Dec 19, 2013
Reviewed By Brian Baker
Price as Tested $35,495: 111-hp IMA 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Technology Package
Likes

Nice body lines. Pleasant driving experience. High miles per gallon without trying to drive efficiently. High-quality interior finishes.

Dislikes

The back row of seats fits two comfortably, but adding a third into the mix doesn’t work well with the contoured bench seat. The navigation won’t allow the passenger to enter in information while driving, unless at a complete stop. By default, each item that is selectable on the stereo/navigation system includes a voice description of whatever is highlighted. This can be turned down/off, but at the expense of audible lose turn-by-turn directions.

Verdict

As a long-time Honda/Acura fan, I was hoping for more out of this car. Maybe I set my expectations too high. It wasn’t that I hated driving it, but it felt more like I was driving a fully loaded Civic, rather than an Acura. The hybrid motor, while only putting out 111-hp, still felt as peppy as it should for a car of this size. The interior feels very familiar if you have used any Honda in the past 10 years. It just didn’t feel like the price difference was worth it for the Acura name. If this had a Honda badge on it and was $7k-$8k cheaper, I would have recommended it highly.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 39/38

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