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Acura has produced luxury compacts in the past and done really well with them, vehicles such as the Acura EL(Honda Domani) & Acura CSX. The ILX seems to be the best so far but we can be so sure about that yet!
At the moment only real competitor the Acura ILX has is the Buick Verano. Does Buick have what it takes to be Acura at it's own game? Discuss it here!

Feel free to compare specifications, features, design, interior, exterior, powertrain, dimensions, options, packages, handling, etc..
 

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Buick beat Acura with interior design. Acura did well with making the exterior different from the Civic but they kinda slacked off with the interior.

See for yourself here:

Buick Verano Interior Pictures



 

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I dont know I think they are both pretty nice. Kind of a different class. Don't know why people are comparing the ILX with the Buick Verano. I don't see many who are in the market for an ILX also considering an Buick.
 

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I dont know I think they are both pretty nice. Kind of a different class. Don't know why people are comparing the ILX with the Buick Verano. I don't see many who are in the market for an ILX also considering an Buick.

I agree both interiors are nice, and both interiors represent each brand properly. I don't think we could of asked for a better interior, maybe wood trim but it's good enough as is. Buick is stepping up but I don't like the Verano at all.

Both the Verano and ILX are comparable since they are in the same class but like what you said most people who are in the market for an ILX probably won't consider a Buick.
 

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Buick and their buttons and lazy boy seats. I prefer less buttons, more dials and tighter seats.
Acura has the right idea here making the ILX a mix of sport and luxury. Thats the direction I think Buick should've went with instead of making this a completely luxurious vehicle that lacks the luxury drivetrain/powertrain. A compact luxury car will never drive like a big v8 luxury sedan so why not make it sporty.
 

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2013 Acura ILX to Compete With Cars Like Buick Verano and Audi A3 Cars

The 2013 Acura ILX first made its debut in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show last month. At this week’s Chicago Auto Show, Acura revealed the production version, and it looks nearly identical to the concept. Based on the Civic, Acura is pitting the compact luxury sedan against cars like the Buick Verano and Audi A3 cars and is meant to appeal to first-time luxury-car buyers.

With powertrains similar to those found in the new Civic, in the ILX u get the choice of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 150 horsepower and a 2.4-liter four that gives 201 horsepower. The bigger four only comes with a manual transmission, while the smaller uses a five-speed slushbox. A hybrid is also available, pairing a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a CVT and Honda’s IMA system. Acura estimates the hybrid ILX will rate 35 mpg in town and 38 mpg on the highway. Both a Premium Package and Technology Package are being offered for this model. The Technology Package includes everything from the Premium Package but also adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather, ELS Surround Sound System, and 15 GB of hard-drive space for music storage.
 

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audi a3.....really? a3 starts at $34 100 (USD) and knowing it's audi you can almost guarantee it will have a ton more technology than the ILX.
i have a hard time even thinking about trying to compare an acura to audi, as much as i love acura, audi is up their.
 

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Thread of the Day: Acura ILX or Buick Verano?



Like the Chevrolet-Cruze based 2012 Buick Verano, Acura’s new compact front-drive ILX sedan shares its chassis with a mainstream sedan—in this case, the 2012 Honda Civic. Even so, both automakers give their entry-level luxury sedans higher-quality interiors, distinct styling, and larger engines than their mainstream siblings. In case you haven’t already seen it, check out our 2013 Acura ILX First Drive right here.
Styling

Buick’s waterfall grille, teardrop headlights, and venti-ports distance the Verano from the Cruze. The Verano features unique side glass with chrome window trim plus more curvaceous surfacing than the Cruze. Inside the Verano’s interior features quality cloth seats or optional leather. Heated rear seats are available as is classy ambient lighting.

A toned-down version of Acura’s beak-like grille finds its way to the front of the ILX. The ILX’s profile and rear styling are more refined than the Civic’s while the taillights help distinguish the car as an Acura. Inside, the 2013 Acura ILX shares little with the Civic, again styled more like the larger TSX with silver trim and richer-looking seats.

Powertrains

The Buick Verano replaces the Chevy Cruze’s 138-hp turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a larger 180-hp 2.4-liter inline four mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.The Verano is rated 21/32 mpg city/highway. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Regal may make its way under the Verano’s hood later, but for now, there’s only one Verano powertrain offered.

Unlike the Verano, the 2013 Acura ILX will offer three distinct powertrains including the hybrid system from the Honda Civic Hybrid, which should be good for 39/38 mpg. The mainstream engine will be a 150-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed auto (EPA estimated at 24/35 mpg). Acura will also offer the 201-hp 2.4-liter four-banger and six-speed manual combo from the Honda Civic Si. The top engine should return 22/31 mpg.
Impressions

During testing, we found the Buick Verano was solid, but not designed for drivers who enjoy attacking winding roads: “The chassis, like the engine, isn’t tuned for the enthusiast. The suspension, featuring the Z-link rear, is well-controlled and capable of making crisp mountain road moves while maintaining the supple ride over bad roads and washboards you’d expect from this brand.”

Our initial drive impressions of the Acura ILX found that cars equipped with the smooth-revving and sounding 2.4-liter I-4 and six-speed manual were the most impressive. Unfortunately, the electric power steering was overboosted and numb at all speeds. The new 150-hp 2.0-liter four makes the most of its 140 lb-ft of torque thanks to automatic transmission’s paddle shifters. The Hybrid engine paired with the CVT was the least fun to drive of the bunch, but compensated with the highest fuel efficiency.

Which compact, front-drive near-luxury sedan would you choose: the Chevy Cruze-based Buick Verano or Honda Civic-based Acura ILX? Sound off in the comment section below.

Read more: Thread of the Day: Acura ILX or Buick Verano? - WOT on Motor Trend
 

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The Buick interior is the better one out of the two no questions asked. But at the end of the day, the exterior still screams maturity. A little too much. I have noticed Buick trying to get that stereotype off but when I look at a Buick i could still just see a 40+ driving it. I'm not gonna lie but power and interior characteristics are looking much better but I can see the Acura ILX handling better.
 

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They make a very good point on the build quality on interiors on both the ILX and Verano, Acura did do a far better job in my opinion. I was never a fan of GM's interior's, they always had this bold and in your face look that comes off us ugly. But they did beat the ILX's cabin when it came to noise. Now only if Acura can focus on making this a quiet ride it would give people more of a reason to choose it over the Verano.
 

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Here's another comparison article by driving.ca.

They also place the Verano above the ILX. But for manual drivers they did recommend the ILX instead. I find it odd how all these reviewers agree that the ILX drives better, but ultimately it loses due to the Verano's better luxury.

This should be a wake up call to Acura to work on bettering the interior build quality. They have the engine and performance down, now they should focus a little more on improving everything else.
 

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Here's another comparison article by driving.ca.

They also place the Verano above the ILX. But for manual drivers they did recommend the ILX instead. I find it odd how all these reviewers agree that the ILX drives better, but ultimately it loses due to the Verano's better luxury.

This should be a wake up call to Acura to work on bettering the interior build quality. They have the engine and performance down, now they should focus a little more on improving everything else.
At the end of the day, it's mostly the reviewer's opinion on what's good and whats not. It's best if we take in what they have to say and judge for ourselves.
I actually think the ILX is great, it's suitable for the Acura brand and lives up to everything Honda and Acura is a about meanwhile offering more and keeping Acura up with the rapidly changing auto industry.

But Yes, they can make their car's much more luxurious. ALL new Acura's are like this, even the new Acura RLX took heat for not being a true luxury flagship sedan.
 

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The Verano is more comfortable not doubt. The one time I test drove one I noticed. But I did not like how it drove at all.

And for me the drive is more important. It is not like the ILX is uncomfortable.
I have had the same experience. Seems the the Buick Verano was built more for comfort than performance and handling. Where as the Acura ILX feels more stiff and attached to the road and better for handling. Just depends I would love to be comfortable but would much rather pick the better handling vehicle which is the ILX
 
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