Earlier today, Acura issued a press release detailing its entry-level 2015 ILX range, but something was missing. Honda's luxury arm listed all of the information about the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter ILX models, but nothing was said about the Hybrid – a model that, when we reviewed it in 2013, left us utterly cold. But now we know why: Acura has confirmed to Autoblog that the ILX Hybrid will be discontinued for the 2015 model year.

The company issued the following statement to us regarding the hybrid's demise:

The 2015 ILX remains a standout choice in the entry premium segment with its combination of performance, luxury, refinement and value and is the top-selling luxury vehicle to younger buyers. Based on the stronger appeal of the ILX 2.0 and 2.4 models, we are streamlining the ILX lineup to better align with customer demand, Acura will no longer offer the ILX Hybrid starting with the 2015 model year.

Acura launched the ILX Hybrid in May 2012 as a 2013 model, and through May of this year, just 2,660 examples of the gasoline-electric compact sedan were sold. Moving forward, Acura will offer the ILX with either a 2.0-liter inline-four mated to a five-speed automatic, or a 2.4-liter inline-four with a six-speed manual transmission. Prices for the 2015 ILX start at $27,050, excluding $895 for destination.

Scroll down to read more about the 2015 ILX lineup in Acura's press blast.

UPDATE: Fear not, Autoblog friends to the North. Autos.ca reports Acura will continue to offer the ILX Hybrid in Canada for 2015.
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2015 ILX Offers Two Powertrain Options plus Premium Features on Acura's Gateway Luxury Sports Sedan

The feature-packed ILX offerings, including an exhilarating 2.4-liter, 6-speed manual pairing and a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter automatic, provide the Acura experience to entry luxury customers

06/17/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Going on sale June 18, 2014 the 2015 Acura ILX lineup provides new luxury buyers with numerous ways to join the Acura family with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP1) starting at $27,050. The ILX is available in four grade levels offering different blends of performance and premium features plus Acura refinement and quality in a sleek, sporty and luxurious package.

The ILX is available with two powertrain choices:

ILX 2.0-liter i-VTEC®, five-speed automatic transmission (5AT), 35 MPG rating (highway)2, available in standard trim, Technology Package or Premium Package

ILX 2.4-liter i-VTEC®, six-speed manual transmission (6MT), 31 MPG rating (highway)2, with Premium Package

With multiple new features and upgrades applied last year to the 2014 model, the 2015 ILX continues to offer enhanced styling, comfort, and driving enjoyment along with excellent value on a luxury scale. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, projector beam headlights, leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and 8-way power driver's seat, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push button start, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The 2.0-liter direct injected engine produces 150 horsepower3 and is paired with a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. For a more dynamic driving experience, a 2.4-liter engine that pumps out 201 horsepower4 is mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The identically outfitted 2014 Acura ILX earned the Intellichoice 2014 "Best Overall Value of the Year" award in the Premium Compact Passenger Car category, with the lowest total ownership cost in its class.

The ILX 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter models with the Premium Package come equipped with a premium sound system including XM® Radio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, Bluetooth® Audio, Pandora® interface, SMS text messaging feature, speed-sensitive volume control, 7-speakers with subwoofer and 360-watt amplifier. The ILX 2.0-liter model with the Technology Package includes the ELS Surround® audio system with Note function music reminder, 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®.

For the 2015 model year Modern Steel Metallic replaces the Polished Metal Metallic exterior color, all other color options carryover from the 2014 model year. View, build and price a 2015 Acura ILX at acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=ILX.

TRIM
MSRP1
EPA MPG RATING
(city/highway/combined)

2015 ILX 5AT
$27,050
24/35/28

2015 ILX 5AT w/Premium Package
$29,350
24/35/28

2015 ILX 5AT w/Technology Package
$31,750
24/35/28

2015 ILX 6MT w/Premium Package
$29,350
22/31/25


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      NightFlight
      • 6 Months Ago
      LOL @ Mary Keana already putting his spin on everything. The ILX is a flop, plain and simple. It can't be denied, and you can't say that Acura doesn't want any part of Buick's fleet sales. The car sucks, no one wants it. Period.
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          normc32
          • 6 Months Ago
          Honda sure does sell fleet sales with a special shell game: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/the-truth-about-hondas-fleet-sales/
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        churchmotor
        • 6 Months Ago
        @NightFlight
        LOL @ NightFlight thinking Acura wants fleet sales of any kind. Nice try at spinning everything NightFlight.
      Matt
      • 6 Months Ago
      When I bought my 2004 Acura TSX a decade ago, it offered a European-style sedan with luxury appointments for $25k. Now, you have to pay significantly more than that for an economy platform with basically the same powertrain. Acura doesn't have a clue.
        express2day
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Matt
        The starting price for the 2004 Acura TSX was $26,990 which is roughly $33,900 in 2014 dollars. Today's TSX is actually cheaper with a starting price of $31,530.
          Matt
          • 6 Months Ago
          @express2day
          My point is that the car didn't improve in technology/performance/efficiency/etc., so a price increase wasn't warranted. Over the same decade, look at the powertrain progress other automakers have made (Direct injection+turbo, 8+ speed transmissions, etc). While Honda is basically selling the same powertrains from a decade ago.
          express2day
          • 6 Months Ago
          @express2day
          @Matt The price didn't go up, it went down. Again, you can't ignore the factors of inflation. Perhaps if they did apply some of these improvements you speak of, it would have a starting price around $33,900 which would be inline with the 2004 inflation adjusted price. Instead, the price is about $2500 lower.
      carguy1701
      • 6 Months Ago
      "The 2015 ILX remains a standout choice in the entry premium segment with its combination of performance, luxury, refinement and value and is the top-selling luxury vehicle to younger buyers." They're lying through their teeth. The Verano is outselling it. "The 2.0-liter direct injected engine produces 150 horsepower3 and is paired with a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission." When did the R20 get DI? I would think that'd be news.
        express2day
        • 6 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Verano is far outselling the ILX, yes, but they did say "younger buyers." Perhaps Verano's demographic is much older? Also, they may not be considering Verano a "luxury" vehicle.; however one defines a luxury vehicle.
          normc32
          • 6 Months Ago
          @express2day
          AB chose the Vernon too. And so did Motor Trend....twice!
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @express2day
          express2day: I believe the shared demographic is anyone who wants a nice small car, but doesn't want to shop at the Honda or Chevy dealer. However, according to the Google, the ILX is aimed at 'viable Gen-Yers'. As far as I can tell, the Verano is aimed more or less at the same segment. Speaking as someone who is apparently a member of Gen Y and a car enthusiast, I can safely say that neither car really appeals to me. However, if I was looking for a daily driver to complement a fun car (like an older Mustang, Corvette, Miata, etc) I'd look at the Verano.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @express2day
          I can only speak for what I've seen, but all of the Veranos I've seen have been driven by folks who look to be in their 30s or so. Most of the ILXs, while driven by the same demographic, have had dealer service loaner signage on them. Take that as you will.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @express2day
          As for considering the Verano a 'luxury' vehicle, that's a subjective thing. That said, all the Verano-ILX comparos end up picking the Verano, saying that it does a better job of being a luxury car (or premium compact, again depending on how you look at it). Personally, I'd take the Verano over the ILX. If I'm looking for driving dynamics, I wouldn't look at either car, but the Verano seems like it'd be a better daily driver. The ILX 2.4 might have a better chassis, but I have a feeling most buyers are put off by the road noise, which is something Honda has been struggling with for the decade or so, it seems. Buyers in this class don't want road noise, they want quiet.
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      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is there any Honda thread here that Aaron has not hijacked? Does AB have no moderators to keep such things from happening?
        NightFlight
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        I really wish they did, and they could enact an IP ban to keep him away for good. He ruins this place. It is the main reason why I stopped commenting for a few months. I see that nothing has changed.
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        carguy1701
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        @Avinash Machado
        Nope. Not unless someone starts throwing out racial and homophobic slurs, at which point, they care.
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      jtciti
      • 6 Months Ago
      I mean, they are trying to sell a (heavily) rebadged/reengineered civic for the price of a 3 series... what did they expect?
        hokkaido76
        • 6 Months Ago
        @jtciti
        Yeah, don't think you're getting a 3 series for 28,000..............
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      tenspeeder
      • 6 Months Ago
      "..we are streamlining the ILX lineup to better align with customer demand" What customer demand?
        x19x19
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tenspeeder
        And still no 2.4 with an automatic. Dealers better star clearing places on this lots to store these things. Acura: from great marque to utterly clueless in 10 years.
          Merc1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @x19x19
          Acura's best days were in like 91-95, they've been lost every since. When the last Legend GS and NSX shared the showroom floor they were at the top of their game, but every since the 1996 RL it has been downward every since. M
          tenspeeder
          • 6 Months Ago
          @x19x19
          Yup - They ruled a couple of times. During their early years when Japanese luxury was a fresh idea and then for a spell in the mid 2000s when the TL was at its best and there was that elusive customer demand for the car. Both prior to the release of that ugly grille.
      PatrickH
      • 6 Months Ago
      I snicker when they call this a luxury vehicle. I wonder if the head honchos at Acura do as well? You can't dump some techno gizmos and leather onto a Civic and actually think that anyone in the know considers it a luxury car.
        normc32
        • 6 Months Ago
        @PatrickH
        Looks like it didn't work last year as BuickVerano doubled ILX sales.
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      Yep, the usual troll has polluted yet another thread. My God, how many accounts do you have?
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Pot, this is the Kettle. I didn't want to say anything man, but I just can't keep quiet anymore. You're black. Black as the night sky.
        churchmotor
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        NightFlight, how much you get paid to monitor these?
      mikeybyte1
      • 6 Months Ago
      It wasn't a great hybrid system to begin with. The efficiency/value/performance blend just wasn't there. Honda has wisely dumped their IMA-based hybrid system for a much better one which has debuted in the latest Accord. I am sure they will eventually roll that same technology out to other vehicles. If I were in the market for an entry level lux compact, however, I would go with the Verano over the ILX. And no, I am not a Buick fanboy or Acura/Honda hater. I owned an Acura once. Great car. Acura just doesn't offer anything that interests me - and hasn't for quite some time. The ILX is a dressed up Civic. The engines and transmissions are identical. At least with the upcoming TLX Acura is getting a bit innovative with the transmission and AWD choices. That car is not a dressed up Accord. So it seems like, similar to Lincoln, they are finally starting to come up with better products built off of their more plebeian bones.
      jason_golden
      • 6 Months Ago
      I wanted to like this car. I wanted the test drive to WOW me. Then I test drove a loaded automatic '14 ILX last summer, and I was terribly disappointed. Compared to the base '13 Optima rental car I'd been driving for 500 miles, the ILX was just plain loud and slow. The ILX did not look, feel, or perform as if it deserved my $32K. ended up purchasing a more substantial-feeling, better equipped KIA.
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