As the month of July winds down, sales expectations for the new Acura ILX Hybrid are on the rise—and for good reason: The ILX offers the only hybrid powertrain in its class and combines all the benefits of a premium compact sedan with eye-popping EPA numbers of 39 mpg city/38 mpg highway/38 mpg combined. Needless to say, that’s a best-in-segment performance.
To achieve it, the ILX hybrid generates electricity during braking, captures and stores the power in a lightweight lithium-ion battery pack, and then uses the juice to boost the efforts of its 1.5-liter I4 engine. The car also features an idle-stop mode that deactivates that engine when the driver engages the brakes, then seamlessly restarts it when the brakes are released.
But at the same time, that hybrid system provides a total output of 111 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque for a confident driving experience that’s further enhanced by Adaptive Electric Power Steering and a particularly sophisticated suspension that boasts Amplitude Reactive Dampers. The former improves steering feel while creating less of a load on the car’s powertrain, and the latter enables a superior ride while still providing precision handling.
Thanks to all these advantages and more, the ILX hybrid saw its sales jump by more than 238 percent between May and June. True, that only reflected 115 units, but to put ILX sales in context, it found more customers last month than premium hybrids like the Lexus GS 450h, Infiniti M35h and Porsche Panamera S.
The 2013 Acura ILX hybrid is on sale now with an MSRP that starts at $28,900.