By Andrew Ganz
Friday, Apr 20th, 2012 @ 12:02 am
Acura is trying something different with its 2013 ILX, an all-new model that rides on a version of the platform that underpins the Honda Civic. Slotting in below the TSX in Acura's lineup, the ILX will list from $26,795 including a mandatory $895 destination charge when it goes in sale in May.

That price nets buyers a base 2.0-liter, six-speed automatic-powered ILX. Standard kit on the base ILX includes cloth seats, a proximity key, Pandora and text message functionality for the audio system, Bluetooth, alloy wheels and a power moonroof. An optional Premium package adds $3,300 and brings with it leather heated seats, power adjustment for the driver's throne, an uprated 360-watt stereo with SiriusXM and active noise cancellation, fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rearview camera.

The 2.0-liter ILX can be loaded up with an additional $2,200 worth of Technology Package goodies including an ELS Surround audio system, navigation and Homelink, which brings the total list price to $32,295.

Two other ILXs are also on offer: A 2.4-liter model mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission and a hybrid mated to a CVT.

The 2.4 is available only in the mid-level Premium package configuration, where its specification level mirrors its 2.0-liter sibling aside from engine and transmission. The ILX 2.4's list price is $30,095, the same price as an ILX 2.0 Premium.

ILX Hybrids are available in either base ($29,795) or Technology Package (which includes the Premium package and runs $35,295).

Those prices put the ILX well ahead of its nearest rival, the Buick Verano. A loaded Verano optioned up with every available extra stickers at a comparatively modest $28,545. The Premium package ILX is also a mere $810 under Acura's similarly-equipped, larger and more powerful - but not quite as fuel thrifty - 2012 TSX.

For more details on the 2013 Acura ILX, check out our new car buyer's guide.

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