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2013 Acura ILX Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
I purchased the Acura ILX after owning a Jeep Grand Cherokee for seven years. I really wanted a new JGC Overland, but decided it made more economic sense to look for a comfortable 60 miles/day commuter that would still give the feeling I was driving a solid entry level luxury car with most of todays tech features. The ILX has a very well engineered interior that seems well above the luxury level of a Civic or other lower end cars and in line with most other cars up to about 40K. It is a very pleasant place to relax while commuting a couple of hours a day. With a low 30's budget I compared against the Audi A3, VW GTI, Lexus 250H, and Suburu Outback and decided this was the best choice.
The interior with exceptional sound system and solid tech engineering and layout sold me on this car. The ILX is not a 0-60 performance car, but it does perform very smoothly with more than adequate power to not constantly be wishing for more power to get safely on the highways or make other quick manuvers. It will effortlessly cruise at 80, and handled quite well when I pushed it on some curvy mountain roads on a great road trip to Colorado.
I have read numerous reviews that say the performance or luxury level is not commensurate with its price level, but I could not find all around better at this price level. The A3 had more zip with its turbo 2.0, but with same level of tech it was more like mid 30's so one would be trading interior tech for engine performance, not to mention that the interior did not seem near as well designed, or to have the expected reliability of the ILX. Bottom line is this is a great car if the best 0-60 times is not your prime criteria. For day-to-day commuting I do not miss the 5.9 0-60 straight line sprint of my old hemi jeep, and would not even trade it for my wife's even faster/better G37S.
2013 Acura ILX Hybrid w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I recently purchased a 2013 ILX with the Tech pkg, and I am very pleased with it. I had a 2008 Acura TL prior to purchasing this car, and I thought I would miss the V6 acceleration, but I honestly don't. A lot of the reviews say the 150 hp is underpowered, but I find the car to be adequate. In fact, it picks up quite nicely on the highway and I don't have trouble passing cars. The interior is nice, well built, and feels a lot wider than what the outside appearance would make you believe. The rear leg room is also excellent considering this is a compact car. As stated above, this is an excellent commuter car.
The ELS premium sound system is absolutely fantastic. Put in a CD or AUX audio for the highest quality sound bit, and it sounds like you're in a concert hall. If you ever find a DVD-audio disc, the surround sound option is a real treat. The navigation is good and will get you where you need to go, and the back-up camera with three views is also great and very helpful. Proximity key is wonderful too.
The bluetooth, while functional, is cumbersome to use. I understand they are trying to be safe, but the old system was more user friendly. I wouldn't mind an update to the navigation to make it a little more jazzed up. The road noise on SOME surfaces is really loud, although it could just be the tires. And really, memory seats and a power passenger seat should be standard on luxury cars, even at entry models.
2013 Acura ILX Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
The Ilx is a great car. I am a Honda/Acura fan which is a big part of why I purchased this car. You can get more car for the money with Toyota, Honda or Nissan any day, but if you want the Acura badge and build quality you pay the premium. The car handles extremely well, road noise is pretty low and the interior is one of the most comfortable and aesthetically appealing of any car I have owned. The interior isn't large but its done very well. I really enjoy driving this car and it gets its fair share of looks. Don't judge this car by pictures, I went to the dealer to buy a tsx and left with this because when I saw it the body styling really hooked me in. It is definitely not a rebadged civic
it has pretty much the same stuff you would find in a top of the line Honda, Toyota or Nissan. The leather in Acuras is exceptional I will add. The stereo that comes with the premium package is amazing.
The engine is a little on the lackluster end (150hp). Acura has not yet incorporated LED running lights into its line up yet.
2013 Acura ILX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
How to sum this car up - there are no other vehicles in this size that have this many features at this price. That could be good or bad. There are larger vehicles that have this many features at this price (with no gas mileage penalty) and there are plenty of vehicles that are this size that are less expensive and have less features. So if you could lease a Civic EX-L or a premium package ILX (same monthly payment after you factor in gas and insurance) which would you choose? If you could buy a loaded Accord or Mazda6 for the same price which would you choose? Does the badge or dealer experience matter? All are amazing vehicles - you just need to decide where you want to be.
Sexy looks, fabulous headlights, great reception for analog FM although that is not much of a consolation prize for not having an HD radio, adults can actually sit in the back seat, all the tech you would want in a car, a real connected driving experience is a feature and this item is missing in the Buick which people like to compare this car to. Of course the Buick is far far quieter and smoother over road imperfections and that is a feature that this Acura lacks. It is acceptably quiet <40mph, dual climate control is nice (why in a small vehicle?), functional backup cam, bluetooth and ipod/iphone interface 'just works', all needed buttons on wheel (except HVAC), curb appeal
narrower A pillars, split rear seat, rear seatbelts are hidden under booster seat, rear seatback bad angle for car seat, lower headrests for front seats (currently the lowest setting is too high), better road noise isolation (wind and engine volume is perfect), better impact absorption, better console shifter park release, no premium gas, AT for sport model, digital speedo, hybrid should cost no different than sport model, roof too low for driver (when sitting closed sun visor too close to face), lower door sills, lower cowl (less cramped feeling) memory seats, HD radio, a tray or storage area in the front of the car (aside from cupholder or glove compartment) -review not of hybrid model
2013 Acura ILX Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
Grown up with a 6 speed. Smooth shifting tranny. Soft touches allover. Smart phone integration is incredible.
6 speed Bluetooth with pandora integration reads text messages. Hids. Syncs phone up
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