In the market for an entry-level sedan from a premium automaker? Your choices are few and far between, it seems. There's the Lexus CT 200h and Audi A3, but those are both hatchbacks. That leaves the Buick Verano, which, by all accounts, is a credible entry into the segment. If that's not quite your style, Acura hopes to tempt you with its new 2013 ILX, and it has announced that the base model will start at $25,900 (*plus $895 destination fee for all models).

For that starting price, buyers will get standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, keyless access with push-button start, Pandora internet radio interface and a moonroof. If you want a leather interior, 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded audio and Acura's excellent multi-view backup camera system, your ILX will start at $29,200 with the base 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and five-speed automatic transmission.

Acura has two more engine offerings for the ILX, including a 1.5-liter hybrid model that achieves estimated fuel economy ratings of 39 city and 38 highway for $28,900. On the other end of the spectrum is a 2.4-liter model, which pumps out 201 horsepower and is available only with a six-speed manual gearbox. A fully loaded ILX with the Technology package, which includes navigation and an internal hard drive for music storage, will cost $31,400 with the 2.0 or $34,400 with the hybrid drivetrain. Sadly, it's not possible to order the 2.4-liter engine with the top-level Technology kit.

See the complete pricing breakdown in Acura's official press release by scrolling below, and stay tuned for our complete first drive review of the ILX early next week.
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Acura Announces $25,900 Starting Price for 2013 ILX

04/20/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2013 Acura ILX will go on sale at Acura dealerships May 22, 2012, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP*) starting at $25,900 Acura announced today. The ILX offers remarkable value for the money with robust feature content and premium appeal.

"The 2013 Acura ILX will serve as the gateway to the Acura brand," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "At the leading edge of a new, sporty compact segment, the ILX delivers style, value, performance and connectivity to younger buyers looking to move into the luxury market.

"The all-new Acura ILX features a windswept exterior design with 5-passenger cabin, a choice of three powertrain options, including Acura's first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid, and a well appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, premium features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world. Like all Acura models, the ILX is equipped with a rich list of standard features including a power moonroof, aluminium wheels and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.

The entry-level ILX (starting at $25,900) is powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. For those seeking a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a 2.4-liter engine ($29,200, includes the Premium Package) with an output of 201 horsepower featuring a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The ILX Hybrid (starting at $28,900) makes use of a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the ILX 1.5L Hybrid has an EPA estimated** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 39/38/38 mpg.

As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a long list of standard features, multiple trim levels (a Premium Package and Technology Package), and excellent standard safety features- including Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®). Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both NHTSA and the IIHS.

The Premium Package (available as a $3,300 option; not available on the ILX Hybrid model) features leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, an upgraded 360 watt stereo system with XM® radio, HID headlights, foglights, 17-inch aluminium wheels, a multi-view rearview camera and an Active Sound Cancellation system to make for a quieter cabin.

Building on the Premium Package, the Technology Package (available on the ILX with 2.0-liter engine for $2,200) adds Acura's award winning ELS Surround® audio system and a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps and HomeLink®. The navigation system makes use of a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity- including 15 gigabytes that can be specifically allocated for music storage. The Technology package is also available on the ILX Hybrid for $5,500 and includes all Premium Package features except 17-inch aluminium wheels.

The Acura ILX will be manufactured (using U.S. and globally sourced parts), exclusively at the company's state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant, one of only three plants worldwide to receive J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding product quality, and the top award for any factory in North America.


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      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      "2.4-liter model, which pumps out 201 horsepower and is available only with a six-speed manual gearbox." GOOD FOR ACURA. I hope it sells well.
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's not bad at all considering it won't be a stripped down, bare bones model. Most carmakers these days make BT and keyless entry standard (and a few push button start as well) but I've never seen a base model with a sunroof..
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
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      puto.escobar
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Canada, the price gap between the ILX and the TSX seems to be bigger. Despite the dislike that this car is getting on Autoblog, it is likely going to sell really well in Canada, just like the EL and CSX before it. The prices below are in Canadian dollars. ILX 2.0L base - $27,790 2.0L Premium or 2.4 Dynamic - $29,990 2.0L Tech - $32,290 Hybrid - $34,990 TSX Base 6MT: $33.8k TSX Base 5AT: $35.1k TSX Premium 6MT: $35.6k TSX Premium 5AT: $36.9k TSX Tech 5AT: $40k
        truewhiteboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @puto.escobar
        I think most people will agree it will sell well. Most affordable, entry level luxury sedans seem to as there are a lot of people who will buy a car just because of its brand. On the other side of things, there is someone out there who wants a fully loaded Civic and this could be an alternative especially if someone really wants a leather interior as the price of a 2012 Civic EX (base engine) is 24K, this seems like the next step up for a couple grand more you get leather and a Acura badge.
      RickyX1991
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks MUCH better than previous Acuras. I guess this is a start.
      stamatis.michaelides
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura's decision NOT to make the Technology package available with the 2.4L engine is moronic. Why would anyone think that people that are interested in a manual would not want the navigation and better sound system. The density of incompetent people at Acura management is killing the brand, model by model. I was planning to buy one, now its back to the Germans.
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its a shame the state of Ohio will make you ruin your car's front with a stupid useless license plate. Looks like it could use some bigger breaks in the front.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      A base model Verano for 23k would eat the ILX for lunch. I may be mistaken, but the Verano gives you 17, or is it 18, inch alloys standard, a more powerful engine with a 6-speed auto, and the quietest interior in the segment, hands down. If 17 inch wheels are the optional ones on the ILX does that mean 16s are standard? Heck, my Cruze has 17s standard. I'm sure Acura will sell every one they build without much effort to every yuppie who thinks they're getting something classy, but the ILX adds absolutely nothing new or exciting to the segment. For the money the Verano is a far better value.
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        im sure the acura gets better mpgs and you can see out the rear side windows.
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        Is anybody that isn't actually shopping for a Buick cross-shopping their cars of choice with a Buick?
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will sell like hotcakes.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura/Honda has a few good things outon the market rght now, but this is not one of them. It starts at $28 k for the base model with an amzing 150 hp, and the 2.4 costs $30k. The A3 comes for $28k for the same power as the 2.4. Remeber, the A3 is essentially a GTI with available AWD. It has a better interior, and the GTI is more fun and performs better compared to the Civic Si, so I'd expect the A3 to outperform the 2.4. If you have any reliability concens, J.D. Power and Asscociates ranked the GTI the 2nd most reliable sport compact after the Mitata, and ahead of the Si. TheA3 is a much better vehcile for a lower price.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I'd pick the A3 in a HEARTBEAT over this thing, regardless of what engine the Acura has...
        Grimmbone
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The sad fact is that this car will still sell better in the US, given that the A3 is a hatchback. Specs be damned, US citizen hate a hatchback.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grimmbone
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      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uuuuh, Im not a Honda guy or anything, but, THIS car is what the current Civic should be. Looks wise anyways.
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      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this what we get when the US dollar tanks? A 150 HP Ohio built, Civic based ILX rather than a 201 HP Japan built, Accord based TSX? I looked at it closely at the NY auto show - despite its obviously Civic proportions, it looks ok from the outside. The dashboard, despite its analog speedo, does very little to hide its ugly, asymmetrical Civic roots. As for the power train, not since Mercedes tried to sell the 168 HP C240 have we had such a low output, lackluster motor foisted upon us by a premium brand. It would be a tossup between TSX and a Jetta GLI, but GLI vs ILX? No comparison. And when someone says that a Jetta looks more premium than your product, you should be worried. As a side note, Acura should never have stopped making the first generation TSX. Perfect size, decent power and luxury, good build quality and reliability. Oh yeah, and reasonably priced and not ugly.
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