The Recessionista Reviews the Acura ILX

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The Acura sitting pretty at The Carolina Inn, Pinehurst, NC (photo M. Hall)

Recently The Recessionista accepted a special assignment in living the luxury life for less. Acura contacted our team about test driving  (reviewing) their new luxury car, the Acura ILX for a week.   Our people (me, myself & I) thought about it for a nano-second. We didn’t need a Powerpoint presentation or an hour long conference call to convince us.  Driving in style has always appealed to Team Recessionista.  For 10 years, I drove the Acura’s cousin, the Accord LX , all over the Midwest and even in snow storms.  It was a good, steady reliable car.  I’m not a mechanic or a car expert, nor do I play one on TV.  And I didn’t stay at Holiday Inn Express last night, but I like a sleek ride.   A car should be as treasured an accessory as a good handbag ( in my humble opinion.) So dear readers, I have this wonderful new car for a week here in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, it seems to be Monsoon season and a strong rain storm has moved in.   I drove the car for 2 hours yesterday, and I only went 12 miles! This is driving in Los Angeles at it’s finest.   So darlings, where should I go in this fabuless ride?  Perhaps some shopping? Perhaps off to preview the new Neiman Marcus Target  Holiday collection tomorrow at some ungodly hour of the morning?  Maybe a trip to see the sights of Los Feliz.  Then there’s the possibility of  a spa trip. Yes a spa, inside and out of the rain– this could be the plan.   Please help me by leaving comments here on The Recessionista and sharing your expertise about the best ways to spend a rain drenched weekend in Los Angeles.

In the next week, I’ll be posting on my Social Network via Twitter @Recessionista w/ the hashtag #weekwithILX to chronicle my adventures.   I’ll also be sharing on my Facebook page, Pinterest boards and my Instagram picture feed @Recessionista.  Now, here’s the most exciting part.  If you, dear reader, follow my adventures and share my experiences, ultimately you could win a Acura of your own to test drive, and a chance to win some cool gift cards for your own holiday shopping. But you have to comment. The best comments will win a prize….stay tuned.

With the Acura ILX, you just press the button to start

Meanwhile, let me leave you with the first thing I have learned and love about the Acura ILX.  Wait for it… don’t need to put a car key in the ignition!! You only need to have the key with you.  It can be in your coat pocket, your purse or MIA somewhere on your person.  So long as the key is with you, and you can get into the car, you merely have to press a start button to go.   I think this is genius. Why? Because, I have assorted devices to help me find my car keys like “purse fobs” and  a big gold hook for my bag.  Nevertheless, sometimes my keys go missing.  They are buried deep within the dark recesses of my handbag.  Oh the wasted time, searching, searching, searching for those keys.  With the Acura ILX, the search has ended.   I got a little tour of the car at the Carolina Inn at the Pinehurst Resort last week, and I can tell you, this car button is just one of many ingenious features.  So follow along with me as I spend a week with the  Acura ILX.   And please, share in the comments where you think I should go for a ride in the Driving Rain.   In the words of Paul McCartney, “One, two , three, four, five, let’s go for a ride….BABY!” 🙂 ”

FTC Disclosure: Acura 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.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Heather

    December 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I’d love to have the opportunity to check out the Acura ILX and perhaps go on some adventures of my own. If I were in LA… I’d take it down the coast on the PCH…take my time, do shopping along the way..stay overnight at some quaint inn and dine local. Or having the chance to win some gift cards to help with holiday shopping would be great too 🙂

  2. Dianna

    December 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    We got a new car this year and one of my absolute favorite things is that you don’t have to put the key in the ignition to start it!! It’s life-changing. When you have arms full of groceries, the trunk just unlocks when you approach your vehicle. Gotta love it.

    As for where you should go in the Acura, I vote Target! There’s still plenty of the Neiman Marcus holiday gift collection left…


  3. Ashleigh

    December 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    It would be an incredible opportunity to take the Acura ILX for spin through LA, as I still have holiday shopping to do, a few holiday parties to attend and dinner-dates! I’ve never driven a hybrid and I’d like to cross this off of my bucket list ;-). I’m not sure how far I could take the Acura ILX but I am visiting family in Sacramento too so I wouldn’t mind cruising home and bringing in the New Year trying out some new wheels. Great giveaway!!! I’d LOVE to win.

  4. Judy Joyner

    December 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I would love to win

  5. Holly

    December 4, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I think you should pick me and drive up via PCH. Take some time to enjoy Santa Barbara and Big Sur. Who knows maybe you could be convinced to visit the wine country and check out and outlet mall on the way up 😉

  6. Partha

    December 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Love the car and the write up. Wish i could press that button!

  7. Peggy

    December 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Loved reading your blog. Hopefully you took a drive along the coast . My hubbie is checking out his next car and I’ll share this with him. We might have to do a test drive of our own! Thank you !

  8. Debra

    December 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    So the Recessionista has dark recesses of her handbag too, eh?! (Shall we post pics of our handbags….lol.) Gotta love that Acura ILX key less entry!

    As to the rainy test drive, how about a road trip to the wineries? Or how about Vegas? Gotta be something for the Recessionista at either of those destinations! I just wish I lived close enough to ask for a back seat as you have so much fun riding in your fancy wheels!

  9. Pintu

    December 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I really love this contset and am so happy that you’ve extended it a week! I’ve been in charge of shopping and organizing 72 hour kits for a hundred people this week (we’re assembling them tonight– phew!) so I’ve been way busy, but I’ll hop to it tomorrow!