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Acura ILX headed for 2013 Honda Civic style upgrades

Posted Dec 12th 2012 6:59PM

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The not-yet-ready-for-primetime Honda Civic saw it quickly returned to sender for refurbishment as the 2013 Honda Civic, now the Acura ILX is headed in the same direction in its very first year. Automotive News reports that the small, Civic-based sedan from Honda's luxury brand isn't meeting sales expectations the company is after. More telling is that the ILX "is being outsold by the Buick Verano, Volkswagen CC and Audi A4," and, except for two months since it launched, it has also been outdone by the Acura TSX it is meant to replace.

Part of the cause has been the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine: its 150 horsepower to motivate a sedan that can weigh up to 1,347 kilograms (2,970 pounds) doesn't offer the kind of performance or value experience that buyers in the segment respond to. Another big issue is that the top-level 2.4-litre engine is only offered with a six-speed manual even though most buyers of the highest trim don't really want to shift their own gears. Lastly, the ILX might not put enough space between it and its frugal underpinnings – our first drive review pegged it as "the world's nicest Honda Civic." Something we have heard since the days of the 1.6EL in Canada.

An automatic transmission is on the way for the 2.4-litre, but it isn't clear when. And while Honda admits that the 2.0-litre is underpowered and Automotive News says it's on the way out, the company hasn't yet said how that situation will be corrected.
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Category: Acura, Honda, Design/Style, Sedan

Tags: 2012 honda civic, 2013 acura ilx, acura, civic, honda, ilx

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Nolan350

Gotta be one of the most anonymous looking cars on the road today. Acura went a little extreme with their styling on the previous generation TSX and TL. It was controversial, but dramatic. Either consumers liked it or they hated it, but at least they cared. Sales weren't great so Acura responded by watering down their design, and this is the result -- consumer apathy. Chris Bangle's designs for BMW were controversial too, but they were interesting, arguably more interesting than what BMW is doing now. Especially in the luxury sedan game, automotive design needs to evoke an emotional response, this car evokes nothing. However, it does induces me to yawn.

December 13 2012 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hemusbull

Honda?Acura is now in situation when Civic potentially gona eat...ILXs sales! Good grief!

December 13 2012 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mad Maz

I can't describe it properly but there is something not quite right about the styling of the ILX. It looks both handsome and bland at the same time with the bland outweighing the handsome. Plus you can't even get the nav with the 2.4 manual. Who on earth made that call?! These awkward little details add up to no sale.

December 12 2012 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply