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2013 Acura ILX Hybrid first drive (pictures)

Acura's first hybrid is also the smallest car in its lineup, a compact that shares much, maybe too much, with the Honda Civic Hybrid.

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Acura hopes to create better differentiation among its sedans with the all-new ILX, which gives the premium brand a truly compact car.
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The ILX gets the Acura shield treatment up front, but the design has grown subtler over the last couple of years.
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The ILX has an attractive side view, with a nice contour running down the side and up to the broad rear fender.
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The ILX is based on the Honda Civic platform, so it's got front-wheel drive.
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Sharing a power train with the Civic Hybrid, the ILX Hybrid uses a 1.5-liter engine complemented by an electric motor. The engine produces just 111 horsepower, while the motor generates 23 horsepower.
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Besides the sheet metal, the interior appointments set the ILX apart from the Civic. Power-adjustable leather seats are part of the premium offerings in the cabin.
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The rear seat shows the compact nature of the ILX Hybrid.
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The ILX Hybrid can be had with a technology package, which brings in navigation and a few other features. The standard Acura cabin tech interface includes the large dial in the center of the dashboard, and an array of buttons.
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Next to the tachometer, the ILX Hybrid gets a power gauge, which shows when the electric motor is adding boost or when the batteries are being recharged through regenerative braking.

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