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When the 2015 ILX starts arriving in showrooms tomorrow, there will be one model of the original three missing.
10. (TIE) 3-Series Hybrid, Mercedes E400 Hybrid, Infiniti M35h, Buick LaCrosse/Regal eAssist: 29 mpg
Who is to say that luxury car buyers aren’t affected by high gas prices? If you want to drive in comfort, style, and have the latest high tech goodies in a car, you shouldn’t have to pay more at the pump for it. Here are our picks for the top 10 most fuel friendly luxury cars, ranked in order of their combined city/highway mpg numbers.
Quite a few luxury cars hit the 29 mpg mark combined. The most impressive of the bunch is the Buick LaCrosse, which manage to get solid fuel economy, despite its bigger size. The Infiniti, Mercedes and BMW vehicles make do with a high-power pairing of a six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which gives the end result of over 300-hp.
The Buicks use a mild hybrid system called eAssist which pairs a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a conventional automatic, and a compact lithium ion battery to get its impressive fuel economy numbers.
Up until now, we’ve been mostly admiring the Acura ILX under the auto show lights but the Japanese automaker has released a huge photo gallery of their new compact sedan model.
The Acura ILX is marketed as a compact, premium model that shares the Honda Civic chassis and powertrains. But its styling looks 100-percent Acura, with very little hints that this vehicle is based on a Honda Civic. The ILX is also the first hybrid from Acura, but will also be offered with a 2.0L four-cylinder with 150-hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid variant features a 1.5L four-cylinder with 111-hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, similar to what is found in the Honda Civic Hybrid. The Acura ILX Hybrid only offers 35/38-mpg, significantly less than the Civic 44/44-mpg rating.
Lastly, those seeking plenty of performance can opt for a 2.4L-equipped model with 201-hp and a six-speed manual transmission. Even though no official pricing has been announced, Acura has been sticking firm to the fact that it’ll start “well below” $30,000.
Watch a video of our first look at the 2013 Acura ILX at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
To discuss the Acura ILX, please visit our Acura ILX Forum.
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX
Based on the Civic platform it certainly doesn’t look it, though it does share some very familiar powertrains. With a base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, there’s also a 2.4-liter performance version and a 1.5-liter hybrid for the greenies.
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX
Get all the details on the 2013 Acura ILX in our first look video below:
Looking nothing like a Civic, with a sleek Acura design, it’s actually significantly larger, measuring 2-inches more end-to-end and almost half a foot more in width. The wheelbase, however, remains the same.
Powering the ILX are a choice of three engines, starting with an entry-level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder – essentially an up-sized version of the 1.8-liter found in the Civic. It makes a total of 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque and with a 5-speed automatic will get modest, but not exactly shocking, 24 city and 32 highway mpg rating.
Those in search of fuel economy can opt for the ILX Hybrid – the first time Acura has even offered a hybrid model. Using a similar setup to that found in the Civic Hybrid it makes 111 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque using a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. A rudimentary hybrid setup, it does make use of a lithium-ion battery pack and gets 35/38 mpg, significantly less than the 44/44 mpg rating in the Civic Hybrid.
Performance aficionados will appreciate the 2.4-liter model, available with a six-speed manual transmission. Borrowing the engine from the Civic Si, it makes 201 hp.
Notable standard featured include a dynamic suspension system, “motion adaptive” electric power steering and a keyless access system with push-button ignition.
Available options include a Premium Package with leather, heated front seats, a rear view camera, an active noise cancellation system and an upgraded 360 watt audio system. A Technology Package then adds Acura’s ELS surround sound audio system and navigation with voice recognition.
Acura has confirmed the ILX will not replace the TSX, but will be the brand’s new entry-level offering, starting at “well below” $30,000.
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX Reveal
Watch our first look Video of the ILX below: