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Acura ILX Driving impressions [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-21-2012 16:36
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(Wasn't this supposed to be embargoed? Looks like someone didn't get the memo)


Without further ado, letís move on to the driving impressions.

III. On the Road -- Impressions for Each Variant

Handling is a perennial strength for Acura, and the ILX is no exception. It features sporty handling. Unfortunately the base model does not feel very sporty, due to the sluggish acceleration -- the model feels underpowered in "drive".


Sport Mode, however, breathes some life into the otherwise boring 5-speed and accentuates the handling, which is very good, as seen in the shots taking below as the vehicle hurdled down dusty desert mountain highways.


Acura seriously needs to to a six-speed to improve the ILX's performance and fuel economy.

Evidence of this can be found in the 6-speed manual, which is, in a word, "fun". All the promises that fell short in the base model are mostly fulfilled in the manual. While this variant sadly can't get the technology package, it does offer a much improved driving experienced.

Of course, Acura says that manuals only account for a tiny percentage of purchases -- 3 to 4 percent of purchases was one unofficial estimate I heard bandied about -- so that could explain why the manual (sadly) isn't getting the tech package.


The hybrid variant lived up to the estimated fuel economy. Driving it conservatively on a mix of highway/city, I averaged around 39 mpg.

At the end of the trip I decided to have a bit of fun and test the hybrid's power. Unsurprisingly, the low horsepower motor struggled, but it didn't really feel that much more underpowered than base 2.0L non-hybrid version. And given that I expect hybrids to feel somewhat underpowered, I didn't really have any complaints performance-wise.

While the Lexus 200h and third generation Prius beat the Civic/ILX hybrid in horsepower, I find that the Honda vehicles don't feel noticeably less powerful. Perhaps this has something to do with the torque delivered at various RPMs, but whatever the reason, the ILX Hybrid and Lexus 200h feel roughly equivalent power-wise despite the on-paper spec favoring Toyota.



http://www.dailytech.com/Driving+Impressions+2013+Acura+ILX+Base+Manual+and+Hybrid/article24511.htm


adrianchew
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Re: Acura ILX Driving impressions [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-21-2012 17:04
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Reason the hybrid doesn't feel that much slower than the R20 is because the R20 is SLOWWWWW...

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120420/CARNEWS/120429987?utm_source=DailyDrive20120420&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_term=article4&utm_content=20120420-2013_Acura_ILX__Drive_review&utm_campaign=awdailydrive

0-60 MPH: 9.6 sec (mfr)

^ That is just TERRIBLE. Truly absolutely pathetic. A car in this category has got to make at least low 8s in the fuel economy special model. Any Accord I4 is going to blow by the ILX even. Even the new CR-V does a couple tenths faster!
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Re: Acura ILX Driving impressions [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-21-2012 19:19
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I expect slightly better times for the 0-60 run. Something I seem to notice is that manufacturers are a bit modest with these numbers in many cases. The mags always seem to get better numbers but I guess it depends on the launch.
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Re: Acura ILX Driving impressions [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-22-2012 01:40
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I don't have the numbers handy, but I believe we got around a 6.8 in the AWD RSX (for comparison).
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Re: Acura ILX Driving impressions [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 04-22-2012 02:36
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Neal wrote:
I don't have the numbers handy, but I believe we got around a 6.8 in the AWD RSX (for comparison).


AWD RSX eh? Sounds like a fun drive!
 
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