Acura is paring down its compact ILX sedan lineup to just two models, as the Acura ILX Hybrid model will not return for 2015. Brand representatives told us that this change is meant to better align the ILX with consumer demand, which isn’t too surprising considering that out of 9217 Acura ILX models sold so far in 2014, only 730 of those were hybrids.
The Acura ILX Hybrid used a similar powertrain to the Honda Civic Hybrid, pairing a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist mild hybrid system. The more expensive Acura ILX Hybrid couldn’t match the Civic Hybrid’s EPA fuel economy numbers, though, as the ILX was rated at only 38 mpg combined compared with the Civic’s 45 mpg. Considering the ILX’s $4370 price premium over the more efficient Civic Hybrid, this equation did not seem to add up for most hybrid buyers.
The demise of the ILX Hybrid is also unsurprising considering that Honda is moving away from its Integrated Motor Assist mild hybrid system in favor of more advanced, full hybrid systems like the two-motor hybrid powertrain found in the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid or the three-motor Sport Hybrid system in the Acura RLX. Honda’s IMA-powered models are slowly dying off, with the Honda Insight being discontinued this year, and the Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback not likely to stick around for much longer.
This leaves the 2015 Acura ILX with two powertrain options: a 150-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated with a five-speed automatic transmission, and a more powerful 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder which comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. This compact luxury sedan is otherwise unchanged for 2015 other than slight price increases across the lineup. The 2.0-liter model starts at $27,945, and the 2.4-liter model costs $30,245, both representing a $150 increase over last year.