The restyled 2016 Acura ILX is a competent, fun-driving car in the entry-level bunched affluence field, but it doesn’t alive up to some luxury-class expectations.
The ILX gets a agilely revised exterior, accessory autogenous berth updates, and added accessible technology and assurance appearance this year. Acura additionally discontinued the abject engine, abrogation alone one, and replaced bottom chiral and automatic transmissions with a new eight-speed automatic that appearance the altered aggregate of a dual-clutch commutual to a torque converter.
Another change for the Acura ILX is the cardinal of advantage bales available, which serve as its trim levels. For 2016, Acura offers six trims instead of aftermost year’s three. You can analyze the 2016 archetypal with the 2015 here. We activated a 2016 Acura ILX with the AcuraWatch Additional advantage package.
The new Acura ILX A-Spec looks hardly altered from the 2015, with a advanced end that absolutely resembles the beyond Acura TLX; it appearance the aforementioned beeline LED headlights and a hardly pumped-up grille. Overall, the changes are attenuate but crisp to my eye.
Aside from actuality a attractive car, the Acura ILX won’t be mistaken for annihilation but an Acura. I anticipate this is absolutely important if you’re introducing a cast to customers.
Driving the Acura ILX has some drawbacks, but all-embracing it’s advantageous compared with added entry-level affluence cars.
The 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder agent has acceptable ability for the class, but there’s a lag aback accelerating from about 40 mph or so. That’s because the eight-speed manual is quick to upshift as you accelerate, so aback you appetite to accomplish a canyon you accept to delay for the manual to bang aback bottomward several gears. This gives the consequence that the agent makes beneath ability than it does.
There are two agency to annul this, one of which is to use the council wheel’s paddle shifters to manually baddest apparatus — but how “automatic” is the manual if you’re appropriate to do anything? The added way about that is to use Sport mode, because again the ILX holds assimilate lower apparatus best afore alive up.
The Acura ILX’s agent additionally stays revving at a college acceleration aback you lift off the gas for best than added engines, decidedly in Sport mode. The downside to all that, though, is that there’s a lot added agent noise. It’s absolutely noticeable, and while I like the complete of the engine, it’s abrupt to accept so abundant babble in the affluence class.
Further, the ILX is adequately loud central overall. There’s the agent noise, yes, but I additionally heard a lot of alley babble in my analysis — not alone on asperous roads, area you’d apprehend it, but additionally on smoother pavement. That’s odd because Acura said it had added added sound-deadening actual in the 2016 ILX.
But again there’s the ride and handling. The ILX is stiffer than a lot of bunched affluence cars, and you’re adored with administration that’s bigger than best in its class. On bland roads, it was a lot of fun to blitz up to a turn, brake, and shoot abroad from the corner.
While the abeyance does a appropriate job of arresting accustomed bumps, the beyond ones absolutely accelerate a shock through the car. It’s additionally not the best acclimatized car on absolutely rough, burst pavement. Others in the entry-level affluence chic — conspicuously the Buick Verano and Audi A3 — cope with this array of alley better.
The Acura ILX gets an EPA-estimated 25/36/29 mpg city/highway/ combined, and exceptional gas is required. The numbers exhausted 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 bigger figures, though, it should be acclaimed that neither the A3 nor Verano crave exceptional gas. That could accomplish a aberration aback it comes to the amount of driving.
The better check I begin in the ILX is its awkward headroom, both up advanced and in back. Granted, I’m 6 anxiety 2 inches alpine and sit actual cocked aback I drive, but this car was exceptionally tight. Up front, I could not abrasion a hat after it abrading the roof, and I couldn’t sit in aback after my arch itself affecting the roof. The closing actuality is decidedly unfortunate, because there was able legroom in aback for a bunched car.
Also of agenda is the actuality that a ability moonroof is accepted on all ILX models, and I accept to admiration if not accepting that affection would accord me a little added allowance up front? That’s generally the case aback a moonroof is an option.
Finally, as the Acura ILX is a sedan, it’s reasonable to apprehend it to be acclimated to booty families, and our certified child-safety bench installers put the ILX to the test. Check out the after-effects in our Car Bench Check.
The Acura ILX’s all-embracing berth affection is absolutely good, with attractive — and good-feeling — materials. In particular, the buttons and switches accept a abundant feel. Nothing feels bargain or flimsy.
Visibility is additionally good. Alike with the awkward headroom, I was able to feel assured abaft the caster and accomplish quick moves in traffic.
Acura does a nice job in this department. The council caster is about covered in buttons, but with use — they become familiar. It acquainted as if addition at Acura sat bottomward and ample what aggregate of controls should be aggregate together, again installed the buttons based on that.
The multi-information centermost ascendancy animate took a bit best to get acclimated to, but that acceptable was because I was absorption on arrive the council wheel. It’s account acquainted that, in this era of all-inclusive touch-screen adoption, our analysis archetypal did not accept what Acura calls its On Demand Multi-Use Display touch-screen option, which allows bodies to set up shortcuts for things such as stereo presets and altitude settings. It was auspicious to use a button or bulge to acclimatize altitude and radio controls.
The better affair with the electronics is how Acura has set up the ILX advantage packages. The ILX is accessible as a abject ILX, ILX with Exceptional Amalgamation and ILX with Technology Additional Package. Those trims are abutting by the adventurous new A-SPEC Amalgamation for 2016, which is additionally accessible with the Exceptional and Technology packages.
What that agency for consumers is that if you opt for the ILX with AcuraWatch Additional that we had, you get appearance such as adaptive cruise control, but you don’t get accessory radio. That’s an extra-cost, stand-alone advantage (excluding the subscription) on this version. Otherwise you accept to move up a trim akin for about $2,000. To my way of thinking, if you’re allurement almost $30,000, why not bandy in accessory radio, accustomed the system’s beyond alike in non-luxury cars?
The block is large, with 12.3 cubic feet, but the Verano has added space: 14.0 cubic feet. Those who ambition to backpack beyond items will be blessed to apprentice that there are folding rear seats; however, the aperture the bankrupt seats actualize is an odd shape. Hauling continued items — such as skis — is easy, but bigger things like TVs or agenda tables can be an issue.
Inside the cabin, there’s a ample centermost accumulator animate for a bunched car, additional a few cubbies that came in handy.
The Acura ILX accustomed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s accomplished appraisement — acceptable — in its tests for the 2015 model. The 2015 after-effects administer to the 2016 but exclude a baby overlap result, the after-effects of which will be appear in abatement 2015 in the 2016 report.
Our analysis archetypal came able with a cardinal of alternative assurance features, including lane abandonment admonishing and a lane befitting abetment arrangement that will beacon the car aback into your lane if you wander. There was additionally a advanced blow admonishing and blow acknowledgment arrangement that sounds a admonishing and applies brakes to advice abstain a collision.
The lane befitting abetment arrangement is absorbing because it absolutely feels as if it’s council the car aback into your lane, as adjoin to added systems that use braking force to “steer” the car aback into the lane. The ILX’s acknowledgment is aloof bulging abundant — in a acceptable way — to let you apperceive antidotal activity is actuality taken, but it doesn’t affright you.
I never had to analysis the blow acknowledgment system’s automatic braking, thankfully, but I can address the blow admonishing that comes on aboriginal is effective. It flashes the chat “Brake” in adventurous chicken belletrist in a way that’s adamantine to absence and sounds a bell that’s additionally adamantine to miss. It could be apparent as annoying, but in this day aback added drivers are distracted, a bit of advance in the name of assurance ability aloof be warranted.
You can see all the ILX’s assurance appearance here.
The ILX carves out a alcove for itself in the entry-level affluence chic acknowledgment to its active dynamics. Stacking the ILX up adjoin cars such as the Audi A3 and Buick Verano, maybe alike the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, it offers the spunkiest performance. The Buick isn’t as advantageous to drive, but is much, abundant quieter on the inside. And while the A3 is added composed over rough, burst pavement, it can’t bout the ILX for active fun.
I additionally anticipate the ILX excels in its autogenous quality, attractive richer than either the A3 or Verano and antic the best substantial-feeling controls and buttons, as well. You can analyze all those cars’ specs here.
Also, the ILX’s starting abject amount of $28,820 (including $920 destination) is almost $3,000 beneath than the Audi A3. (It should be noted, though, that the Verano calmly trumps both, with a starting amount of $21,990.)
After that, though, the Acura ILX starts to ache in comparison. It’s calmly the loudest car of the three, and both the Verano and A3 don’t compression me for headroom. I’d call the Verano as the best acceptable affluence car, with its quiet interior, covering seats and adequate alley manners. The A3 is a added ascetic adaptation of the same, with a anatomy that can absolutely cope with asperous roads. The ILX is the adventurous one that’s a little asperous about the edges.
The Acura ILX is OK, but it doesn’t absolutely ample your affection with aching animalism for addition Acura.