2013 Acura ILX Hybrid Overview
Acura enters the hybrid market with the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid. This four-door sedan takes its cues from the Honda Civic, providing hybrid luxury at a competitive price.
The ILX Hybrid employs a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with a 108-volt permanent magnet electric motor and 144-volt lithium-ion battery for a combined 111 horsepower. The continuously variable transmission includes paddle shifters for sportier drive control, and a dash-mounted ECON button adjusts the engine and transmission for more fuel-efficient performance.
Speaking of fuel efficiency, the 2013 ILX Hybrid turns in an impressive performance with fuel economy ratings of 39 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Interior features include automatic climate control with an option to add GPS-linked temperature control, which monitors the sun’s intensity and relative location to the vehicle to keep all seats at a designated temperature. Standard seating includes cloth trim and a manually adjustable driver’s seat, with an upgrade to leather seating, front heated seats, and an eight-way power driver’s seat available. The five-inch color screen displays information about the audio system, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and the optional rear camera’s multi-view. The standard audio system includes USB and iPod integration and Pandora Internet radio through Bluetooth audio streaming. Technology upgrades include an eight-inch display with navigation system, XM satellite radio, and voice-activated controls.
The ILX hybrid features the same sporty and sophisticated styling as its non-hybrid counterpart, adding chrome accents to the lower front trim and a trunk spoiler for a distinctive appearance. Fog lights are included with the ILX Hybrid, as is a powered moonroof with tilt feature. The standard sixteen-inch aluminum alloy wheels can be upgraded to seventeen-inch alloys with high-performance all-season tires.
Safety features include six standard airbags, including front, front side and side curtain airbags. On-road stability is enhanced with an adaptive vehicle stability assist traction control system, which adjusts engine speed and braking to keep the ILX Hybrid under control. The four-wheel antilock brakes include electronic brake distribution and brake assist for responsive braking, and the chassis is built with an energy distribution technology that channels front-impact forces throughout the frame for additional occupant safety.
The 2013 ILX Hybrid is a respectable first for Acura, offering a luxurious hybrid model at a reasonable price. Acura has capitalized on the success of the Honda Civic Hybrid to take the best of its counterpart’s fuel efficiency and has paired it with the uncompromising luxury that has built the Acura brand.