2013 Acura ILX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

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2013 Acura ILX
2013 Acura ILX

New For 2013

The ILX is a new addition to the Acura model line, one priced and sized to attract young buyers to the brand for the first time.


There isn’t a single automotive luxury brand today that isn’t looking to capture the hearts and minds of a younger generation of buyers. Acura hopes its 2013 ILX resonates with that demographic. On sale since spring 2012, the ILX shares its underpinnings with the Honda Civic, but it’s hard to call it a badge-engineered product. Every inch of sheetmetal is unique to the Acura, as is the cabin, which is awash in premium materials. In spite of the shared Civic underpinnings, the ILX drives rather differently than its Honda brethren. Dual-rate dampers and unique rear suspension geometry help improve ride quality over rough surfaces. Body roll is kept in check, and the car is surprisingly neutral when pushed hard into corners. The base model bundles a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic transmission. Those seeking more pep can opt for a 2.4-liter four, which is only available with a six-speed manual. Fuel-conscious buyers can also opt for the 111-hp Hybrid model, although its sedate acceleration will hardly set any pulses racing. Standard equipment on all ILX models includes keyless entry and ignition, a power moonroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a Pandora Internet radio interface. The optional Technology Package adds ELS surround sound and navigation, but it’s not available on the 2.4-liter model.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; electronic brake distribution; brake assist functions; and a tire pressure monitor are standard.

You'll like:

  • Not just badge engineering
  • Surprisingly balanced chassis
  • Acura’s first hybrid model

You won't like:

  • Nearly costs TSX money
  • Limited options on 2.4-liter model
  • Hybrid feels anemic under hard acceleration

Key Competitors For The 2013 Acura ILX

  • Audi A3
  • Buick Verano
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Lexus CT200h
2013 Acura ILX Front Left View
The Acura Integra was one of the seminal sporty compacts and a star of the brand's early lineup. The Integra eventually went away, and when Acura's most recent entry-level model, the TSX, floated up in size and price, it left space once again for a youthful entrée into the brand. It was with fond memories of the Integra that we ordered a new Acura ILX for a yearlong test. Maybe things were simpler back in the late 1980s and early '90s (which is starting to feel like a long time ago), but the notion of a Honda Civic made nicer and sportier doesn't seem so complicated, really. Our year with the ILX, however, suggests that it is.

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2013 Acura ILX Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
150 hp @ 6500rpm
140 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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