2013 Acura ILX vs. Its Competition

2013 Acura ILX
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Toyota Prius may seem an unlikely comparison car for the ILX, but it's priced around the same point, offers many of the same features, and, against the ILX Hybrid, offers far superior gas mileage.

The 2012 Buick Verano may be the ILX's closest natural competitor, aimed just as much at the entry-luxury market as the ILX, but with just one powertrain configuration and a somewhat more mature aesthetic.

The Camry Hybrid is actually a size up on the ILX, and can cost considerably more, but for young families looking at a hybrid sedan, might be a more useful all-around choice--with noticeably better gas mileage around town.

Lexus' HS 250h scores slightly worse on the gas mileage front than the ILX Hybrid, and offers a similar level of entry-luxury trim and features, but might appeal to those that don't enjoy Acura's styling.

Audi's A3 is also priced near the top of the ILX's range at its entry point, but offers a more refined look, Audi's brand recognition, and more dynamic performance while also adding the utility of a hatchback's cargo area.

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7.4
The 2013 Acura ILX is a balanced, if compromised, entry-level/near-luxury sedan that combines fun and style for an affordable price.
8.0
The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
8.2
Comfortable, well-appointed and inexpensive on the luxury-car scale, the 2013 Buick Verano is a mild performer--that is, until the turbo T arrives later this year.
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The 2013 Toyota Prius is a spacious, practical mid-size hatchback that will hold five people and their gear, while remaining the highest-mileage car sold without a plug.
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The 2012 Lexus HS 250h offers lots of technology along with its high gas mileage, but it's not engaging to drive, nor is its level of luxury particularly spectacular.
The 2012 Toyota Camry is the most fuel-efficient way to transport the family in a traditional-looking, comfortable four-door sedan.
MSRP From     
$25,900$27,270$23,080$23,215$37,030$25,990
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Ethanol 4-cylGas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class     
- TBD -Small Station WagonsCompactMidsize CarsMid-SizeMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan5-Door HB Two (Natl)4-Door Sedan Hybrid4-Door Sedan LE (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanHatchbackSedanHatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioContinuously variable ratioContinuously Variable