2013 Acura ILX Review

Move Up. Without Settling Down.

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Acura is one of the premium brands with offerings which blend together sporty and luxury characteristics in a package so appealing, it’s not easy to resist. The 2013 Acura ILX brings the excitement along with the luxury at an affordable price which makes it easy to move up without settling down. With the 2013 Acura ILX, you get a solidly built car which offers an engaging drive with a choice of engines. It offers enough room for passengers and luggage alike and feels at home in the city or out on the open highway.

The 2013 Acura ILXinfuses fresh life into an exciting package with smooth lines and curves paired with typically Acura sharp touches making for one seriously attractive sedan. Two engines with either manual or automatic transmissions as well as a hybrid model allow multiple choices when you consider the packages available. Overall, it’s a great first step into the sports luxury world of Acura!

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2013 Acura ILX – Performance:
Performance is what the 2013 Acura ILX is all about and whichever type of driveline you’re looking for; Acurahas something for you. The first option is for those looking for practicality and functionality without compromising on the style – a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 150 hp at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm with a 5-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. Sequential SportShift paddle shifters allow you to enjoy the convenience of an automatic or play with the gears when you’re in the mood.

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The 2.0L returns up to 35 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city, with a combined figure of 28 mpg.
Next up, performance enthusiasts will enjoy the 2.4L inline-4 with the 6-speed manual transmission. This engine makes 201 hp at a screaming 7,000 revs and a chunky 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. With no electronics or computers figuring in, this version of the 2013 Acura ILX is a good old stick shift with a magnesium case making it the most spirited performer of the lot. It still offers good economy with up to 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city with a combined 25 mpg.
Environment-conscious buyers will appreciate the 2013 Acura ILX having a hybrid model as well. Armed with a conventional gasoline engine and a powerful electric motor; the ILX Hybrid puts out 111 hp at 5,500 rpm and up to 127 lb-ft of torque combined from just 1,000 – 3,500 rpm, offering a solid bottom-end which is ideal for city conditions. Economy figures are 38 mpg combined with the Hybrid delivering 39 mpg out on the highway and an incredible 38 mpg in the city.

2013 Acura ILX – Safety:
When it comes to safety, the 2013 Acura ILX does not skimp out one bit. Modern day automobile safety has been stepped up and Acura are doing their best to ensure that their cars are amongst the safest available. A complex combination of preventive and protective safety features are responsible for occupant safety and they do they job extremely well.

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First up, the 2013 Acura ILX is equipped with vehicle stability assist and brake assist technologies including antilock brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution. The systems monitor everything from current speed, throttle position, steering angle and even individual wheel speeds, lateral G force and yaw rate and steps in to prevent any collision or roll inducing tendencies and provide a stable ride.
Protective safety on the 2013 Acura ILX begins with the use of an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure which has been designed and built after extensive crash testing making sure that all crash energy is dissipated evenly throughout the vehicle and away from the passenger compartment. Seat belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load-limiters. The sophisticated airbag system in the 2013 Acura ILX uses an occupant position detection system with a pair of front, side and curtain airbags – six in total – to deploy immediately when needed. This system can even deactivate the front airbag if the person seated is too small and could end up injured by deploying the airbag; relying on the primary restraint to ensure maximum safety.
The 2013 Acura ILX also has packages which bring in not just more entertainment and comfort features but also increased safety. Opting for the Premium package brings you better visibility with Xenon HID headlamps, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror as well as a rear view camera.

2013 Acura ILX – Features and Technology
Acura models are very distinct and this is due to their unique design which uses sharp edges and lines together with pleasing yet muscular curves. The signature front grille garnished with chrome lends the 2013 Acura ILX a sporty impression while the accented wheel arches and rising shoulder line together with the sloping roof line and shark fin antenna come together nicely over the heightened crease over the rear wheel arch. Sharp headlamp and tail lamp clusters complete the chiseled exterior.

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Step inside the 2013 Acura ILX and you’re surrounded by an interior which looks elegant yet completely functional. There are quite a few buttons on the centre console but they fall into place well and are within easy reach. The instrument display has a brilliant blue backlight and that goes a long way in enhancing the in-cabin experience. The seats are not just supportive and comfortable but feel very upmarket more so when wrapped in the high-quality perforated leather on offer.
The 2013 Acura ILX features a lengthy list of entertainment and communication equipment and even more possibilities with the optional Premium and Technology packages. A multi-format CD player and USB interface along with Acura’s sound system keep things lively while Bluetooth and HandsFreeLink allow full integrated use of your cellphone.
Keyless access is standard on the 2013 Acura ILX and so is a dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration system. The Premium package adds powered driver seat, heated front seats and a premium sound system with a sub-woofer. The Technology package takes it up another notch with a surround sound system including hard drive storage, a satellite navigation system and voice controls for the navigation, audio and climate control systems.

2013 Acura ILX – What Others Are Saying:
Autoblog: “…craftsmanship is top notch.”
Automobile Magazine: “A well-rounded car, the ILX offers luxury for less and is certain to also deliver brand qualities like reliability and durability.”

2013 Acura ILX – Pricing:
The 2013 Acura ILX starts from just $25,900 for the 2.0L automatic. Opting for the Premium package takes the cost up to $29,200 with the Technology package model being $31,400.
The 2013 Acura ILX equipped with the 2.4L engine and manual transmission is available with the Premium package for $29,200.
The Hybrid model of the 2013 Acura ILX is $28,900; going up to $34,400 with the Technology package.

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