors of the Civic and the ILX are different but the driving dynamics of the Acura seems too similar to the Civic.
The ILX is powered exclusively by the base 2.0-liter engine, which enables the car to get to 60mph in 9.6 seconds. It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It has a faster shift response than Acura's slightly bigger TSX, but with reduced shift shock.
Those who want the ILX to have a better performance should know that it can be fitted with the 201-hp 2.4-liter four-banger from the Civic Si but just with a six-speed stick. Those who have a preference for fuel economy may want the ILX that provides an Acura version of the Civic Hybrid that enables cruising in EV mode between 10 and 45 mph. The ILX Hybrid returns an estimated 39 mpg city/38 highway.
The base ILX 2.0-liter edition has a starting price of $26,795, which includes destination costs. The upgraded 2.4-liter version is priced from $30,095, while the ILX Hybrid is available with a starting price of $29,795. The ILX gets the same suspension setup as the Civic but with a slightly different geometry. These shocks have extra damping so that the ride is smoother.
Furthermore, the steering ratio is faster than the Civic's for a quicker response. The ILX steering shaft has a diameter that’s thicker than the Civic's, diminishing the steering wheel vibrations. The interior fittings, switchgear and materials don’t have anything in common with the Civic. So that road noise in the cabin is reduced, the audio speakers use active noise control.