Honda’s luxury division has been busy making models to meet the needs and wants of a wealthier consumer base, but now Acura is back to a more affordable segment with a decent entry into the four-door marketplace. The ILX is an all-new offering from the Japanese carmaker, and it hits the showroom with three different configurations – base, premium, and hybrid.
The standards in the lLX are generous for its class. Sunroof, Bluetooth, Pandora integration, keyless entry and start, and a backup camera are all included with this competitive little cutie.
Changes for 2013
The Acura ILX is a brand new offering for 2013.
What We Like
The cabin feels expensive, and the architecture is meaty to allow for good sound insulation. The Civic is awesome and the ILX is like a slightly better Civic. The exterior is a perfect combination of contemporary styling with traditional lines – the design does not tilt too dramatically in either direction. The available Technology package boosts the audio up to 10 speakers, and gives you real-time info and navigation through AcuraLink, beefing up what is already a pretty tech-conscious ride. The inclusion of a hybrid option offers buyers the chance to get real relief at the pump.
What Concerns Us
The roominess factor isn’t as spacious as it could be, but because the ILX came out and virtually defined its own segment it’s hard to make a good comparison to non-existent competition. The grille is a bit retro (not in a cool, vintage way) and the 2.0 in the base model probably isn’t the best choice if you live in a steep, hilly area.
- 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder 5-speed automatic with 140 lb.-ft. of torque, 150 HP, and 24/35 mpg.
- 2.4L in-line 4-cylinder 6-speed manual with 170 lb.-ft. of torque, 201 HP, and 22/31 mpg.
- 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder with electric motor, 127 lb.-ft. of torque, 111 HP, and 39/38 mpg.
In August 2012 Honda issued a recall due to the possibility that the door latch mechanism could be caused to malfunction if the locks are activated while the door handle is being used. This could potentially cause the door to open unexpectedly during travel or in a crash. The company issued notices as well as a statement that the problem would be repaired for free.
In July 2014 Honda issued a recall due to potential overheating in the headlamps. This could cause melting or even a fire. Notices were sent to owners and the problem may be fixed free of charge.
There are very few consistent complaints about this model. One interesting report states that the car’s alarm system and locks would spontaneously activate themselves, then turn off again. No cause was found by the dealership, and others have experienced this issue with no answers.