2013 Acura ILX Hybrid Tech (1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)
Hybrids are about fuel efficiency. Yet our two-week test of the ILX returned just over 35 mpg, short of the EPA's 38 mpg combined rating and the 40 mpg of segment leaders. The interior is designed logically, though cargo space suffers.
PerformancePerformance usually doesn't apply to hybrids in terms of hairpins and switchbacks. And that's the case with the ILX, too. It neither truly disappoints, nor impresses.
The CVT and battery pack add enough thrust to the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder to get you off the line adequately. In our testing it took 10.4 seconds to reach 60 mph.
The ILX required 129 feet to reach a stop from 60 mph, which is about average for its class. Pedal feel was as confident in a panic stop as under normal driving conditions.
The electric power steering didn't feel as numb as other systems we've tested. Steering reaction was somewhat slow in quick transitions, but suited for driving around town.
A definite tendency toward mild understeer. The low rolling resistance, high-mpg tires were the limiting factor to the ILX Hybrid being more adept around corners.
Displays some engine-off to engine-on abruptness and harshness, but otherwise the ILX Hybrid is an easy car to drive in everyday situations.
ComfortThe ILX Hybrid's overall comfort is just merely average for the segment due to the limited front headroom. The optional sunroof is no doubt at least partially to blame here.
Seat comfort is fine for short drives but we encountered some soreness over long distances. The seats are plenty adjustable, but taller folks will encounter headroom constraints.
The ILX Hybrid handles large bumps fairly easily, but the suspension isn't as good at suppressing quick, harsh, smaller hits.
Wind noise is well isolated but the low rolling resistance Continental tires had some hum at highway speeds.
InteriorA cohesive and functional layout puts all primary and secondary controls within easy reach of the driver. Visibility is good thanks to a backup camera and smallish pillars. The interior would rank higher if the rear seatbacks folded flat.
Controls are arranged logically and in full visibility of the driver. The center stack design requires practice to master the knob and button combinations, but then it's easy.
Climbing in and out of the ILX Hybrid provides no more problems than a typical sedan of this size.
The ILX is pretty spacious for a compact car, other than limited front headroom. We were especially impressed with the amount of rear seat room.
No visibility issues to speak of. Plenty of glass all around limits blindspots. And a rearview camera on our test car displayed a clear view of obstacles.
Cargo room is impacted by the battery pack. Overall trunk space, at 10.0 cu-ft, is a bit below average for non-hybrid sedans in this class. The rear seatbacks don't fold flat.
ValueBuild quality is excellent for the segment, with nice, well-aligned trim pieces. With a starting price of $34,400 the ILX Hybrid Tech is $5,500 more than the Base ILX Hybrid and $7,500 more than its Honda Civic Hybrid cousin.
Build Quality (vs. $)
All parts and pieces are aligned as they should be. There are some hard plastics, just as with its competitors. The Acura is simply screwed together better.
Acura does not offer options. Instead, the options are rolled into trim levels. Our ILX Hybrid Tech added navigation and a rearview camera.
The MSRP of our test vehicle was $34,400. This is expensive for a compact luxury car, even a hybrid.
Hybrids are all about fuel economy. The EPA estimates 39 mpg city/38 mpg highway. We averaged 35.2 mpg during our two-week test, well below the 40 mpg segment benchmarks.
The ILX Hybrid's basic warranty is 4 years/50,000 miles. The drivetrain is covered for 6 years/70,000 miles.
Owners get roadside assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles, and the confidence that Acura has a strong reputation for quality.
Fun To DriveLet's be honest, compact luxury hybrid sedans aren't designed with a fun driving experience in mind. Rather, these cars are built for a practical and economical reasons. Enthusiasts, other than hypermilers, need not apply.
This is a compact hybrid sedan. The driving experience is bland. Don't expect anything more and you won't be disappointed.
This car lacks any emotion, unless you consider frugality a personality trait. The ILX Hybrid goes from A to B with decent fuel conservation. That?s what you're getting here.
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