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.
In addition to having the standard features expected from Acura models, the ILX will come in multiple trim levels which include the Technology Package and Premium Package. There are a number safety features equipped like the brand’s very own Advanced Compatibility Engineering, or ACE, body structure. Included as well are the airbags on the front, the side, and the side-curtain.
It has the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the 4-channel anti-lock brakes. With all of these, the brand hopes that the ILX will be able to get top marks in crash safety ratings not only from the IIHS but also the NHTSA. This has yet to be tested though. Going back to the trim level, one of these is the Premium Package which is offered as an option and is available for $3,300.
This is not offered though for the ILX Hybrid model. Under this trim level, the seating surfaces are in leather with the front seats having a heating function. Power driver’s seat is included with the stereo system upgraded to 360 watts and connected to the XM radio. On the outside, there are the fog lights, HID headlights, and the aluminum 17-inch wheels.
Additional features include the multi-view rearview camera and by having the Active Sound Cancellation system, it ensures that the cabin is that quieter. Using the Premium Package, Acura is offering as well the Technology Package which includes the ELS Surround audio system the brand is known for.
There is also a host of significant technologies inside like the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting. Then there is the AcuraLink Real-Time Weather that comes with the radar image maps and finally, the HomeLink.
The navigation system in particular utilizes a 60-GB hard disk drive where 15 gigabytes of this storage can be set aside to store music. This package is offered under the 2.0-liter ILX for $2,200. It is also available for the ILX Hybrid for a price of $5,500. It has all the features on the Premium Package with the exception of the 17-inch wheels in aluminum.