2013 Acura ILX Hybrid
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Acura ILX Hybrid Review
The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid ranks 11 out of 11 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 12 published reviews and test drives of the Acura ILX Hybrid, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid has a long list of standard features and gets good gas mileage for the class, but test drivers are disappointed with its meager power and cargo space.
Combined, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid’s four-cylinder engine and electric motor produces 111 horsepower. Reviewers think the ILX Hybrid lacks power for highway driving and passing maneuvers. Reviewers do mention, however, that the ILX Hybrid performs well in the city. Each ILX Hybrid has a continuously variable transmission that test drivers don't say much about, though one calls it "clumsy." The ILX Hybrid gets EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 39/38 mpg city/highway. For a luxury car, test drivers find that the ILX Hybrid’s overall performance is rather unrefined. In particular, they criticize the electric power steering, which lacks feel, and think the idle-stop system, which shuts down the engine at stoplights to conserve fuel, is rough.
According to reviewers, the 2013 ILX Hybrid’s cabin is well-made, and it also comes with a lot of standard features for the class. Amenities like a USB port, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and voice text messaging are standard. A navigation system and stereo are available with a package upgrade. Test drivers mention that the interior is cluttered with a lot of buttons, but find that overall, the features are relatively easy to reach and read. Though it’s well-equipped, the ILX Hybrid’s interior isn’t the most spacious in the class. There are seatbelts for five, but some critics think the front seats lack headroom for tall adults. They also say that while the rear seats will be tight for three adults, two can sit and be reasonably comfortable. The ILX’s trunk space is also respectable for a hybrid, but other models, like the 2013 Lexus CT 200h hatchback, have significantly more cargo room.
- "The ILX sedan is stylish and delivers a luxurious, comfortable ride." -- AutoWeek
- "Those who put more weight on a premium nameplate, electronic gadgets, and high-end appointments than they do on performance or absolute value for the money may find the ILX a worthy addition to their shopping list." -- Consumer Guide
- "So while the ILX hybrid's handsome looks and comfortable and tech-filled interior is everything you would expect from an Acura, its coarse powertrain, while adequate in the Civic, is a bit of a letdown." -- Motor Trend
Other Cars to Consider
As a hybrid, the Lexus CT 200h doesn’t impress reviewers with its performance, but it does have the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. Since it’s a hatchback, the CT 200h offers a lot more cargo room than the ILX Hybrid does, making the CT 200h more practical.
The Buick Verano isn’t available as a hybrid and critics think the base model is underpowered, but it does have good gas mileage for a small luxury sedan. Reviewers think the Verano really shines when it comes to interior quality and comfort. They like its quality materials, high-tech features, comfortable seats and hushed cabin, which make the Verano one of the most refined models in the class.
Details: 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid
The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid is an all-new hybrid. A gas-only ILX is also new for 2013, and is reviewed separately. There are two trims: the base Hybrid and the Hybrid with the technology package. The base model is equipped with a lot of features, including Bluetooth, a USB port and a Pandora Internet radio interface. The technology package adds a navigation system and a stereo upgrade, among other features.
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