Acura announced sales have begun today for the continued production of the Acura ILX Hybrid.
The car was first unveiled in April 2012 and its maker calls it a “gateway” to Honda’s luxury line, saying also it’s “the only luxury model on the top-ten list of Generation Y car shoppers according to J.D. Power and Associates.”
Fuel economy for the luxurious and kind-of-sporty ILX Hybrid is 39 city, 38 highway, and 38 mpg combined.
Its U.S. sales this year compared to the Lexus CT 200 h have been challenged with 535 deliveries for the Acura through September compared to 13,610 for the full-hybrid Lexus.
Pricing including $895 destination fees for the base ILX Hybrid starts at $29,975, and for the ILX Hybrid with Technology Package, MSRP starts at $35,495.
Though not a direct competitor, Honda’s imminently pending full-hybrid 2014 Accord Hybrid overlaps these price points while trouncing on the ILX in under-hood technology and an EPA rating of 50 city, 45 highway, and 47 combined.
Of the Acura, the company says it offers many standard features to entice as well, including a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push-button start, Pandora and SMS text messaging, Bluetooth, power moonroof and aluminium wheels.
The Technology Package adds ELS Surround audio system, AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps and HomeLink.