The 2013 Acura ILX represents both an all new entry-level gateway to Honda’s luxury brand but is also the first-ever offering of a hybrid model. The ILX is available in both standard gasoline versions as well as a fuel saving hybrid.
The ILX Hybrid starts at $28,900 MSRP and is rated by the EPA to achieve 39 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 38 mpg combined. The ILX Hybrid uses a fifth-generation of Honda’s integrated electric motor system.
The system uses an ultra-efficient 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine with integrated electric motor and continuously variable transmission. While we have never been big fans of the CVT, it does offer a manual sport shifting mode.
The gasoline engine and electric motor combine to produce maximum output of 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,500 rpm. Like many hybrids it has a driver-selectable driving mode knob for various levels of economy and performance driving characteristics.
The system uses the gas engine as the primary source of power and an electric motor provides additional power and electricity regeneration capability. An advanced lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the electric motor.
Curiously, the recommended fuel to operate the ILX Hybrid is premium unleaded. The 1.5 liter engine has a 10.6:1 compression ratio for added power and dual spark plugs in each cylinder for highly efficient combustion, and requires the more expensive fuel.
Sized similar to the Honda Civic, the Acura ILX Hybrid has its own unique styling and interior features. A host of high tech infotainment systems are available through different packages. Styling is shall we say a bit more conservative than some Acura models in the past few years which is a good thing.
The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid is available at dealers now.