2013 Acura ILX Consumer Review: Surely NOT just a "glorified C

2013 Acura ILX - Consumer Review

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Premium Package Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Surely NOT just a "glorified Civic"
By boudouris_3 on


2013 Acura ILX Premium Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)


Just upgraded from my 5-spd Saab 9-3 sedan to a brand new Acura ilx w/premium package and the 2.4L 6-spd engine.
The premium package comes with nearly everything that you could ask for minus navigation.

Very nice engine note that gives the car some personality without sounding like a cheap tuner.
The only knock I could say about the ilx is the interior space which is expected to be small due to the price point and market that Acura intends to target.

If you're in your 20s or early 30s and are looking for something fun to drive without sacrificing the luxury amenities, look no further than the ilx.

Oh and by the way, I'm getting 35-40 highway mpg.

Best Features

Interior amenities: sound system, heated seats (not needed yet), sunroof, bluetooth connectivity, Pandora radio interface Exterior: sleek but not too aggressive styling. Added the spoiler which I highly recommend for about $500 Engine: quick, high-RPM 2.4L 6-spd that is sure to keep the driver engaged and entertained. Great gas mileage.

Worst Features

Size shouldn't be a suggested improvement because that's not what this car is meant to be. If anything maybe offering a tech package for those interested in the 2.4L, or offering the 2.4L in a 5-spd auto transmission for those not interested in a manual trans.
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By jg88
on 09/19/12 15:31 PM (PDT)

Am not an ILX owner but recently test drove one for my son. (He drives an rsx/s, my daughter drives a tsx with auto.) The ILX was impressive and this reviewer did a great job of describing the car. It really runs well, handles well and it was more than competent on the highway and on 2 lanes. One thing I would suggest to Acura is a slightly taller 6th speed, it could drop about 300 rpm for highway cruising. The ratios in the ILX manual are almost the exact same as my son's rsx/s and it also shifts as precisely. The clutch is outstanding. It has plenty of power to get off the line and pass. NVH is nicely quelled, much like the '07 tsx my daughter drives. The interior space seemed fine with one exception, headroom is not generous. If you are over 6', it might not be enough.

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By alphadog731
on 06/25/12 16:58 PM (PDT)

When will Honda/Acura stop selling old technology? Why would you add a new vehicle to your line-up and put a five speed automatic transmission in the car? Buyers should stop being so quick to purchase Honda and Toyota's ancient technology at cutting edge prices! This car will easily get to 30K once you start adding options and for that you get a five speed automatic. Buy the manual and then you will take a hit at trade-in time because it's a manual and "no one wants them" according to the dealerships.

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By acurafan13
on 07/03/12 13:10 PM (PDT)

alphadog731 -Could not agree more with your statement. The ILX is not worth the money that they are asking. The car (with only 150hp engine) loaded is at $32,000. A car that has the same HP as the Civic for that price????Many other choices out there. Be smart with your money and shop around. If you want to stick with the Acura brand, the TL and or TSX are much cars for the money.

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