New 2013 Acura ILX: Mid- size luxury sedan. ..For Canada only!

Auto review by Veeno Dewan

The brand new for- Canada only Acura ILX carries on from the previous Acura CSX sedan. However unlike the CSX which was based on a rebadged Honda Civic body, the ILX is dedicated to the Acura fold with its own body style and a commitment to the brand’s core values of performance, technology and luxury.

Acura describe the new ILX sedans design as “aero-fused dynamics” with sleek, yet conservative looks.

The ILX comes in three engine versions – an entry level or premium 2.0L four cylinder engine, model, a sporty model with a 2.4L engine or a 1.5L hybrid engined version which was our tester for the week. The 2013 Acura ILX is priced from a base $27,790 to $29,990 for the ILX 2.0 Premium, $32,290 for the ILX 2.4 Dynamic and all the way up to $34,990 for the Hybrid

The interior cabins lookeds smart and sharp and are comfortable enough for four adults on long distance cruising. The 409 litre trunk of the non-hybrid models is good although the hybrids trunk is slightly less roomy. Note the rear seat folds flat but does not split 60/40 or 20/80.

The all- black seats are comfortable and general fit and finish seems to be of high standard.

The entry 2.0L model arrives with 16-inch alloy wheels, smart entry and a sunroof and its 2.0 liter four cylinder engine produces 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. Transmission is a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and fuel consumption is around the 8.6/5.6 L/100 km, city/highway, and range. The premium version offers 17-inch wheels, fog lights, HID headlights, rearview camera, heated leather seats (front) and premium audio. A Tech Package is available on Premium models, which adds ELS Surround Audio, Homelink, and Navigation.

The 2.4L engined model makes 201 hp at 7,000 rpm, and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,400 rpm and returns 9.8/6.8 L/100km, city/highway.

The ILX Hybrid model we tested with the 1.5 liter engine makes 91 hp (110 combined with electric motor) and 127 lb-ft torque has a fuel consumption of figure of 5.0/4.8 L/100 km city/highway. Our tester was a high spec Premium version and arrived as standard with the Tech package.

On the road the ILX hybrid delivered a smooth quite, refined ride and came across as very comfortable. It is no barnstormer and offers a slower rate of acceleration than its normally aspirated siblings, however fuel economy is very good and a strong point. Downside are few, the exterior design I feel could be a little more dramatic like its bigger TL brother and more eye catching to keep with the Acura’s progressive styling ethos.

However the Acura ILX is no doubt a comfortable, luxury-featured car with a choice of engines and trim lines. Deserves a closer look for sure

2013 Acura ILX priced from $27,790 – $34,990