2013 Acura ILX

The 2013 Acura ILX combines luxury and affordability. It comes with a variety of features that make it worth exploring.

Engine Performance

The car is powered by an aluminum-alloy Inline-4 with 140 horsepower 2.0 Liter engine. It has an electronic ignition and uses premium unleaded gasoline. The 4 cylinder engine accelerates rather smoothly.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $25,900.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gallons (50L) MPG: 24 city / 35 hwy
Length: 179.1 in. (455 cm) Wheel Base: 105.1 in. (267 cm)
Height: 55.6 in. (141.2 cm) Width: 70.6 in. (179.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 2910 lbs (1320 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.2 in. (15.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 12.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 2.0L Inline4 SOHC, i-VTEC® Compression Ratio: 10.6: 1
Horsepower: 150 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 140 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds 1/4 Mile: 14.6 seconds
Available Trims & Engine
Option:ILX w/ Prem Package MSRP: $29,200; MPG: 24 city / 35 hwy
Option:ILX w/ Tech Package MSRP: $31,400; MPG: 29 city / 38 hwy
Option:ILX Hybrid MSRP: $28,900; MPG: 39 city / 38 hwy

The ILX can get up to 24 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. There are low-friction piston rings that actually help improve fuel economy. The throttle system is also sensitive, which means a smooth and powerful drive with quick responses.


There is a multi-view camera that offers the driver a view of the rear from the inside. This makes driving a lot safer, especially when children are nearby. This is available in a certain packages, which costs extra. The sleek design is accompanied by different sized wheels for each of the models. The maximum seating capacity is for five people.


The front seats move in different positions and are made of a plush material for comfortable rides. The rear seats have a lot of space with leg and toe room for adults to fit in. There are also two cup holders and buckles for all passengers. The cargo area is 12.2 cubic feet in the standard model. The automatic climate control inside the cabin allows the passenger and driver to control individual temperatures.

The dashboard is equipped with a design that offers the driver all the controls they need. They are easy to reach and include changing the temperature and radio with simple controls. The five inch color display tells audio information for the driver and passengers to be able to easily see. There is also a keyless access system with a push button start.

Safety & Reliability

The Acura ILX is built with a six-airbag system. There are two in the front, two on the sides and two side curtain airbags as well. There are sensors built in that detect whether or not a seat is empty, which will determine if an airbag should go off during a collision. The child safety feature detects the position of a child to determine how an airbag needs to go off during a collision.

The breaking system comes with ABS standard and electronic brake distribution. There is also a security system that will set off a horn and lights. This will be followed by the car disabling the ignition.

Pros & Cons

  • This is similar to several other cars, but is $10,000 less.
  • A brand that fits both older and younger drivers.
  • Easy for a family to use because of the passenger space.
  • The Acura ILX offers more features per dollar than many other similar models.
  • The acceleration isn’t as quick as some drivers like.
  • Not as many technological features that are compatible with smart phones. Some drivers might not enjoy driving without these features.


Two vehicles that may be compared with the new ILX are the high priced Lexus IS250 (MSRP $34,965; 21 city / 30 hwy) and the Audi A3 (MSRP $28,750; 22 city / 28 hwy).

Overall Rating
70 out of 100

What others say:

“Though Acura doesn’t like to dwell on the Honda Civic basis for the ILX, it’s there–but it’s all under the skin. On the outside, the ILX is its own car, with low and wide proportions, a long hood and short rear deck, aerodynamic character lines, and Acura’s signature front-end look.”Car Connection

“Acura says the ILX has quicker steering than the Civic on which it’s based, and it combines with the taut suspension and relatively low weight to provide a sporty driving feel.”Consumer Guide

“The 2013 Acura ILX is Acura’s new compact sedan powered by a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine or an optional 201-horsepower 2.4-liter engine.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 2013 Acura ILX sedan has set its sights on tapping into a 4-door luxury-leaning market that sits just below, in price and size, the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 audience. ”KBB

“Excellent build quality, good fuel economy and palatable starting prices make the 2013 Acura ILX an intriguing option for those who’d like a luxury car without the big payment.”Edmunds