The maiden Acura ILX sedan was good looking but it failed to back up its good looks with performance. This forced Acura to go back to the drawing board. The automaker has introduced a number of changes starting with the engine. The exterior and interior styling has also been updated and the car will now be able to engage its competitors with more gusto.
2016 Acura ILX Exterior
The new 4-door 2016 Acura ILX Sedan is offered in six equipment levels which are the Base, Acura Watch Plus Package, Premium, A-Spec Package, Premium and A-Spec package and the top Technology Plus package.
The exterior design is more refined compared to the outgoing model. The Acura will span 179.1 inches long, 70.6 inches wide and stand at a height of 55.6 inches. There is a new front fascia which features the automaker’s new signature grille flanked by square-shaped jewel headlights.
The A-Spec package on both the Premium and Technology packages adds a dose of aggressiveness with round fog lights which are mounted on the flared lower air intakes. The A-Spec also features sculpted side sills and a rear spoiler. The base model will ride on 17-inch wheels while the A-Spec Package adds 18-inch wheels.
2016 Acura ILX Interior
The interior of the new 2016 Acura ILX is largely a carryover from the outgoing model. However, there are a number of improvements. The cabin will accommodate five passengers. Standard features on the base model include; keyless entry and ignition, leatherette upholstery, a tilt –and-telescoping steering wheel, a 5-inch information display screen.
The base package also features sunroof, heated front seats with 8-way power driver’s seat and a fold-down rear seat. Other features include a multi-view rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control. The Acura also comes with a 6-speaker sound system with USB/iPod audio interface, CD player, Pandora radio and Siri Eyes Smartphone integration.
The Acura Watch Plus package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, frontal collision mitigation, lane-keep assist and road departure mitigation.
The Premium package on the other hand features the base equipment and adds leather front seats, a 4-way power passenger seat, rear cross-traffic alert, driver memory setting and replaces the 5-inch information screen with a 8-inch one. The package also features a 7-speaker audio system with satellite radio, HD radio, Aha radio and Smartphone app integration. Moving up, the Technology Plus Package features contents of the Acura Watch Plus package as well as those of the Premium package. It also adds a 10-speaker ELS audio system, a navigation system and voice commands. A-Spec package can be added to both the Premium and Technology Plus package. The A-spec package adds simulated-suede seat inserts featuring contrasting stitching.
Overall, the cabin is quieter thanks to use of thicker window glass, more sound dampening and active noise cancellation.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the 2016 Acura ILX will be a single drive-train. The automaker has discarded the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder unit which used to return 150 hp. The new engine is an improved 2.4 L, 4-cylinder unit that produces 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The automaker has also discarded manual transmission and the engine will be paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system.
The vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds. In terms of fuel economy, the Acura returns 25 mpg, 36 mpg, and 29 mpg for city, highway and combined drives respectively.
Price and release date
The 2016 Acura ILX is already on sale. The Base ILX has an MSRP of $ 27,900, $ 29,200 for the Acura Watch Plus Package, $ 29,900 for the Premium Package while the Premium and A-Spec Packages are slightly more expensive at $ 31,890. The top Technology Plus Package goes for $ 32,900.
The Acura will face major competition from Audi A4, Buick Verano and Mercedes-Benz CLA.