The powerplant in the ILX Hybrid combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor to produce a total of 111 horsepower. Though overall power is modest, fuel economy is anything but: Expect 39 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with the aid of a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The ILX received criticism in 2013 for a general lack of standard amenities. Acura corrected the problem for 2014, and the base price of an ILX Hybrid includes leather upholstery, Bluetooth streaming audio, a multi-view rear camera, keyless access, push-button start and dual-zone climate control.
Aside from the features bundled in the Technology Package, the ILX has few standalone options. The most significant is a satellite radio.
The Technology Package adds more than $5,000 to the retail price of an ILX and includes a laundry list of appealing upgrades like navigation with real-time traffic and weather, heated front seats with eight-way power, hard-disk storage for media, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HID headlights, and GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control.
As much as we like the Technology Package, it pushes the price of an ILX Hybrid nearly to $35,000. We think the base is a better value.
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