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2013 Acura ILX Review

Most reviewers think competitors have better performance, gas mileage and cargo space than the 2013 Acura ILX sedan. 

The new ILX is the smallest sedan in Acura’s lineup. Test drivers say that the base 2.0 liter engine is solid for everyday driving, but say that the Acura ILX just can't keep up with high-performance class leaders. A 2.4-liter engine is optional, and while it has more power, it only comes with a six-speed manual transmission.  The 2.0-liter has a five-speed automatic. Most reviewers agree that the 2013 ILX does not handle well for its class. Though some reviewers say the brakes are strong and the cabin well-isolated from road imperfections, many reviewers report numb steering and too much body roll. 

The five-seat Acura ILX has a cabin that auto writers say is well-stocked with features, but small and not as upscale as competitors'. The rear seats will be tight for tall passengers, but this is common among compact cars. The ILX’s trunk space is respectable, but other sedans in the class have more cargo room. Standard features include Bluetooth and voice to text messaging. 

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Other Cars to Consider

The Audi A3 is more expensive than the ILX, but it has a high-quality interior and an abundance of cargo space. The A3 is available with a diesel engine that gives it some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. 

Test drivers agree that the Buick Verano prioritizes comfort. They found that the Verano’s quality materials, high-tech features, comfortable seats and hushed cabin make it one of the most refined cars in its class.

Acura ILX: The Details  

The 2013 Acura ILX is an all-new compact car. There are six models available: a base five-speed automatic, five-speed auto with premium package, five-speed auto with technology package, six-speed manual with premium package, Hybrid and Hybrid with technology package.

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  • "The ILX would be best for a driver who doesn't need to consistently haul people, but would work for families seeking an entry-level luxury sedan." -- AutoWeek
  • "ILX bridges a gap of sorts between regular compact cars and the current crop of premium compacts. … 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
  • "Overall: The 2.4-liter is tons of fun; base 2-liter and the hybrid are unimpressive, at best." -- USA Today
  • "If you're in the market for an entry-level vehicle from a premium automaker, by all means have a look at the ILX... just be sure to check out its competition before signing on the dotted line. As much as we'd like to tell you that the ILX heralds a return to Acura's roots - innovation, value and technology - we can't, because it simply doesn't." -- Autoblog
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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