Acura Automobiles: 2013 ILX

Fast-changing market conditions have challenged and inspired every automaker to invent, adapt and innovate at a rapid pace to meet new demands. For Acura the result is the all-new ILX, Acura’s latest high-content, value-for-money compact luxury sedan. Featuring a windswept exterior design with 5-passenger cabin, a flat-bottom unit body that minimizes aerodynamic drag and a choice of three powertrains – including Acura’s first gasoline-electric hybrid – the new ILX delivers magnificently in the value, performance, style and luxury arenas. Of course, the ILX is every bit an Acura, designed and equipped from the ground up to satisfy Acura customers with benchmark new technologies in its class.


The target customers for the new ILX are the younger members of Generation X and members of Generation Y— successful 20- and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks but looking for high-value propositions in their purchases. They are young business professionals who are most likely single or soon to be married. They live in larger cities, are very much still in touch with a youthful mindset and lifestyle, and yet now embrace adult proprieties and values. In short, like the ILX, they embody “youth with maturity.”

Style, substance, performance, efficiency and environmental stewardship are all important to these emerging luxury customers, and the Acura ILX combines all of these qualities in one vehicle— solidly below the $30,000 price point that is considered the gateway to luxury.


Competition is fast evolving in the entry-level luxury segment that the ILX enters. Key competitors for the new ILX include vehicles such as the Audi A3, the Lexus CT200h, and new premium mainstream offerings such as the Buick Verano. More than any other arena in the luxury car category, this segment is exceptionally price and value conscious, making the ILX’s standard and available features even more essential.


The ILX model range includes the 150-horsepower 4-cylinder 2.0L version that comes highly equipped with standard features such as automatic climate control, a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission and unique Amplitude Reactive Dampers for outstanding ride quality. The ILX 2.4L features the robust performance of a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine with 201-horsepower, a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and 17-inch diameter wheels. The ILX Hybrid utilizes an efficient 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that teams with an electric motor to produce 111 horsepower while also achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg on the highway.

In addition to the long list of standard features, available upgrades include a Premium package and a Technology Package, which contain features such as an Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System, HID headlights, navigation system and much more.

Safety is a design tenet that is critically important to the Acura Division. Accordingly, the new ILX includes myriad safety systems and designs to protect not only the vehicle occupants, but also occupants of other vehicles as well as pedestrians. Some of these safety items include an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE)™ body structure, a complement of airbags, and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that can help the driver avoid trouble. Internal testing* indicates that the ILX should achieve top safety ratings in both federal (NHTSA) and independent (IIHS) crash tests— including a “5-Star” overall vehicle score from NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK designation from the IIHS.

*The 2013 ILX had not been crash tested as of March 2012. However, Acura expects that the ILX will receive a 5-STAR Overall Vehicle Score in governmental testing and GOOD ratings in all tests by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


For 2013, the ILX introduces a host of technologies that help advance fuel efficiency, comfort, convenience and safety. Some of the key features include:

All Models

  • Unit-body construction with flat-bottom design
  • High-density catalytic converter with lower use of precious metals
  • Battery Management System (BMS)
  • VSA® with Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Amplitude Reactive Dampers
  • Active Noise Control system (Premium and Technology packages, except Hybrid)
  • One-touch turn signal system
  • SMS text messaging feature
  • Pandora® internet radio interface

ILX 2.0L

  • 2.0-liter, SOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission

ILX 2.4L

  • 2.4-liter, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission

ILX Hybrid

  • 1.5-liter, SOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • First-ever Acura model with hybrid powertrain
  • Fifth-generation of hybrid system with electric motor
  • Lithium-ion battery technology


Acura has long been known for its world-class engine technology and a continuous process of innovation and improvement. At the core of Acura’s powertrain engineering is the ongoing pursuit of greater performance, enhanced fuel economy and low emissions. The 2013 ILX embodies this ongoing effort with a trio of available gasoline and hybrid powertrains that offer unique solutions for different buyers.

An advanced 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter i-VTEC® engine is standard in the ILX, coupled with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. The performance-oriented ILX is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine producing 201 horsepower that is transferred through a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. And finally, the ILX Hybrid is powered by a 111-horsepower, ultra-efficient 1.5-liter i-VTEC® engine that teams with an integrated electric motor and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

All ILX models have Acura’s new Battery Management System (BMS) that is designed to reduce the chance of a dead battery as well as to help increase the service life of the battery.


The ILX is powered by a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 16 valves, i-VTEC® and a dual-stage intake manifold. The 2.0L produces 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine returns an EPA-estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 24/35/28 miles per gallon with its 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine conforms to Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-2) in all US states as well as conforms to Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards in California.

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



  • 2.0-liter, SOHC, aluminum inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 150 hp at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • 16-valve, SOHC, with i-VTEC® “intelligent” valve-control system
  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals*
  • EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 24/35/28 mpg

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.


  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel-drive (FWD)


The ILX 2.4L is powered by a dual overhead cam (DOHC), 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that uses 16 valves, i-VTEC® valvetrain system and a specially tuned intake manifold. The engine produces 201 horsepower. The i-VTEC® “intelligent” valve-control system, unique friction-reducing technologies and extensive weight control measures helps the ILX simultaneously deliver spirited acceleration, good fuel economy and low exhaust emissions.

Even with its impressive horsepower and torque figures, the 2013 ILX 2.4L has an EPA-estimated* city rating of 22 mpg and 31 mpg on the highway. In keeping with Acura’s proven commitment to the environment, the engine also meets strict Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) tailpipe emissions standards.
The ILX 2.4L is available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter. Designed to be compact and lightweight, the 6-speed has also been engineered to provide the quick and precise shift action of a performance transmission. The manual transmission also includes a clutch with a torsion mechanism that enhances clutch refinement in terms of engagement and feel.

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



  • 2.4-liter, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 201 hp at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • i-VTEC® “intelligent” valvetrain system
  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals*
  • EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 22/31/25 mpg

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.


  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel-drive (FWD)


Acura’s first-ever hybrid drivetrain system uses a gasoline engine as the primary source of power while an electric motor provides additional power and electricity regeneration capability. The system consists of a 1.5-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine connected to an integrated electric motor and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the 23-horsepower (17.2 kilowatt) electric motor. Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor team to produce 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,500 rpm.
Depending on conditions, during acceleration the 1.5L engine (or the engine and electric motor together) propel the vehicle. During cruising, the gasoline engine and/or the electric motor can propel the vehicle. During braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as generator to replenish the battery pack. At a stop, the engine can enter an idle-stop mode to save fuel and reduce emissions, and the engine remains off until the brake pedal is released.
The ILX Hybrid has an EPA-estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 39/38 mpg.

Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



  • 1.5-liter, SOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 111 hp at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,500 rpm
  • Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) head with 2-valves per cylinder
  • i-VTEC® valvetrain control system
  • Variable Cylinder Management™
  • “Intelligent” Sequential Ignition with two spark plugs per cylinder
  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals*

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

Integrated Electric Motor

  • 23-horsepower (17.2 kilowatt) ultra-thin DC brushless motor
  • High-power lithium-ion battery
  • Intelligent Power Unit (IPU)
  • Automatic Idle Stop
  • Regenerative braking

Emissions / Fuel Economy

  • Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-2)
  • Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) (in CARB states)
  • EPA-estimated (city/highway/combined) fuel economy of 39/38/38 mpg


Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Front-wheel-drive (FWD)


Sleek, sporty and aerodynamically efficient, the exterior of the all-new Acura ILX simultaneously combines luxury, performance and efficiency. Design is critical to luxury car buyers, but increasingly, so is fuel economy. The Acura ILX delivers both with a wide, low stance, a long nose and a short tail that are keen-edged and individualistic, aerodynamically efficient, and also immediately recognizable as an Acura. Exterior highlights include low and wide proportions, a long hood and short tail, strong and individualistic body-side character lines, an aerodynamically sculpted cabin and a flat under-floor.

The ILX is 179.1 inches in length and rides on a 105.1-inch wheelbase. Broad-shouldered and aggressively proportioned, its 59.4-inch front/60.3-inch rear track teams with standard 16-inch aluminum or available 17-inch aluminum wheels and tires to fill the fender wells. Body width is 70.6 inches and the overall height is sleek 55.6 inches.


The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is a pioneering unit-body construction technology. ACE™ helps maximize the vehicle’s ability to disperse crash energy in a frontal collision and is designed to help deliver top safety ratings.


An aerodynamic unit-body structure plays a strong role in helping the ILX deliver a smooth, quiet ride and a fun-to-drive character, along with high fuel economy and projected top safety ratings. The rigid body allows for noise and other disturbances to be more efficiently isolated by bushings and other dampers throughout the vehicle.


The Acura ILX utilizes high strength steel (HSS) in 59 percent of its body structure that helps generate a smooth ride, crisp handling and long-term durability. This high-grade steel adds the required strength for these enhancements without adding excessive weight. Traditional sheet steel is used in 41 percent of the unit body.


Aluminum stampings are used in numerous locations to help reduce the curb weight of the ILX as well as to improve handling, fuel economy and emissions. Aluminum body components include the hood, front bumper beam on all ILX models and on the rear bumper beam on ILX hybrid model.


Superb aerodynamic refinement improves fuel economy, interior quietness, handling stability and emissions. Key aerodynamic features include:

  • Front Fascia – A spoiler located at the lower edge of the front fascia reduces aerodynamic drag and lift, which helps improve steering feel at high speeds.
  • Front Bumper Cover – Optimizing the front bumper corner shape reduces aerodynamic drag.
  • A Pillars – Streamlined A-pillars reduce turbulence, aerodynamic drag and wind noise.
  • Wheel Strakes – Located ahead of the front and rear wheels, special aero strakes help move air smoothly around the tires, reducing side aerodynamic drag.
  • Full Undercover – To smooth airflow underneath the ILX, an undercover starts behind the front fascia, extends under the engine, transmission (excluding 2.4L), cabin (on all models) and fuel tank (only on 2.4L), while also covering the open space behind the rear suspension (all models) and beneath the trunk (all models).


The ILX Hybrid has additional enhancements that further improve fuel economy and visually distinguish it from the ILX 2.0L and ILX 2.4L. These include:

  • Unique 16×6.5-inch aluminum wheels
  • Front fascia vent moldings featuring a bright colored strake
  • Rear deck lid spoiler
  • Hybrid emblems on front fenders and rear panel


Extensive measures to counteract noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) result in a luxurious driving experience with the ILX— particularly at highway cruising speeds. Some of the key contributors are vibration insulation for engine and transmission mounts, steering and suspension systems, widespread use of vibration-absorbing materials and sealants and an acoustic glass windshield.


Projector beam headlights are standard with the ILX and feature an Auto On/Off function for added convenience. The halogen high beams provide excellent nighttime driving confidence (with a crisp, bright and focused light beam) and their lenses and reflectors integrate with the aerodynamic bodywork.

Headlight Integration Windshield Wipers
The ILX features a new headlight integration windshield wiper system that helps improve visibility of the vehicle during inclement weather.
When the headlights are in Auto mode, during daylight hours, if the windshield wipers swipe more than three times the headlights are automatically turned on to improve visibility. If the rain or snow subsides and the wipers are turned off, the headlights automatically turn off.


The ILX (with Premium and Technology packages) and ILX Hybrid (with Technology Package) feature high-intensity discharge (HID) low beam headlights with multi-reflector halogen high beams. The HID headlamps provide greater lighting power, daylight type lighting temperature, reduced power consumption and longer service life.


All ILX models (except for ILX 2.0L in base trim) have fog lights fitted in openings below the front bumper. The fog lights are also available as a dealer-installed accessory on ILX models.


The ILX features a new expanded view side mirror on the driver-side door. As required by law, the main area of the mirror uses a traditional flat reflective plane on the inner portion of the mirror (that is closest to the door), while the outer portion of the mirror uses a convex element to provide a broader field of view. The convex portion of the mirror generates an additional 6.5 degrees of visibility that can assist the driver in detecting other vehicles that might not have otherwise been seen in a traditional side mirror.


All ILX models feature power windows with auto reverse and an auto up/down driver and front passenger window for added convenience.


All ILX models have a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will open or close with one touch of the switch. Its thin construction allows for maximum headroom. The moonroof also includes a sliding sunshade that opens with the roof and can be closed to block sunlight. An auto reverse feature is built in.


Offering 12.3 cubic feet of rear storage space, the ILX can accommodate bulky cargo such as three golf bags, two large suitcases, a large cooler or a wheelchair. A wide rear hatch opening and low lift-over height allow easy loading and unloading, and the trunk is finished with a high-quality molded lining. A temporary spare tire is located under the trunk floor panel on the ILX 2.0L and ILX 2.4L models. The ILX Hybrid features a flat repair kit as to make extra room for the Li-Ion battery pack, but a temporary spare is available for purchase from Acura dealerships.


Premium and Technology ILX models feature a multi-view rearview camera that offers a choice of top view, normal view or wide view.

In the ILX with Premium Package, when the transmission is placed in Reverse, the view from a rear-mounted camera is displayed on a 5-inch display screen that is positioned in the instrument panel. To make it easier for the driver to judge distance and clearance, solid yellow on-screen guidelines indicate the vehicle’s width, as well as distances of 1, 2 and 3 meters as measured from the rear of the ILX.

When equipped with the available Technology Package, one of the multi-view camera’s three different rear view images is displayed on the 8-inch W-VGA color monitor used for the navigation system.

The primary view is “Normal View,” which delivers 130-degrees of rearward visibility. For special conditions, there is the “Wide View,” which delivers 175-degrees of rearward visibility. Finally, the “Top View” generates a straight-down look at the area just rearward of the bumper— thus easing maneuvering in tight parking spaces.


Seven sophisticated exterior colors add drama and personality to the 2013 ILX. Available colors include White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver, Polished Metal Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Crimson Garnet, Umber Brownstone** and new Fathom Blue Pearl. All the new colors change in appearance depending on sunlight conditions, further amplifying the ILX’s dramatic bodylines.


The 2013 ILX chassis was developed to simultaneously maximize ride quality and passenger comfort, as well as performance handling. It features Acura’s highly developed MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems, along with new Amplitude Reactive Dampers. In addition, Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering is used for excellent steering feel and improved fuel efficiency. The result is a high level of refinement, confident handling and a nimble and fun driving experience— all while also providing excellent dynamic safety.


The ILX makes use of new Amplitude Reactive Dampers that operate in two distinct performance parameters (including a Ride Zone and a Handling Zone) to provide superior ride comfort and precision handling. Each “zone” has a unique set of compression and rebound damping settings to provide the desired ride and handling attributes. The Ride Zone provides smooth ride characteristics, and the Handling Zone enhances steering feel, improves body-roll rigidity and provides more secure handling.


A long 105.1-inch wheelbase and wide track (59.4-inch front and 60.3-inch rear) provides an outstanding balance of interior roominess and ride quality, together with high cornering stability and steering responsiveness.


All ILX Models

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Amplitude Reactive Dampers
  • Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes
  • 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)

ILX 2.0L

  • 16×6.5-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels with silver-painted surface (ILX base model)
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires (ILX base model)
  • 17×7.0-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with silver-painted surface and a machined spoke face (ILX with Premium or Technology Package)
  • P215/45R17 all-season tires (ILX with Premium or Technology Package)

ILX 2.4L

  • 17×7.0-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with silver-painted surface and a machined spoke face
  • P215/45R17 all-season tires

ILX Hybrid

  • 16×6.5-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels with silver-painted surface
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires
  • Hydraulic power-assisted front brakes with regenerative braking


Acura’s reputation for advanced and highly functional technology is clearly embodied in the new ILX sport sedan’s interior. Offering a seamless combination of luxury, performance and technology, the ILX interior exhibits the high level of fit and finish expected by Acura owners. From comfortable and supportive 5-passenger seating to LED-illuminated instrumentation and racing-inspired shift paddles, the ILX puts Acura luxury and technology within reach of more buyers than ever before.
The ILX offers a remarkable level of standard equipment, including a Keyless Access System, 5-inch color central display, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio system, Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text messaging feature, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface and much more. Available Premium and Technology Package features add a host of exceptional additional features.


  • Roomy interior with seating for five
  • Keyless Access System
  • Large, easy-to-read LED backlit analog instruments
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • 5-inch (diagonal) full-color central display
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Headlight integration with windshield wipers
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls
  • Leather-wrapper shift lever
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM tuner, CD player
  • USB port with iPod®/iPhone® compatibility
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface
  • Pandora® internet radio interface
  • SMS text messaging feature
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • ECON mode (ILX Hybrid model)

Premium Package Adds:

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat
  • 2-way heated front seats
  • 7-speaker audio system with AM/FM tuner, CD player and XM® Radio
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
  • Multi-view rear camera
  • Active Noise Control System (ILX Hybrid excluded)

Technology Package Adds:

  • Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 365-watts, 10-speakers, DVD-Audio, DTS™, CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Satellite Radio with Note function music reminder, 15 GB hard disk drive memory media storage, Song By Voice™ and Dolby® Pro Logic® II
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • HomeLink® remote control system
  • Multi-view rear camera


The ILX interior blends performance and luxury themes into a highly functional and advanced layout. Sweeping shapes flow through the doors, instrument panel and center console to create a cohesive and spacious feel, accented by both soft-touch materials and satin metal finishes. The control layout likewise focuses on efficiency, with large analog gauges and a leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel for a sporting feel. Controls for many frequently used systems are positioned within fingertip reach, including on the steering wheel.


The Multi-Information Display (MID) offers important information to the driver. Positioned in between the tachometer and speedometer, the LCD screen can display outside air temperature, vehicle and trip mileage, and average fuel economy information. Steering wheel controls let the driver cycle through different information screens of while keeping both hands on the wheel.


A multi-view rearview camera is included with the Premium and Technology Packages. In the Premium Package, the image is displayed on the 5-inch color display. With the Technology Package, the image is presented on the W-VGA 8-inch navigation system display. Three viewpoints are selectable including: Normal View, Wide View and Top View.


A new one-touch turn signal system makes lane changes more convenient. A light touch of the turn signal lever flashes the turn signals three times before self canceling. A firmer movement of the turn signal lever activates the turn signals in the traditional way.


Supportive sport-oriented seating offers lateral support for aggressive cornering, and the steering column tilts and telescopes to accommodate drivers of varying sizes. The standard driver’s seat is 6-way manually adjustable, while an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat is available on the ILX Premium and Technology packages, which also includes heated front seats.

The ILX seats come standard with black cloth and synthetic leather, while ivory or black perforated leather seating surfaces are part of the Premium or Technology Package. The ILX 2.4L has black perforated leather seating sections with contrast silver color stitching.


Though classified by the EPA as a Compact, the ILX offers surprisingly spacious 89.3 cubic feet of passenger cabin volume. This efficient packaging ensures comfortable space for four passengers, while the ILX can accommodate five passengers for shorter drives. The nearly flat rear floor center section helps provide good foot room for the center passenger.


The trunk cargo volume is 12.4 cubic feet (ILX 2.0L base model), 12.3 cubic feet (ILX 2.0L and 2.4L with Premium or Technology Package), 10.0 cubic feet (Base and Premium models of ILX Hybrid), and 9.8 cubic feet (ILX Hybrid with Technology Package).

When more space is needed for cargo, the one-piece fold-down rear seatback can be lowered to reveal a cargo pass-through to the back seat area. The ILX Hybrid has a fixed rear seat that can not be folded down.


Numerous features that enhance ILX passenger comfort and convenience include:

  • Two console-mounted cupholders
  • Front door panel mounted bottle holders
  • Padded armrests and storage bins in all doors
  • 7.4-liter lockable glovebox with soft nylon interior flock padding
  • Center console storage compartment
  • 12-volt power point
  • 2.5 mm mini-audio input jack
  • USB audio port connectivity
  • Rear fold-down padded armrest with two cupholders
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Illuminated door-mounted window switches
  • HomeLink® remote system (Technology Package)


The ILX has as standard a dual-zone automatic climate control with clear, intuitive controls and a replaceable filter system. In ILX models with the Acura Navigation System, key HVAC system functions can be accessed via voice command. In addition, the navigation system calculates sun position to adjust system for more even heating or cooling.


Acura’s latest-generation Keyless Access System lets the ILX owner gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a conventional key. Instead, the driver simply pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his/her possession. Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Keyless Access System allows the ILX to be started by pressing the brake and then pushing the Engine Start/Stop button. When leaving the ILX, a press of the soft-touch button on outside of the exterior door handle simultaneously locks all the doors.

The Keyless Access System also features a unique “quick vent” feature that automatically lowers all side windows and opens the power moonroof to quickly vent built-up interior heat.


Exclusively in the ILX Hybrid, a driver-selectable ECON mode helps improve fuel efficiency by changing the operation of certain systems such as cruise control acceleration rate and maintaining a set cabin temperature while controlling fan speed and EVA temperature.


All ILX models feature as standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands-free telephone interface. After the driver completes a one-time pairing process with a compatible Bluetooth®-enabled phone, HandsFreeLink® allows sending or answering telephone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. An overhead microphone picks up the driver’s voice. To send a call hands-free, the driver can dial the number by voice to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers with voice tags in the system’s address book.


The ILX’s standard 6-speaker, 160-watt audio system features a single-disc CD player and an AM/FM tuner for a high performance listening experience. Audio information is displayed on the 5-inch color display, and remote controls are located on the ILX’s 3-spoke steering wheel. A roof-mounted “shark fin” type antenna delivers excellent radio reception while improving exterior aerodynamics (versus a traditional pole-style metal antenna). Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC) adjusts audio volume based on vehicle speed to compensate for continually increasing or decreasing external background sounds.

Standard USB port connectivity (for iPod®, iPhone® or removable USB storage devices) offers a fast connection rate (144 ms/track) and can simultaneously charge plug-in devices while transferring information to the audio system. The system can also play Bluetooth® Audio or MP3 files when paired with compatible devices.


The 2013 ILX features a Pandora® internet radio interface, allowing users to access a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized Internet “radio stations” that are based on favorite songs or artists. Pandora® internet radio audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the ILX via an iPhone® or another compatible cell phone, though the interface controls will not function. Phone data charges will apply.


The ILX includes a new SMS text messaging feature that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allows the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS capable cellular telephones (such as Blackberry and Droid X) with an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP). To help avoid driver distraction, incoming message texts are not displayed on screen unless the transmission is in Park.


The available Premium Package includes a 360-watt audio system with seven speakers including a subwoofer, a 5-inch color display and remote controls located on the 3-spoke steering wheel. Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC) adjusts audio volume based on vehicle speed to compensate for continually increasing or decreasing external background sounds.

XM® Radio provides more than 200 channels of digital programming (including 71 commercial-free channels) with near CD-quality sound. A complimentary three-month subscription to the XM® Radio service is included with purchase of a new ILX, and customers are able to continue the service or cancel any time afterwards.


Included with the Premium and Technology Packages (except for ILX Hybrid), Active Noise Control significantly reduces low frequency cabin noise. The system operates whenever the ILX is running, regardless of whether the audio system is on or off. By creating a precisely timed reverse phase audio signal, the system counteracts the booming sound of the exhaust, reduces high frequency and middle-frequency noise during normal cruising, and attenuates road noise over both smooth and rough roads.


The ILX with available Technology Package includes a spectacular sounding Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers and 365 watts of power. The system gets its name from multi-Grammy® Award winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner’s recording industry trademark “ELS®.” DVD-Audio is the system’s most impressive sounding format. This advanced audio reproduction technology delivers over 500-times higher resolution than traditional CD audio. Some of the key Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System features include:

  • AM/FM/XM® tuner
  • Audio-function specific voice commands
  • Conventional CD, DTS™ and DVD-Audio disc compatible
  • MP3 and WMA® capable CD player
  • 2.5 mm auxiliary jack
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth® Audio
  • Note function for XM® Radio
  • Dolby® Pro Logic® II signal processing
  • 5.1-channel surround sound from DVD Audio

With the Premium Audio System is the Note function for XM® Radio that allows the owner to make a note of songs heard on XM® Radio. With the touch of a button, this handy function records the current song title and artist name in text form (up to 30 songs), along with a short audio excerpt of the song for reference.


The ILX with Technology Package has a hard disk drive (HDD) with 15-gigabytes of dedicated to music storage space (enough capacity to hold over 3,500 songs*). The hard drive’s fast file-access time speeds the search and retrieval of audio tracks, and allows tracks to be shuffled by album, artist and genre. On-board information provided by Gracenote® allows the audio system to display the song artist, album name, track name, and genre for the program material that is stored on the HDD.

*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate


Song By Voice™ (SBV) lets the ILX driver choose music by artist, album, song title, genre, playlist and even composer.


The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ is included with the Technology Package. It features an 8-inch W-VGA color screen for convenient viewing, an ultra-fast 60 GB hard disk drive (HDD), and navigation coverage for the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The system also includes AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System and the available AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™. Its voice recognition function understands more than 1,100 commands in three languages. The system can also store and display owner image files (such as JPEG) as wallpaper on the onscreen, and can be updated with an available DVD.

The Point Of Interest (POI) database includes approximately 7 million locations and includes a Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide and scenic Route drive route listings, and exact addressing locates approximately 80 percent of addresses at their actual GPS coordinates. Destinations are also searchable by GPS coordinates.


Thanks to the available AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, the ILX’s navigation screen can display continually updated traffic information including traffic flow, incidents and construction on freeways in 130 major metropolitan areas. The system allows ILX drivers to see details or select traffic incidents and avoid congestion, and choose the fastest path to their destination with traffic information that is continuously updated. AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is offered on a subscription basis following a 3-month free trial period.


In difficult driving conditions, the available AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ can provide an up-to-date weather picture for 21 specific metropolitan areas, including forecasts for the next 3 hours, 6 hours or over the next three days. When the display is zoomed out to reveal the entire United States, a weather radar image map shows current weather patterns across the entire country.

When purchased new, ILX owners receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ along with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and XM® Radio.


Included with the available Technology Package, the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle— allowing owners access to the latest information specific to their vehicle. AcuraLink® messages consist of text displayed on the navigation screen (plus full details via Text-To-Speech that can be heard over the ILX audio system). Each AcuraLink® message is prioritized by importance and high priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt.


The 2013 Acura ILX includes a high level of standard safety equipment, beginning with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The ACE™ body structure enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing front frame structures that provide an increased opportunity for two vehicles (including larger and smaller vehicles with differing bumper heights) to properly connect during a collision.

All models of ILX incorporate as standard equipment dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), side curtain airbags and front side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) as standard equipment. Additional passive safety features include front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, front seats designed to help reduce the severity of a neck injury in the event of a rear collision, and head restraints for all rear-seat occupants. Every 2013 ILX model also features a pedestrian safety design engineered into the front of the vehicle along with daytime running lights.

Accident-avoidance technologies include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) and electronic traction control (TCS), a 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist.

Acura expects the 2013 ILX to earn top safety ratings in the federal government’s NHTSA NCAP tests. The ILX is also anticipated to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating (the highest available) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


The 2013 Acura ILX is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty. Acura accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile Accessory Limited Warranty.


The 2013 Acura ILX is manufactured at Honda’s newest assembly plant in Greensburg, Indiana. The Honda Manufacturing of Indiana assembly plant also manufacturers the Honda Civic and Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicles. Acura and Honda vehicles are manufactured using domestically and globally sourced parts.

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