One Year Anniversary with the Acura ILX

Odometer (ILX):  40,530


Exactly one year ago, I drove away from Acura of Tempe, Arizona driving a 2013 Acura ILX 2.4 with just 16 miles on the odometer.  Today, I can say with conviction that I have enjoyed each of the 40,514 miles that I’ve driven it since.


Here’s how the year breaks down.  Fast facts:

  • 1,213 gallons of premium fuel used
  • 106 blog posts including this one
  • 33.4 average miles per gallon
  • 14 states visited; 4 ghost towns; 2 national parks; 2 national monuments
  • 8 oil changes with 0W20
  • 1 recall
  • 0 speeding tickets
  • 0 unscheduled maintenance
  • Longest single road trip:  Phoenix, Arizona to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (3,700 miles round trip) – July 2012

Memorable Milestones & Locations

  • 10,000 Miles:  August 10, 2012 in Banning, California on Interstate 10 westbound.  Post here.


  • 20,000 Miles:  November 5, 2012 in Gap, Arizona on Highway 89 southbound.  Post here.


  • 30,000 Miles:  March 1, 2013 on Loop 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Post here.


  • 40,000 Miles:  June 2, 2013 in Globe, Arizona on Highway 60 westbound.  Post here.


Complete maintenance history:


I celebrated today’s anniversary by going to a Piano Guys concert with a friend tonight.  These talented artists are from my hometown in St. George, Utah but I went to their show tonight in Mesa, Arizona.  Here’s one cover song they did a great job on:

Here’s to many more miles ahead!  Thanks for coming along on the journey!

7 Responses to “One Year Anniversary with the Acura ILX”

  1. So are you keeping the ILX or are they giving you something else?

    • Jay, I heard yesterday that Acura is putting together the paperwork for transfer of ownership of the car to me, so it looks like I’ll keep rolling this one for awhile!

  2. ILX ownership! Congrats! Wow how a year flys by!

    What do you have planned in the upcoming year for the DRIVE TO FIVE?

    • Dave, you’re right – time really does fly. As for upcoming plans – more of the same. I’ve got an absolutely jam-packed schedule of trips for the rest of 2013. I’m also planning on renewing my passport so I can start dipping into some international destinations in Mexico & Canada. If you have any drive suggestions, do let me know!

  3. Congratulations Tyson on your one year anniversary.

    That is a TON of miles in just one year. At this pace, you will overtake my 100,000 miles in less than 2 years.

    • Thank you, Carlos! I’m racing to catch up with (and overtake) you. Better start getting that TSX out more often! Haha. I’m really hoping that by this time in 2014, I’ve crossed FL off my to-see list so we can get a pic of our Acuras together.

      • Wow. You have a trip to Florida planned for 2014? I look forward to it. If you do a round trip to Miami and Key West and back to Arizona, that has to be close to 6000 miles. You still would not overtake me because i will probably be at 115,000 miles by then. 🙂

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