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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2012 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Front Exterior View2013 Audi A3
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2013 Buick Verano T2013 Buick Verano
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2013 Toyota Prius 5dr HB Three (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2013 Toyota Prius
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Quick Specs
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.
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The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
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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.
MSRP From   
$25,900$27,270$23,080$23,215
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Ethanol 4-cylGas/Electric I4
EPA Class   
- TBD -Small Station WagonsCompactMidsize Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan5-Door HB Two (SE)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
4N/A4N/A
Body Style   
SedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Transmission   
Automatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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