Steering is excellent, though there was more body roll then I was expecting, judging from my experiences with other, admittedly older, Acura models like the RSX and Legend. Overall, engine noise and wind noise are fairly muted.
For a $25,000 vehicle I thought cabin materials were superb, though there were some loose panels along the transmission tunnel. Still not digging Honda’s navigation interface, it looks ancient and is honestly not helpful compared to Google Navigate or anything a Smartphone has to offer these days.
Would I get this? The other vehicles on my mind now include the 2013 Acura RDX, Prius c and Buick Verano, and I haven’t driven them yet. The groan from the excessive tire noise that intruded into the cabin is, for now, a deal-breaker for the ILX, at least until I get my hands’ on these other models.
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