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At the car’s official reveal at the Chicago Auto Show, Acura announced estimated mileage numbers that, frankly, failed to impress. At the time the base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder was pegged at 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Revised figures deliver a three mpg improvement in city driving, allowing for a more reasonable 28 mpg average figure.
The all-new 2012 Civic is rated at a higher 28/39 mpg, though it uses a slightly smaller and less powerful 1.8-liter unit, and has less weight to carry around.
Hybrid models also see a bump with the original 35/38 mpg rating now 39/38, an improvement of four miles per gallon in city driving. As a result, the ILX Hybrid gets a combined rating of 38 mpg. That number is six miles per gallon less than the Civic Hybrid at 44 mpg average, despite using the same 1.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motor, a result of a more responsive CVT transmission program, as well as the car’s added weight.
Acura has yet to release official pricing on the ILX, but has said the bae 2.0-liter model will start at around $27,000 with the Hybrid and 2.4-liter performance models at $30,000.