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Styling Size-Up: 2013 Acura ILX - MotorTrend

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Even if you find the 2013 Acura ILX’s powertrain options underwhelming, it would be disingenuous to suggest the car is a quick 2012 Honda Civic rebadge. The new Acura has presence and a bit of style for what’s intended to be an entry-level, compact, premium sedan. Don’t believe us? Take a closer look at the gallery below, which features the 2013 Acura ILX alongside the 2012 Honda Civic and 2012 Acura TSX. Compared to the Civic and TSX designs, we think the ILX’s styling is sufficiently different to justify its existence.

From the front, the 2013 Acura ILX is instantly identifiable as an Acura thanks to the power plenum badge. Unlike the 2012 Acura TSX sedan, though, the 2013 ILX features a carefully sculpted hood that draws more attention to the grille. The ILX’s lower front fascia is more subtle than the TSX’s layout, and that theme continues to the wheel well flares.

From the side, the 2013 Acura ILX ditches the 2012 Honda Civic’s black plastic panel forward of the door-mounted sideview mirrors. Like the TSX, the ILX has sideview mirrors mounted at the corner of the greenhouse, which is trimmed in chrome on both cars. The upward kink in the ILX’s rear side window more closely resembles the Civic than the TSX, but neither car has the swoopy character line that would look at home on a Buick.

Move to the rear and it’s evident the 2013 Acura ILX features a more flowing design than the crisper 2012 Acura TSX. The taillight shape recalls other Acuras like the ZDX but the smallest Acura lacks the chrome trim strip that connects the taillights on the TSX. On the ILX, you also won’t find the TSX’s prominently displayed dual exhaust setup.

Inside, the 2013 Acura ILX is nothing like the interior design in the Civic that seemed radical in 2006 compared to the rest of the compact segment. The ILX’s center stack appears to have lost the driver-focused orientation on the 2012 Honda Civic but does gain a more optimally placed navigation screen at the top of the dash, like the TSX. There’s plenty of silver trim in the ILX to match the TSX, and, as you’d expect, both Acuras have leather seats that look richer than those in the Honda Civic.

After having a look through our gallery below, tell us: What do you think of the 2013 Acura ILX design compared to the 2012 Acura TSX and 2012 Honda Civic?

Last week, the 2013 Dodge Dart was received positively. “The red model, pictured here, is stunning for its class,” noted mt, but continued: “I’m curious as to what the ‘lesser’ models will look like.”

Pmirp1 was impressed by the Dart’s design: “This is clearly a move in the right direction. While some may like and some may dislike the design, this Chrysler is taking a risk and going in a refreshing direction for compacts.”

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