2015 Acura ILX Loses Hybrid Powertrain
After undergoing major revisions last year, the Acura ILX returns for the 2015 model year with just a few changes. Most notably, the hybrid model isn't on the roster this time around. Sales for the ILX are down 19 percent during the first five months of the year. But the Hybrid model is suffering the most, with sales down a whopping 69 percent during the same period. The compact luxury sedan faces stiff competition from the Buick Verano, Mercedes-Benz CLA, and even its own Honda models. The base 2015 Acura ILX is available for $27,050 before tax, an increase of $150 from the 2014 model year. For 2015, the Acura ILX continues with its same list of standard features. Heated, leather seating, keyless entry and ignition, rearview camera, noise cancellation, 17-inch alloy wheels, and projector beam headlights are included in every ILX this year. The standard engine is a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a five-speed automatic. An optional six-speed manual transmission is paired with a more powerful 2.4-liter engine that produces 200 horsepower. A Premium Package is standard on manual transmission models and available on automatic cars, and it adds an upgraded sound system, XM Radio, Bluetooth, Pandora, and SMS texting. In the Technology Package, only available on automatic cars, buyers get surround sound, Note music reminder, AcuraLink infotainment, navigation, real-time traffic and weather, and HomeLink. Although the Acura ILX Hybrid will no longer be available for the 2015 model year, Honda told us there are still 2014 ILX Hybrids in dealer inventory, so consumers can still buy the model. Source: Honda
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