Acura dealers in the US are scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to move the ILX compact luxury sedan from their lots. The ILX is based on the Honda Civic, so cross-shoppers seem to either head for the larger, sportier TSX or into the welcoming arms of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, with their low leasing rates.
The idea of compact Japanese luxury is not an oxymoron in Canada, especially for Acura. Ever since the venerable old Integra was discontinued, Acura has sold a Canada-only, classed-up version of the proletarian Honda Civic, lined with leather and stuffed with extras called the CSX.
Compact, fuel-efficient, reliable and reasonably fun to drive, the CSX and its predecessors, the 1.6 and 1.7 EL, sold strongly. Combined with a maintenance schedule that is generally far less onerous than that of the Germans, the Acuras are still common sights on Canadian highways. (Photo: American Honda)