On The Cover Review: 2013 Acura ILX
With stringent federal fuel mileage requirements on the horizon, it stands to reason that luxury car buyers need to get used to the fact that their cars are going to be smaller and more fuel-efficient. Add to that the desire for these automakers to attract younger, less-affluent customers, and you get cars like the Honda Civic-based Acura ILX. With a starting price tag of less than $26,000, this is a car that someone might trade their Civic in on after they get that promotion. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four that generates 150-hp. For more punch, you can move up to a 2.0-liter engine good for 201-hp. Or be good for the environment and check the hybrid option, which includes a 1.5-liter gas engine paired with an electric motor and CVT transmission. The Acura ILX is styled quite a bit differently than a Civic, and it is considerably nicer inside. Plus, it obviously has a higher price tag. The question is, will this combination attract new buyers to Acura showrooms, or does it diminish the entire Acura brand? Whichever it is, it still predicts what luxury car buyers may come to expect in the future.