I recently purchased the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid car with its sleek, stylish appearance as a belated Christmas present to myself of 2014. I am personally very happy with my purchase, mainly due to the price of this car and the savings on fuel were my main reason for this choice. There are many features about this car which I like and dislike. I am going to explain my main reasons for these as well as the features so that if you are considering buying this car, you can make your decision and have some more information to do so.
First, when looking to purchase this vehicle, I was very surprised to find a hybrid of a price under $30,000, causing it to initially catch my eye. Thinking of the fuel price savings were the next thing as I begun to calculate the money I spent on fuel with my current MPG and how much I could actually save, this urged me to buy the vehicle with its above-average fuel economy of the hybrid models.
When I first drove my car, I loved the feel of the seats, the sound of the engine not being too overpowering and love driving a manual. The first thing that caught my attention and is a definite pro is amount of standard features this car has; the hands-free has always worked very well for me. The car is very well built and has the definite feel and quality of an Acura.
A massive plus for me is how stylish my cars appearance is, it is very fitting to the style of car that I like and enjoy being seen in. The fuel efficiency is extremely to my liking and as I said previously is the main reason I got this style of hybrid car in the first place.
Having a manual transmission and gearbox feels very nice to me and actually keeping interested in the drive and feeling the power behind the wheel. This might be a downside to some people if they are only used to driving automatics, but to me I find it a pro because I enjoy driving manual shift.
There are some notable features about this car which are cons to me. The main things being is that there isn’t a lot of room in the front of the car as a whole and with me being quite a tall person there seems to not be a lot of head room for me. Also the passenger seat would benefit with 4 way adjustability because with the way it sits it has pretty limited space.
When driving the car, although I like the manual shift, sometimes on long drives it would be nice to have the alternative of setting it to automatic. With the size of the engine there is no top-end sport features meaning it just ends up being the basic manual car.
This smallish car definitely feels its size inside as there is a lack of space in the trunk and the glove box. I also like to keep bottles of drink in the pouch behind the seats on long journeys but there is no pouch behind the driver’s seat which to me seems odd, although at least it won’t stab the driver in the back.
The one notable point in the performance of my car is the suspension which seems very bouncy, when I go over the smallest of pot holes, I can feel the car recoil after it has passed. My only other thought is with the side mirrors not having LEDs on them this seems like a standard feature on a lot of vehicles, but is missing on my Acura.
Despite there not being that many pros for me as I am pretty critical when it comes to the vehicle I drive. I thoroughly enjoy driving my Acura ILX and would recommend it to anyone who needs a new vehicle and is looking in the $25,000 range to save them some money in the long term. This is one of the cheapest and most economic hybrid cars on the market so I would recommend it. There are some other worthy alternatives that savvy shoppers could consider; depending on if the cons turn you from this vehicle. Personally to me the cons don’t outweigh the pros so I will continue to drive my Acura ILX, but that are quite a few options out there so do your homework.