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Original MSRP: $25,900 - $31,400
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Acura ILX Review

Review Last Updated: 3/25/15

The Acura ILX gets good fuel economy and a balanced ride, but reviewers disliked its underpowered base engine and small back seat.

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The 2013 Acura ILX comes with a four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers said the ILX has adequate power but is not very quick. Some critics thought the ILX’s five-speed automatic transmission is a bit outdated and wished it had more gears for better fuel economy and performance. A more powerful four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission is available. With this powertrain, test drivers noted that the ILX has lively acceleration and is fun to drive, with a precise shifter and light clutch pedal.  At an EPA-estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway, the base 2013 ILX’s fuel economy is good for the class. Critics said the Acura ILX has composed handling and is comfortable over bumpy roads. However, some complained that its steering is too light and not doesn’t provide enough feedback.

Reviewers said the 2013 Acura ILX’s interior features top-notch materials and is well-built, though some found its appearance a bit dull. Automotive writers said the ILX’s front seats are comfortable and fairly roomy. A number of critics said the back seat can be tight, especially for taller passengers. The ILX comes standard with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera and Pandora Internet radio. Available features include a multi-view rear camera, navigation, leather upholstery and front seats that are heated and power-adjustable. Test drivers appreciated that the available navigation system doesn’t complicate audio controls. The ILX has up to 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which isn’t as much as some rivals have.

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According to test drivers, the 2013 Buick Verano’s cabin is well-built and very quiet. The Verano has more trunk space than the ILX, and test drivers liked its smooth-shifting transmissions.

Automotive journalists praised the 2013 BMW 1-Series for its nimble handling and potent acceleration. They also said it has a luxurious interior and found its cabin comfortable for four people.

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