In a step back toward its ancestry, Acura, Honda’s luxury separation, is once again contribution a less-is-more entry level lavishness dense car. Slotted below the TSX, the 2013 Acura ILX is somewhat suggestive of the 1986-2001 Integra, but prepared with more comfort. And, like the Integra before it, the ILX split its podium with the latest generation Honda Civic. However, don’t release the ILX as just a dressed up Civic with an Acura nameplate; there are remarkable engineering changes and inside modification.
More purposely, the base non-hybrid ILX is prepared with a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic diffusion and starts at $25,900. For lots of wahoos, the ILX Quality non-hybrid is powered by a 2.4-liter, 201 horsepower four associated to a close-ratio six speed manual shifter and is priced at $29,200. Alternately a five-speed automatic transmission edition of this 2.4-liter Premium spruce level is obtainable for the same price.
The 2013 ILX Hybrid utilizes Honda’s fifth production hybrid power train system that the automaker calls Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). It’s an evocative name in that an ultra-thin, 17.2-kilowatt brushless electric motor/generator is “included” between the engine and diffusion and only “assists” the gasoline engine through acceleration, which saves gas.
The 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine features Honda’s i-VTEC intake and fatigue tap control system. The engines create 90 horsepower and 97 pounds-feet of torque. Motorized by the lithium-ion battery, the electric motor formulates 23 horsepower and 78 pounds-feet of torque for a mutual system output of 111 horsepower and 127 pounds-feet.
Styling won’t have you running to the neighboring Acura dealer; however, the ILX is rather handsome, although a tad traditional. Kudos to the fashionable who toned down Acura’s existing overly large, wicked chrome grille that surely grabs notice, but for the wrong reasons. The new face has a slender version of the grille that is inflection with thin, tapered lower air intakes and gets attention for the right cause – its good design.
With the Honda Civic’s ride and handling standing of being amongst the very best in class, engineers had a leg up in alteration the framework to conform to Acura’s custom of overall driving fun with a refined feel in ride and handling. Acura reworked the multi-link rear suspension’s geometry, amend bushings and added dampers with two-stage valving at all four angle. The ILX also has a earlier steering ratio for a crisper steering reply and body tensional inflexibility is augmented for added control through cornering.