With your average BMW 3 Series and its competition trading hands at more than $40,000, a new segment of luxury cars has emerged around $30,000. Among the first to the new segment is the 2013 Acura ILX, a premium take on the compact sedan.
Sharing its 200-horsepower engine and six-speed manual transmission with the Honda Civic Si, the Acura ILX comes with leather, premium materials, and a bolder design than its corporate cousin. Ours, bedecked in leather, equipped with heated seats and xenon headlights, certainly looked and felt the part of a luxury car from the inside.
But starting it up and driving it reveals its true character, one of a racy sports sedan with a loud voice. But does the dissonance in its design and function compromise what otherwise looks like a knockout of a car? Read our 2013 Acura ILX Road Test to find out.