Acura Automobiles: 2013 ILX

Enter the all-new ILX sport sedan and the car’s purposeful sporting nature is immediately apparent. Offering a seamless combination of luxury, performance and technology, the ILX interior exhibits the high level of fit and finish expected of Acura, and puts it in reach of more buyers than ever before.

Settle into the comfortable and supportive driver’s seat, and the focus on driver control is unmistakable. The cockpit has an efficient layout, with crisp and clear LED-illuminated analog instrumentation. The thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel puts a range of commonly used features at your fingertips, and racing-inspired shift paddles mounted on the back side of the steering wheel make for quick gear changes. In the ILX 2.4L, a leather-wrapped shifter handle (for the close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox) is positioned on the center console.

The spacious 5-passenger interior offers standard seating surfaces of cloth and synthetic leather, with leather available as part of both the Premium and Technology packages. A large, full-color information display is positioned in the instrument panel’s center stack, and dual-zone automatic climate control is standard. In the back seat, there’s room for three passengers, and a convenient fold-down rear seatback (excluding ILX Hybrid) reveals a pass-through to the trunk that expands cargo-carrying versatility.

Acura’s reputation for advanced and highly functional technology is clearly embodied in the all-new ILX. A Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface system is standard, as is a new SMS text messaging function and a Pandora® internet radio interface that can display album art on the color central screen. Included in the Technology Package is a voice-activated navigation system that offers continuously updated traffic maps covering 130 major metropolitan areas within the United States and Canada, as well as Traffic Rerouting™ to help guide around slow-downs. A 60-gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) for the navigation and audio systems offers impressive response time, and the HDD offers the ability to download 15-gigabytes of personal music.

Though the ILX is Acura’s most affordable vehicle, it more than lives up to the brand standards in terms of quiet interior refinement. The ILX has an exceptionally low amount of interior noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) due to features such as an acoustic glass front windshield, thick side glass, extensive use of sound-deadening insulation and specially designed underfloor covers.

The ILX offers a remarkable level of standard equipment, including a Keyless Access System, 5-inch (diagonal) color central display, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio system, Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text messaging function, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface and much more.

The available Premium Package adds leather seating, heated front seats, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 7-speaker audio system with XM® Radio, and a multi-view rearview camera that displays three different viewing angles on the central display. The package also includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an Active Noise Control system (ILX Hybrid excluded).

The Technology Package adds a spectacular 365-watt Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers and access to 15 GB of hard disk drive storage with Song By Voice™ searching. The package also includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ that offers AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System.


  • Roomy interior with seating for five
  • Cloth/synthetic leather seating surfaces
  • Keyless Access System
  • Large, easy-to-read LED backlit analog instruments
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • 5-inch (diagonal) color screen in a central display
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Headlight integration with windshield wipers
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • 160 watt audio system with 6-speakers, AM/FM tuner, and CD player
  • USB jack for digital media and iPod®/iPhone® compatibility
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface
  • Pandora® internet radio interface
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof

Premium Package

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 2-way heated front seats
  • 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • 360 watt audio system with 7-speakers, AM/FM tuner, CD player and XM® Radio
  • Multi-view rear camera
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Active Noise Control (ILX Hybrid excluded)
  • HID headlights
  • Fog lights

Technology Package

  • Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 365 watts, 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, DTS™ CD, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, hard disk drive with 15 GB of dedicated media storage, Song By Voice™ and Dolby® Pro Logic® II
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
  • 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 sporting performance and upscale luxury themes into a highly functional and technologically advanced layout. Sweeping interior shapes flow through the doors, instrument panel and center console to create a cohesive look. The interior has an open, spacious feel, and soft-touch materials are used in key locations throughout the cabin, contributing to the rich, premium feel. Satin metal finish accents brighten the instrument panel and center console, and vehicle entry is over metal sill plates bearing the Acura logo.

The control layout it focused on precise efficiency, with large analog gauges and a steering wheel with a thick, leather-wrapped rim for a sporting feel. Controls for many frequently used systems are positioned on the steering wheel within fingertip reach, including racing-inspired steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission in the ILX or SportShift CVT in the ILX Hybrid. In the sport-minded ILX 2.4L, stainless-steel accents on the pedals contribute to a performance atmosphere.


From the driver’s seat, the ILX’s focus on efficient performance is clear. The primary controls (the steering wheel, pedals, and console shifter) are positioned for excellent comfort and control. Supportive sport-minded seating offers lateral support for aggressive cornering, and the steering column tilts and telescopes to accommodate drivers of varying sizes.

Instrumentation and controls are clearly legible and switchgear offers precise tactile feedback. Two automatic transmissions and one manual transmission are offered in the ILX model range, and all are designed for ease of operation. The Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission and the Hybrid CVT have a straight-style shifter assembly located on the center console along with racing-inspired paddle shifters that are within fingertip reach on the back side of the steering wheel. The 6-speed manual transmission that is standard with the ILX 2.4L has short throws for fast, precise shift action.

Controls for the standard power moonroof (with tilt and auto-open/close) are located overhead in an intuitive location. The trunk can be opened via a latch positioned on the floorboard just to the left of the driver seat.


The ILX has a thick leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel that integrates many control functions. Audio controls are positioned on the left spoke while cruise-control switches are on the right spoke. When equipped with the Technology Package, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ controls are located on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel. When equipped with the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission or SportShift CVT, racing-inspired shift paddles are positioned behind the steering wheel.

LED Instrumentation

The ILX’s analog instrumentation has a clean, refined look and LED backlighting makes the large gauges easy to read and interpret day or night. The ILX 2.0L and ILX Hybrid instruments have white illuminated markings and needles. The ILX 2.4L has red illuminated needles and sub-scale graduations. The ILX Hybrid instrument cluster includes a charge/assist gauge to provide an easy-to-interpret indication of the Hybrid system’s operating condition.

ILX models equipped with an automatic transmission have a digital gear selection indicator positioned between the tachometer and speedometer.


The ILX provides important vehicle information via the Multi-Information Display (MID) that is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. The LCD screen shows MID items such as outside air temperature, overall vehicle mileage and trip mileage and average fuel economy. On the ILX Hybrid, a green circle (known as the Ecological Drive Indicator) appears on the MID.  The size of the green circle is an indication of how the driver is doing with regards to the level of fuel efficiency.

The MID is operated via controls positioned on the steering wheel that allow the driver to cycle the display through additional screens of information while keeping both hands on the wheel.

The MID can display:

  • Upcoming maintenance needs
  • TPMS tire-pressure warning
  • Average and instantaneous fuel economy
  • Fuel range
  • Average vehicle speed
  • Elapsed time

The ILX Hybrid MID adds:

  • Efficient driving feedback
  • Fuel consumption history
  • Hybrid energy flow
  • Ecological Drive Indicator
  • ECO score


When the ILX (with Premium Package) transmission is placed in Reverse, the view from a rear-mounted camera is displayed on the 5-inch color central display. When equipped with the available Technology Package, the multi-view camera images appear on the W-VGA 8-inch color monitor used for the navigation system.

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.

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 parking area— helping when maneuvering in tight parking spaces.


The ILX features a new one-touch turn signal system that makes lane changes more convenient. If the ILX driver moves the turn signal lever up (right turn) or down (left turn) for less than 100 milliseconds, the turn signals will flash three times and then self cancel.


Supportive seating is critical in a sport sedan, where aggressive driving can create high longitudinal and lateral loadings on passengers. During spirited acceleration, cornering and braking, secure seating for the driver and passengers is an important part of overall comfort and driver control. The ILX front seats are specifically designed to offer substantial lateral support, both in the lower back area and in the shoulder area. The driver’s seat is 8-way manually adjustable. When an ILX is optioned with the Premium and Technology package, included is an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats that can warm at two different levels.

The ILX and ILX Hybrid front seats have black cloth seating surfaces with synthetic leather side bolsters. The ILX 2.0L and ILX Hybrid with Premium or Technology Packages have perforated leather seating sections and synthetic leather side bolsters offered in a choice of black or ivory. The ILX 2.4L has black perforated leather seating sections and synthetic leather side bolsters with contrasting silver stitching.


Though it has compact exterior dimensions, inside the ILX offers a surprisingly spacious 89.3 cubic-feet of passenger space. Efficient packaging offers comfortable long-haul space for four passengers, and the ILX can accommodate five passengers for shorter drives. The nearly flat rear floor center-section affords 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 (excluding ILX Hybrid) can be lowered to reveal a pass-through to the back seat area.


The ILX interior offers a range of useful features to enhance passenger comfort and convenience. A pair of console-mounted cupholders can accommodate large drinks, and the front door panels have bottle holders. There are padded armrests and convenient storage bins in all four doors, and the large, lockable glovebox offers 7.4 liters of storage space. Beneath the padded center armrest, the center console storage compartment has an internal 12-volt power point and a 2.5 mm auxiliary input mini-jack for the easy connection of a compatible audio device (such as an iPod®) to the ILX audio system. In the rear seat area, a fold-down padded armrest with two cupholders provides added comfort and convenience.

A versatile Multi-Information Display (MID) located between the tachometer and speedometer tracks the vehicle’s maintenance needs, shows warnings and offers an array of driver preference settings. Illuminated door-mounted window switches are easy to locate at night. Acura ILX with Technology Package includes a HomeLink® remote system that allows the control of up to three home electronic devices remotely from inside the car.


The ILX has as standard a dual-zone automatic climate control with clear, intuitive controls. A replaceable filter system helps remove particulates from the interior air. When operated in Auto mode, the system can automatically alter defrost airflow, based on temperature and humidity. When equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, key HVAC system functions can be accomplished via voice command. In addition, the navigation system calculates sun position to adjust system operation from side to side to help compensate for solar heating.


The ILX receives as standard equipment the latest generation of Acura’s Keyless Access System. The system lets the ILX owner gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a conventional key. The Keyless Access Remote has a unique digital identity and the ILX can be unlocked when the driver 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 depressing the brake pedal and then pushing the Engine Start/Stop button (it is unnecessary to insert and twist a traditional ignition key).

When leaving the ILX, a press of the soft-touch button on outside of the exterior door handle simultaneously locks all the doors. Alternatively, a press of the Lock button on the Keyless Access Remote will also lock all the doors. The Keyless Access System will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior of the ILX. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the ILX’s rear fascia.

The Keyless Access System also features a unique “quick vent” feature (activated by pressing the Keyless Access Remote “unlock” button two times and then holding it) that automatically lowers all side windows and opens the power moonroof to quickly vent built-up interior heat. In addition, turning the key in the driver’s door key cylinder to the “lock” position twice (and then holding it the second time), simultaneously closes all open windows and the moonroof.

When the remote battery is low, the ILX will signal the driver to bring key fob closer to the Start Button for ignition, and the MID will display that the key fob battery is low. A mechanical key is built into the remote fob and provides a back up to enter vehicle in the event that the Keyless Access Remote battery should fail.


The ILX Hybrid features a driver-selectable ECON mode that helps to improve fuel efficiency by changing or limiting the operation of certain systems. ECON alters the “gain” between the accelerator pedal and throttle-body to further enhance fuel efficiency. When cruise control is engaged, the ILX takes slightly longer to reach a set speed. As a safety feature, full torque output is available when wide-open throttle is used. If in ECON mode, the air conditioning system’s threshold for maintaining a set cabin temperature is slightly increased (when conditions warrant) in order to minimize the activation of the twin air-conditioning compressors.


All ILX models feature as standard the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands-free telephone interface that is designed to work with most Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones. Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that lets portable devices (such as mobile telephones, PDAs and laptop computers) communicate wirelessly. The ILX system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP); some early Bluetooth®-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol. After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the ILX will communicate wirelessly with the driver’s cellular telephone. The phone needs to be on, but it can be stowed in a pocket, purse, or anywhere inside the ILX cabin.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® allows the driver to send or answer telephone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the telephone number of the incoming caller is displayed on the center display and a telephone ring tone is played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the call, a press of the “Pick up” button located on the steering wheel mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the audio system speakers. An overhead microphone picks up the driver’s voice. Algorithms built into the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system help cancel “echo effect” and reduce background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver’s speech.
To make 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. Up to six different compatible mobile telephones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system at one time. Additional information can be found at or


The ILX’s standard audio system features 6-speakers and 160-watts of power to deliver a high-performance listening experience. Engineered for simple and intuitive operation, the audio system incorporates a single-disc CD player and an AM/FM tuner. Audio information is displayed on a 5-inch color LCD display, which is positioned at the top of the center stack. On all ILX models, the audio system also displays Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) information, which appears as text showing station name and program type.

Located on the roof is a “shark fin” type antenna that is optimized to help deliver excellent radio reception without the negative impact on vehicle aerodynamics that would be caused by a traditional mast antenna. Remote controls located on the ILX’s 3-spoke steering wheel put frequently used audio functions within fingertip reach of the driver.

The sound system offers USB port connectivity (for items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or removable USB storage devices) that features a significantly faster connection rate (144 ms/track versus the 16 ms/track design used previously by Acura). The USB port is powered and can simultaneously charge plug-in devices while transferring information to the audio system. The USB-connected devices can be operated via the audio system’s controls, with filenames and folders appearing on the central display. When an iPod® is connected via the USB port, the album artwork can be displayed on the central display.

The ILX audio system can play Bluetooth® Audio when paired with a compatible device. Bluetooth® Audio is a wireless transfer music format that is separate from Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® used for telephone voice communication. Bluetooth® Audio will display the song title and artist name (when using a compatible phone). There is also an auxiliary (AUX) jack connection enabling use of a portable MP3 music player. The AUX connection requires the music player to be controlled via the device’s own interface, though the ILX audio system can control volume, or be used to select a different input, such as the radio, CD player or others.

Pandora® Internet Radio Interface
The ILX features a Pandora® internet radio interface, allowing users to use the audio system to control the free music service on their smartphone, accessing up to 100 personalized internet “radio stations” they created on their computer based on favorite songs or artists. Although the Pandora® service currently is free, phone data charges will apply.

At this time, the Pandora® internet radio interface in the ILX is only supported on the iPhone®. To use Pandora® in the ILX, an iPhone® is connected via the USB port in the center console. The audio source is set to iPod®, and using the wireless telephone, the Pandora® app is launched. (Note: if the Pandora® app is not launched, the iPhone® will function as an iPod®). The central color screen displays Pandora® information and album artwork, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with “like” or “dislike” ratings. To ease driver use, some functionality of the Pandora® iPhone® app is locked out when using the Pandora® interface.

Pandora® internet radio audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the ILX by a compatible cell phone (not only the iPhone®) via the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connection. With this type of connection, however, Pandora® must be controlled via the phone when safe to do so. Though the ILX volume control can be used to set the sound level, the other features of the Pandora® interface are not available.

SMS Text Messaging Function
All ILX models have as standard equipment a new SMS text messaging feature that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system. In addition, the driver can reply to the text with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cellular telephones (such as the Blackberry and Droid X) that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP). Currently, the iPhone® does not support the MAP feature.

Once a compatible cell phone is paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the central display. Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices (see below), or can call the sender— all without touching the mobile telephone.

To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on screen unless the transmission is in Park.

Available factory preset text replies:

  • Talk to you later, I’m driving.
  • I’m on my way.
  • I’m running late.
  • OK
  • Yes
  • No

Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation

For optimum sound regardless of vehicle speed, all ILX modes include Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC). SVC adjusts audio volume based on vehicle speed to help compensate for continually increasing/decreasing external background sounds in the ILX. The result of SVC is transparent in operation and a more consistent perceived sound level is generated regardless of vehicle speed. SVC is standard with the audio systems on all ILX models.

Wallpaper image display
To further customize the ILX interior, the navigation system allows the storage of 3 images that can be displayed on the LCD screen when the display is not otherwise in use. To avoid driver distraction, there is no “slide show” function.

Premium PACKAGE audio system
The ILX with Premium Package features a 360-watt audio system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer. A pair of 2.5 cm tweeters are positioned in the top of the instrument panel, and two 17 cm drivers are positioned in the front doors. The rear doors have another pair of 17 cm drivers and a 20 cm subwoofer is located in the rear package tray.

Audio information is displayed on the 5-inch LCD color display, which is positioned at the top of the center stack. Remote controls located on the ILX’s 3-spoke steering wheel put frequently used audio functions within fingertip reach of the driver.

XM® Radio
XM® Radio is a standard feature with the ILX Premium and Technology audio systems and it provides more than 200 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® signal is beamed from two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. XM® Radio programming includes channels specifically devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. Of the more than 200 XM® channels, 71 are commercial-free. When the ILX audio system plays XM® Radio, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist’s name. A complimentary 3-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.


When equipped with the available Technology Package, the ILX includes a spectacular sounding Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System. The ELS® system, developed together with Panasonic Automotive Systems, uses 10 speakers and a total of 365 watts of power to create a unique listening experience in the ILX. The Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System gets its name from multi-Grammy® Award winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner’s recording industry-recognized moniker “ELS®.” Scheiner’s goal in the development of this audio system was to reproduce music the way it is heard in the recording studio.

Like the 7-speaker Premium audio system, the Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio system can play program material from a wide range of sources. The CD player can read discs encoded with MP3 or WMA® files. There’s a 2.5 mm auxiliary jack for use with an external MP3 player, and a USB port is located in the center console for the connection of an iPod® or compatible MP3 player. When used with compatible iPod® models, the USB connection provides iPod® control via the audio head unit. Bluetooth® Audio allows a compatible cellular telephone with a built-in audio player to wirelessly play the phone’s audio content on the ILX audio system.

The Acura/ELS Surround® audio system features selectable Dolby® Pro Logic® II signal processing that creates simulated 5.1-channel surround sound from CD, MP3/WMA®, XM® Radio, AUX and USB inputs. The ILX audio system plays conventional CDs and DTS™ discs, in addition to DVD-Audio discs. The system also includes XM® Radio, along with the Note function for XM® Radio which is designed to be a convenience for owners who want to make note of songs heard on XM®.

While Scheiner and Panasonic tuned the Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio system to create outstanding sound from any source, 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. DVD-Audio delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound through six discrete channels.

With this system, the center instrument stack has an added white-on-black display that provides climate control, clock and audio information. The 5-inch color display in the ILX and Premium grades is replaced with an 8-inch W-VGA full-color screen that displays navigation, audio, backup camera and other information. To make Acura/ELS Surround® system simple to operate, it has large-format dash-mounted controls. In addition, steering wheel-mounted controls of key audio functions are positioned within fingertip reach. Select audio system functions can also be executed via voice commands.

Hard Disc Drive
The ILX with Technology Package has a hard disk drive (HDD) that allows for 15 gigabytes of dedicated capacity dedicated to music storage (the balance of the HDD’s 60-gigabyte total storage capacity is used for the navigation system). The fast file-access time of the hard disk drive speeds the search and retrieval of audio tracks, and allows tracks to be shuffled by album, artist and genre.

Onboard 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. Gracenote® uses a multi-step recognition method to enable identification, categorization and organization of digital music. The Gracenote® database is updated quarterly to include new audio releases. The ILX owner can download Gracenote® updates at, and then load the updates onto a USB thumb drive or CD-R which, in turn, can be downloaded into the ILX’s audio system. Without the Gracenote® update, new audio tracks will play on the Acura/ELS® system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.

The HDD media storage means that the ILX owner can download CDs directly to 15 gigabytes (enough capacity to hold over 3,500 songs*) of dedicated hard drive storage for later playback. Once the CDs are downloaded to the HDD, the ILX owner no longer needs to carry around a bulky collection of CDs. Only original CDs and uncompressed CD-R files can be copied to the hard drive. Other formats such as DVD-Audio, MP3/WMA, DTS CD, USB, Bluetooth® audio and AUX inputs cannot be recorded to the hard drive.

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

10-speaker array
Each of the 10 speakers in the Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio system uses a high-energy Neodymium magnet for excellent sound quality and to reduce weight. There are 2.5 cm soft-dome tweeters in the front A-pillar location, plus an 8 cm midrange polypropylene-cone center speaker in the middle of the dashboard top. Each of the doors has a 17 cm full-range dual-thickness polypropylene-cone speaker, and in the rear parcel shelf there are two 8 cm drivers flanking a special Super Low Distortion 20 cm subwoofer. The combination of high performance speaker drivers, optimal speaker locations and 415 watts of power creates an audio system that delivers outstanding sound at any seating position.

The AM/FM tuner gets signals from a roof-mounted “shark fin” type antenna. The system displays Radio Data System (RDS) information, which can show items such as station name and program type.

Song By Voice™
Due to so much audio content available with the ILX’s hard disk drive (HDD) media storage and in a user’s iPod®, Acura engineers set out to make it easy to choose audio content while driving. Song By Voice™ (SBV) lets the driver choose music by artist, album, song title, genre, playlist and even composer.

From most navigation screens, the driver simply presses the “TALK” button on the steering wheel and then says “iPod Search” or “HDD Search.” A category screen appears, and the user can choose by voice among categories to select the content they want. Alternately, selections can also be made using the interface dial. To improve voice recognition performance with unique words, the system has a feature that accommodates phonetic adjustment for up to 2,000 names. These updated phonetic names then apply to Song By Voice™ use of the hard drive or a connected iPod®.

Note Function for XM®
The ILX with Technology Package audio system includes the Note function for XM® Radio which is designed to be a convenience for owners who want to make note of songs heard on XM®. With the touch of a button, the Note function for XM® Radio records the current song title and artist name in text form, along with a short audio excerpt of the song.

The Note function captures up to 10 seconds of each selected song and can store a total of 30 song excerpts for later playback. Thus, if the ILX driver likes a particular song or artist, it is easy to note (and refer back to) for later consideration.


The ILX Premium and Technology (non-Hybrid) sedans feature an Active Noise Control system that not only helps eliminate low decibel booming noise entering the cabin. In addition, Active Noise Control is linked to throttle position and engine rpm to provide a quieter cockpit during normal cruising while allowing the engine’s sound to be enjoyed during higher rpm, more spirited driving.

The Active Noise Control system operates whenever the car is running, regardless of whether the audio system is on or off. Internal microphones capture low-end drivetrain frequencies entering the cabin, and send a signal to the Active Noise Control unit. The Active Noise Control unit then creates a precisely timed reverse phase audio signal that is sent to an amplifier, which powers the door speakers and the subwoofer positioned on the rear deck.

The Active Noise Control dramatically reduces the booming noise of the exhaust. In the frequency range below 100 hertz, Active Noise Control results in an impressive 10 dB reduction in noise level. Moreover, the Active Noise Control system dramatically reduces middle-frequency noise during normal cruising. In addition, road noise attenuation is also improved over both smooth and rough roads.

Acura Navigation System WITH VOICE RECOGNITION

All ILX models equipped with the Technology Package are equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ that is designed for intuitive and quick operation.

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ features summary:

  • 8-inch W-VGA color screen for convenient viewing
  • Ultra-fast 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD)
  • Navigation coverage includes the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico
  • Fast route calculation time (3 seconds or less)
  • Fast Point Of Interest (POI) search time
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ (available)
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ (available)
  • Voice recognition function with over 1,100 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry
  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
  • Simple system operation with clear visual prompts to guide voice navigation
  • Interface Dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance (voice guidance can be turned off at any time)
  • Voice Recognition™ operates common audio and climate control functions
  • Highly directional array microphone for precise Voice Command recognition
  • On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane(s) to use to stay on route
  • 3 languages for all destinations (English, French and Spanish)
  • Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books
  • Split-screen mode features simultaneous “map view” and selective route visualization
  • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
  • Telephone calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
  • Rearview camera displays image on W-VGA color navigation screen
  • Navigation system can be updated with available DVD
  • Store and display owner image files as wallpaper on navigation screen

Enhanced database:

  • Point Of Interest (POI) database includes approximately 7 million locations
  • Fuzzy logic POI and address searching simplifies and speeds searches
  • Smart logic for restaurant POI simplifies searching
  • Business directory for virtually all of the continental United States
  • ZIP code entry speeds address input
  • Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more
  • Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or heard over the audio system
  • Scenic Route drive route listings categorized by individual state
  • Exact addressing locates approximately 80-percent of addresses at their actual GPS coordinates (instead of estimating location based on linear street number)

Destinations are searchable by GPS coordinates

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ tracks the position of the ILX based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). If GPS reception is blocked by a tall building, tunnel or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system with a speed sensor tracks the location to keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. The ILX navigation system stores its mapping data on a large internal hard disk drive (HDD). The same drive is partitioned and used by the audio system to store audio files. Much faster than a DVD drive system, the HDD is the key to the system’s impressive search and routing speed. The system can be updated annually with the latest mapping information by inserting an update disc into the audio system’s slot-loading CD/DVD drive. DVD update discs are available for purchase on an annual basis on-line at or by calling 888-549-3798.

The navigation system can be controlled by using the interface dial by choosing menu options or by spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place). Characters on an on-screen keypad can be selected using the Interface Dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the “Talk” button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to more than 1,100 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names. Voice recognition capability saves time and simplifies operation of the system.

The audio system is automatically muted when the “Talk” button is pressed, and an overhead array microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English, like “Display gas stations,” “Find nearest hospital,” or “Find nearest Chinese restaurant.” The voice recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation— all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system or with the driver’s cellular telephone.

Wallpaper image display
To further customize the ILX interior, the navigation system allows the storage of up to 10 images on the built-in hard disk drive (HDD) media storage. Any one of the stored images can be displayed as a full-screen image on the navigation display when the display is not otherwise in use. To avoid driver distraction, there is no “slide show” function.

JPEG images can be loaded from a home computer onto a USB storage device, such as a thumb drive. Then the thumb drive can be plugged into the USB port that located in the center console. Using on-screen menus, the images can then be transferred to the ILX internal hard disk drive (HDD) media storage. The driver can then choose among their stored images for display, or set the system to not display wallpaper.


With 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 information is part of the XM NavTraffic® feature (aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway patrol incident reports and transportation departments). Information is transmitted by XM® satellites to the vehicle where it is graphically displayed on the ILX’s navigation screen with a zoom scale ranging between 1/20-mile to 5-mile increments.

To see details or select traffic incidents, the ILX owner can click on an icon on the map by pushing “Enter” on the interface dial. The ILX driver can avoid congestion en route and choose the fastest path to their destination with traffic information that is continuously updated. The system displays traffic incidents, determines average traffic speed and estimates travel time along the chosen route. It can automatically recalculate results as factors change. Plus, the XM NavTraffic® technology alerts drivers of scheduled traffic incidents such as construction and road closures, plus unscheduled incidents such as collisions and disabled vehicles.

When traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route entered into the navigation system, Traffic Rerouting™ can automatically recalculate a detour route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change. Alternately, the driver can recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting “TRAFFIC INCIDENTS” from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the “AVOID” command relevant to an incident.

AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ gives ILX owners a useful time saving tool on freeways. AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is offered on a subscription basis following a 3-month free trial period. In addition to on-screen traffic information, ILX owners who maintain their XM® Radio service also receive more general audio traffic information for more than 130 major metropolitan areas that runs on a 2-3 minute loop.

130 major metropolitan markets
(Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)

Akron, OH
Albuquerque, NM
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA
Ann Arbor, MI
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Beaumont, TX
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Bridgeport/Stamford, CT
Brigham City, UT
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY
Calgary, AB, Canada
Cape Coral/Ft. Myers, FL
Charlotte, NC
Chattanooga, TN
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Colorado Springs, CO
Columbia, SC
Columbus, OH
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Dayton, OH
Daytona Beach, FL
Denver/Boulder, CO
Des Moines, IA
Detroit/Warren, MI
Durham, NC
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Ellensburg, WA
El Paso, TX
Flint, MI
Fresno, CA
Grand Rapids, MI
Greensboro, NC
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
Hammond, LA
Harrisburg/Carlisle, PA
Hartford, CT
Hickory, NC
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN

Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City, KS
Knoxville, TN
Lakeland, FL
Lancaster/York, PA
Lansing, MI
Las Vegas, NV
Lincoln, NE
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Macon, GA
Manchester, NH
Memphis, TN
Merced, CA
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/ Hollywood, FL
Milwaukee/Racine, WI
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Mobile, AL
Modesto, CA
Mount Airy, NC
Napa, CA
Naples/Ft. Myers, FL
Nashville, TN
New Haven/Milford, CT
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Norwich/New London, CT
Ogden/Clearfield, UT
Oklahoma City, OK
Olympia, WA
Omaha/Council Bluffs, NE
Orlando/Kissimmee, FL
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Oxnard/Ventura, CA
Palm Bay/Titusville, FL
 Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix/Mesa, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Port St. Lucie, FL
Poughkeepsie/Middletown, NY
Providence, RI
Provo/Orem, UT

Punta Gorda, FL
Quebec City, QC, Canada
Raleigh/Durham, NC
Richmond, VA
Riverside/Ontario, CA
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
Salem, OR
Salinas, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco/Oakland, CA
San Jose/Santa Clara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Cruz/Watsonville, CA
Santa Rosa/Petaluma, CA
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
Savannah, GA
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA
Sioux Falls, SD
Spartanburg, SC
Seattle/Tacoma, WA
Spokane, WA
Springfield, MA
Statesville, NC
St Louis, MO
Stockton, CA
Syracuse, NY
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
Toledo, OH
Toronto, ON, Canada
Trenton/Ewing, NJ
Tucson, AZ
Tulsa, OK
Tuscaloosa, AL
Vallejo/Fairfield, CA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA
Washington D.C.
Winston/Salem, NC
Worcester, MA
York/Hanover, PA
Youngstown, OH


The ideal complement to AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is the ILX’s integrated AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™. In difficult driving conditions, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ can provide an up-to-date weather picture.
Key features

  • Professional grade weather information provided by Baron Services, Inc.
  • Weather information continually updated to reflect rapidly occurring weather changes
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information for 21 specific metropolitan areas
  • Weather forecasts for the next 3 hours, 6 hours or over the next three days in a given area
  • Severe weather alerts
  • Specific area weather information
  • Weather radar image maps

AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ was co-developed with XM NavWeather® to provide a personal weather tracking system for area specific, continually updated weather conditions between your current location and your final destination. The system focuses on the specific weather on your personal drive route, rather than just offering general weather conditions for a region. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information is continuously updated and is delivered to the vehicle navigation system via the ILX’s built-in XM® receiver.

AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ technology is enhanced for specific travel conditions in 21 specific major metropolitan areas. The information focuses on identifying potential weather threats along with current and future forecast weather conditions. The navigation screen displays current weather conditions in an easy-to-read format. By moving the ILX’s navigation system cursor to the desired location on the map you can obtain weather info for a specific location. Press the “Enter” button and information regarding your current location will return.

Unique Threat Matrix Technology within AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ generates prompts with specific icons (within 46 different categories) that inform the driver if the vehicle is headed into oncoming severe weather – such as a developing snow storm, ice, wind shear or an area covered by a tornado warning. Based on this advance information, the ILX driver can choose to reroute before encountering the severe weather. 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. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ offers 1- or 3-day weather forecasts for specific areas of the United States.

Weather data is provided by Baron Services, Inc., which deciphers a complex array of National Weather Service information to produce the weather information provided to Acura owners. ILX owners receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ along with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and XM® Radio. After the complimentary subscription expires, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ is available by monthly subscription. In addition, it can be obtained in combination with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and/or XM® Radio – or as a combined package of all three features on a monthly subscription basis.


Current Condition Weather Information

  • Clear
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • Cloudy
  • Light Rain
  • Moderate Rain
  • Heavy Rain
  • Freezing Rain
  • Heavy Freezing Rain/Ice
  • Snow
  • Heavy Snow
  • Fog

Present Threats

  • Hail Storm
  • Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)
  • Lightning
  • Winds (expressed as Low, Medium, or Heavy)
  • Visibility (expressed as Good, Patchy, Marginal, or Very Poor)

Potential Threats (5- to 15-minute advance warning)

  • Hail Storm
  • Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)

Precipitation Forecast (30-minute advance warning)

  • No Predicted Weather Issues
  • Rain
  • Snow

Updated Road Conditions

  • Clear
  • Flooded
  • Slippery
  • Ice, Patchy Ice
  • Snow
  • Heavy Snow
  • Road Closed

National Weather Service (NWS) Warnings

  • Official NWS warnings for 46 threat categories

Updated Conditions

  • Temperature and Dew Point
  • Wind (wind speed, wind gusts, and wind direction)
  • Sky conditions (OK, haze, fog, dust/sand, drizzle/mist, smoke/ash, rain, heavy rain, thunderstorm, hail, freezing rain/ice, snow, heavy snow, tornado/funnel cloud)

Future Weather Forecasts

  • Current weather
  • 1- or 3-day forecasts (with separate night and day forecasts for each day)
  • Daytime high and nighttime low temperatures
  • Probability of precipitation (measured in 0- to 100-percent)
  • Precipitation type (rain, ice, rain or snow, snow)
  • Chance of thunderstorm (yes/no)
  • Sky condition (clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, cloudy)
  • Wind (wind speed, wind gusts, and wind direction)

AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System

The Technology Package comes with the latest generation of the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System that allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle—  allowing owners access to the latest information specific to their vehicle. In cases where communication to and from the Acura Telematics server is needed, the owner’s Bluetooth®-compatible cellular telephone is used. AcuraLink® messages consist of text displayed on the navigation screen plus full details via Text-To-Speech (TTS) 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. Other messages trigger an icon on the navigation screen. Some low priority messages display during vehicle start-up to avoid distractions. In all cases, the ILX owner can choose to read the message immediately, or archive the message to be read later.

A variety of AcuraLink® messages can be sent to the ILX, including Maintenance Minder™ (detailed information regarding the next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help maximize the benefit and enjoyment of ILX features), Feature Guide (supplements to the Owner’s Manual), Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise), information regarding a service or repair required as well as service appointment reminders. The ILX owner has complete control over the types of messages received and all AcuraLink® preferences can be set via the Owner Link® website.

Since the system allows 2-way data communication between the ILX and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink® can provide the driver with vital information. For example, if an ABS/BRAKE warning light were to appear on the ILX instrument panel, AcuraLink® would automatically send a trouble code to the Acura Telematics Server, which would interpret the code and then sends a message back to the ILX (e.g., “ABS and EBD shut down. Drive slowly. Avoid sudden hard braking.”) With this important information, the ILX driver knows if a particular issue is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be addressed later or if it requires special driving techniques. The AcuraLink® data connection is enabled even if the monthly XM® Radio service package is not activated.


Available for the ILX are Acura Genuine Accessories that provide personalization for the Acura client. Like all Acura Genuine Accessories, the ILX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty if installed at the time of original vehicle purchase.

Interior Accessories

  • Auto day/night rearview mirror
  • Illuminated door sill
  • All-season floor mats
  • Trunk tray
  • Trunk hooks
  • Cargo net
  • Ashtray/cupholder
  • First aid kit
  • XM Radio kit

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