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Drive review: 2013 Acura ILX

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The all-new ILX is Acura\'s entry-level compact luxury sedan, and it is available with the brand\'s gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain.Slotted below the TSX, Acura officials say the ILX is “roughly” based on the Honda Civic, with improvements added to bring it to the luxury level. The ILX comes in three variations: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder-powered variant with an automatic transmission that is available with a premium or tech package; a sportier 2.4-liter four-cylinder model equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid version with a continuously variable transmission that is also available with the premium or tech packages. The ILX hybrid is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated 38 mpg on the highway. The ILX with the 2.0-liter engine—which Acura expects to account for 75 percent of ILX sales—makes 150 hp at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. Power was decent, but the ILX with the 2.4-liter manual was more fun to drive. The engine revved quite loudly, but true enthusiasts won\'t mind. The hybrid\'s gasoline engine and electric motors team to produce 111 hp at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000 rpm and 3,500 rpm. At a stop, the engine enters an idle-stop mode to save fuel and reduce emissions, remaining off until the brake pedal is released. On all models, we liked the responsive brake feel and the four-wheel independent double-wishbone front suspension, which made for a smooth ride. The ILX 2.4-liter manual is only available in one trim, though, so you\'ll have to weigh fun driving dynamics versus technology bonuses such as navigation and a stellar audio system. The ILX sedan is stylish and delivers a luxurious, comfortable ride. It has Acura\'s new corporate grille, which is a step back from the brand\'s previously overbold grilles. The former look drew some criticism, and Acura responded with a more subdued front end and an aerodynamic-focused design that keeps the new car looking sporty. Inside, the ILX is all luxury, with a supple steering wheel, soft-touch leather all around and seats that couple support and comfort. For a compact luxury sedan, the ILX is spacious enough. It holds five adults, even though headroom might be tight for taller individuals. There isn\'t much storage in the center console or the door pockets, but Acura makes up for that by adding an extra-large glovebox. At 12.4 cubic feet in the base model, the Acura\'s cargo area isn\'t as big those in competitors such as the Buick Verano, which measures 14 cubic feet for the base model. The ILX still had plenty of room for weekend errands. The rear seats fold down in non-hybrid models for added space. Do I want one? Acura marketing buffs branded the ILX “youth with maturity” and say that\'s exactly who the car is meant for. The target customers for the new ILX are Gen X and Y—successful 20- and 30-somethings who are moving into the luxury car ranks but who are still looking for high-value. If that\'s you, this could be your car. The ILX would be best for a driver who doesn\'t need to consistently haul people, but would work for families seeking an entry-level luxury sedan. The ILX is competing against the Audi A3, the Lexus CT200h and the mainstream Verano—all solid offerings for this segment. The Audi A3 is smaller on space but offers an all-wheel-drive option. The Lexus CT 200h has unique styling and gets 42 mpg combined at a price of $29,995. The Verano could be the ILX\'s toughest competitor, as a larger, mainstream vehicle with a base price of $23,470. Shoppers might want to compare each car\'s standard features, since Acura offers as standard a keyless access system, a five-inch color central display and a power-operated glass moonroof with tilt feature and sliding sunshade.

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