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2013 Acura ILX

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2013 Acura ILX Review

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Drivers looking to enter the luxury car market may consider the 2013 Acura ILX their gateway sedan. Acura claims the ""Luxury starts here"" with their ILX advertising campaign and drivers will feel the slogan is right on the mark. The ILX is not your mother’s Acura thanks to sleek body styling, a powerful engine, premium packages, and a hybrid option for those taking the eco-plunge. The new ILX may experience some guilt by association with the Civic, but you can expect more from Acura in terms of performance and technology. However, you can expect a higher price tag as well. For a compact sedan, the Acura ILX offers a fun ride and features on par with others in its class.

New For 2013

The 2013 model year marks the introduction of the Acura ILX that proves to be reminiscent of the Integra with a twist. The ILX is poised to take the reigns as Acura’s affordable luxury midsize sedan, thanks to several noteworthy highlights, including:

  • Three distinctive models: ILX 2.0L, ILX 2.4L, and the ILX Hybrid
  • Three transmission options: five-speed automatic, six-speed, and continuously variable hybrid
  • Optional Technology Packages that features the Acura Navigation System and premium Acura/ELS Surround® Sound System with 10 speakers and 15GB HDD media storage


While the Acura ILX may share some common underpinnings with its sister Civic, the exterior echoes with signs of luxury-inspired improvements and a branding all its own. This luxury sedan rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and boasts a power sunroof to accent its sleek lines and fluid shape. Drivers searching for a little oomph can opt for the Premium Package, which includes upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels along with Xenon High-Intensity (HID) low-beam headlights. A standard decklid spoiler marks the trunk of the hybrid, along with foglights and pump-friendly fuel economy competitive with others in it class. Acura also offers a variety of accessories for those who refuse to drive a car without some type of customization. Color options including Amber Brownstone, Bellanova White Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, Crimson Garnet, and Crystal Black Pearl will help to define your own individual style.

Interior & Cargo

The ergonomically-designed interior sets the tone for the spacious and comfortable ride provided by all three ILX models. Standard appointments include automatic climate control, Bluetooth capabilities, and Keyless Access System coupled with push button navigation. The Premium Package that adds leather seating and trim as well as elegantly hidden dual-level heaters inside the front seats for colder days and nights. The Technology package provides Acura’s navigation, real-time traffic and weather, Zagat reviews, and other sought-after features.

Cargo room reaches up to 12.2 cubic feet in the 2.9-liter and 2.4-liter models and drops to 10 cubic feet in the hybrid editions. Back folding seats create additional storage space on all model variations expect the hybrid.


The Acura ILX was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick thanks to impeccable scores in all four tests. The 2.0-liter, 2.4-liter, and Hybrid all feature standard braking systems with vehicle stability assist and tire pressure monitoring along with a six-airbag systems including two front side and side curtain airbags. Also standard is the Acura security system and the Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), which utilizes sensors to properly deploy airbags according to the position and height of the passenger.

Driving Experience

Those familiar with the powerful driving experience behind the Civic Si will feel right at home behind the wheel of the Acura ILX 2.4-liter. The ILX 2.4 is propelled by an identical four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission that climbs to 201 horsepower. The more modest and standard 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine reaches 150-horsepsower and averages 28 combined mpg. If the Hybrid is your ILX of choice, expect to feel superb power for a midsize sedan reaching 110 horsepower through the eight-valve four-cylinder i-VTEC with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) System.

All in all, the 2013 Acura ILX provides the exact combination of power and luxury it promises. Drivers willing to pay the extra price tag can appreciate the finer components and packages that fuel the ILX status.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Acura ILX

  • Ford Focus
  • Dodge Dart
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Chevy Cruze

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