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For car shoppers looking for an upscale luxury sedan that doesn't arrive with a luxurious price tag, the new 2013 Acura ILX is worth a look.

And speaking of looks, it has an attractive curb appeal. The ILX can sit in the driveway and definitely receive a thumbs up from the neighbors making an observation on looks alone.

Of course, no one wants to purchase a vehicle that looks good and can't perform. The ILX can perform as well, providing solid acceleration, a smart interior, good (not great) gas mileage, and a "fun" element thanks to its adroit handling.

This entry-level luxury sedan can be purchased for just under $26,000, while the upgraded version with the technology package isn't outrageously priced at $31,400. The ILX also comes in a hybrid with a $28,900 sticker price.

The competition includes the Buick Verano, Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h, two other premium models.

The front-wheel drive ILX replaces the TSX as Acura's most entry-level vehicle. Because it's based on the Honda Civic, some might label the ILX as an upgraded Civic. As a former satisfied Civic owner, I can honestly say that the ILX ranks quite a bit higher than a Civic and surprisingly gets a little better gas mileage.

For one thing, the ILX is a lot zippier, especially the premium model that features a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It feels quicker than the estimated 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds.

The base ILX is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. It's two seconds slower going 0-60 mph than the premium ILX. The hybrid version is a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder paired with an electric motor that has a combined 111 horsepower.

From an interior standpoint, the ILX won't dazzle anyone. However, it's very well constructed. The controls are within convenient reach and are easy to master, and even though it's small, the 5-inch display screen is a real plus. Another positive is automatic climate control that comes standard.

The ILX provides considerable space for a compact car. The front seats are both roomy and comfortable, although head room might be an issue for taller occupants. The back seat offers good leg room and passengers won't feel cramped overall. Trunk space is average at 12.4 cubic feet.

Although the ILX is no sports car, its handling does provide a sporty driving feel, thanks to its light weight and rigid suspension.

For anyone shopping for an upper-end Civic like the SI model, for only a few thousand dollars more the ILX should be considered.
2013 Acura ILX

Performance: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 150 horsepower or 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, 201 horsepower
Mileage estimate: 24-39 mpg
Price: $25,900 to $31,400
Warranty: 4years/50,000 miles; drivetrain 6 years/70,000 miles; corrosion 5 years/unlimited; roadside assistance 4 years/50,000

New Acura ILX: Luxury model minus luxury sticker price - Roseville California News including Rocklin & Placer County
 

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For anyone shopping for an upper-end Civic like the SI model, for only a few thousand dollars more the ILX should be considered.
Which is exactly why we went this way :cool:
 

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We were in a little less with my wife's Honda discount
 

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For a few thousand more the ILX is definitely worth it IMO. But some hardcore honda guys will want the Si over ILX anyday because it's a "true honda" unlike the ILX.
 

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I think it's totally worth the few extra thousand dollars... sadly I wish you still kept the navi, LSD and the sporty suspension from the SI and moved it over to the ILX would be my only complaint.. but yes, the back up camera, the interior soft touch plastics, nice layout, smart key, better steering wheel, heated seats all justify the price to me!
 

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I think it's totally worth the few extra thousand dollars... sadly I wish you still kept the navi, LSD and the sporty suspension from the SI and moved it over to the ILX would be my only complaint.. but yes, the back up camera, the interior soft touch plastics, nice layout, smart key, better steering wheel, heated seats all justify the price to me!
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I think it's totally worth the few extra thousand dollars... sadly I wish you still kept the navi, LSD and the sporty suspension from the SI and moved it over to the ILX would be my only complaint.. but yes, the back up camera, the interior soft touch plastics, nice layout, smart key, better steering wheel, heated seats all justify the price to me!
I'm with you on that. I wish it had the LSD and suspension from the Si. At least the 2.4L model.

I love the interior on the ILX. I actually like it more than the 3 gen TL that I also have.

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Okay so I've had the car for about a week now and now I'm just going to be nit-picky and things I would wish for or improved on in on a 2014 model.

My only dislikes on the car and yes I'm just being picky.
- Lack of head room compared to the civic, I'm 5'10 and would of enjoyed a little more space. My mom has a 2010 civic and there is much more interior room it seems.
- I love the rear-view dimming mirror, but why didn't they do this for the side mirrors as well?
- Bluetooth paring isn't the greatest and I don't like how you have to save the number in the car for voice command to work. Text function doesn't work with a lot of phones (At least not my Galaxy Nexus)... its 2013!!!! ...not 2006...
- Suspension is a little too soft, but I actually don't oppose this 100%... Now that I'm not a boy racer anymore it's nice to have a smooth ride, however I do wish it was more predictable in the corners.
-wish it has 60/40 folding seats in the rear

That being said I still love the car and for an entry level sedan and one that I think is amazingly priced compared to other car makes out there this car still amazes me every time I step inside.
 

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Okay so I've had the car for about a week now and now I'm just going to be nit-picky and things I would wish for or improved on in on a 2014 model.

My only dislikes on the car and yes I'm just being picky.
- Lack of head room compared to the civic, I'm 5'10 and would of enjoyed a little more space. My mom has a 2010 civic and there is much more interior room it seems.
- I love the rear-view dimming mirror, but why didn't they do this for the side mirrors as well?
- Bluetooth paring isn't the greatest and I don't like how you have to save the number in the car for voice command to work. Text function doesn't work with a lot of phones (At least not my Galaxy Nexus)... its 2013!!!! ...not 2006...
- Suspension is a little too soft, but I actually don't oppose this 100%... Now that I'm not a boy racer anymore it's nice to have a smooth ride, however I do wish it was more predictable in the corners.
-wish it has 60/40 folding seats in the rear

That being said I still love the car and for an entry level sedan and one that I think is amazingly priced compared to other car makes out there this car still amazes me every time I step inside.
You are comparing it to a 2010 Civic, which was bigger as well as the CSX. Did you ever consider buying a used CSX before looking into the ILX?
 

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No I did not. I did have a 2006 civic si and I wasn't a huge fan of the hard plastics in the interior and the double digital gauge layout and assumed the CSX would be similar. The ILX interior layout is much more upscale and attractive.
 

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No I did not. I did have a 2006 civic si and I wasn't a huge fan of the hard plastics in the interior and the double digital gauge layout and assumed the CSX would be similar. The ILX interior layout is much more upscale and attractive.
You make a very good point. Comparing interiors, the ILX beats the CSX/Civic by far, not sure what Honda was thinking doing the double stack dash, and now it's in the 9th generation civic.

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Ok I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the 2.4L engine should be standard on all ILX versions
200hp should be the least amount of HP in a near luxury offering and it seems as though everything I've read from the automotive rags agree with me.
So how long before Acura / American Honda wises-up ?
 

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Ok I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the 2.4L engine should be standard on all ILX versions
200hp should be the least amount of HP in a near luxury offering and it seems as though everything I've read from the automotive rags agree with me.
So how long before Acura / American Honda wises-up ?
I don't think they ever will. I don't see how they can justify having a 2.0 and 2.4, if they went with say a ....1.4 Turbo and 2.4 N/A then i would understand since one engine would be the MPG king.
 

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Here's a crazy idea put the 2.0L turbo Earth Dreams engine going in the new Euro Type-R into the ILX and call it an ILX Type-S and use the 2.4L across the board !!!!!!!!!!
 
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