Review: 2013 Acura ILX

Posted on 26. Jun, 2012 by in Auto News

Like Lexus and Infiniti Acura started with two models, a customized flagship sedan and a smaller car on an existing mainstream model. Unlike the Lexus ES 250 and the Infiniti M30, although the Acura Integra received rave reviews. The Integra was discontinued in 2002 as part of the failed attempt upscale Acura. The Civic-based Integra sedan slot was filled with the kind of larger, heavier European Accord-based TSX. The 2004 TSX was a good car, but there was no integration and the model gained extra inches and pounds with a 2009 redesign. For 2013 Acura returns to his original text book with a Civic-based four-door. They are not yet ready to admit officially alphanumeric stupidity to go, so the new car is unfortunately translated calls the ILX.

Dimensionally shares the ILX one 105.1-inch wheelbase with the 2004-2008 TSX, is 4.3 inches shorter, 1.2 inches wide low (surprise!), and 1.7 centimeters. Interior dimensions are very similar (including a couple of inches less rear legroom than the compact sedan standards), with the exception of rear headroom, which is not quite sufficient for six-foot passengers in the new car. Boot capacity is a decent 12.4 cubic feet with the regular ILX, but only 10.0 cubes with the hybrid. Most importantly, the ILX is nearly 300 pounds lighter than the original TSX and over 400 pounds lighter than the current one.

Compared to other current Acura sedans and the latest Honda Civic, the ILX is the exterior design is a step in the right direction. The exterior of the most prominent feature, a character line, the S-curve to the side of the body just before the rear wheel arches that. Dodge Avenger, which is not exactly set the world on fire, but the whole thing reminds performed better here Seventeen-inch wheels help (but not the hybrid) standard on the 2.4 and the 2.0L, give the small car a sporty stance. Inside is similar to the ILX the TSX and TL, only with a less distinct impression on the doors and seats. Not quite premium, but far, far better than a Civic, and fortunately deprived massive bi-level, the Honda dashboard.

The Acura ILX powertrain options … curious. You can use a 150-hp 2.0-liter with a five-speed automatic, a 201-hp 2.4-liter (with the TSX and Honda Civic Si) with a six-speed manual transmission or a 111-hp 1 , 5 – l hybrid only with a CVT, which is moved manually to mimic a seven-speed transmission. Strangely, premium gasoline with all three engines, recommended the hybrid.

Motivate with almost £ 3,000 for his 111-horsepower, hybrid technology package with perhaps the slow car with a sticker price of about $ 35,000. Even a Lexus CT feels a lot more energy. The EPA reviews the Hybrid manages 39 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, but you will only see these numbers in the real world with a lethargic driving much better to a Prius (with its much more powerful electric motor) as an Acura.

Although the ILX 2.4L couples almost twice as much peak hp with a nearly identical curb weight, it will be enough bad drivers just over the hybrid will. Unlike Audi, Buick and Volkswagen, which offer the most directly comparable cars, Acura is to avoid turbocharger. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has enough going on south of 4,000 rpm and peak just 100 rpm shy of redline of 7100 rpm. Employing solid, precise shifter typical of the brand, to keep the engine on the boil, however, and maintains the car. Few fours sounds sweeter or feel smoother when revved.

But widely available spoiled big sixes and fours increased, most driving enthusiasts now demand a solid at low speeds to push. If they can not with a remotely live premium interior, they will be happier in a Jetta. If they will not offer a redesigned Audi A3 soon as a sedan and the Buick Verano soon offer a 250-horspower turbo engine.

The ILX is 2.4L for performance, fuel consumption is not aligned so that its EPA ratings are 22 mpg city, 31 highway. The Jetta GLI, it fits into the city, and manages an additional 2 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.0L auto works a little better, 24/35. Are a few MPG worth up to 51 hp? Acura apparently believed most potential buyers would think so, or they would have paired the automatic with the larger four.

The ILX, the steering is not as quickly as the TSX, while equally uncommunicative. However, the new car feels even lighter than its relatively low curb weight suggests he should. The Jetta GLI is only about three inches longer and 150 pounds heavier, but feels much larger and more massive.