2013 Acura ILX to Compete With Cars Like Buick Verano and Audi A3 Cars
The 2013 Acura ILX first made its debut in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show last month. At this week’s Chicago Auto Show, Acura revealed the production version, and it looks nearly identical to the concept. Based on the Civic, Acura is pitting the compact luxury sedan against cars like the Buick Verano and Audi A3 cars and is meant to appeal to first-time luxury-car buyers.
With powertrains similar to those found in the new Civic, in the ILX u get the choice of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 150 horsepower and a 2.4-liter four that gives 201 horsepower. The bigger four only comes with a manual transmission, while the smaller uses a five-speed slushbox. A hybrid is also available, pairing a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a CVT and Honda’s IMA system. Acura estimates the hybrid ILX will rate 35 mpg in town and 38 mpg on the highway. Both a Premium Package and Technology Package are being offered for this model. The Technology Package includes everything from the Premium Package but also adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather, ELS Surround Sound System, and 15 GB of hard-drive space for music storage.