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14.12.2012

Acura ILX 2013

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Acura ILX 2013

Acura brand has been going from top to close-to-the-bottop positons in the car market, and here it revives again with production of the new model, namely the 2013 ILX. The new model is smaller and much cheaper than the previous TSX, designed for those who want something more than an ordinary sedan, preferring more luxurious cars. In a way, it's a remindal of the older Integra, which hopefully will be just as successful.

The  new model ILX is mainly based on Honda Civic, although longer and wider, but not without its unique traits which primarily in its high-class engineering and improved interior elements.
Acura offers 3 distinct powertrain options for its new model. The engine, however modest, is 2-liter 4-cylinder and quite economical. The transmission is 5-speed automatic. You can choose a larger ILX 2.4 model with 2.4-liter engine, that comes only with manual transmission. Or, you can pick a third model, Hybrid, being so far the only hybrid-electric car from Acura.
Acura ILX ensures you a comfortable drive since inside it is spacious and equipped with all the necessary things you are used to seeing in a car, therefore, this model seems rather affordable for an average driver.
A different story is 2.4-liter model, which is more expensive, but meets your expectations if you are searching for a premium sports sedan.
The Hybrid version offers a relative fuel economy and price. The 2013 Acura is basically leading you into the world of luxury cars, just like Buick Verano which, unfortunately, can't offer you a big variety of engines but comes in a reasonable price. You might as well view Audi A3 or Lexus CT 200h seeing as either is equipped with hatchback utility as well as fuel-economising. As for other versions, you can consider Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, Options

The ILX luxury sedan is presented in 2 basic trim levels. Base and Hybrid models have nearly the same standard equipment, including 16 inch wheels, sunroof, full power accessories, keyless ignition/entry, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone, audio connectivity, rearview camera, 6-speaker sound system with CD player, auxiliary audio jack, USB/iPod audio interface and Pandora integration.
The Premium package includes 17 inch wheels, xenon headlamps, foglamps, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power driver seat, more advanced rearview camera, active noise cancellation (Hybrid excluded) plus upgraded 7-speaker sound system with inbuilt satellite radio.
The company also offers this package in the ILX with the 2.4-liter engine. The Technology package comes with the equipment found in the Premium package with the hard drive-based navigation system together with a surround-sound audio system with digital music storage.

Performance and Powertrains

The 2013 ILX engine is 2.0-liter 4-cylinder one which generates 150 hp and 140 lbs-ft of torque. The single type of transmission Acura offers is a 5-speed automatic which delivers the power toward the front wheels. This powertrain is likely to bring the ILX from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds, standard for a compact economy car.
As for fuel economy, it is pretty good at 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. You can have the ILX with Premium package with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission as an automatic is not available for this configuration.
The ILX 2.4 model is likely to go from 0 to 60 mph within 7.1 seconds, average for entry-level luxury sedans with base engine as well as regular midsize sedans with upgraded engines. Economy in fuel is sacrificed in favor of more spirited performance.
The Hybrid version uses the same propulsion setup as Honda employs in its Civic Hybrid: a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder joined with Honda's Integrated Motor Assist, an electric motor that acts for an occasional power booster and converts braking energy into electricity, is used to recharge the hybrid ILX's lithium-ion battery pack, pretty modestly-sized.
The motor together with gasoline engine produce 111 horsepower and 127 pounds-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.
Performance-oriented gearing specific for the ILX Hybrid is able to produce fuel economy of 39 city and 38 highway and 38 mpg combined, noticeably less than that in the Civic Hybrid's 44 mpg across the board.

Safety

The 2013 Acura ILX standard equipment comes with antilock brakes, traction/stability control, side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags plus active front head restraints and rearview camera.
In testing, the Acura ILX Premium 2.0 came to a halt from 60 mph in 121 ft, which is slightly better than average. Interestingly, the sportier ILX 2.4 stopped in 130 ft, which is longer than you'd expect. The Hybrid showed nearly the same distance.

Interior and Special Features

The new model's interior is perfectly well thought but it's clear that the materials they used are way better than in top non-luxury sedans. The design includes Acura's characteristic high-tech vibe, but once inside you'll hardly scream "luxury!"
Even so, if you're searching for high-tech features in combination with this high-tech vibe, the new ILX will definitely do. Find a 5 inch display screen on the center stack for a billion functions, and cleverly placed buttons and knobs designed to control all of them. A 6 inch screen includes navigation and upgraded audio systems. Yet another nice addition is that even the base Acura ILX audio is capable of converting SMS to speech, a voice recognition fucntion.
A special care was taken in making the seats supportive, yet not to let you feel confined or restricted. The ILX has rather much space for a compact car, as it has enough of backseat room. The trunk space, at 12.4cubic ft, seems average, while the opening looks a bit narrow. The rear seat can be folded down to accomodate for transporting longer items, but the backseat is not split to allow both a long cargo and passengers to sit.
The Hybrid, owing to the battery pack, allows up to 10 cubic ft of space.

Impressions from driving

No one will take the new Acura ILX for a BMW3 Series, but the general performance is adequate enough for day-to-day commuting duty. Its standard 2.0-liter engine with 150 horsepower gives the type of acceleration you usually expect from a non-luxury compact car, yet the engine revvs more than willingly and enjoyably, that's why you should not be scared when trying to wring the most from it.
The LX Hybrid is slower, but definitely benefits from a really improved fuel economy. It fails to accelerate on electricity alone, and its hybrid system does not look as seamless or sophisticated as that in a Lexus.
The ILX car with its 2.4-liter engine seems a quite different animal, as its sports exhaust and greater horsepower lead to markedly quicker acceleration. The 6-speed manual transmission appears very easy and enjoyable to use.
Acura's fans may be a little disappointed that the new ILX 2.4 has no sportier suspension and steering calibrations, however the ILX overall is sure-footed and rather nimble. The ride quality is close to ideal between control and comfort, even though the tires may sometimes sound more chattering through the cabin than you may like, same as small imperfections of broken or irregular pavement.










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