2016 Acura ILX is an affordable, luxury compact sedan which offers the car’s first facelift since it was introduced to the markets three years ago. Price for this edition is very close to the previous model. Traditionally Acura is one of the most popular car producer, especially in USA.
Reworked model is now tightly specialized and throws away surplus of powertrain choices its predecessor used to offer. Compact is now sportier and executes better driving dynamics as well.
The Engine range
There’s only one option under ILX’s hood now, and it is the stronger of two: 2.4L 4-cylinder capable of putting up 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Sadly, manual transmission is also a thing of the past as 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox is the only option responsible for routing the power to front wheels. Thanks to this setup, however, 2016 Acura ILX offers some nimble handling which can’t be found even in some smaller cars. Even though it is a sedan, ILX shows remarkable stats while commuting, and it is a good choice for long distances as well.
|Type||2.4-liter; 16-valve direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC|
|Output||201 HP 6.800 RPM|
|Torque||180 LB-FT @ 3.600 RPM|
|Transmission||8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT)|
Fuel economy ratings have gone up slightly, thanks to the new automatic gearbox unit and 2016 Acura ILX is now rated at 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
2016 Acura ILX Redesign
Compared to the outgoing model, 2016 Acura ILX offers slightly, but effectively reworked front fascia. Frontal chrome garnish has been lowered and is now positioned in the middle of the grille, while bumper has been changed too, and features an open lower air intake at its bottom. Headlights are another design improvement and they now consist of five circular led units. Apart from new set of wheels, there are no differences in ILX’s profile, and rear end has been almost carried over as well. Only bumper has been slightly reworked to fit some open spaces between stop lights.
Interior changes are also rather mild. New ILX has kept all of its materials and color options intact. Even dashboard has remained the same, but instrument panel has been reshaped in order to fit dual-screen infotainment system. 8-inch display unit remains high up in dashboard’s special housing, while another 5-inch option has been mounted below it more closely to hand’s reach. With them, the whole instrument panel has got a different shape, but that’s pretty much it. Considering new ILX’s feature list, everything else has remained the same. Compact executive car still offers optional GPS-linked climate control and voice recognition controls.
|Wheelbase||105.1 in (2670 mm)|
|Length||179.1 in (4550 mm)|
|Width||70.6 in (1794 mm)|
|Height (unladen)||55.6 in (1412 mm)|
Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity with USB and iPod integration and plenty of standard safety systems. Some of these are multi-view rear camera and all the mandatory safety features that come to mind. Optional upgrades include lane watch system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear-cross traffic alerts, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation and enhanced collision mitigation braking with pedestrian sensing.
2016 Acura ILX Release date and Price
Prices should remain similar and all ILX’s will be offered for less than 30,000 if you don’t require optional upgrades. This vehicle we can expect in showrooms, very soon, in spring this year.
|Model||MSRP||EPA; MPG Ratings (city/highway/combined)|
|ILX with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package||$29.200||25/36/29|
|ILX with Premium Package||$29.900||25/36/29|
|ILX with Premium & A-SPEC Package||$31.890||25/36/29|
The main competitor are new Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes CLA.
2106 Acura ILX has been slightly updated, but design changes are insignificant. However, performance has been enhanced as ILX is now much more athletic and it offers better fuel efficiency thanks to the new shifter. Moreover, it now has a single powertrain in entire lineup after discarding previous 2.0L petrol and hybrid units.