2013 Acura ILX Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 08, 2012
  • The Acura ILX is a new entry-level compact luxury sedan
  • Three models are available: ILX 2.0L, ILX 2.4L, and ILX Hybrid
  • The ILX Hybrid is the first hybrid model to wear an Acura badge
  • Standard Bluetooth, SMS text messaging, Pandora Internet radio


Acura says the new 2013 ILX, which is based on the Honda Civic, targets Generation X and Y buyers while serving as the new gateway to the Acura brand. The ILX is a 4-door, 5-passenger sedan available with a choice between three different powertrains, including Acura's first hybrid system.Exterior FeaturesAll 2013 Acura ILX models have an expanded-view driver's side mirror design to help the driver see in the car's left blind spot. A power moonroof and automatic headlights are also standard. The ILX 2.0L is equipped with 16-inch aluminum wheels, while the ILX 2.4L gets a set of 17-inch wheels. Hybrid models have a unique 16-inch alloy wheel design, plus an integrated rear lip spoiler, unique front bumper styling details, and "Hybrid" badges.

Interior Features

Every Acura ILX comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Keyless Access Entry with push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, SMS text messaging capability, Pandora Internet radio, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and an LCD multi-information display. Trunk capacity ranges from 9.8 cubic feet to 12.4 cubic feet depending on the model, powertrain, and option package selected.

Optional Features

Options for the 2013 ILX are bundled into Premium and Technology option packages. The Premium package contains perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats, 8-way power driver's seat, upgraded sound system, multi-view reversing camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HID headlights (2.0L and 2.4L), 17-inch alloy wheels (2.0L), and Active Noise Cancellation to make the interior quieter.

The Technology package adds a 365-watt Acura/ELS premium surround-sound system, voice-recognition navigation system, real-time traffic reports with re-routing feature, real-time weather reports with radar map images, 15GB of hard drive music storage, HomeLink universal remote, and HID headlights (Hybrid).

Under the Hood

The Acura ILX 2.0L is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to produce 150 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque. A Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission is standard, transferring power to the ILX's front wheels.

If you can shift your own gears, you can get a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that's matched to a close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox. This model, called the ILX 2.4L, also adds 17-inch aluminum wheels.

For greater fuel economy, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid combines a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. This is a mild hybrid rather than a full hybrid, in that the ILX Hybrid cannot operate solely on the battery and its electric assist motor. The combined power ratings are 111 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque, with torque peaking between 1,000 and 3,500 rpm.

An idle-stop feature shuts the gasoline engine off when the ILX Hybrid comes to a stop, under certain conditions. The engine re-starts when the driver releases the brake pedal.

Fuel Economy

The EPA has not finalized fuel-economy ratings for the 2013 ILX as this preview is published. Acura, however, is making the following estimates:
  • ILX 2.0L: 24/35/28 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
  • ILX 2.4L: 22/31/25 mpg
  • ILX Hybrid: 39/38/38 mpg


In addition to an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure designed to optimize crash protection, the new Acura ILX includes six air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. A multi-view reversing camera is optional.

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