The Acura ILX bombed with consumers, so executives promised changes were on the way. Unfortunately they haven't made the right ones as the "underpowered" engine remains and the price has gone up.

The Acura ILX bombed with consumers, so executives promised changes were on the way. Unfortunately they haven't made the right ones as the "underpowered" engine remains and the price has gone up despite the fact that consumers didn't "see the value" in the older, more affordable model.

Criticism aside, the 2014 ILX has "eight new standard features to enhance its curb appeal, interior comfort and overall driving enjoyment." Key upgrades include leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. The car also gains heated front seats, a rearview camera and an audio system with active noise cancellation technology.

Contrary to previous reports, the entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine carries over with 150 bhp (112 kW) and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque. This is a tad surprising as American Honda executive vice president John Mendel called it "underpowered" last December.

Thankfully, the ILX can also be equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 201 bhp (150 kW) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque. However, the engine is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2014 Acura ILX will go on sale tomorrow and be priced from $26,900 which represents a $1,000 premium over the 2013 model.

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