While it may be slightly more refined than the Honda Civic, Consumer Reports argues that the all-new Acura ILX is not a true luxury car.
2013 Acura ILX

Although the 2013 Acura ILX has been touted as an entry-level luxury sedan with Aero-fused Dynamics and Amplitude Reactive technology, Consumer Reports claims that it is nothing more than a “tarted up Civic.” The consumer watchdog site does concede that the ILX improves upon many of the 2012 Honda Civic’s shortcomings, but not enough to justify its base price. “Our test car stickered for just over $30,000 – a lot of coin for a Civic by any name,” says Consumer Reports.

While it does improve upon the Civic’s noisy, the Acura ILX possesses some limitations of its own. The ILX luxury sedan may ride better than the Civic, but it does not improve upon its less expensive sibling’s choppy and unrefined ride. This is due to the vehicle’s Amplitude Reactive dampers, which make for an “unsettled highway ride,” according to Consumer Reports.

As for the ILX’s engine, Consumer Reports defines it as “pokey,” yet efficient. In fact, the Acura ILX boasts a 29-mpg combined rating with its gasoline model. Although Consumer Reports tested the gasoline version, the automaker also offers a hybrid version, which gets an estimated 39-mpg city and 38-mpg highway.

Consumer Reports calls the 2013 Acura ILX a 'tarted up Civic'