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1307 2013 Acura Ilx June Update
four seasons long-term tests

2013 Acura ILX - The Song Remains The Same

Daniel Byrne
SUMMER 2013 acura ilx
2013 Acura ILX reviews to date
"I'm digging the retro appeal of a big-displacement, high-revving, naturally aspirated four-cylinder."

After deciding that the Honda Civic Si is a better sport-compact sedan than our hi-po Acura, we exiled the ILX to New York, where senior editor Joe Lorio got his first shot at our long-term Ack. Take it away, Joe.

"I had spent only a short time with the ILX last fall during All-Stars/AOY testing, so I'm coming at this pretty fresh. My first impression? What a superb shifter, what with its short throws and fluid action. The clutch feels springy, but the effort levels are friendly.

"Then there's the lively 2.4-liter engine, which is aided by the short gearing. In sixth gear at 70 mph, it turns 3000 rpm. In this day of turbocharged, direct-injected engines, I'm digging the retro appeal of a big-displacement, high-revving, naturally aspirated four-cylinder. It sounds good and has plenty of verve. I've been getting an indicated 32 mpg in a mix of suburban and expressway driving, which is not bad, but the small 13.2-gallon fuel tank and resultant short cruising range are wearisome.

"The steering is a big disappointment. It's overly light with no feel and no progressivity. There are lots of twisty, hilly, low-speed roads around here, but when your connection to the car is this lifeless wheel, you hardly want to try tackling them. It drains away any real enthusiast appeal. Previous small Acuras, the Integra and the original TSX, were much better in this regard.

"I have been shuttling teenagers around recently and so far have heard no complaints from the back seat (at least, none having to do with the car). When I checked out the back seat for myself, I found it to be almost really good. The cushion is comfortably up off the floor, legroom is good, and the armrests are nice. As a six-footer, I found headroom to be in short supply, something that you wouldn't guess from looking at the exterior.

"Speaking of the exterior, I can't help but feel that the styling is a snore. Acura should not take the failure of the ZDX as an excuse to beat a retreat in design. Handsome-not-bizarre should be achievable -- looking again at the Integra and the first TSX, one can see that Acura has achieved it in the past. And the new NSX proves that Acura does have the talent to make great-looking cars today."

Lorio neither loves nor dislikes the ILX, which means his feelings mirror ours back here in Ann Arbor. And thanks, Joe, for not whining about the "no-navigation" issue.

2013 Acura ILX Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
Body style 4-door sedan
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Engine 16-valve DOHC I-4
Displacement 2.4 liters (144 cu in)
Power 201 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque 170 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 22/31/25 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.8
Turning circle 36.1 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
Wheels 17-inch aluminum
Tires Michelin Pilot HX MXM4
Tire size 215/45VR-17
Headroom F/R 37.9/35.9 in
Legroom F/R 42.3/34.0 in
Shoulder room F/R 55.6/53.5 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in
Track F/R 59.4/60.3 in
L x W x H 179.1 x 70.6 x 55.6 in
Passenger capacity 89.3 cu ft
Cargo capacity 12.3 cu ft
Weight 2978 lb
Weight dist. F/R 61/39%
Fuel capacity 13.2 gal
Est. fuel range 330 miles
Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)
Standard Equipment
  • Power sunroof
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Leather-trimmed sport seats
  • Acura premium audio system w/7 speakers
  • SiriusXM satellite radio w/trial subscription
  • Heated front seats
  • Power 8-way adjustable driver's seat
  • Rearview camera
  • Xenon HID headlights
  • Fog lights
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • MP3/auxiliary audio jack
  • Push-button ignition
  • Bluetooth
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • USB port
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake assist
Packages & Options
  • None
JNS
Where's July?? Still really love driving this car, but I've started to have some in-car noises (a rattle in the dash, creaking at low speeds when it's hot, buzzing in the driver's door when the radio is playing) that I'm not happy about.  If I can get those taken care of under warranty I'll be back to a whole-hearted recommendation.  As it is now I can only give a qualified recommendation.  These things really detract from the overall quality feel that you expect with an upscale brand.  Deflates some of the energy I have for my "why I spent the extra $'s vs. a Civic SI" argument.  Might not be a common issue with the ILX, but still thought I'd share.
carben
I love my ILX 2.4. It makes commuting fun. Save the manuals!

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