2013 Acura ILX
Hold a constant 80 mph on the freeway and you won't likely see 35 mpg, much less 38 mpg. But this is par for the course with any car--the problem is we're working in a range that's about 10 mpg below what it should be.
A nicely equipped Toyota Prius can offer much of the near-luxury feel and equipment of the ILX, for about the same price, while getting 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway per the EPA. The Sonata Hybrid offers much better performance, a style some may find preferable to the ILX's, and very similar fuel economy of 35/40 mpg and 37 mpg combined. The list goes on.
But perhaps it's the blend of compromises in the ILX that makes it interesting; it's not as efficient as the Prius or as sporty as the Sonata Hybrid, but it's a notch more luxurious than either, for about the same price. It's gas mileage won't set hybrid-lovers' hearts aflutter, but it won't empty their wallets, either.
The 2013 Acura ILX is, ultimately, a compromised car in not just one aspect, but many. Whether those compromises work for your purposes depends on how much efficiency you're willing to sacrifice for comfort, how much acceleration and passing power your driving environment requires, and what your idea of image and aesthetics finds attractive.
For us, however, the ILX Hybrid leaves a bit too much on the table without offering enough value in other areas.
The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid carries a base price of $28,900 (plus a mandatory $895 delivery fee), and the ILX Hybrid with Technology Package starts at $34,400--putting the latter vehicle at the very top of the ILX price range.