Now in its sophomore season, Acura's compact sedan receives more standard equipment to reinforce its position as a junior luxury offering. The ILX currently serves as stepping stone for buyers who might one day graduate to a larger and costlier Acura model.
New across the board is Active Noise Cancellation, a sophisticated system that utilizes the sound system speakers and an interior microphone to detect and squelch nuisance operating noise. All interiors now receive leather seats with heat in front and driver power, matching leatherette door trim, and a 360-watt audio setup with a subwoofer. That's in addition to a very generous amount of carryover features like a sunroof, push-button start and rearview camera. Though based on the slightly smaller Honda Civic, the ILX carries its own engineering refinements, interior design and exterior sheet metal.
As before, motivation comes from a 2-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower, matched to a five-speed automatic transmission. The ILX is reasonably quick and efficient for a compact, but performance isn't anyone's idea of sporty. For that, you have to upgrade to the 2.4-liter engine with 201 horsepower, which requires a six-speed manual. The larger engine is more appropriate for a car of ILX's aspirations, but buyers will have to decide whether they're willing to accept the manual transmission in order to get it. For drivers who prefer a manual to begin with, springing for the 2.4-liter is money very well spent. With either engine, the ILX is enjoyable to drive, tight and nimble through the turns, and never feels bland, a tendency of many compacts.
With its four-cylinder power and smallish dimensions, the ILX isn't likely to snare your typical luxury car buyer. It's designed for folks still climbing the ladder who are willing to spend a little extra to get a level of sophistication that might otherwise be out of reach. The ILX succeeds in this regard, especially in light of this year's additional features. It's certainly a decisive cut above the average compact, and deserves more attention than its sales numbers indicate. One wonders what more standard power or a sporty coupe variant would do to boost its appeal.
The base ILX runs with a 150-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder and five-speed automatic transmission. The price of entry jumps by $1,000 this year, but buyers get a bundle of high-end equipment in return.
Every model is equipped with perforated leather seats with driver power and heat in front; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; aluminum door sill trim; an 360-watt sound system with a subwoofer; Bluetooth; push-button start; Pandora radio; a 5-inch in-dash display screen; dual-zone automatic climate control; a sunroof; heated sideview mirrors; 17-inch alloy wheels; speed-sensing wipers; and a theft-deterrent system with vehicle demobilizer.
The 2.4-liter model gets a boost to 201 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Along with the increase in performance comes unique seat stitching, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, red instrument panel lighting, aluminum pedals, xenon high-intensity headlamps, and fog lights.
All of the equipment found on the 2.0L model continues here, so you won't have to pay extra for luxuries like a sunroof or Acura's potent 360-watt sound system.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Acura ILX$26,587 | no mileage
2013 Acura ILX$26,882 | 22,720 mi
2013 Acura ILX$26,988 | 4,429 mi
2013 Acura ILX$26,988 | 7,066 mi
2013 Acura ILX$27,488 | 9,876 mi
2013 Acura ILX$27,854 | no mileage
2013 Acura ILX$28,583 | 13,232 mi
2013 Acura ILX$28,588 | 25,498 mi
2013 Acura ILX$31,977 | 11,028 mi
2013 Acura ILX$32,780 | no mileage