Acura Automobiles: 2013 ILX

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by in Acura Canada

Internal testing* by Acura indicates that a new ILX should grasp tip outlines in both supervision (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and eccentric (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) pile-up testing. This includes a projected 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA’s latest New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, and GOOD ratings in a Frontal, Side, Roof and Rear exam categories by IIHS. Internal contrast also indicates that a ILX should accommodate a IIHS mandate for a TOP SAFETY PICK.

The new ILX incorporates countless pacifist reserve technologies as customary equipment. These embody a latest era of Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, side-curtain airbags, front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and a front chair pattern that can assistance revoke a astringency of neck damage in a eventuality of a back collision. An Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure helps make a ILX rarely effective during interesting and distributing a appetite of a frontal crash.

Additional customary reserve facilities embody dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), front seatbelts with involuntary tensioning complement and bucket limiters, and a walking damage slackening pattern in a front of a vehicle. Driver- and front-passenger seatbelt reminders and daytime regulating lights (DRL) are also customary equipment. A Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child chair ascent complement is customary for all ILX models. The revoke anchors are positioned on a dual outboard back chair locations and a tip fasten is positioned on a tip of a core seating position (near a back package tray location).

* Official pile-up exam information not accessible during time of publication.
** Government star ratings are partial of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program ( Models tested with customary side airbag.


  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)


  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure
  • 3-point seatbelts during all seating positions
  • Automatic tensioners with bucket limiters for front seatbelts
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags
  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Side screen airbags
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system
  • Pedestrian damage slackening pattern elements


Incorporating a latest Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure technology, a ILX enhances newcomer insurance and pile-up harmony in frontal collisions. The ACE™ pattern utilizes a network of connected constructional elements to assistance discharge pile-up appetite some-more uniformly around a front of a vehicle. This extended frontal pile-up appetite government helps to revoke a army eliminated to a newcomer cell and can assistance to some-more uniformly sunder a army eliminated to other vehicles in a crash. Additionally, ACE™ helps minimize a intensity for under-ride or over-ride situations that can start during head-on or equivalent frontal impacts with a significantly incomparable or smaller vehicle.

Unlike many required designs that approach frontal pile-up appetite usually to a revoke load-bearing structures in a front end, ACE™ actively channels frontal pile-up appetite to both tip and revoke constructional elements— including a building support rails, side sills and A-pillars. By formulating privately engineered “pathways” that assistance discharge these frontal impact army by a larger commission of a vehicle’s sum structure, a ACE™ complement can some-more effectively track them around and divided from a newcomer cell to assistance extent cabin deformation and serve urge newcomer protection. Integral to a ACE™ pattern is a singular front polygonal categorical pattern structure.


Structures in a front of a ILX are designed to assistance catch appetite in a eventuality of a collision with a pedestrian. As a outcome of sufficient clearway between a hood and tough engine parts, a hood is designed to twist if hit is done with a pedestrian. Additional facilities embody energy-absorbing buffer brackets and deformable hood hinges.


The ILX has as customary apparatus Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) that is an Electronic Stability Control complement that works in and with a vehicle’s Drive-By-Wire™ stifle complement and 4-channel ABS complement to raise control while a automobile is accelerating, braking, cornering or when a motorist creates a remarkable maneuver. VSA® functions by requesting stop force to one or some-more wheels exclusively while concurrently doing a throttle, ignition and fuel systems to control engine energy with a idea to assistance a automobile say a driver’s dictated trail of travel.

The VSA® complement constantly analyzes information from 6 sensors that guard circle and automobile speed, steering input, together G army and bend rate. VSA® compares a driver’s inputs with a vehicle’s tangible response. Whenever a tangible response falls outward of a fixed excusable range, VSA® intervenes with a visual action. For example, if VSA® detects an oversteer condition, a complement might request braking force to a outward front and back wheels to negate a unintended yawing effect. In a eventuality of understeer, VSA® might request braking to a inside back circle while shortening engine energy to assistance lapse a automobile to a dictated course.

VSA® also provides a limited-slip differential outcome for a front wheels by requesting braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting pushing force to a circle with some-more traction. VSA® is calibrated to duty in a scarcely pure manner, and in many cases a motorist will not be wakeful of a operation. However, any time that a complement is enhancing automobile stability, an indicator light flashes in a instrument cluster. While a motorist can deactivate a VSA® fortitude encouragement and traction-control functions around a switch located on a instrument panel, ABS stays entirely operational during all times.

A new and additional form of control algorithm in a VSA® complement enables some-more manageable doing underneath icy or sleazy conditions. The judgment for this additional algorithm is formed on law believe gained from humanoid robotics investigate and growth work.

The required VSA® feedback loop, that operates by comparing a tangible automobile march with a dictated march formed on an ideal automobile response, is protracted by additional control practical around a delegate feedback loop. This additional feedback loop is a form of filter that in outcome quickens a determination of a dictated trail (based on a driver’s inputs) and acts in together to a required “actual contra dictated course” fortitude control, and is used to enlarge that control.

Like required VSA®, a additional control loop also considers steering circle angle, bend rate, circle speeds, stifle pedal angle, automobile acceleration and other variables. VSA® afterwards easily brakes particular wheels as needed, to predicatively approach a automobile along a dictated path, and is means to satisfy some-more bend some-more fast than required VSA® on low attrition roads. This modernized VSA® complement control loop formula in faster reacting fortitude control and reduced transitory understeer, that might start on icy or other sleazy roads. This creates a automobile some-more responsive, improving trail accuracy, and enhancing a fun-to-drive impression that is a heading of Acura vehicles.


A duty of a VSA® system, a Brake Assist underline recognizes puncture braking situations and roughly now helps a motorist request full braking force. This Brake Assist underline is tranquil by special proof that evaluates a pedal focus rate and force to commend a panic stop situation. At that point, a VSA® modulator siphon increases braking vigour while a pedal is still being pulpy to safeguard extent interlude force, an movement that helps digest braking stretch significantly.


All models of a ILX are propitious with four-wheel front brakes with 4-wheel front brakes with vented front rotors and plain back rotors. The ABS complement also incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) electronics that automatically proportions stop force formed on a vehicle’s weight distribution.


Both a motorist and front newcomer seating positions have modernized front airbags (SRS) that incorporate dual-stage, multiple-threshold activation technology. One or both of these airbags will be deployed usually in a eventuality of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are able of being arrogant during opposite rates depending on pile-up severity, seatbelt use and other factors. Like all Acura vehicles, a driver’s front airbag is located in a steering circle while a newcomer airbag is located in a tip of a dashboard.


Driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags (mounted in a outboard area of any front seatback) are designed to assistance yield thorax insurance in a eventuality of a vicious side impact. In addition, a front newcomer chair is versed with a Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative complement designed to deactivate a side airbag if a child (or small-stature adult) leans into a side airbag deployment path. When a newcomer earnings to an honest seating position, a side airbag reactivates so it can muster to assistance strengthen a newcomer in a side impact. The OPDS utilizes weight sensors and sensors in a newcomer seatback to establish a tallness and position of a occupant.


All outboard seating positions embody as customary apparatus a side screen airbag system. The side screen airbags muster from modules in any roof rail in a eventuality of a sufficient side impact, providing a poignant turn of conduct insurance in a window area. Like a other airbag systems in a vehicle, a side screen complement utilizes sensors to establish a many suitable timing and rate of deployment of a airbags.


Three-point seatbelts are customary for all seating positions. The front seatbelts are versed with involuntary tensioners and bucket limiters to assistance minimize damage intensity in a frontal collision. When an impact occurs, a involuntary tensioner tightens a seatbelt (shoulder and lap) to assistance reason a chair newcomer resolutely in position. Each front seatbelt retractor incorporates a bucket limiter that works in and with a involuntary tensioner. The bucket limiter functions by needing a tiny volume of tranquil seatbelt tardy shortly after a involuntary tensioner is activated to extent a rise confining forces, so shortening a intensity of vicious injury. The front seatbelts also underline tractable tallness shoulder anchors. To assistance boost seat-belt usage, a sign for a motorist and front newcomer has been incorporated into a instrument cluster. After starting a vehicle, a weight sensor detects either a front newcomer chair is occupied. If a motorist or front newcomer has not already fixed a chair belt, an idol in a cluster illuminates and a carillon sounds as a sign to do so.


The motorist and front newcomer seats are designed to assistance lessen a astringency of neck injuries in a eventuality of a back impact. A far-reaching open operation is incorporated in a seatback and bottom cushions.


The front and back seats underline away tractable conduct restraints for all newcomer seating positions. All back conduct restraints approve with a latest Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for back newcomer conduct restraints that took outcome for all-new 2011-model-year-and-later vehicles. The manners closely mention a size, position and operation of a rear-seat conduct restraints.


Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) yield a elementary and available process to implement concordant child reserve seats in a vehicle. In all models of a ILX, a back outboard seating positions are propitious with dedicated LATCH connection points. The LATCH complement facilities built-in, ready-to-use anchors permitting concordant child reserve seats to be commissioned but regulating a vehicle’s chair belt system. In addition, a back core seating position facilities a fasten anchor (located during a tip of a chair nearby a back package tray) that can be used to secure a singular child reserve seat. The ability to select that plcae works best for particular needs can assistance families some-more conveniently maximize interior space. 


The ILX is propitious with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts a motorist whenever a atmosphere vigour in one or some-more of a vehicle’s tires diminution significantly next a endorsed level. Using 4 sensors (one in any tire), TPMS monitors and transmits information on tire atmosphere vigour to a ECU. When a vigour in one or some-more tires drops to a potentially vicious level, it causes a low tire-pressure indicator (located in a instrument cluster) to illuminate.


Acura operates dual of a world’s many worldly pile-up exam laboratories privately combined for a growth of softened reserve designs and technologies. The Tochigi trickery in Japan contains a world’s initial indoor multi-directional car-to-car pile-up contrast trickery and plays a vicious purpose in a growth of extended designs for newcomer safety, walking damage slackening and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility.

Acura RD America’s growth core in Raymond, Ohio performs modernized contrast on all North American-developed models. The trickery facilities a world’s initial pitching exam sled, that aids potency by enabling careful and rapid crash-test simulations with certain interior reserve components (such as seats and seatbelts) before to conducting a pile-up exam with an tangible vehicle. The trickery also facilities one of a world’s highest-resolution impact barriers, that enables accurate dimensions of a placement of pile-up impact bucket army on a vehicle.

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