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A modern, techie look erases any hint of the Honda Civic platform underpinning the 2013 Acura ILX.
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STYLING | 7 out of 10

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Love or loathe the styling, it works in that the ILX looks distinctly Acura and nothing like the more pedestrian economy car on which it was based.
Motor Trend

We immediately notice the upgraded materials, all of which look and feel good, including the metallic trim.
Inside Line

By now, you've surely developed an opinion on the sharp creases and bold look of modern Acura products, so we're not going to dwell on its beak-like fascia other than to say it's been downsized on the ILX and that it mostly blends in with its overall design ethos.

The front fascia -- complete with a slender version of Acura's pointed grille opening -- feels like an evolution of the TSX.

The dashboard, the instruments, and the center stack controls are similar to those in the TSX, festooned with a platoon of buttons and switches
Popular Mechanics

Though Acura doesn't like to dwell on the Honda Civic basis for the ILX, it's there--but it's all under the skin. On the outside, the ILX is its own car, with low and wide proportions, a long hood and short rear deck, aerodynamic character lines, and Acura's signature front-end look.

Riding a balance between crisp and fluid, edgy and smooth, the ILX's exterior is a more youthful take on a compact luxury car than you'll find elsewhere in the segment. The general proportions speak of sportiness (perhaps more so than the car's actual performance does), but also of refinement and confidence.

Inside, the ILX's cabin is simliarly youthful, at least in comparison with the competition, with cascading layers of surfaces in varied textures creating a flowing, connected feel across the dash and through the cabin. The driver's perspective is dominated by the focused, easy-to-read instrument and information display in the main panel, while the center stack is set high and forward for better eyes-up visibility.

The rear seat is more plainly finished, but nonetheless feels part of the overall cabin, and of the ILX's entry-luxury design aesthetic.


A modern, techie look erases any hint of the Honda Civic platform underpinning the 2013 Acura ILX.

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