By on June 18, 2014

ILX vs Verano 4

Those considering a premium hybrid will have one fewer option in the United States when MY 2015 rolls around: Acura has discontinued sales of the entry-level ILX Hybrid in the land of the free.

Autoblog reports the brand is responding to consumer demand — or lack thereof — in its decision to cut the hybrid model from the rest of the ILX lineup, which now will consist of a 2-liter I4 paired with a five-speed automatic and a 2.4-liter I4 with a six-speed manual. Price of admission for 2015 will be between $27,050 and $29,350, depending on options.

The ILX Hybrid arrived in 2012 as a 2013 model, but only 2,660 copies had left U.S. showrooms between then and May 2014. However, the hybrid will still have a home in Canada, where parent company Honda has vowed to continue sales. The 2014 edition of the ILX Hybrid starts at $35,190 CDN, and is powered by a 1.5-liter I4 with an integrated electric motor, both of which are mated to a CVT.

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26 Comments on “2015 Acura ILX Hybrid Leaves US Market, Stays In Canada...”


  • avatar
    GranMarkeez

    Acura…another brand that answers a question no one asked.

  • avatar

    Yet another car dwarfed in sales by the CLA.

    • 0 avatar
      Timothy Cain

      Hardly dwarfed, at least not locally, at least not the whole ILX range. (Clearly the hybrid is all kinds of rare.) U.S. CLA volume is nothing like what it was initially, for a number of reasons, and over the last five months there’ve only been 1.2 CLA sales for every ILX. In fact, the ILX only trailed the CLA by 42 units in the month of March and then outsold the CLA in April and May. I have a hard time believing it’ll stay this way forever, but for now, the CLA really isn’t that common in the U.S. And with fewer than 600 in inventory, according to Cars.com, that won’t change soon.

    • 0 avatar
      GranMarkeez

      I’ll tell you what I have actually seen:

      ILX – 2
      CLA – 1
      Tesla – 6

      Does that say something?

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      BTYS meant Buick Verano dwarfs the ILX in sales. Also wins almost everytime the cars are brought together.

  • avatar
    alsorl

    The ilx is just a civic without the annoying elongated dash. Oh sorry. Its a premium vehicle, it takes premium gas. I’ve only seen 3 or 4 over the past few months. Over priced Honda’s like most acuras need some major overhauling to compete with other semi luxury brands.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      For once I agree with something you say. That’s an awfully steep price for such a small car, on a mediocre brand, which is a Civic underneath.

      But no surprise they’ll still hock it in Canada. Canada has a history of getting unpopular/weird Honda models which were not in the US.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Considering that the EL/CSX was a big winner for Acura in Canada, this isn’t at all surprising, and isn’t a bad idea.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Imagine my surprise, a few years ago, when I saw a late-model Civic with Acura badges here in the U.S. “Some people will just do *anything*”, I thought to myself.

      I had no idea the CSX even existed.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I would have done the reverse and made the hybrid the only car available. Failing that I would have just dropped the model altogether.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I forget if Mr. Calgary Dave drove the ILX in his car buying quest!

      I’m sure it’s worse than the Verano, and probably worse than the IS he didn’t like.

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        Not even on my radar.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Oh man!

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            Ha!

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Norm, I am not an ally in your pro turbo crusade.

            I looked at some used V6 Acura’s and it was just hard to find one that ticked the right boxes. Honda’s V6 is excellent.

            Had the ILX been available with a 250-ish hp engine, it WOULD have been on my radar. And I actually find the exterior styling pleasant. I just really wanted a “big” motor this time around.

            Had the 2014 Accord sedan been available with a V6 and 6MT, that would have been my choice first choice hands down.

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            Traded in a 1999 Corvette C5 Coevette Hardtop on a 2000 SAAB 9-5 Aero knowing I could ECU it to 300.hp/335 trq and run with E39 M5′s was good but the icing on the cake was 40 mpg fuel economy on the highway.for daily driving or fuel efficient long drives. I went AMG and returned to turbo-4 for one hour commutes.

            Get a tune you’ll lovebit even more!

  • avatar
    TorontoSkeptic

    I really don’t understand the strategy to confine the oddball cars to Canada. It’s a (relatively) small market and much more dominated by the established models. I’m sure Tim can confirm but the F150+camry+standard compacts (Corolla, Civic, Elantra) are some huge portion of the market.

    The only logic I can see is that compacts are more popular for a number of reasons – more urbanized, more expensive gas, overall higher car prices – so it makes sense to push the ILX.

    Anecdotally I’ve seen very few, but also very few Veranos and CLAs.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The only ILX’s I’ve seen, I promise, say “Bob Howard Acura Courtesy Car” across the back windshields.

    • 0 avatar
      Timothy Cain

      ILX sales are down sharply in Canada this year after rising to a six-year high (EL/CSX/ILX) in 2013. But even that 2013 total was nothing like what Acura was doing with its upmarket Civic. They were doing 5000+/yr through 2006, the ILX will be lucky to crest 2600 units this year. Through 5 months: ILX down 20% to 1149, Verano up 13% to 2679, CLA 1415. And yes, Canada’s 20 top-selling vehicle lines accounted for 48.7% of the market in May, but there was no Camry in that group, no midsize car of any kind in May until the 25th-ranked Fusion.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      One ILX in the Cleveland area amongst a plethora of CLA’s and Verano’s.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    Why does Honda even consider making hybrids? They make low emission and high mpg cars to begin with. There’s no merit in spending more for a Honda hybrid unless you’re just wanting to make a public statement.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Too bad…I really like this car and it would be a great choice for my daughter in 3 years…

    But if you ain’t selling them…

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Thinking out loud; is honda making room for something based on their Accord hybrid drivetrain in this space?


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