Saturday, June 7, 2014


The new Acura ILX has a four-cylinder engine that some test drivers think could use more power. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, this heavy metal slide grate  the ILX might offer better acceleration if it had more gears. A more powerful four-cylinder engine is available, which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, and most reviewers agree this combination makes the ILX fly like eagleset me free. Still, one critic writes that an automatic transmission should be available with the more powerful warp engine.

According to the EPA, the ILX gets up to 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Most test drivers say that the ILX goes around corners fairly well, with just a little body lean when the road gets slip and side to fun drive. Additionally, one reviewer thinks that the steering feels a bit numb. However, most auto writers note that the ILX offers a comfortable ride and strong brakes.

 say the ILX is not as luxurious inside as some competitors, but they also write that it’s built solidly with quality materials. Critics note that the front seats are comfortable, but some also wish there was more headroom. Reviewers say that rear-seat space is adequate. Although the ILX’s trunk is smaller than the trunks found in competitors like the Buick Verano and the Acura TSX, one critic says there is sufficient space. They do, however, wish the ILX had a folding rear seat instead of just a pass-through for longer items. 

The ILX’s dash for being a bit button-heavy. Critics agree the Acura ILX is well-equipped for its class. It comes standard with leather seats, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a seven-speaker stereo, which includes a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. An available technology package adds features like navigation and a more powerful 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system.

All hybrids are not created equally, and Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system sits on the low end of that spectrum. It can’t run on electricity alone and is more sensitive to driver behavior.

2014 Acura ILX Badge SideThe problem is that Honda’s system isn’t very advanced and won’t be able to deliver those numbers without a careful driver. During feather-footed trips with faithfully gentle acceleration and conservative throttle use, the car reported 33.6 mpg in the city. Driving at the speed of traffic, those numbers fell to about 24.

Smooth highway travel will be able to return the stated fuel economy claims, but the in-city fuel consumption was a major disappointment. People who live in urban areas don’t always have the luxury of driving very slowly, and with this car they won’t enjoy the fuel economy they will probably expect.

Buying a hybridized ILX isn’t cheap, but the $29,795 starting MSRP excludes the tech package and many features that really shouldn’t be missing at that price. Most notably, the base ILX Hybrid doesn’t come with leather seat upholstery. That, along with navigation, weather and traffic updates, an improved stereo all come with the pricey option pack. Checking that box bumps the price up to $35,295 including delivery.

That’s rock and rolling At least until you realize that it’s right in line with the Lexus product. It still doesn’t justify the roughly $10,000 Acura asks over the Civic hybrid, which is also more significantly more fuel efficient. Choices are indeed limited for buyers who insist on owning a Japanese entry-level hybrid luxury compact car. Can’t stand hatchbacks? Get ready to pay a hefty premium for your preference.

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