2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

An affordable and well-equipped hybrid sedan.

  • Likes
  • fuel efficiency
  • Dislikes
  • lack of power

Based on the same platform as the Honda Civic Hybrid, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid offers a surprising amount of luxury for a starting price of under $30,000.

Utilizing the Civic’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid powertrain, the ILX Hybrid combines a 1.5-liter inline-4 with a 23-horsepower electric motor to achieve a fuel economy of 39 mpg highway. A generous Tech package adds cool amenities like heated leather seats, ELS surround sound, a rearview camera, and navigation with an extensive database of destinations like restaurants, ATMs and more. The front-wheel drive ILX aims at buyers looking for economy, safety and value on the near-luxury end of the premium car market. Rather than being a sporty BMW 3-series competitor, the ILX provides a refined premium small-car experience. Think of it as a luxury sedan and you might well be disappointed, but if you instead think of the ILX as a very nice Honda Civic, you'll get the car's appeal.

Like the 2014 Civic with which it shares a platform, the Acura ILX is one of the few compact cars to earn the IIHS's top safety pick+ rating, doing well in crash-tests and providing some measure of accident avoidance technology. We think the ILX is nicely styled, especially in profile, though the trademark Acura "beak" is sort of love-it-or-hate-it. Inside, materials quality is high, fit and finish is good, and most controls are laid out ergonomically.

Though the ILX has a solid chassis and feels comfortable to drive, it's somewhat let down by its Civic-hybrid powertrain. It's 111 total horsepower can feel inadequate during freeway merging, and it's 10.8 second 0-60 time is somewhat tepid in a world where a base-model Mazda 3 does the same feat in under 8 seconds (and achieves one more MPG on the highway as well.)

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile rust perforation limited warranty; four-year/50,000-mile Acura Genuine Accessories limited warranty; four-year/50,000-mile Acura Total Luxury Care with Roadside Assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $34,400

As Tested: $34,400

  • 39 / 38 mpg
  • EPA
  • 10.8 sec
  • 0-60
  • 111 hp @ 5,500 rpm (combined gas and electric motors)
  • Horsepower
  • 0 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with electric motor
  • Horsepower: 111 hp @ 5,500 rpm (combined gas and electric motors)
  • Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 1,000-3,500 rpm (gas and electric motors)
  • Transmission: continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters
  • Curb Weight: 2,959 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 105.1 in
  • Length: 179.1 in
  • Width: 70.6 in
  • Height: 55.6 in
  • Turning circle: 36.1 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; independent multi-link rear
  • Traction: electronic stability control with traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 10.8 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 117 ft.
  • Top Speed: 0 mph
  • EPA City: 39 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 38 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 38 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: dual-stage front airbags; front side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags

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