WASHINGTON — Car shoppers got a critical piece of information about the upgraded 2016 Acura ILX on Thursday as the EPA posted the sedan?s official fuel-economy numbers, showing an improvement over the 2015 ILX.
The 2016 ILX, which features a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine paired with a new eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, delivers 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
In comparison, the 2015 ILX with the outgoing 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission delivers 24 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Acura's 2015 ILX with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission delivers 22 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway.
The 2016 ILX goes on sale February 10 at U.S. Acura dealerships.
The re-engineered ILX plays in a hotly competitive segment and is a critical component in Acura?s battle to attract new, younger luxury buyers.
The showroom debut of the ILX comes at a time when gas prices are relatively inexpensive. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $2.04 versus $3.27 a year ago.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers doing their homework will want to note the new fuel-economy numbers on the 2016 ILX. Pricing on the car is expected to be announced shortly.