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Acura ILX 2016

Acura ILX 2017

Акура ILX единственный автомобиль, который начинается в менее чем 30 000 $ в классе переполненном конкурентами из традиционных роскошных брендов, таких как Ауди, БМВ, Лексус, и Мерседес-Бенц. Также он имеет очень хорошие оценки экономии топлива, а значит, вы будете тратить меньше на топливо.

Двигатель

Он оснащен 2,4-литровым двигателем с четырьмя цилиндрами, который выдает 201 лошадиных сил и соединяется автоматической коробкой передач с двойным сцеплением. Эта комбинация была улучшена 2016 модельного года, который дал ILX лучшую общую скорость и мощность.

Механизм двойного сцепления трансмиссии обеспечивает плавное переключение передач — так гладко, что вы можете даже не заметить их в движении. Каждый ILX также поставляется с под рулевыми переключателями на руле, которые делают езду более интересным. Он получает 8,84 км на литр топлива в городе и 12,38 на шоссе, что делает его одним из самых экономичных автомобилей в классе. К сожалению, жесткая подвеска не совсем подходит для ежедневного водителя. При движении по кочкам или через выбоины, автомобиль трясет и едет грубо.

Интерьер

Салон хорошо построен и имеет в основном качественные материалы, и его общий внешний вид прост. Так как Honda и Acura являются материнской компанией, некоторые из устройств в ILX очень сильно напоминают то, что вы найдете в некоторых автомобилях Honda, и критики говорят, что это обесценивает его внешний вид.

Заднее сиденье должно быть достаточно просторно для большинства пассажиров, но стандартный люк отнимает некоторый запас пространства. Заднее сиденье складывается как единое целое, в отличие от многих автомобилей, которые предлагают сплит-откидное сиденье, вам придется отказаться от всех сидений в задней части, если вы хотите, возить длинные предметы.

ILX поставляется со стандартным 5-дюймовым дисплеем, который показывает основную информацию. Вы можете перейти к установке двойного экрана, который заменяет стандартный дисплей с навигационным дисплеем 8 дюймов и добавляет 7-дюймовый сенсорный экран информационно-развлекательной системы.

Комплектации и цены

Acura ILX 2017 доступен только в одной комплектации, и большинство дополнительных функций идут как часть пакета. 2,4-литровый двигатель с четырьмя цилиндрами, восьми ступенчатой коробкой передач с двойным сцеплением и передний привод являются стандартными. Он имеет самую низкую базовую цену в классе $ 27990.

Стандартные функции включают в себя сиденья из искусственной кожи, регулируемое кресло водителя восьми способами, подогрев передних сидений, под рулевые лепестки, двух зонный автоматический климат-контроль, аудиосистема с шестью динамиками, Bluetooth, порт USB, камера заднего камера, кнопка запуска, люк, боковые зеркала с подогревом, 5-дюймовый экран информационно-развлекательной системы. Спутниковое радио является обязательным $ 312. Задние датчики парковки ($ 528) и дистанционный запуск ($ 399) не обязательные во всех комплектациях.

Набор передовых технологий безопасности и помощи водителю приходят с пакетом AcuraWatch Plus, который стоит $ 1300. Эти функции включают в себя адаптивный круиз-контроль, предупреждение о лобовом столкновении, автоматическое экстренное торможение, система слежения за разметкой и помощь движению по полосе.

Премиум пакет стоит $ 2000 и добавляет кожаные кресла, настройки памяти водительского сиденья, четырёх ходовое пассажирское сиденье с электроприводом, смартфон навигации с дисплеем экрана 8 дюймов, 7-дюймовый сенсорный экран информационно-развлекательной системы, стерео система с сабвуфером, спутниковое радио, HD-радио, контроль слепых зон и система предупреждения об объектах, двигающихся в поперечном направлении сзади авто.

Технология Плюс пакет стоит $ 1700 и требует покупки Премиум и AcuraWatch. Кроме того, вы получите премиум аудио систему с 10 динамиками, 3D навигации, трафик в реальном времени, GPS-связанный с климат-контролем, и голосовые команды для активации многих функций информационно-развлекательной системы.

За $ 1,990, А-SPEC пакет добавляет противотуманные фары, задний спойлер, замшевые вставки на сидения, 18-дюймовые легко сплавные диски, а также другие внутренние стилистики.

2016 Acura ILX

small car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

Crashworthiness

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Child seat anchors

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura ILX Premium 4-door

The Acura ILX was introduced in the 2013 model year and is derived from the Honda Civic. Beginning with 2016 models, the ILX was re-engineered with structural and occupant restraint changes to improve occupant protection in both small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy’s position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver’s survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Forces during the crash contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the dummy’s left lower leg.

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Driver injury measures

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura ILX Technology 4-door

The Acura ILX was introduced in the 2013 model year and is derived from the Honda Civic. Beginning with 2016 models, the ILX was re-engineered with structural and occupant restraint changes to improve occupant protection in both small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Driver injury measures

Rating applies to 2016-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Acura ILX Technology 4-door

The Acura ILX was introduced in the 2013 model year and is derived from the Honda Civic. Beginning with 2016 models, the ILX was re-engineered with structural and occupant restraint changes to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes.

Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Driver injury measures

Passenger injury measures

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2013-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Acura ILX 4-door

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power leather seats

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System

Package name

  • Optional AcuraWatch Plus

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2016-18 models

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 11 mph.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 15 mph.

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-20 models

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Details by seating position

Seat position 21

Seat position 22

Seat position 23

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2016 Acura ILX

Overview

The Good

  • Handling
  • Engine power
  • Contemporary styling
  • Clean interior layout
  • Folding backseat
  • Available safety systems

The Bad

  • Tight headroom front and rear
  • Lots of road and engine noise
  • Transmission quick to upshift at low speeds
  • No more manual transmission option
  • No all-wheel-drive option

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2016 Acura ILX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Acura has restyled and simplified the powertrain options for its 2016 ILX. But has the automaker done enough to be competitive in the entry-level luxury-sedan market? Watch the video for more.

The restyled 2016 Acura ILX is a competent, fun-driving car in the entry-level compact luxury field, but it doesn’t live up to some luxury-class expectations.

The ILX gets a lightly revised exterior, minor interior cabin updates, and more available technology and safety features this year. Acura also discontinued the base engine, leaving only one, and replaced lesser manual and automatic transmissions with a new eight-speed automatic that features the unique combination of a dual-clutch paired to a torque converter.

Another change for the Acura ILX is the number of option packages available, which serve as its trim levels. For 2016, Acura offers six trims instead of last year’s three. You can compare the 2016 model with the 2015 here. We tested a 2016 Acura ILX with the AcuraWatch Plus option package.

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Exterior & Styling
The new Acura ILX A-Spec looks slightly different from the 2015, with a front end that really resembles the larger Acura TLX; it features the same linear LED headlights and a slightly pumped-up grille. Overall, the changes are subtle but well-done to my eye.

Aside from being a good-looking car, the Acura ILX won’t be mistaken for anything but an Acura. I think this is really important if you’re introducing a brand to customers.

How It Drives
Driving the Acura ILX has some drawbacks, but overall it’s rewarding compared with other entry-level luxury cars.

The 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine has good pow. Show full review

The restyled 2016 Acura ILX is a competent, fun-driving car in the entry-level compact luxury field, but it doesn’t live up to some luxury-class expectations.

The ILX gets a lightly revised exterior, minor interior cabin updates, and more available technology and safety features this year. Acura also discontinued the base engine, leaving only one, and replaced lesser manual and automatic transmissions with a new eight-speed automatic that features the unique combination of a dual-clutch paired to a torque converter.

Another change for the Acura ILX is the number of option packages available, which serve as its trim levels. For 2016, Acura offers six trims instead of last year’s three. You can compare the 2016 model with the 2015 here. We tested a 2016 Acura ILX with the AcuraWatch Plus option package.

Exterior & Styling
The new Acura ILX A-Spec looks slightly different from the 2015, with a front end that really resembles the larger Acura TLX; it features the same linear LED headlights and a slightly pumped-up grille. Overall, the changes are subtle but well-done to my eye.

Aside from being a good-looking car, the Acura ILX won’t be mistaken for anything but an Acura. I think this is really important if you’re introducing a brand to customers.

How It Drives
Driving the Acura ILX has some drawbacks, but overall it’s rewarding compared with other entry-level luxury cars.

The 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine has good power for the class, but there’s a lag when accelerating from around 40 mph or so. That’s because the eight-speed transmission is quick to upshift as you accelerate, so when you want to make a pass you have to wait for the transmission to kick back down several gears. This gives the impression that the engine makes less power than it does.

There are two ways to counteract this, one of which is to use the steering wheel’s paddle shifters to manually select gears — but how “automatic” is the transmission if you’re required to do anything? The other way around that is to use Sport mode, because then the ILX holds onto lower gears longer before shifting up.

The Acura ILX’s engine also stays revving at a higher speed when you lift off the gas for longer than other engines, particularly in Sport mode. The downside to all that, though, is that there’s a lot more engine noise. It’s really noticeable, and while I like the sound of the engine, it’s unexpected to have so much noise in the luxury class.

Further, the ILX is fairly loud inside overall. There’s the engine noise, yes, but I also heard a lot of road noise in my test — not only on rough roads, where you’d expect it, but also on smoother pavement. That’s odd considering Acura said it had added more sound-deadening material in the 2016 ILX.

But then there’s the ride and handling. The ILX is stiffer than a lot of compact luxury cars, and you’re rewarded with handling that’s better than most in its class. On smooth roads, it was a lot of fun to rush up to a turn, brake, and shoot away from the corner.

While the suspension does a decent job of absorbing normal bumps, the larger ones really send a shock through the car. It’s also not the most settled car on really rough, broken pavement. Others in the entry-level luxury class — notably the Buick Verano and Audi A3 — cope with this sort of road better.

The Acura ILX gets an EPA-estimated 25/36/29 mpg city/highway/ combined, and premium gas is required. The numbers beat the Verano’s 21/32/25 mpg, the turbocharged Verano’s 21/30/24 mpg and the Audi A3’s 23/33/27 mpg. While the ILX posts better figures, though, it should be noted that neither the A3 nor Verano require premium gas. That could make a difference when it comes to the cost of driving.

Interior
The biggest drawback I found in the ILX is its cramped headroom, both up front and in back. Granted, I’m 6 feet 2 inches tall and sit very upright when I drive, but this car was uncommonly tight. Up front, I could not wear a hat without it scraping the roof, and I couldn’t sit in back without my head itself touching the roof. The latter fact is particularly unfortunate, because there was adequate legroom in back for a compact car.

Also of note is the fact that a power moonroof is standard on all ILX models, and I have to wonder if not having that feature would give me a little more room up front? That’s often the case when a moonroof is an option.

Finally, as the Acura ILX is a sedan, it’s reasonable to expect it to be used to haul families, and our certified child-safety seat installers put the ILX to the test. Check out the results in our Car Seat Check.

The Acura ILX’s overall cabin quality is quite good, with good-looking — and good-feeling — materials. In particular, the buttons and switches have a substantial feel. Nothing feels cheap or flimsy.

Visibility is also good. Even with the cramped headroom, I was able to feel confident behind the wheel and make quick moves in traffic.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Acura does a nice job in this department. The steering wheel is practically covered in buttons, but with use — they become familiar. It felt as if someone at Acura sat down and figured what combination of controls should be grouped together, then installed the buttons based on that.

The multi-information center control panel took a bit longer to get used to, but that likely was because I was focusing on mastering the steering wheel. It’s worth noting that, in this era of vast touch-screen adoption, our test model did not have what Acura calls its On Demand Multi-Use Display touch-screen option, which allows people to set up shortcuts for things such as stereo presets and climate settings. It was refreshing to use a button or knob to adjust climate and radio controls.

The biggest issue with the electronics is how Acura has set up the ILX option packages. The ILX is available as a base ILX, ILX with Premium Package and ILX with Technology Plus Package. Those trims are joined by the sporty new A-SPEC Package for 2016, which is also available with the Premium and Technology packages.

What that means for consumers is that if you opt for the ILX with AcuraWatch Plus that we had, you get features such as adaptive cruise control, but you don’t get satellite radio. That’s an extra-cost, stand-alone option (excluding the subscription) on this version. Otherwise you have to move up a trim level for about $2,000. To my way of thinking, if you’re asking roughly $30,000, why not throw in satellite radio, given the system’s ubiquity even in non-luxury cars?

Cargo & Storage
The trunk is large, with 12.3 cubic feet, but the Verano has more space: 14.0 cubic feet. Those who wish to carry larger items will be happy to learn that there are folding rear seats; however, the opening the folded seats create is an odd shape. Hauling long items — such as skis — is easy, but bigger things like TVs or card tables can be an issue.

Inside the cabin, there’s a decent-sized center storage console for a compact car, plus a few cubbies that came in handy.

Safety
The Acura ILX received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating — good — in its tests for the 2015 model. The 2015 results apply to the 2016 but exclude a small overlap result, the results of which will be revealed in fall 2015 in the 2016 report.

Our test model came equipped with a number of optional safety features, including lane departure warning and a lane keeping assist system that will steer the car back into your lane if you wander. There was also a forward collision warning and collision mitigation system that sounds a warning and applies brakes to help avoid a collision.

The lane keeping assist system is interesting because it really feels as if it’s steering the car back into your lane, as opposed to other systems that use braking force to “steer” the car back into the lane. The ILX’s response is just obtrusive enough — in a good way — to let you know corrective action is being taken, but it doesn’t startle you.

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I never had to test the collision mitigation system’s automated braking, thankfully, but I can report the collision warning that comes on first is effective. It flashes the word “Brake” in bold yellow letters in a way that’s hard to miss and sounds a chime that’s also hard to miss. It could be seen as annoying, but in this day when more drivers are distracted, a bit of intrusion in the name of safety might just be warranted.

You can see all the ILX’s safety features here.

Value in Its Class
The ILX carves out a niche for itself in the entry-level luxury class thanks to its driving dynamics. Stacking the ILX up against cars such as the Audi A3 and Buick Verano, maybe even the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, it offers the spunkiest performance. The Buick isn’t as rewarding to drive, but is much, much quieter on the inside. And while the A3 is more composed over rough, broken pavement, it can’t match the ILX for driving fun.

I also think the ILX excels in its interior quality, looking richer than either the A3 or Verano and sporting the most substantial-feeling controls and buttons, as well. You can compare all those cars’ specs here.

Also, the ILX’s starting base price of $28,820 (including $920 destination) is roughly $3,000 less than the Audi A3. (It should be noted, though, that the Verano easily trumps both, with a starting price of $21,990.)

After that, though, the Acura ILX starts to suffer in comparison. It’s easily the loudest car of the three, and both the Verano and A3 don’t pinch me for headroom. I’d describe the Verano as the most traditional luxury car, with its quiet interior, leather seats and comfortable road manners. The A3 is a more austere version of the same, with a chassis that can really cope with rough roads. The ILX is the sporty one that’s a little rough around the edges.

The Acura ILX is OK, but it doesn’t exactly fill your heart with aching lust for another Acura.

Used 2016 Acura ILX

The new Acura ILX makes a good case for itself among young up-and-comers looking for high-end features in a premium brand, but who can’t quite make the swing to a larger car, or even one of the Acura’s European competitors.

We’d be lying if we said the Acura brand held the same cachet as Mercedes-Benz or Audi, and status seekers may skip over this small luxury sedan. On the other hand, a lot of what the ILX offers is available in larger mainstream vehicles, such as the Honda Accord.

What’s New For 2016

The 2016 Acura ILX comes with a slew of upgrades compared to last year. All models get a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 8-speed automatic transmission. The chassis is 12-percent stiffer, the steering is sharper, there are more high-tech driver aids, and the nose and tail get refreshed, including Acura’s Jewel-Eye headlights.

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Used 2016 Acura ILX Expert Review

Acura is hitting the reset button with the 2016 Acura ILX. The first iteration of the compact luxury sedan stumbled out of the gate – while it was a good looking sedan, the driving experience was far too similar to its corporate cousin, the Honda Civic. So Acura went back to the drawing board, adding a new drivetrain, updating the exterior and interior styling, offering new technology, and making the car quieter on the road. The result is overwhelmingly positive: The 2016 Acura ILX is a substantially improved car, one that breaks the tie it had to the Honda Civic, and one that deserves consideration against competitors, not just the Buick Verano, but Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and Audi A3 as well.

Driving the Used 2016 Acura ILX

The powertrain in the new Acura ILX combines last year’s best engine with the 8-speed automatic we’ve already enjoyed in the new Acura TLX. The most remarkable thing about the new transmission’s operation is how unremarkable it really is. Put it in Drive and go about your business, and you’ll never notice it, and when in Sport – especially when you’re shifting for yourself using the steering wheel-mounted paddles – the shifts are crisp and quick, but never jarring. The ILX sedan is just as quick as last year’s sportiest model, and the improved steering and suspension make the ILX surprisingly fun on a mountain road, and equally comfortable just cruising around town. The new ILX is also notably quieter than last year’s car. It’s no Rolls-Royce, but it’s a big improvement, and a quick back-to-back comparison showed just how noisy the old car was.

Favorite Features

8-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Dual-clutch automatic transmissions – which automate the function of a manual transmission for quicker shifting – are offered from several manufacturers, but the Acura version has a twist: There’s an old-school torque converter also, providing a torque boost and smoother operation overall.

TETHERED NAVIGATION APP
For midgrade ILX models without the full navigation suite, Acura offers a smartphone-based solution. Incorporating an app ($60) and a special HDMI adapter cable ($99), iPhone owners can use their phone and data plan for navigation, rather than upgrade to a higher trim level.

Used 2016 Acura ILX Interior

The best improvement Acura made to the new ILX interior is the gift of silence. There’s far less road and wind noise, and the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder’s song is satisfyingly sporty, and heard at just the right time. Otherwise, it’s fairly standard issue for this class of sedan. There’s good use of materials, not too much hard plastic, comfortable seats in front and rear, and intuitive controls. Well, mostly – some griped that the 2-tier screen system could use another pass through the ergonomics department, but others use it just fine. A-Spec model seats get unique fabric and gray contrast stitching.

Used 2016 Acura ILX Exterior

The ILX was already visually distinctive from the Honda Civic sedan, but Acura’s tweaks to the 2016 ILX bring it in line with the current Acura aesthetic. First are the Jewel Eye headlights – the multi-lensed LEDs now found on all Acura vehicles – however these have a separate bar of LED running lights, and it looks pretty good. The new headlights flank a redesigned grille, and it’s all above a reshaped bumper. Out back are new LED-accented taillights and a reshaped bumper. All models get new wheels, with A-Spec models getting the first 18-inch wheels fitted to the ILX.

Used 2016 Acura ILX Standard Features

In addition to the 2.4-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, all new ILX sedans come packed with premium features. The 2016 Acura ILX comes standard with things like a rearview camera with multiple views, automatic headlights, dual-zone GPS-linked climate control, passive entry with push-button start, and an 8-way power driver’s seat. Both front seats are heated, and keeping things quiet are noise-abating wheels and active noise cancellation. The ILX also comes standard with Siri Eyes Free, which allows access to the iPhone’s digital assistant with the push of a button on the steering wheel.

Used 2016 Acura ILX Options

Acura is breaking with tradition on the new ILX, offering its advanced AcuraWatch safety system suite as a standalone package on base and Premium models, rather than making it only available on the most expensive model. Otherwise, Premium models add leather seats, blind-spot warning with a cross-traffic monitor, the iPhone navigation connectivity mentioned earlier, and an audio upgrade. The top-line Technology Plus models get AcuraWatch standard, as well as an even better audio system and built-in navigation. An A-Spec package adds 18-inch wheels and sporty trim inside and out.

Used 2016 Acura ILX Engine

All 2016 Acura ILX models get the same engine this year: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 8-speed is a dual-clutch setup, meaning it’s more like a computer-operated manual transmission than a traditional automatic. But Acura also uses a torque converter in the system for better power delivery and a more familiar feel. Technobabble aside, it’s smooth and quick, especially when you use the steering wheel-mounted paddles to shift for yourself. The high-tech engine uses advanced fuel injection to deliver lots of power and good fuel economy. About the only downside is that it requires premium fuel, but with 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, at least you won’t use a lot of it.

2.4-liter inline-4
201 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg

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2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse [UPDATE]

Restyled Compact Goes 2.4L-Only, Loses 6-Speed Manual, Adds 8-Speed DCT

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Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued.

UPDATE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the 2.4-liter engine in the 2016 ILX is the same unit found in the Honda Civic Si. The ILX’s new engine is the same direct-injected four-cylinder found in the new TLX. The text has been edited to reflect this.

«It’s just a badge-engineered Honda Civic.» This (uninformed) criticism has been leveled at the Acura ILX since the premium compact arrived on the scene to duke it out with the Buick Verano and, more recently, the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-class. For model year 2016, Acura will attempt to address the car’s critics, issuing a major reshuffle of the sedan’s lineup along with the typical sheen of a mid-cycle refresh.

Following up on the discontinuation of the ILX Hybrid for 2015, Acura is dispatching the antiquated pairing of the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder and five-speed automatic for 2016, and simply slotting in the standard powertrain of the TLX. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, with peak output arriving at 3,600 rpm. The ILX also benefits from the same eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission found in the TLX. Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission we’ve always enjoyed has been discontinued. Sad trombone, indeed.

Powertrain tweaks aside, Acura has issued a pretty handsome freshening for 2016. The ILX was always a handsome offering, but the new front and rear clips are improvements. Acura’s love-it-or-hate-it JewelEye headlights have been grafted onto the ILX, while the grille, a traditional weak point for the brand, is perhaps one of the best we’ve seen out of the company in several years. The rear taillights also received some attention, although it was the back bumper that saw the biggest update, with the lower section getting a sportier look.

Acura will also add a new A-Spec package for 2016, which replaces the standard 17-inch wheels with 18s, adds «Euro-style» stitching to the steering wheel and adds black Lux Suede inserts to the seats, along with a flurry of smaller aesthetic tweaks. The A-Spec can be added alongside the existing Premium and Technology Packs.

Acura hasn’t released any interior images as of this writing, although we’ll be sure to snap a few following today’s debut conference at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Until then, scroll down for the official press release from Acura.

Acura Set to Launch More Powerful, Technologically Advanced and Luxuriously Equipped 2016 Acura ILX Sport Sedan

•Re-engineered ILX delivers exceptional performance with new standard
201-horsepower direct-injected engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter
•Available AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies sets a new benchmark in the entry-luxury segment
•New grades increase customer choice with premium features, style and technology; New A-SPEC variant adds package of sporty design elements inside and out

LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 20, 2014 – Acura took the wraps off its restyled, reengineered and reborn 2016 ILX sports sedan today, launching at Acura dealerships nationwide in early 2015. The 2016 Acura ILX delivers more strongly than ever before on its mission as the gateway to the Acura lineup with a major injection of Acura performance DNA, courtesy of its new 201-horsepower, directed-injected i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission for all models, the same advanced engine and transmission combination that powers the just-launched TLX.

The 2016 ILX boasts dynamic new front and rear styling cues, standard Jewel EyeTM LED headlights, upgraded interior materials, optional upsized wheels and tires, enhanced connectivity, and a host of new premium features and technologies, along with significant improvements to cabin quietness, sporty handling and collision safety.

The 2016 ILX also expands customer choice with six available grades vs. the previous three, including the standard ILX, the ILX with Premium Package, and the line-topping ILX Technology Plus Package. In addition, an all-new A-SPEC package, available with the Premium and Technology packages, adds sporty style, and all models can now be equipped with AcuraWatch™, the most advanced suite of safety and driver assistive technologies in the class. The ILX AcuraWatch suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation and enhanced Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with pedestrian sensing capability.

«Top to bottom, from dynamic design to luxury features, and leading-edge safety technology to sport sedan athleticism and sophistication, ILX is now a true gateway to Acura’s performance luxury sedans,» said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager for the Acura division. «ILX was always a great idea. Now it’s a great idea fulfilled-a luxury vehicle for the next generation.»

All 2016 ILX models will be powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine with peak output of 201-horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 180 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm, up 51 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing 2.0-liter engine. The new engine is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter and paddle-controlled Sequential Sport Shift. It’s the most advanced transmission in its competitive set, delivering incredibly quick, crisp and intuitive gear changes, including rev-matching down shifts, to achieve outstanding response and sporting performance with top-class fuel efficiency. The world’s first DCT with a torque converter, Acura’s 8-speed DCT provides off-the-line torque multiplication for smoother, more powerful launches that other DCTs cannot match.

The 2016 ILX gets numerous styling upgrades including restyled front and rear facias, front grille and rear LED combination lights, plus a restyled 17-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheel. The new ILX A-SPEC package features a sporty side sill garnish, trunk spoiler, front fog lights and new 18-inch, 10-spoke machined alloy wheels with gloss black insets. All ILX models come equipped with Acura’s signature Jewel EyeTM LED headlights as standard equipment, a feature unmatched in the competitive set.

The 2016 ILX also benefits from numerous interior upgrades, including contrasting Euro-style stitching on the steering wheel, parking brake handle and shift knob, as well as new high-intensity silver trim for the passenger-side instrument panel. The ILX A-SPEC package enhances the exceptional cabin appeal and appointments with an exclusive Premium Black interior color scheme including black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede® seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching and aluminum brake and throttle pedals.
New Premium Features and AcuraWatch™

In addition to the new powertrain and extensive interior and exterior upgrades, the 2016 ILX also ups the ante for luxury, connectivity and technological sophistication. Premium and above grades get a new two-position driver’s seat memory function, a 4-way power passenger seat, Homelink remote, and Acura’s On-Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) with upper 8-inch display screen and lower 7-inch touchscreen. The evolved touchscreen connectivity and media system receives more than 50 design changes to enhance intuitive operation and functionality.

Also available for the first time on the Premium grade is a new tethered navigation system powered by the user’s compatible iPhone and data plan via the AcuraLink navigation app. Premium and above models also get Acura’s Blind Spot Information and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor along with enhanced audio options, including SiruisXM radio, AHA radio and HD radio.

The Tech Plus grade with AcuraWatch™ and embedded Acura Navigation add a color Multi-information Display (MID) between the tachometer and speedometer, Siri Eyes Free and ELS premium audio system along with the latest generation of Acura Link connected car technology.

All ILX models can be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, the most advanced system of its kind in the competitive set. AcuraWatch™ includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, as well as Road Departure Mitigation and an enhanced Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (including Forward Collision Warning) with sensor fusion technology that enables new capabilities including pedestrian sensing.

Body, Chassis and Safety Enhancements

The ILX body and chassis benefit from significant engineering changes that advance collision safety, increase body rigidity, improve cabin quietness and enhance sporty handling performance.

Utilizing Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2016 ILX is designed to more efficiently absorb and disperse the energy in a frontal collision and targets a «GOOD» rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap frontal crash test and an overall «TOP SAFETY PICK+» IIHS crash safety rating.

Cabin quietness is enhanced by additional noise-insulating materials, a thicker front-side door glass, noise attenuating wheels, and the addition of Active Noise Control technology. Steering responsiveness and linearity is also improved via a retuned suspension and a multitude of chassis design enhancements.

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