Marketed to younger drivers looking for an entry-level premium experience, the Acura ILX is all-new for 2013. The Japanese automaker hopes this new segment of ILX buyers can be groomed into Acura loyalists and repeat buyers.
The compact sedan offers value for the money without sacrificing the upscale appeal Acura sedans typically offer. Though based on the Honda Civic—its corporate cousin—the ILX offers more than badge engineering and a higher price tag. Styling is attractive, and Acura furnishes feature-packed interiors to a high standard.
Engine choices include a standard 2-liter four-cylinder and an optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A 1.5-liter hybrid model is also available. Of particular note, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also named the ILX as a Top Safety Pick.