2013 Acura ILX priced from $26,795! ILX Hybrid starts at $30,095!

Article by Christian A., on April 23, 2012

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.

Press Release

Acura Announces $25,900 Starting Price for 2013 ILX

The all-new 2013 Acura ILX will go on sale at Acura dealerships May 22, 2012, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP*) starting at $25,900 Acura announced today. The ILX offers remarkable value for the money with robust feature content and premium appeal.

"The 2013 Acura ILX will serve as the gateway to the Acura brand," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "At the leading edge of a new, sporty compact segment, the ILX delivers style, value, performance and connectivity to younger buyers looking to move into the luxury market.

"The all-new Acura ILX features a windswept exterior design with 5-passenger cabin, a choice of three powertrain options, including Acura's first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid, and a well appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, premium features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world. Like all Acura models, the ILX is equipped with a rich list of standard features including a power moonroof, aluminium wheels and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.

The entry-level ILX (starting at $25,900) is powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. For those seeking a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a 2.4-liter engine ($29,200, includes the Premium Package) with an output of 201 horsepower featuring a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The ILX Hybrid (starting at $28,900) makes use of a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the ILX 1.5L Hybrid has an EPA estimated** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 39/38/38 mpg.

As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a long list of standard features, multiple trim levels (a Premium Package and Technology Package), and excellent standard safety features— including Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®). Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both NHTSA and the IIHS.

The Premium Package (available as a $3,300 option; not available on the ILX Hybrid model) features leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, an upgraded 360 watt stereo system with XM® radio, HID headlights, foglights, 17-inch aluminium wheels, a multi-view rearview camera and an Active Sound Cancellation system to make for a quieter cabin.

Building on the Premium Package, the Technology Package (available on the ILX with 2.0-liter engine for $2,200) adds Acura's award winning ELS Surround® audio system and a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps and HomeLink®. The navigation system makes use of a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity— including 15 gigabytes that can be specifically allocated for music storage. The Technology package is also available on the ILX Hybrid for $5,500 and includes all Premium Package features except 17-inch aluminium wheels.

The Acura ILX will be manufactured (using U.S. and globally sourced parts), exclusively at the company's state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant, one of only three plants worldwide to receive J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding product quality, and the top award for any factory in North America.

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