2016 Acura ILX

 
2016 Acura ILX
 
2016 Acura ILX
 

2016 Acura ILX

MSRP 
$28,820
Invoice 
$27,495
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4 L Premium Unleaded I-4, 201 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The ILX is an entry level compact luxury car. Despite its diverse feature set and high end badge, the ILX actually starts at under $28,000. Being smaller than traditional luxury cars means that the ILX is right at home in the city, where parallel parking a large vehicle might be problematic. Buyers who don't necessarily want or need a large car may find themselves in the enviable position of being able to get luxury appointments in a small urban-friendly package.

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What's New For 2016

The Acura ILX gets a host of updates for its 2016 redesign. Exterior improvements are most noticeable around the front of the car, with the 2016 ILX featuring a sleeker looking front fascia and grill. The rest of the exterior also gets subtle improvements, with the new wheel and taillight designs doing their part to refresh the vehicle's looks.

The improvements are more than skin deep however. The ILX gets a brand new, more powerful engine this year as well as a new transmission that promises to be even smoother and more efficient than the one in the outgoing car. The interior of the ILX has also been improved through the use of nicer materials and additional standard features.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Acura ILX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Acura Audio System -inc: 6 speakers, Siri Eyes Free, SMS/MMS text message capability, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, Pandora capability, USB audio interface w/iPod integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack and Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
  • Exterior Features
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Tires: P215/45R17 87V AS Performance
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0" Aluminum Alloy Noise-Reducing
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Sport Seats -inc: driver's 8-way power seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.4L 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Dual-Clutch -inc: torque converter and Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.94 Axle Ratio
    • 45-Amp/Hr 410CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 95 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.3
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 410
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 95
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Fuel System - Direct Gasoline Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 201 @ 6800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 180 @ 3600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 105.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 181.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.6
    • Height, Overall (in) - 55.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.2
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 89.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 50.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 34
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.5
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.7
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 36
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Acura ILX
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/45VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/45VR17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.08
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.18
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.16
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.22
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.96
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.22
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.94
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.62
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.48
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.2
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3093
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

The Acura ILX gets a significant makeover for 2016. One of a handful of compact sedans in the growing entry-level luxury segment, the 2016 ILX benefits from a new high-performance engine, a new 8-speed transmission, retuned suspension and steering, a reinforced chassis, fresh styling, an upgraded interior, and updated technology.

All 2016 Acura ILX models come with Honda’s 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine, good for 210 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with a torque converter, borrowed from Acura’s midsize TLX.

The gearbox is significant, because it’s the first application to pair a dual-clutch transmission, which usually operates on its own like an automatic, with a torque converter, used historically with automatic transmissions. What this means for the driver is smoother shifts off the line and at lower speeds, unlike standalone DCTs, whose shifts can feel abrupt. We put the transmission to the test on demanding roads, and found it capable and smooth, especially in Sport mode. In fact, we found it one of the most significant improvements compared to the outgoing model.

Exterior design of the 2016 ILX is more refined than the previous-generation (2013-2015) car. A new front fascia uses Acura’s new signature front grille and five square-shaped jewel headlamps, which are also used on the newest Acura TLX. A new A-Spec package makes the 2016 ILX look more aggressive, with round fog lamps mounted in the flared lower air intakes, sculpted side sills, unique 17-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

Inside, design and materials are greatly improved for 2016, with soft-touch materials and sporty touches like contrast stitching on the steering wheel. The A-Spec package gets a black interior with suede-like seat inserts, as well as aluminum pedals.

New in-car technology for 2016 includes a tethered navigation system for the mid-level ILX Premium, which allows users to pipe navigation information from their smartphone to the car’s display via an Acura-specific navigation app. A new optional suite of safety features, dubbed AcuraWatch, includes adaptive cruise control, a multi-view rear camera, lane keep assist, collision mitigation and a road departure mitigation feature, which will actively steer the car back onto the road in case the driver drifts.

Another significant improvement to the 2016 Acura ILX is the steering, which feels much more responsive compared with the previous model. Steering feel is comfortable, without feeling numb or overly heavy. The ILX suspension has also been revised, and additional reinforcements around the ILX chassis makes it stiffer, which equates to improved collision safety and less body roll around turns.

Road and wind noise is reduced on the 2016 ILX thanks to thicker window glass and more sound dampening, as well as active noise cancellation, which picks up engine and road sounds from a microphone and pipes in noise-combating frequencies through the car’s speakers. Though improved from the outgoing model, we still noticed some mild to moderate road noise on bumpier roads, especially with the A-Spec model’s larger tires.

The 2016 Acura ILX is a comfortable, capable compact sedan, with a lower starting price than those of its competitors, which include the Audi A3 sedan and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, as well as the two-door BMW 2 Series. While the ILX may lack the performance and brand cachet of its German rivals, it’s much improved over the previous model and offers good value.

Lineup

The 2016 Acura ILX ($27,900) comes equipped with leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with multifunction controls, pushbutton start, power door locks and windows, cruise control, heated front seats with 8-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, center display screen, Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming audio, 6-speaker audio system with Siri eyes free connectivity, Pandora compatibility, USB port and auxiliary audio jack, rearview camera, heated side mirrors, LED headlights, LED tail lights and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

ILX Premium ($29,900) comes standard with leather upholstery and adds a adds a four-way power passenger seat, second center display with touchscreen, handsfree text and email capability, a 7-speaker premium audio system with enhanced audio features including HD radio and satellite radio capability, HomeLink remote, AcuraLink navigation capability (requires Acura app and subscription), auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic detection. Optional Acura Watch Plus ($29,200) adds a color display on the instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and road departure mitigation. ILX Premium A-Spec ($31,890) adds an ebony headliner, aluminum pedals, fog lights, side sills, a decklid spoiler, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

ILX Technology Plus ($32,900) includes the Acura Watch Plus features and adds built-in navigation with real-time traffic, an enhanced rearview camera and an upgraded 10-speaker audio system.

ILX Premium A-Spec ($31,890) and Technology Plus A-Spec ($34,890) feature an ebony headliner, aluminum pedals, fog lights, side sills, decklid spoiler, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

The hybrid model and other previous engine and transmission choices are no longer available. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Walkaround

Although it shares underpinnings with the affordable Honda Civic, the Acura ILX has a look all its own. The body of the 2016 ILX stays basically the same, but updates to the front and rear ends give it a more modern look compared to the 2013-2015 models.

Specifically, the ILX gets Acura’s newest headlight treatment, with five square jewel-like LED lamps, a design that debuted on the Acura TLX midsize sedan and also appears on the resurrected Acura NSX supercar. The ILX also gets a tweaked front grille, redesigned front bumper and LED accent lights.

In back, new LED tail lamps give the ILX a sleeker look, and the new rear bumper uses the same contoured shapes of the front end’s lower air intakes.

A-Spec models get fog lights, side rocker panels, a rear decklid spoiler and a unique design for its 18-inch wheels.

Interior

As before, the cabin of the 2016 Acura ILX is refined and well laid out, with a distinct Acura flavor. Like some of the exterior design cues, the inside of the ILX is strongly reminiscent of the larger TSX sedan. While the ILX interior certainly doesn’t look German, it’s tasteful and accessible, and those who eschew stark interior designs might prefer it over the Bauhaus-style Audi A3 or the comparatively spartan Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

The ILX A-Spec trim adds aesthetics, including sport seats with suede-like upholstery with contrast stitching and aluminum pedals.

ILX comes standard with a single 5-inch display screen at the top of the center stack with manual knobs and buttons below. Premium trims and above get a new, dual-screen setup on the instrument panel with an upper 8-inch display screen and a lower touch screen. Screens are easy to read, and although the 2016 touch screen interface has been improved over the previous version, it’s not quite as intuitive as others.

Built-in navigation comes standard on cars equipped with the Technology Package. On Premium trims, users with iOS and Android-powered smartphones can download Acura’s proprietary navigation app, which can display directions right on the car’s built-in screen when the phone is tethered to the car via Bluetooth or USB.

Front seats look better than the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class’s one-piece design and are moderately supportive, though less so than those in a BMW 2 Series. We would have liked more side bolstering while driving the ILX around twisty turns, but drivers who don’t put the ILX through these kinds of paces won’t likely feel this way. Generally, seating is comfortable and adjustable enough to fit a wide range of body types and physical dimensions.

Rear seats will fit two average-sized adults comfortably. Rear headroom is 35.9 inches, slightly more than the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class but about a half-inch less than the Audi A3. Although the ILX is rated for five people, the hump in the rear center seat, typical on many cars, makes it suitable only for smaller adults or children who are old enough to ride without a car seat. Rear legroom is 34.0 inches, much more than the CLS-Class’s 27.1 inches, but about an inch shy of the Audi A3.

Cargo space measures 12.3 cubic feet, about the same as the Audi A3 sedan, but slightly less than the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class or the BMW 2 Series.

Driving Impressions

The 2016 Acura ILX is comfortable to drive. It’s by no means a sports car, nor is it advertised as one. On the other hand, it isn’t boring, either. It’s luxurious enough for daily driving, yet peppy enough for a spirited Sunday jaunt.

Honda’s 2.4-liter direct-injected inline-4 engine, used exclusively in all ILX models, produces plenty of pickup with its 210 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is smooth and linear, and we had no problems merging onto highways or passing when we needed to.

We especially like the gearbox, an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter, which produces the quick shifts characteristic of a DCT without the jerkiness.

The ILX is equipped with a Sport mode, which changes the shift points to maximize performance. Unlike some manufacturers’ sport modes, however, it does not change steering feel, throttle mapping or suspension settings. Such gimmicks aren’t really needed on a tame sedan like the ILX, though, and we found the transmission particularly shines in this setting. In Sport, the ILX holds gears longer and downshifts perfectly when decelerating, providing some extra oomph. Although the gearbox could get a bit busy with the shifts around downhill turns, shifts were always smooth, not abrupt.

Steering on the ILX is greatly improved. This was especially evident after a spin in the outgoing model, whose steering seemed dead and unresponsive in comparison, and didn’t handle the twisty roads as precisely. Still, the ILX isn’t the best choice for canyon carving, and doesn’t have the dialed-in feel of a BMW or Audi. It’s nose-heavy, which makes it a better choice for cruising and commuting rather than tackling demanding roads. The ILX has a weight distribution of a whopping 63/37 front/rear, compared with the near-50/50 balance of the BMW 2 Series or the 58/42 split of the Audi A3.

Other improvements to the 2016 Acura ILX include additional bracing to the chassis, which we noticed provided more stability and less body roll in comparison to the old model. Brake rotors are larger on the 2016 ILX than before, which results in smooth, confident stopping.

The 2016 ILX is quieter than before, thanks to thicker window glass and more sound dampening, as well as active noise cancellation, which picks up engine and road sounds from a microphone and pipes in noise-combating frequencies through the car’s speakers. Though improved from the outgoing model, we still noticed some mild to moderate road noise on bumpier roads, especially with the A-Spec model’s larger tires.

A suite of new optional safety features for 2016, dubbed AcuraWatch, includes adaptive cruise control, includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation (more aggressive than lane keeping assist, which will steer the car back into the lane if the driver drifts off the road) and collision mitigation with automatic braking, which will stop the car if it senses a collision is imminent. The sensitivity of these systems is fixed and not adjustable like those used by some car companies. Still, we found they were more helpful than annoying, and the lane departure feature gently guided us back into our lane when cruising in a straight line on the highway, yet didn’t fight us when we were driving around twisting mountain roads.

Fuel economy for the 2016 Acura ILX is an EPA-estimated 25/36/29 mpg City/Highway/Combined for all models, an improvement over both outgoing gasoline ILX models, and especially admirable considering the 2016 ILX is about 100 pounds heavier. As with all vehicles, however, real-world fuel economy varies depending on mode and driving style. Jaunting through the hills above Napa Valley, we pushed the ILX around twists and turns for about three hours, mostly in Sport mode, where our fuel economy hovered around the 20 mpg mark.

Summary

The 2016 Acura ILX is a comfortable, entry-level luxury car with even-tempered driving dynamics, a relatively roomy cabin and a competitive price point.

Laura Burstein filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after her test drive of the Acura ILX near Napa Valley, California.

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