Mileage: 39 mpg city/38 highway/38 combined
Acura's new entry-level sedan is structurally and mechanically similar to the Honda Civic. Although traditionally powered versions of the ILX are less expensive, we like the hybrid because it gets nearly 40 mpg in both city and highway driving. That’s 10 mpg better than you’ll get with the standard 2-liter gasoline engine. The ILX Hybrid generates an acceptable 111 horsepower from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor. A continuously variable transmission passes output onto the front wheels. We've stuck with the base hybrid here because it is still well-equipped with keyless entry and ignition, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker audio system with iPod interface.