2013 Acura ILX Overview
2013 Acura ILX Overview
Honda’s premium brand, Acura, has built a reputation for its quality and value. The 2013 Acura ILX continues that tradition by offering luxury without an inflated price tag in a segment filled with ever more competitive offerings. The ILX also offers trim levels for everyone, including a Hybrid option for the efficiency conscious and a Sport trim for the performance preferred.
The 2013 Acura ILX is the brand’s first return foray into the entry-level luxury small sedan market in over a decade. The ILX fits into the company’s lineup just below the TSX but with higher-quality fittings and a better feel than the down market Honda Civic the ILX is based upon.
New for 2013
The 2013 ILX is an all-new model having no previous model year predecessors. It is based on the Honda Civic model, but is so very different that comparisons in upgrade points cannot be made without listing most of the car’s fittings.
The sedan body style is the only model offering for the 2013 Acura ILX, but three distinct powertrain options set it apart from the body-varied competition. Trim levels are the base ILX, the ILX 2.4 and the ILX Hybrid. Standard equipment inside and out is the same for all three with the exception of badges to denote the trim and a few aerodynamic improvements for the Hybrid option.
The 2013 Acura ILX has comfortable styling for the segment, with not too much or too little to make it overly unique. It looks similar to its Civic brother, but comes with colors and small changes that set it apart as a separate brand of vehicle. Door and glass trims, better wheels, a softer grille, and more upscale color options mark it as a luxury car.
Interior & Cargo
Inside, the Acura ILX is all about luxury appointment. For an entry-level luxury sedan, it offers a lot of base level standards. Most will likely upgrade with options, however, pushing the ILX’s impressive entry-level price tag into the realm of its comparable neighbors for which those fittings are standard. However, for the budget-conscious, the ILX offers a choice that they will appreciate.
Acura put a lot of effort into the interior and it shows. It’s very well built, using entry-level trim pieces in a way that conveys a more upscale approach and aura. In keeping with modern tastes, the vibe is generally high-tech and upscale, but not ostentatious.
A five-inch display screen tops the center stack and dominates the dash, offering a central hub for infotainment and smart controls. The 2013 ILX continues with the Acura theme of well-placed controls and intelligent layout, with standard equipment in the base model including such high-tech options as SMS-to-voice conversion.
The seating is exceedingly comfortable, rivaling all but the Nissan Altima in comfort without confinement. Legroom and headroom are better than many in this class, but trunk space is average and the rear seat is not split, so there is no split-fold option. Still, at this price point, the 2013 Acura ILX offers more comfort and space than many in this class.
Most standard safety features for the class are offered in the 2013 Acura ILX, including anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is also standard, despite the entry-level price of the ILX.
Government crash tests gave the 2013 ILX a five-star rating overall while Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests marked it as “Good” overall – their best score.
Stopping power from 60 to zero mph is average for the segment at 121 feet.
The base model 2013 ILX is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and five-speed, automatic transmission, which features average power output for the segment with excellent fuel economy as the reward. A larger, 2.4-liter engine is available in the ILX 2.4 package, but is coupled to a non-optional, six-speed, manual transmission for a sportier feel, losing the convenience factor. The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid uses the same 2.0-liter engine as the base model, but couples that to a hybrid powertrain as Acura’s first-ever hybrid model, giving impressive fuel economy as a result.
The ILX 2.4 is the fun, sporty option for the car, but only drivers who prefer a lot of get-up and enjoy moving a shifter will enjoy it. Everyday drivers may not like this forced manual transmission. The 2.0-liter, base engine provides a decent feel and good performance for the segment, but will not wow anyone with its output. The Hybrid model balances the two, offering a slightly sportier feel than the base model engine, but most of this comes not from increased performance, but rather better weight distribution thanks to the heavier transmission and added battery weight.
On the road, the 2013 ILX brings a good feel and unexceptional handling, but has a decidedly luxurious sense that some in this entry-level segment miss. With its roominess and cushy, but not floating, on-road handling, it will appeal to most drivers as a good balance between road presence and comfort.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Acura ILX
- Buick Verano
- Audi A3
- Lexus CT 200h
- Nissan Altima
- Ford Fusion