2016 Acura ILX Review

Launched for the 2013 model 12 months, the Acura ILX arrived in America to present the luxurious automaker a compact sedan. A model-new sedan for the U.S. market, the ILX was Acura’s first true compact automotive for the reason that RSX, plus it was the primary of its model to realize a hybrid drivetrain. For 2015, the posh producer dropped the hybrid drivetrain from the ILX, leaving the compact with two Honda Civic-sourced, gasoline 4-bangers at its disposal: a a hundred and fifty-horsepower 2.zero-liter and a 201-pony 2.four-liter. The sedan remained largely unchanged for 2015, however a complete facelift is ready to reach in 2016 and switch the ILX right into a sportier and extra luxurious proposition for the North American market.

2016 Acura ILX Review

2016 Acura ILX Review

Launched on the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Present, the revised ILX lives as much as our expectations so far as exterior and inside enhancements go, whereas presenting itself considerably disappointing within the drivetrain division, the place the model-new eight-pace, twin-clutch computerized doesn’t actually make up for the shortage of a extra highly effective engine. Though Acura dropped the shabby 2.zero-liter, it stored the two.four-liter unit with out vital enhancements regardless of promising a “potent” engine. Until “potent” means final yr’s engine with a bit extra torque, Acura has one other factor coming.

Exterior 2016 Acura ILX

The facelifted ILX retains its general form and dimensions, however positive aspects upgraded entrance and rear fascias. Up entrance, updates are fairly intensive and embrace a restyled entrance grille — the trademark beak continues to be there — new, 5-level LED headlamps with revised flip alerts and a reshaped apron. The latter options new intakes, and a bigger heart air dam.

Exterior 2016 Acura ILX

Adjustments are much less important round again, however LED taillights are sharper, whereas the decrease apron acquired further housings that mimic the intakes seen on the entrance bumper. Restyled 17-inch, ten-spoke, aluminum-alloy wheels spherical off the outside replace for the 2016 ILX.

A couple of extra goodies can be found with the A-SPEC bundle, nonetheless, however the bundle can solely be had with the Premium and Know-how packages, which means the bottom mannequin is devoid of this privilege. The A-SPEC bundle provides sportier facet sills, a trunk-lid spoiler, fog lamps, and a set of name-new, 18-inch, ten-spoke, machined alloy wheels with black inserts.

Exterior 2016 Acura ILX LED Lightning

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

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)
Front Track 59.4 in (1509 mm)
Rear Track 60.3 in (1532 mm)

Interior 2016 Acura ILX

Visible interior updates for the usual ILX are restricted to distinction stitching for the steering wheel, parking brake deal with and shift knob, in addition to a brand new silver trim for the passenger-aspect dashboard. Extra options are added with the A-SPEC bundle on ILX fashions with the Premium and Expertise packages, together with an unique Premium Black inside with perforated black Lux Suede seat inserts, grey stitching, purple instrument panel illumination, and aluminum pedals.

The host of tech upgrades out there on the Premium trim and above exhibits Acura has additionally upped the ante for extra luxurious and comfort. New options embody a two-place driver’s seat reminiscence operate, a 4-method energy passenger seat, Homelink distant, and Acura’s On-Demand Multi-Use Show with higher eight-inch show display and decrease seven-inch touchscreen. Security bits resembling Blind Spot Data and Rear Cross Site visitors improve each trim however the base mannequin even additional.

Interior 2016 Acura ILX
Interior 2016 Acura ILX

Talking of security and driving-help applied sciences, all ILX fashions can now be outfitted with AcuraWatch, a package deal that brings Adaptive Cruise Management, Lane Conserving Help System, Multi-View Rear Digital camera, Street Departure Mitigation and revised Collision Mitigation Braking System. Lastly, the ILX’s cabin is now quieter because of thicker door glass, noise attenuating wheels and the corporate’s Lively Noise Management expertise, additionally borrowed from the TLX .

Drivetrain 2016 Acura ILX

Motivating the 2016 ILX is an up to date, 2.four-liter, 4-cylinder engine making 201 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and a hundred and eighty pound-toes of torque at three,600 rpm. Acura is fast to brag concerning the additional fifty one ponies and forty pound-ft the unit delivers when in comparison with the outgoing 2.zero-liter 4-banger, however by some means it fails to say it solely boasts 10 extra pound-ft of torque over the earlier 2.four-liter. Downright foolish! Till additional discover, it appears the revised ILX will keep on with just one powerplant.

There’s some excellent news nevertheless, because the 4-pot now mates to an eight-pace, twin-clutch automated transmission with torque converter and shift paddles. Lastly! The autobox comes straight from the 2015 Acura TLX and, as our editor-in-chief came upon whereas testing it , it’s prepared to tear by means of all eight cogs because the automobile sprints from naught to 60 mph.

Drivetrain 2016 Acura ILX Engine
Drivetrain 2016 Acura ILX Engine

I also needs to point out Acura’s eight-velocity DCT can be the primary DCT with a torque converter, offering off-the-line torque multiplication and extra highly effective launches. It must also assist enhance the ILX’s gas consumption scores.

DRIVETRAIN SPECIFICATIONS
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)

Price

Model MSRP EPA MPG Ratings (city/highway/combined)
ILX $27,900 25/36/29
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
ILX with Tech Plus Package $32,900 25/36/29
ILX with Tech Plus & A-SPEC Package $34,890 25/36/29

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