2013 Acura ILX Premium

A value-driven luxury sedan.

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  • Fuel economy
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This entry-level luxury sedan pairs a comfortable, amenity-laden interior with a free-revving 201-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4.

A sound value proposition, all ILX sedans come well-equipped, and our Silver Moon-hued tester’s Premium package added leather-trimmed sport seats, XM satellite radio and a multi-view rear camera display.

The ILX we sampled shares its 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission with the Honda Civic Si. As in the Honda, we found the transmission easy and satisfying to use, with one of the best "feeling" shift-mechanisms in the business. The engine also wins praise for its flexibility and willingness to rev. Despite its rather long stroke design, Honda's large 4-cylinder feels most at home in the upper half of the rev range, singing happily to redline in a way that reminds us of the old "VTEC" screamers from the 1990s.

The smallest Acura performs in a way that's mostly par for this class, despite being one of the only models in it to offer only naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engines. 0-60 comes up in a relatively brisk 6.4 seconds, with the quarter-mile taking about 15 flat. Handling is front-drive but sporty. The electric power steering gives decent feel and the taut chassis makes turn-in sharp.

That said, the ILX, even in premium guise, strikes an uneasy balance between economical luxury sedan and luxury-branded economy car. Some might argue that the best elements of the Acura ILX are, in fact, those it shares with the Honda Civic Si: its capable chassis and superb powertrain. What you get with the ILX that the Civic won't offer you is primarily aesthetic: the Acura has a more grown-up appearance and a slightly more full-featured interior, though it still won't be as luxurious as an optioned-out Accord.

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: $29,200

As Tested: $29,200

  • 22 / 31 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 201 hp @ 7,000 rpm
  • Horsepower
  • 138 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.4-liter inline-4
  • Horsepower: 201 hp @ 7,000 rpm
  • Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 2,978 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: 6.4 sec
  • 60-0 mph: n/a
  • Top Speed: 138 mph
  • EPA City: 22 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 31 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 25 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: dual-stage front airbags; front side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags

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