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We got early access to the ILX Hybrid when it hit the Detroit test fleets, and decided we would celebrate by taking the car over Michigan’s Blue Water Bridge to Canada, between Lake Huron and the river that leads down to Detroit, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Eerie. That is a bit of a drive for us, so we packed a picnic and set off on Detroit’s highways. Traveling at an average of eighty miles per hour, plus mixed city driving, we were surprised to see our mileage creeping up. Acceleration was great, the engine sounded a lot less boring than you would expect from a Honda, and we made it in record time to the bridge with 44 mpg blazing on our instrument panel.

Wait, what? 44 mpg? The car’s sticker says 39/38! And this was with the econ button turned off, not paying any attention to careful acceleration or braking. Also, many hybrids are really designed for city driving only, so driving as fast as we did for as long as we did could have killed our mileage. Not so in the ILX. And everything else you would hope for from Acura was there, too: heated seats, navigation, satellite radio, even manumatic paddle shifters for manually shifting gears from the steering wheel. Plenty of trunk space. Check. Good rear seat foot room. Check. Sunroof, media connectivity, and a good ride. Check. Go figure. The ILX Hybrid starts at only $29,000, too. We’re thinking a hybrid that lives up to its promises and offers luxury and good performance for a bargain price won’t be a secret for long. If you’re in the market for a hybrid sedan, definitely check this one out.



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Success! Eventhough the ILX is underpowered but in this segment i guess they are not aiming for performance in this line. 44mpg is absolutely impressive. I'm sure alot of consumers are gonna consider this entry level luxury sedan.
 

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I strongly agree with the ILX being underpowered, to me its pretty much just a revamped TSX in a new facelift. Its still a 2.4L. You can expect to much from this entry level luxury. But nothing beats the price for what it is.
 

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It's a hybrid. Not really expecting power.

44 with Econ button off. Wonder what it gets with it on.
Agree, You don't buy a compact Hybrid expecting it to have power. It's just an A-B vehicle.

Want power....wait for a performance trim ILX......ILX A-Spec?
 

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44 MPG in real world driving that is impressive and it should be getting the same numbers as the 9th generation civic
yup 44 mpg is impressive, tbh i didn't think the ILX would break the 40 MPG mark.


to the rest i dont know the details on the ILX Hybrid but did Acua do anything to the ILX hybrid to reduce weight to get this number?
 
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