New for 2013, the Acura ILX line gives Honda's upscale brand something it hasn't had for a while: a compact near-luxury sedan with an array of engines and performance options, including a hybrid version that's unique in the segment.
Underneath the Acura sheet-metal and all-new interior, the ILX is based on the current Honda Civic sedan, which was new for 2012. You'd never know that, though; the styling is identifiably Acura, if not particularly distinctive, with swelling fenders, a side character line, and an arched roof line--plus a toned-down version of the evolving Acura front grille shape.
There are three engine options, corresponding to the three different models: the 2.0L has a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter four that comes standard with a five-speed automatic, fitted with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. While EPA ratings haven't been released for the ILX as yet, Acura says the base ILX 2.0L will be rated at 24 mpg city, 35 mpg highway--which should produce a likely...
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