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2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

Luxury Hybrid Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Acuara ILX Hybrid
In short: An affordable and well-equipped hybrid sedan.

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid Review

Based on the same platform as the Honda Civic Hybrid, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid offers a surprising amount of luxury for a starting price of under $30,000.

Utilizing the Civic’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid powertrain, the ILX Hybrid combines a 1.5-liter inline-4 with a 23-horsepower electric motor to achieve a fuel economy of 39 mpg highway. A generous Tech package adds cool amenities like heated leather seats, ELS surround sound, a rearview camera, and navigation with an extensive database of destinations like restaurants, ATMs and more. The front-wheel drive ILX aims at buyers looking for economy, safety and value on the near-luxury end of the premium car market. Rather than being a sporty BMW 3-series competitor, the ILX provides a refined premium small-car experience. Think of it as a luxury sedan and you might well be disappointed, but if you instead think of the ILX as a very nice Honda Civic, you’ll get the car’s appeal.

Like the 2014 Civic with which it shares a platform, the Acura ILX is one of the few compact cars to earn the IIHS’s top safety pick+ rating, doing well in crash-tests and providing some measure of accident avoidance technology. We think the ILX is nicely styled, especially in profile, though the trademark Acura “beak” is sort of love-it-or-hate-it. Inside, materials quality is high, fit and finish is good, and most controls are laid out ergonomically.

Though the ILX has a solid chassis and feels comfortable to drive, it’s somewhat let down by its Civic-hybrid powertrain. It’s 111 total horsepower can feel inadequate during freeway merging, and it’s 10.8 second 0-60 time is somewhat tepid in a world where a base-model Mazda 3 does the same feat in under 8 seconds (and achieves one more MPG on the highway as well.)

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile rust perforation limited warranty; four-year/50,000-mile Acura Genuine Accessories limited warranty; four-year/50,000-mile Acura Total Luxury Care with Roadside Assistance

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Base Price: $34,400 / As Tested: $35,295

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hybrid sedan

Engine: 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with electric motor
Horsepower: 111 hp @ 5,500 rpm (combined gas and electric motors)
Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 1,000-3,500 rpm (gas and electric motors)
Transmission: continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters

Curb weight: 2,959 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 179.1 / 70.6 / 55.6 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; independent multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 10.8 seconds
60-0 mph: 117 ft
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 39 mpg
EPA Highway: 38 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; front side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags


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Photography: AlphaMedia

Make: Acura, Vehicle Type: Sedan

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