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 |  May 22 2012, 4:32 PM

New for this year, the entry-level Acura ILX hit dealerships today witha starting MSRP of $25,900. With little direct competition, the automaker might have an easy time selling its latest car, but then again maybe not.

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 |  Mar 21 2012, 7:32 AM

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With driving impressions of the new 2013 ILX under embargo, Acura has released a slew of specs on its new entry-level model, including improved fuel economy figures.

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.

GALLERY: 2012 Acura ILX Hybrid

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