The 2013 Acura ILX at the 2012 New York auto show

Acura has announced that the 2013 Acura ILX will start at $25,900, not including an $895 destination fee. Based on the Honda Civic, this upscale small car is a new-for-2013 model that will slot as Acura’s least expensive vehicle, costing about $4,100 less than the current entry-level TSX sedan.

The ILX will be available with a choice of three powerplants: the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 150 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower or a hybrid option that the EPA estimates will get 39/38 mpg city/highway, according to Kicking Tires. The base engine is only available with a five-speed automatic, but the more powerful 2.4-liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The hybrid comes with a continuously variable transmission to aid fuel economy.

Base models come well-equipped with standard features like keyless entry with push-button start, Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio and a moonroof. Though the ILX’s base price is fairly low compared with other luxury automakers’ prices, outfitting the ILX with all available options may make the price too high for some. “That pushes its sticker over $35K, at which point we’d be in some other showroom; that kind of money for that little power is not our idea of a wise investment,” writes Car and Driver.

If you’re considering an upscale small car in this price range, you don’t have many alternatives to the ILX, especially if you want a coupe or sedan. “While Acura reps cite the Lexus CT 200h and Audi A3 as competitors, even they are quick to admit that both of those cars have hatchback body styles and may not occupy quite the same market space,” notes Motor Trend. The closest option to the ILX is the Buick Verano, which test drivers note doesn’t have a ton of power, but offers an upscale, classy interior.

The 2013 Acura ILX will be available at dealerships beginning May 22.

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