With the introduction of the all-new 2013 ILX sedan, Acura is ideally positioned to capture the gathering swell of young professionals pining for a vehicle that blends premium luxury, eco-friendly performance and standout value in a stylish, compact package. Buyers can also count on bullet-proof reliability, innovative technology and stellar resale value – Acura staples since the brand debuted in 1986.
A beneficiary of constant innovation in terms of engineering and design – another Acura trademark -- the ILX meets the demands of a new age, boasting a choice of three advanced powertrains, including the first gasoline-electric hybrid model ever offered by Acura.
Style ranks high with buyers in this segment, and Acura did a superb job adapting the brand’s signature design cues to this smaller platform. The distinct Acura “shield” grille has been honed to present an aggressive face while also serving as the anchoring facet of the car’s diamond-creased hood. The windshield’s swept rake guides the eye over the sloping roofline and on to the neatly clipped rear deck – all styling elements shared with classic sport coupes.
Power for the 2013 Acura ILX (MSRP $25,900) comes from a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with advanced engine technology that includes i-VTEC intelligent valve control and a dual-stage intake manifold. Paired exclusively with a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic – complete with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel – the 150-hp 2.0-liter four returns a thrifty EPA-estimated 35** mpg on the highway.
Hearkening back to special high-performance models of the Acura Integra, the ILX also offers a dual-overhead-cam 2.4-liter four-cylinder generating 201 hp. Matched solely with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, the ILX with the 2.4-liter launches from a standstill to 60 mph in a less than seven seconds while returning an impressive 31** mpg during highway driving.
Both gasoline-powered engines are so finely engineered that tune-up intervals extend to 100,000 miles. Highlighting their stellar efficiency, both powerplants also satisfy rigorous Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-2) tailpipe emissions standards.
Those interested in the ultimate in fuel efficiency will welcome the ILX Hybrid (MSRP $28,900). With a powertrain that includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a Lithium-Ion battery pack, the ILX Hybrid produces a combined system output of 111 hp and 127 lb/ft of torque, with torque peaking at an ultra-low 1,000 rpm. Power flows through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and mileage ratings are eye-opening at 39** mpg city and 38** mpg highway.
The Hybrid system allows for emissions-free, electric-only propulsion under low-load driving conditions such as cruising downhill. The engine also switches off under braking and when the car is stopped, restarting instantly (and silently) as soon as you release the brake pedal.
The ILX lives up to it performance pedigree when it takes to the street. Credit the car’s fully independent, track-tuned suspension that’s enhanced with dual-stage Amplitude Reactive Dampers at all four corners. Recognizing the balance between sport and comfort demonstrated by the ILX at speed, the editors at Automobile magazine wrote, “The suspension is firm yet supple enough to soak up larger impacts with ease.”
You’ll find that the theme of dynamic balance carries over to the inside of the five-seat ILX, where the environment is both luxurious and purposeful. The cabin wraps all occupants in supple comfort and is designed to keep the driver informed and focused on the road. Satin-metal finishes, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a power tilt/slide moonroof are all standard features, as are a keyless entry system, dual-zone climate control, a five-inch full-color LCD display and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink cell-phone and music interface.
Acura also provides two option packages to help you personalize your ILX. The Premium Package delivers such amenities as a multi-view rear camera, leather seating surfaces, heat for the front seats and eight-way power adjustability for the driver seat. Exclusive to the ILX 2.4-liter are black perforated-leather seat inserts with contrasting silver-colored stitching.
Highlights of the Technology Package, available on the ILX 2.0-liter and ILX Hybrid, include a navigation system with voice recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, an eight-inch W-VGA display and an Acura/ELS Surround™ 365-watt premium audio system with Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a 15GB hard disk drive for media storage.
When you’re ready to reach the high-water mark in entry-level luxury, be sure to contact us to schedule a test drive of the all-new 2013 Acura ILX Sedan.
*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or an $895 destination and handling charge.
**Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.