2013 Acura ILX
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The short life of the Acura ILX has been vexed by one glaringly odd standard equipment choice, mediocre reviews, getting outsold by its competition as it posted slower-than-projected sales and a pledge by Honda to upgrade its supposedly upgraded offering. Therefore, when Automotive News reports that just 91 of the Civic-based Acura sedans were manufactured last month – after a string of production months in double-digits – it would be easy to press the button for the alarm bells.

But that would be hasty, because it is actually the 2013 Honda Civic that is crimping the production pipeline of the ILX. The vastly higher sales numbers of the Honda meant that all three North American plants that produce it needed to crank up output to satisfy dealer inventory needs, including the Greenburg, Indiana plant that makes both the Civic and the ILX. As the classic guns-vs-butter Economy 101 lesson taught us – in which making more of one necessarily means making less of the other – well, the Civic is the gun.

Honda prepared for this eventuality by cranking out the Acuras while it got ready for Civic production. The ILX has held steady at about 500 units shy of company projections every month, and the current inventory represents about 90 days worth of sales. That makes Greenburg's ostensibly low numbers in line with the realities of the ILX, and the situation probably won't change much as Acura gets ready for the improved 2014 ILX.


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      Steven
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own a 2013 ILX 2.0 and I am really loving my car. I really do not understand why everyone is so critical of this car. Some of the posts sound like they are talking about a Pontiac Aztec, not my cute little Acura ILX. I had a 1996 Acura Integra and I loved that car as well, but my new ILX is so fun to drive and handles really well. My Integra cost $20,000 in 1996 and I paid just over $27,000 for my 2013 ILX Premium, is that really that expensive? I think it is a great value. I recently drove a 2012 Ford Fusion for a rental while I was out of town and when I got back and drove my ILX it drove so nice and the interior was finished very well. My point is that as an owner, the ILX is a great car, no regrets. I feel it is getting bashed and it does not deserve that. I would rather drive around in a car that is not seen on every other block, it makes it more special. I wanted my thoughts to be heard since I own the car.
      J*zz Muff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's the problem: the Buick Verano is sooooo much better a vehicle than this glorified Civic.
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          Rob
          • 1 Year Ago
          Not only are Buick sales up, they also easily outsell Acura every month. Buicks may be a rebadged Opel but they do it better than Acura does a rebadged Honda
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          Fixitfixitstop
          • 1 Year Ago
          Buicks are selling VERY well around here.
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        benjammin172
        • 1 Year Ago
        Acura has been selling twice as many TL\'s as the ILX and they sell about 1,000 more TSX every month as well. But feel free to call everyone else uninformed. While you\'re at it you should start calling people black kettles
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          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @benjammin172
          I think he is not getting the point that ILX does not sell well for a new product
          Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @benjammin172
          The RDX is out selling both the TL and ILX models. But article isn't necessarily saying that the ILX is a dud, it's basically saying the Honda made a decision to make more Civics over more ILXs.
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      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      1) Strange appearing and needlessly long bird beak front overhang 2) Weak 150hp engine on base 25K model 3) FWD in a brand that once prided it self on having SH-AWD on many models. 4) I know its subjective but: Can you get any more bland Acura?
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        >needlessly long bird beak front overhang Its FWD. Long front overhangs are par for the course. You are right about most everything else, though I doubt SH-AWD would make it any more appealing.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Maybe, but honestly, how many people would buy it? It'd get cross-shopped with the WRX, and the WRX HAS a racing pedigree, while this does not (not recently, anyway).
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          If they could shoehorn SH-AWD and keep the weight down, this would corner like a housefly. A very different car.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
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      Sasha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Acura built just 91 examples of the ILX last month, here's why: [picture of ILX] Yup.
        Glenn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sasha
        It was probably 90 more than they needed.
      psshhitsjustin
      • 1 Year Ago
      this thing looks like a crappier 2nd gen IS250/IS350. Ive owned a prelude, rsx, s2000, accord among many hondas and i cant see myself warming up to this. i really tried. i rather take the 1st gen TSX over this.
      petrol42
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hardly see these on the streets and now I know why. I saw one up close at the LA Auto show and I was surprised at how good the car looked but I do admit it looks like a smaller version of the Lexus IS. Acura would sell much more of these if they started at $22,000 but I think they're too pricey with a price starting at $25,000. There's better cars out there for that kind of money. One last thing, The RLX is garbage. Man, Acura is in deep ****.
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @petrol42
        If priced at $22k, why on EARTH would anyone buy a Civic -- other than different looks? Talk about cannibalizing your own sales. I hope you don't own a business.
          petrol42
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          Because Civics don't start at $22,000. Also, the Integra was Acura's best selling car in their history and why was that? Because it was cheap. And the Integra didn't seem to cannibalize Civic sales, did they?
          chickenflauta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          It's all in the marketing and positioning. A compact Acura that overlapped in pricing with more expensive Civic models has existed before and **gasp** it was Acura's most popular vehicle ever. Indubitably, I hope you don't own a business, either. Personally, I don't think the problem with the ILX is its pricing, it's in the execution. Acura would have no problems selling the ILX if it were as fun to toss around as the original Integra. Back to the drawing board!
          petrol42
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          chickenflauta: "It's all in the marketing and positioning." Did you figure this one out all on your own? "A compact Acura that overlapped in pricing with more expensive Civic models has existed before and **gasp** it was Acura's most popular vehicle ever. Indubitably, I hope you don't own a business, either." And what was your point? Making money is making money and Acura isn't making a whole lot of money nowadays. I hope YOU don't own a business because you really don't understand diversity in your product line-up like Ferdinand Piech from VAG and Carlos Ghosn from Renault/Nissan do. "Personally, I don't think the problem with the ILX is its pricing, it's in the execution. Acura would have no problems selling the ILX if it were as fun to toss around as the original Integra. Back to the drawing board!" The Integra's pricing got nowhere near $29,000 on the top end. An optioned out RSX Type-S averaged $27,000 and it didn't last very long in the Acura lineup. You could walk out the door with an Integra GS-R for around $24,000. The last gen Integra was on sale for 7 years because it was such a popular, low priced fun to drive car. Also, the ILX is basically a Civic Si which IS fun to toss around. Since they're basically the same car, the ILX should have the same fun to drive factor as the Civic Si. Now go shove a Chicken Flauta down your pie hole.
          petrol42
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          I meant to say the ILX 6-Speed is basically a Civic Si.
      Thunderbuck
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, this explanation sounds like so much spin. This car is ugly, and looks worse than the Civic it's based on. Not particularly outstanding in performance or features, either.
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it doesn't sell because the consumer is smarter then that? Putting lipstick on a pig does not make it a near luxury car....
      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      how can Honda keep screwing up? first it was the Civic debacle, and now this. don't they pay marketing people to figure this stuff out in advance? 91 cars produced in a month. are they trying to match their RDX sales numbers?
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        Technically, this *is* the same as the civic debacle. It's actually one really horrible mistake.
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