The 2013 Acura ILX earns a below average Total Car Score for the Entry Luxury Sedans & Wagons segment.
The ILX compact sedan range debuts for the 2013 model year, its intended audience being primarily first-time luxury car buyers. It shares many components with the well-known compact car from parent company Honda, while offering high-end touches like an adaptive suspension, Pandora internet radio, leather seating, premium audio systems and various other little touches to justify the Acura badge.
Rear passenger space is about as bearable as it will ever be in a compact, while maximum trunk space is 12.3 cubic feet -- enough for three sets of golf clubs, claims Acura. Except for the ILX Hybrid model (covered separately on this site), the rear seats split and fold in a 60/40 fashion.
Acura expects the 2013 ILX to attain a full five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash testing program and become a "Top Safety Pick" of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The five-seat 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan comes with a choice of two gasoline-powered drivetrains, as denoted by the model names. (A gas/electric ILX Hybrid is reviewed separately.)
The 2.0L has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. This is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.4L has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that develops 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. This is meant to be the more "sporty" variant, and there is no option for an automatic transmission.
An adjustable suspension is part of the standard equipment, along with climate control, SMS text messaging function, Bluetooth, s power moonroof (with sunshade) and exclusive-design 16-inch alloy wheels.
An optional Premium package adds leather seating surfaces, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, upgraded audio system and a multi-view rear camera (normal, wide and top views). The Technology package brings a surround-sound audio system plus voice-activated navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates.
Safety equipment includes traction and stability controls, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, plus side curtain and front side airbags.
EPA estimates for the 2013 Acura ILX 2.0L are 24 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. The 2.4L achieves 22/31/25 mpg.
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