This article was published on June 15th, 2013
If you’ve owned your car for a while and thinking that it’s time for an upgrade, it’s time to take a look at the 2013 Acura ILX. This car has amazing sleek lines, a powerful, fuel-efficient engine, awesome driver features, and an affordable price tag; making it one of the most attractive cars for young, sophisticated, and first-time luxury car buyers.
Under the hood there is an impressive 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower. This is the first year that a hybrid has been available in the ILX model, which features a fuel-efficient 1.5-litre engine and an integrated electric motor.
The exterior of the car shows youthfulness, with a sense of business-professional; something most young professionals are looking for as they are growing in to their careers and starting to move up the corporate ranks. The exterior has great aerodynamic design, with complimenting design details that give it character and movement. The frame is designed for driver stability and safety, providing a fantastic driver experience.
Safety is something that car owners shouldn’t have to worry about, and the Acura ILX has drivers in mind. The car has been built with a patent A.C.E. technology, which means that in a crash the body of the car will take the impact, leaving the passengers inside the cabin safe and secure. Inside there are driver and passenger airbags, and driver stability assist controls to help the driver in the event of an incident on the road.
Driver comfort and satisfaction are the highlights inside the vehicle. The driver can quickly shift through the 6-speed standard transmission in just seconds on an open highway, and get comfortable by opening up the sunroof and letting in the breeze, while cranking up the tunes on the surround-sound stereo.
Canadian drivers will appreciated the heated leather seats come winter, which have electric adjustments and seat memory settings for up to two different drivers. The interior detail is impressive, right down to the silver accent trim and white accent stitching in the leather seats.
While the audio system does have great sound and hands-free connectivity, it lacks BlueTooth integration and simple-to-set-up smartphone connectivity; however, there is a helpful rear back-up camera. It would have been great to have seen a full touch-screen panel with GPS maps and smartphone connectivity, especially for a vehicle geared towards a younger, more sophisticated, on-the-go audience. Oh, and oddly, there’s a CD player – who has CD’s in their cars these days? LOL
Other driver luxuries include push start/stop (keyless) ignition, dual temperature controls, and audio/voice controls on the steering wheel. To add a touch of speed there are awesome sport pedals – vroom vroom!
Wrapping up the entire package is the amazing sound the Acura ILX makes as you take off at a green light, leaving the other cars behind, as the tail pipe turns out a loud, sporty belch of power. Take that!
The Acura ILX starts at just $27,790 and goes up to $34,490; pretty decent for a luxury sports car. Test drive one today at your local Acura dealer – you’ll love it!
Original Style / Design: ★★★★☆
Material / Workmanship: ★★★★☆
Makes a Statement: ★★★★★
Price / Value: ★★★★★