Flash Drive — 2013 Acura ILX

By Lary Coppola
Model Tested: ILX Tech
Engine: 2.0-Liter SOHC I-VTECH 4 Cylinder
 
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic with sequential sport-shift
EPA Ratings: 24/City, 35/Highway – 28/Combined
Base Price: $31,400
As Tested: $32,295
Performance:
Decent acceleration for a 4-banger
Excellent handling
Drive By Wire Throttle
Competent braking
Nice road feel
Comfort:
Comfortable seating in front
Good leg and head room
8-Way driver’s seat
Heated front seats
Utility:
Decent sized trunk with pass-through
Flat rear floor
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
WOW Factors:
User-friendly tech package including Navi, Satellite Radio and USB audio interface
Steering wheel-mounted controls for phone and audio — unusual in this market segment
Xenon HID headlights
Whines:
With the driver’s seat extended as high as possible (a personal seating position preference), I had trouble getting in without either hitting my head on the roof or bending my neck awkwardly. Shorter people or those who don’t care about siting up high, probably won’t have this issue.
Bottom Line: This is a great new entry from Acura. Yes, it’s basically a
highly tricked out Honda Civic, but it performs and handles very well, and comes with all the high-tech goodies we’ve come to expect in this market segment. Drives and handles as good as anything in this segment and better than some. Not bad — not bad at all.