2013 Acura ILX
Do the bones of a Honda Civic make a decent Acura? Yes.
I drove the ILX for a week and my conclusion is yes. A big thumbs up for this smallÂ luxury car.
This is the brand new, entry level Acura that comes with three engine choices: a 150Â horsepower engine and five speed automatic, which I drove, a hybrid that getsÂ around 39 miles per gallon, or the 201 horsepower Civic/Acura with a six-speedÂ manual. This engine will squeeze out 24 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on theÂ highway. And itâs quite peppy connected to the automatic transmission withÂ sequential sports shift.
The interior is handsome and well done. Good solid and soft materials, a greatÂ navigation screen and rear camera. There’s no trace of the low rent materials found in theÂ Honda Civic. The seats are very cushy and supportive and the tech package includesÂ seat heaters.READ MORE: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Received Funding For A High Visibility Enforcement Initiative
The rear seating is roomy for a car this size and the flat four makes riding shotgun aÂ pleasant experience. The trunk is large enough for golf clubs and a Costco run. AllÂ the controls have a solid feel. This is a very nice steering wheel and the mountedÂ controls are well laid out.
To power up, you push a very classy startâstop button.Â The ride is smooth thanks to the fourâwheel, independent, doubleâwishbone frontÂ suspension and the four-wheel disc brakes are more than competent.Â The new corporate grill is a step in the right direction. Overall, this Acura ILX with aÂ $31,000 sticker price just might win over the 20 to 30 year old, ‘youth with maturity,’ market. Thatâs what Acura is betting on.
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Mike West has been on the air in Seattle for more than 30 years as part of Seattleâs best morning show teams. He also did mornings on KLOS Los Angeles for a little over a year before returning to Seattle. He currently hosts Breakfast With The Beatles every Sunday morning on the CBS Seattle station KZOK, 102.5 FM.