Driving is an experience I enjoy immensely. It’s calming and relaxing, especially when you hit the open road. It allows time for me to think, to just clear my head, to just enjoy some alone time. (Though it’s also great going for road trips with my family or with the girls, but it’s nice to get some ‘me time’ too.)

2012 Acura ILX Hybrid
2012 Acura ILX Hybrid

Imagine your favourite tune blaring over the sound system, the windows rolled down allowing a cool summer breeze to blow through your hair, taking in the scenery as you leave the city – what can be more enjoyable than that? Being able to escape the madness of my every day life is reason enough to hop in my vehicle for a much-needed and highly welcomed road trip, however short it may be.

Now being able to do that with a luxury vehicle such as the 2012 Acura ILX Hybrid is even more enthralling. The feel of a new car is wonderful, and the ILX is such a smooth ride that it makes for a much more exciting experience. The handling of the ILX is impressive, it moves with speed and agility, making you truly feel like you’ve become one with your car.

Its sleek look from front to back, inside and out, screams luxury sports sedan. It’s sporty-looking with its stylish curves and lack of metal grills which have instead been replaced with a smaller chrome strip that ties in with its polished new ‘do. Its leather interior and heated seating were both nice to look at and very comfortable to sit in – the ILX Hybrid is plain and simple, a beautiful machine.

The Acura ILX is built on a similar platform as the Honda Civic. These two cars are similar in many ways. Some might even say it’s the same car, but I dare those of you who think this to actually get behind the wheel of the ILX and see for yourself. You can’t compare the power and speed of the ILX to the Civic. Only then, after driving it and feeling what this vehicle can do, will you see where the differences lie between these two models.

The ILX Hybrid with the technology package, the model I had the joy of test-driving for a week, was fully loaded with every feature imaginable including Acura’s incredible navigation system and starts in at around $34,000. This sedan was equipped with an automatic transmission, 111-horsepower from a 1.5-liter engine and an electric motor. Fuel consumption is really good with an estimated 39 mpg in the city and 38 mpg for highway driving.

photo 3The only thing that was a little challenging was my visibility; since I’m used to driving SUVs where my visibility is more open, it was a bit difficult to see what was happening around me in a smaller vehicle as the space was a bit more tight and cramped.

For more info about the Acura ILX Hybrid or other ILX models visit www.acura.ca/ilx.