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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-04-2012 08:45
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Acura says the hybrid model can cruise for short distances between 10 and 45 mph using the electric motor alone, but both the gas engine and electric motor are always used at startup. During high-speed cruising, only the gasoline engine is used, but the electric motor kicks in during hard acceleration for chores such as passing.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-06-2012 20:59
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The hybrid was woefully underpowered, unable to use its 111 horsepower to confidently pull from a side road into fast-moving highway traffic, or to scoot past a dawdler.

It gets good mileage, better than the window sticker says, which is a pleasant surprise. But its 39-miles-per-gallon city, 38-highway ratings are matched nowadays by gasoline-power cars of the same size and lower price.

Here's a quirk among models: No navigation system is available in the 2.4, even though it's higher-priced and otherwise better-equipped than the 2-liter base car. Acura says it considers the 2.4 the "stick-shift model" because it comes only with a manual and that too few people usually buy navi with a manual to justify the time and expense of offering it. It expects only 5% of buyers to take this model.

To a person, Acura people say, "We'll keep an eye on it" to see if the navi should be offered.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-07-2012 09:59
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USA Today
But its 39-miles-per-gallon city, 38-highway ratings are matched nowadays by gasoline-power cars of the same size and lower price.



Not that I care for this car at all, but which conventional gas powered car matches this mileage today?
Gumbercules
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-07-2012 11:53
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TSX69 wrote:
USA Today
But its 39-miles-per-gallon city, 38-highway ratings are matched nowadays by gasoline-power cars of the same size and lower price.



Not that I care for this car at all, but which conventional gas powered car matches this mileage today?



Pretty much none, maybe there is a diesel that can come close, but absolutely no car of the same size can get near 39/38 rating.

All the "HWY MPG" marketing is just warping everyone's perceptions, including auto journalists. It's like if your kid's report card had A's, B's, and C's, but you rewarded him as a straight A student because you only focus on the best grades and ignore the worst grades.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 12:22
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Track Tested
Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.8 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 7.1 (7.7 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8 (7.4 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 10.5 (11.2 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.6 (15.7 @ 88.5 w/ TC on)

Braking
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 130

Handling
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (63.1 w/TC off)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.83 (0.82 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.5
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6
TSX69
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 12:33
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 13:03
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Track Tested
Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.8 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 7.1 (7.7 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8 (7.4 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 10.5 (11.2 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.6 (15.7 @ 88.5 w/ TC on)

Braking
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 130

Handling
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (63.1 w/TC off)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.83 (0.82 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.5
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6


Pretty blah numbers, especially for the big motor.

I can only imagine what kind of turtle times will be produced by the Hybrid!
:)
Hondarulez
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 14:27
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superchg2 wrote:
TSX69 wrote:
Track Tested
Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.8 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 7.1 (7.7 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8 (7.4 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 10.5 (11.2 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.6 (15.7 @ 88.5 w/ TC on)

Braking
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 130

Handling
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (63.1 w/TC off)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.83 (0.82 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.5
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6


Pretty blah numbers, especially for the big motor.

I can only imagine what kind of turtle times will be produced by the Hybrid!
:)



These numbers are as expected - slightly slower than Si in acceleration & worse handling numbers due to inferior tires.
saitamahonda
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 23:43
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sa3eedi wrote:
TSX69 wrote:
USA Today
But its 39-miles-per-gallon city, 38-highway ratings are matched nowadays by gasoline-power cars of the same size and lower price.



Not that I care for this car at all, but which conventional gas powered car matches this mileage today?



He's paid to say that. Don't take it as a fact. Otherwise he would mention examples, and he doesn't because he can't. The us automakers and Hyundai pay them to take jabs whenever they can. It's amazing how much control they have in what these people think and say and what not to say, especially Hyundai.

On a good note Honda won the case about mpg advertising! News announced on yahoo Japan today.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 23:51
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sa3eedi wrote:
TSX69 wrote:
USA Today
But its 39-miles-per-gallon city, 38-highway ratings are matched nowadays by gasoline-power cars of the same size and lower price.



Not that I care for this car at all, but which conventional gas powered car matches this mileage today?



He's paid to say that. Don't take it as a fact. Otherwise he would mention examples, and he doesn't because he can't. The us automakers and Hyundai pay them to take jabs and spread disinformation whenever they can. It's amazing how much control they have in what these people think and say and what not to say, especially Hyundai. And there is also no accountability to their inaccuracies.
On a good note Honda won the case about hybrid mpg advertising! News announced on yahoo Japan today. The hybrid is still the top choice for me(intended for in-laws). We all know the civic hybrid can get more than its stated EPA mpg. The ilx should as well.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-09-2012 23:57
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superchg2 wrote:
TSX69 wrote:
Track Tested
Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.8 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 7.1 (7.7 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8 (7.4 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 10.5 (11.2 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.6 (15.7 @ 88.5 w/ TC on)

Braking
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 130

Handling
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (63.1 w/TC off)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.83 (0.82 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.5
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6


Pretty blah numbers, especially for the big motor.

I can only imagine what kind of turtle times will be produced by the Hybrid!
:)



Nothing that aftermarket can't fix. A pretty blah comment if you ask me ;)
cforez
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-10-2012 05:48
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Hondarulez wrote:
superchg2 wrote:
TSX69 wrote:
Track Tested
Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.8 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 7.1 (7.7 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8 (7.4 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 10.5 (11.2 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.6 (15.7 @ 88.5 w/ TC on)

Braking
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 130

Handling
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (63.1 w/TC off)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.83 (0.82 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.5
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6


Pretty blah numbers, especially for the big motor.

I can only imagine what kind of turtle times will be produced by the Hybrid!
:)



These numbers are as expected - slightly slower than Si in acceleration & worse handling numbers due to inferior tires.



IS250 6MT:

Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.) 4.9
0-60 mph (sec.) 7.5
0-75 mph (sec.) 11.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 15.8@89.5

Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 27
60-0 mph (ft.) 113

Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 70.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.84 g

Sound level @ idle (dB) 41
@ Full throttle (dB) 74.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 65

Definitely, better tires would improve those braking/slalom numbers for the ILX. Overall, it compares fairly well with the IS250 6MT ($33,595) at a significant discount (ILX 2.4 is $29,200). Surprisingly, you can't buy an IS250 6MT with HID or Navigation.

Hondarulez
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-10-2012 18:43
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cforez wrote:
Hondarulez wrote:
superchg2 wrote:
TSX69 wrote:
Track Tested
Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.8 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.9 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 7.1 (7.7 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8 (7.4 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 10.5 (11.2 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.6 (15.7 @ 88.5 w/ TC on)

Braking
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 130

Handling
Slalom (mph): 65.5 (63.1 w/TC off)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.83 (0.82 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.5
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6


Pretty blah numbers, especially for the big motor.

I can only imagine what kind of turtle times will be produced by the Hybrid!
:)



These numbers are as expected - slightly slower than Si in acceleration & worse handling numbers due to inferior tires.



IS250 6MT:

Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.) 4.9
0-60 mph (sec.) 7.5
0-75 mph (sec.) 11.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 15.8@89.5

Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 27
60-0 mph (ft.) 113

Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 70.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.84 g

Sound level @ idle (dB) 41
@ Full throttle (dB) 74.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 65

Definitely, better tires would improve those braking/slalom numbers for the ILX. Overall, it compares fairly well with the IS250 6MT ($33,595) at a significant discount (ILX 2.4 is $29,200). Surprisingly, you can't buy an IS250 6MT with HID or Navigation.




Thank you. I didn't know you can't get HID in the IS250 6MT ....
TSX69
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 07:56
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When Acura introduced its 2013 ILX sedan at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, we had three questions: Why would the company add another small sedan, just under the TSX in size and price? Can it improve enough on the car's humble Honda roots? Perhaps most important, does demand truly exist for a luxury car of this size and price?

As for the why, it's probably because the company perceives demand for a more affordable sedan in its lineup, and because the car's high gas mileage will both appeal to cost-conscious buyers and help meet federal fuel-economy requirements. (The TSX tops out at 26 mpg combined.)

Did Acura produce a better Civic? Of course. But with the Verano, Buick fielded a better Chevrolet Cruze, at a starting price $3,325 lower than the ILX. Though the Verano's mileage maxes out at 25 mpg combined, we were mightily impressed with its luxury feel and appointments.

As for the greater question, demand for cars of this type in general is yet to be determined.

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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 11:15
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TSX69 wrote:

Did Acura produce a better Civic? Of course. But with the Verano, Buick fielded a better Chevrolet Cruze, at a starting price $3,325 lower than the ILX. Though the Verano's mileage maxes out at 25 mpg combined, we were mightily impressed with its luxury feel and appointments.



What kind of a dumb statement is that? The comparison would have to be - is the ILX $3,325 better than the Verano? It doesn't matter how much better the Verano is over the Cruze, which isn't much competition in the market place for the Civic. Doh. Why do I bother?? :)
NealX
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 11:43
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I simply don't like the fact that Acura is being used in the same sentence and Buick and Chevrolet...
330R
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 11:50
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I simply don't like the fact that Acura is being used in the same sentence and Buick and Chevrolet...


Those are close to BMW, Audi, and Infiniti, aren't they?
NealX
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 12:11
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330R wrote:
Neal wrote:
I simply don't like the fact that Acura is being used in the same sentence as Buick and Chevrolet...


Those are close to BMW, Audi, and Infiniti, aren't they?


Ha! Yeah, to on one hand invoke the Integra and in another discount it - seemingly at will to advance the flavor of the day, is something I just don't get. Well, actually I do.

Integra in the back pocket just in case the first message doesn't take hold...

Anyways, may I implore everyone to head on over to their local dealership and give the ILX an thorough once-over, consider what you may has posted in the past regarding your hopes, dreams, fears, expectations initial impressions and report back here in all honesty.

Ultimately the only review that matters is your own and I'm sure we'd all like to hear it! Thanks!
CarmB
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 13:41
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I think it is a mistake for Acura to have hastily assembled a hybrid and sport variant of the ILX. The hybrid simply doesn't offer the performance one would expect from an upscale product. Far better if Honda had waited to get some more advanced hybrid technology put together and then unveiled a hybrid ILX. As for the 2.4L, from what I've read, this car seems like a rather disappointing compromise. No suspension upgrades and far more limited options available. A distinct model with a different body style based on the ILX platform using far more performance-oriented bits and pieces would have made a lot more sense even if such a car would have had to wait.

This would have left us with a reasonable product that seems like a good product at a reasonable price in the 2.0L automatic version.

Seems to me that the negative comments that have been made regarding the ILX have been weighed heavilly in the direction of the hybrid and sport variant. Not enough performance in either version and a price tag that raises doubts about the value side of the equation.

I suspect Honda thought it could get some positive feedback from having these variants available at launch but I think the compromised nature of these models has had the opposite impact. What is being conveyed instead is the idea that the ILX is an overpriced, underperforming car. The base ILX really is neither yet it will be hurt by the association with its two companion variants which are, each in their own fashion, both overpriced and underperforming.
NealX
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 13:57
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^Very well put and thoughtful. Thanks!

I wonder if, at this very moment, there's a certain amount of "concern and scrambling" like there may have been within the initial weeks of the 9G Civic launch.
330R
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 14:09
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Neal wrote:
^Very well put and thoughtful. Thanks!

I wonder if, at this very moment, there's a certain amount of "concern and scrambling" like there may have been within the initial weeks of the 9G Civic launch.



If it's following the same sequence/timeline as the 9th Civic, this is the stage before the scramble. This is the stage where they ignore the disappointment and citicisms of the TOV crowd and other auto forums & blogs. Like the 9th gen, there have been some press reviews of the "First Impression", "Quick Take", and "________ attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report" variety.

The scramble comes once Consumer Reports gets ahold of it and doesn't recommend it. But maybe they will.

Or maybe Honda scrambles earlier now, after the 9th Civic backlash.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 14:35
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CarmB wrote:
I think it is a mistake for Acura to have hastily assembled a hybrid and sport variant of the ILX. The hybrid simply doesn't offer the performance one would expect from an upscale product. Far better if Honda had waited to get some more advanced hybrid technology put together and then unveiled a hybrid ILX. As for the 2.4L, from what I've read, this car seems like a rather disappointing compromise. No suspension upgrades and far more limited options available.


I think waiting for a better hybrid powertrain is exactly what they needed. Rating of 39/39 just cant compete with all the b.s. HWY MPG-only marketing.

It may get better real-world average mpg, but most customers are just going to look at "40mpg HWY Sonata vs 39mpg HWY ILX Hybrid" and think that the Sonata will have same or better fuel consumption.

I still wish for a true integra/first gen TSX replacement, but I don't know if ill ever get one.
CarmB
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 17:01
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There is a way to make a performance oriented car available. Use the platform off the ILX but different styling in a hatch design.

Discontinue the 2.4L ILX variant and let this other model serve for those looking for a more spirited driving experience.

By the way, it has occurred to me that if Honda replaced both the sport and base versions with one variant employing the 2.4L out of the Accord, it would be looked upon favorably. Such a configuration would deliver similar mpg to the 2.0L only with the advantage of requiring cheaper regular fuel. More power, lower operating costs. What's not to like. Such a car would be faster than any of the TSX, Accord or the current 2.0L ILX yet be cheaper to fuel up. Keeping the same MSRP as the 2.0L it would make the ILX a more compelling option in the sub $30,000 sedan class.

I'm sure there's a good reason why Acura went another route but on the surface of it, it sure is puzzling why Acura has made the choices it has. Nothing irreversible, mind you, and it will be interesting to see if Acura changes configurations along the way. It's disappointing, though, that the whole ILX effort seems to have been mishandled from a marketing/packaging perspective. Disappointing and surprising.

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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 18:46
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330R wrote:
Neal wrote:
^Very well put and thoughtful. Thanks!

I wonder if, at this very moment, there's a certain amount of "concern and scrambling" like there may have been within the initial weeks of the 9G Civic launch.



The scramble comes once Consumer Reports gets ahold of it and doesn't recommend it. But maybe they will.

Or maybe Honda scrambles earlier now, after the 9th Civic backlash.


I don't think there'll be any PR scramble for the ILX. The principle complaints against the 9G Civic were its slow/sluggish steering ratio and the interior geometry/materials. The ILX suffers none of these problems. The more conventional interior has aesthetic balance and a much higher level of materials quality, and the steering ratio is on par with the 7G Accord.

Jeff's review was favorable: http://vtec.net/articles/view-article?article_id=1057682&page_number=2

"The ILX offers a good level of refinement along with a responsive driving feel."

This is clearly a car that was built to a standard and not to meet a low price point like the 9G Civic.

No, I'm not satisfied with the engine choices, but if the Earth Dreams engines aren't ready, they aren't ready.

Personally I think Acura should have only launched 2.0L and 2.4L variants. The hybrid is a waste: it's woefully under powered and still not efficient enough to capture the attention of the eco-minded hybrid shopper. The time spent developing the hybrid would have been better spent developing better suspension tuning for the 2.4L, and ditching the hybrid SKUs would have made room for a 2.4L with tech package.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 19:34
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The decision to copy and paste the Civic IMA into the ILX is indicative of a real lack of innovation in certain Honda cars, of late.

The fact that the hybrid is heavier than the Civic, hence slower and less efficient, guarantee's critcal reviews for this potentially $35,000 car.
330R
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 20:46
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atomiclightbulb wrote:
I don't think there'll be any PR scramble for the ILX. The principle complaints against the 9G Civic were its slow/sluggish steering ratio and the interior geometry/materials. The ILX suffers none of these problems.


The ILX doesn't suffer those problems. But I think it's priced too high, especially for the target demographic. It's underpowered for 95% of the projected volume, and the remaining 5% is not differentiated in handling performance and is lacking in features. There are complaints about fuel economy.

I just don't think the sales are there. Acura's purpose for the car is too narrow and frankly, contrived.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 21:01
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I don't think it's underpowered where the 2.0L is concerned.

This was discussed in another thread.

The R20 generates 150 HP and 140 lb-ft of torque. ILX weighs 2,959 lbs w' Premium package. I use the Premium b/c it has leather seats and I think it will sell the most and is directly comparable to the TSX base. The base ILX weighs less but few people will buy it IMO.

The K24 generates 201 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque (w' 5AT). TSX base 5AT weighs 3479 lbs.

ILX torque to weight ratio is 2959/140 = 21.135 lbs per lb-ft
TSX torque to weight ratio is 3479/170 = 20.46 lbs per lb-ft

In everyday driving where the driver isn't cranking up the revs, the "seat of the pants" responsiveness of the ILX should be about the same as the TSX.

Consumer Reports' survey also showed that surveyed buyers value fuel economy and quality over power:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/05/consumer-reports-survey-fuel-economy-quality-/1

More than a third of consumers, some 37%, cited fuel economy as the most important consideration in buying their next car. That's more twice the next most important consideration, quality, at 17% and safety at 16%. That was followed by overall value at 14% and performance at 6%


Acura completely fucked up with the hybrid, and somewhat messed up on the 2.4L by not allowing it to be configured with the tech package, but I think they got the 2.0L just right.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-22-2012 21:14
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atomiclightbulb wrote:
330R wrote:
Neal wrote:
^Very well put and thoughtful. Thanks!

I wonder if, at this very moment, there's a certain amount of "concern and scrambling" like there may have been within the initial weeks of the 9G Civic launch.



The scramble comes once Consumer Reports gets ahold of it and doesn't recommend it. But maybe they will.

Or maybe Honda scrambles earlier now, after the 9th Civic backlash.


I don't think there'll be any PR scramble for the ILX. The principle complaints against the 9G Civic were its slow/sluggish steering ratio and the interior geometry/materials. The ILX suffers none of these problems. The more conventional interior has aesthetic balance and a much higher level of materials quality, and the steering ratio is on par with the 7G Accord.

Jeff's review was favorable: http://vtec.net/articles/view-article?article_id=1057682&page_number=2

"The ILX offers a good level of refinement along with a responsive driving feel."

This is clearly a car that was built to a standard and not to meet a low price point like the 9G Civic.

No, I'm not satisfied with the engine choices, but if the Earth Dreams engines aren't ready, they aren't ready.

Personally I think Acura should have only launched 2.0L and 2.4L variants. The hybrid is a waste: it's woefully under powered and still not efficient enough to capture the attention of the eco-minded hybrid shopper. The time spent developing the hybrid would have been better spent developing better suspension tuning for the 2.4L, and ditching the hybrid SKUs would have made room for a 2.4L with tech package.



This car is not going to get a failing grade from CR but like the Civic, it will not be long before there will be changes. It's unlikely that the hybrid or the 2.4L variants will move at all well. Most likely they will not be long as is in the mix. The hybrid will be upgraded soon enough but it's a mystery why Honda would put itself in the position of having a sluggish hybrid in the mix that will probably be a sales flop. There is no upside. Nor is it in Acura's best interests to offer a sport version n a half-hearted fashion.

This is just as obvious as it was a mistake to make the RDX first-gen model a smallish SUV with poor fuel economy or the ZDX an impractical SUV. No one wanted either.

The ILX in base form does have merit but there are issues with the other ILX versions. This will lead to bad sales numbers for versions of the ILX which is a shame for what is, at it's core, a good product. This failure was avoidable, rather easy to anticipate. I could be wrong but I don't think so. A few months from now we will be told that the base ILX is doing all right but the other two models not so much.

Later when we get a much improved hybrid power train and the 2.4L is put out of its misery, hopefully replaced by a more entertaining alternative, this will go much better. Unfortunately, right now, the perception is that the ILX is stumbling out of the gate. Could have and should have been avoided.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-23-2012 19:44
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Neal wrote:
Anyways, may I implore everyone to head on over to their local dealership and give the ILX an thorough once-over, consider what you may has posted in the past regarding your hopes, dreams, fears, expectations initial impressions and report back here in all honesty.

Ultimately the only review that matters is your own and I'm sure we'd all like to hear it! Thanks!


Autotrader claims that an Acura dealer near my town has 4-5 of these in their inventory. I will try to schedule a test drive when my calendar is clear.
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Re: 1st Generation ILX Reviews    (Score: 1, Normal) 05-24-2012 03:35
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superchg2 wrote:
The decision to copy and paste the Civic IMA into the ILX is indicative of a real lack of innovation in certain Honda cars, of late.

The fact that the hybrid is heavier than the Civic, hence slower and less efficient, guarantee's critcal reviews for this potentially $35,000 car.



Should copy and paste the CRZ hybrid engine, would look a bit better.
 
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