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2013 Acura ILX Review

While the 2013 Acura ILX is neither the sportiest nor the most luxurious small sedan, its outstanding reliability score and low cost of ownership help it place in the top half of its class rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-tier reliability rating
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Numb steering
  • Underwhelming power with base engine
  • Small rear seats




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Acura ILX Overview

Is the 2013 Acura ILX a Good Used Car?

In general, the 2013 ILX is a good used luxury small car. It gets great gas mileage and has a smooth ride. Its upmarket cabin provides comfortable seats and lots of features, and its exceptional reliability rating and good safety scores further add to its appeal. However, this sedan isn't as sporty as other cars in the class, nor does it offer the level of interior refinement or luxury that you'll find in many European-badged competitors.

Used 2013 Acura ILX Performance and Interior

There are two powertrains available in the 2013 ILX. The base setup includes a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is weaker than many rivals'. It is better suited to drives around town than long-distance highway cruises. A 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder is available, and it comes with a six-speed manual transmission. This engine has better punch and produces quicker acceleration, but its exclusive pairing with a manual gearbox may be off-putting for some. With the base powertrain, the ILX gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class.

The ILX has a smooth ride and forceful brakes. However, it is not a sporty entrant in the luxury small car class. It has vague steering that provides little road feedback, and there is noticeable lean when going through quick corners.

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For the most part, the ILX has nice interior materials and handsome styling, though many entry-luxury competitors look and feel more luxurious inside. Cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard, while leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. The front seats have lots of padding to keep you comfortable. The cramped rear seats don't have much headroom, but most adults should be comfortable enough on short trips. Each of the outboard rear seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, as well as an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

Lots of features come standard in the 2013 ILX, including dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, push-button start, keyless entry, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Available upgrades include navigation, a surround-sound audio system, and satellite radio. The ILX's cabin controls are user-friendly and logically arranged. The audio controls are all made up of physical buttons and knobs. (Many competitors force you to use a touch screen for commonly used settings.) With only 12.3 cubic feet of cargo room, the ILX has a smaller trunk than most rivals.

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Used 2013 Acura ILX Prices

Prices for the 2013 ILX start at around $11,400 for the base model and go up to about $13,700 for a model with the Tech package. Exact prices vary with each vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the Acura ILX is the right car for you, we've gathered and analyzed 26 professional reviews. We've also included information about the ILX's fuel economy, safety, and much more to give you an idea of the ILX's strengths and weaknesses.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Acura ILX?

The ILX has an exceptional reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power. Luxury small cars tend to have higher reliability scores than other vehicles on the market, but the ILX's rating stands out even in the class.

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How Safe Is the ILX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the ILX five out of five stars overall, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the ILX earned the highest rating of Good in all categories tested. The ILX's safety score is typical for a luxury small car. A multi-view rearview camera is the only safety feature available.

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Is the 2013 ILX the Best Model Year to Buy?

The ILX was introduced as an all-new model for the 2013 model year. The generation includes all model years from 2013 through the new 2018 model. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a rearview camera were added to the list of standard features in the 2014 ILX, while the ILX Hybrid was discontinued for the 2015 model year.

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Which Used Acura ILX Is Right for Me?

The ILX is only offered in one trim, but there are two packages available. While there are a lot of standard features in the base model, it's only available with the underpowered standard engine. We recommend buying a model with the Premium package that's equipped with the larger engine; just keep in mind, this model is only available with a manual transmission. Models with the Premium package will also get you more features, like leather seats, heated front seats, and satellite radio. The Technology package adds navigation and a surround-sound system, but it's only available with the smaller engine. The ILX Hybrid is reviewed separately.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned ILX. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Acura ILX and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura ILX or 2013 Acura TSX?

The Acura TSX is another Acura model in the luxury small car class. You'll need to balance your needs to choose between the two. The TSX has more passenger and cargo room than the ILX. It also has better performance, offering nimble handling and a more powerful available V6. In contrast, the ILX has higher safety and reliability scores, and it gets better gas mileage. Both models are available with similar features, but the TSX comes standard with many upgrades that are only present in some used ILXs.

Which Is Better: 2013 Acura ILX or 2013 Buick Verano?

The Buick Verano is a better car than the ILX. It matches the Acura's reliability rating, but gets better crash test scores. The Verano has comfortable and composed performance, in addition to a chic interior. There are several advanced safety features available in the Verano that you can't get in the ILX, such as rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Verano also has more trunk space.

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