2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Overview
- Acura’s first hybrid vehicle, debuted in 2013
- 39/38 mpg city/highway
- Only a $2,000 premium above the gas version
The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid is the first hybrid for the luxury automaker, offering fuel efficient motoring and sporty styling in a compact package.
The ILX Hybrid, like its ILX counterpart, is based on the Honda Civic sedan but offers luxurious trappings and more features. On the outside, the ILX Hybrid looks pretty much identical to the gas-only version, only adding a small chrome trim pieces to the lower front and a trunk spoiler for some differentiation. Fog lights and a powered moonroof are standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels. 17-inch wheels and high-performance all-season tires are optional.
Under the hood, the 2014 ILX Hybrid employs a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 108-volt electric motor that is powered by a 144-volt lithium-ion battery. Total output is 111-hp. The ILX Hybrid also features an efficient continuously variable transmission, with paddle shifters for tighter control. An ECON button remaps the transmission and throttle mapping for even more fuel efficiency. EPA estimated fuel economy figures check in at 39/38 mpg city/highway.
Most of the changes for 2014 ILX Hybrid come on the interior, where the standard features list has been expanded to include a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, upgrades to the audio system, leather seating, and active noise cancellation for a quieter ride. They join automatic climate control, a five-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB/iPod port. There is a bunch of optional technology available as well, including satellite radio, navigation, and GPS-linked temperature control.
The 2014 ILX Hybrid performed very well on NHTSA crash tests, well enough in fact that it earned a full five-star overall crash test rating, the highest one they offer. A multiangle backup camera, six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system come standard.