Photo Diary: My Week with the Acura ILX // You can win too!

My Week with the ILX

If you've been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you've probably seen bits and pieces of my week with the Acura ILX. Acura was kind enough to lend me a shiny new black 2013 ILX hybrid to drive around. I took it to visit family, run errands, a blogger event, dinner with my best friend, shopping, and work, so it definitely got around the greater Los Angeles. I fell in love hard, and I fell in love fast. Not only was it gorgeous and handled beautifully, but it had all the bells and whistles too! You can even talk to it (it has voice controls!). It's a lovely entry level luxury car that feels safe, is super efficient, and comes equipped with enough technology to please the music lovers and techies alike. Here are some highlights from driving the car:

The car is a nice size (I like driving smallish cars) and is visually striking. It looks sporty and made me feel instantly cool while driving. And yes, it has a sunroof.

The keyless entry was a nice touch, as was the push-button for the engine. Everything in this car just felt modern and high-tech to me.

Getting used to driving the car wasn't hard at all. The car responds fast and drives so smoothly.  The leather seats were very comfortable too (bonus: seat warmers!), as was the automatic air-conditioning system. Comfort is pretty important to me, as I live in the suburbs and usually have to drive a half-hour to an hour away for events, or to visit friends and family.

Music is one of my priorities while driving (I like it loud--especially during those long drives). The sound system was great, and I loved that there were controls on the steering wheel for volume and scanning music. The car has an auxiliary output jack and a USB port for your mp3 electronics. If you don't have a personal music device, it doesn't even really matter because in addition to a radio and CD player, there are HDD (records CDs), Pandora, and digital radio options, so there's something for everyone.

It took me a while to figure this out, but once I did, it was one of my favorite features. After hooking up my iPod  and delving deeper into the screen controls, I discovered all the options for playing music. I was so excited to see that you could play specific playlists (or artists, albums, genres, etc.), and even preview the next song playing. 

Driving in the rain was a breeze. The car feels safe and sturdy.

The only time I used the navigation system was when I had dinner with my best friend and we were trying to find a specific restaurant. Like all navigation/GPS systems, it was a little hard to get used to at first, but once we did, it worked fine and we got to our destination. It was just a little time consuming inputting the address. However, the system itself is thorough--it can provide weather and real-time traffic information (so important for L.A.).

Overall, the Acura ILX was such a pleasure to drive. I felt so spoiled at first, and once I drove it around a little more, it felt like I always had it. It was a little overwhelming with all the buttons, controls, and gadgets, but I'm sure I would've gotten used to them over time. If I had the means, I'd definitely get one. It just fit in with my lifestyle so well and was impressive in almost every way possible--looks, safety, mileage, efficiency, and technology. I even found creative uses for the cup holders (ahem--camera lenses and rolled up ballet flats). Sigh. I miss this car so much.

What would you do if you had the Acura ILX for a week?

Let me know in the comments and/or by tweeting
If I won a #weekwithILX, I'd [do something really cool, obviously] @iamericaleigh

Acura will be rewarding the best answers with $50 or $100 gift cards. 
You can even win your very own ILX for a week, so be creative! 

DisclosureAcura has invited me to test the new ILX and share my honest thoughts through social media. 
I may receive product, access or content, but all commentary is my own.

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