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Overview

Acura's entry-level premium sedan gets its first redesign since its 2013 debut. Although the ILX isn't radically different than before, this year's changes make it a legitimate alternative to compact luxury cars costing thousands more.

What's New for 2016

The ILX gets revised styling at the front and rear, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a bundle of available safety technology. The 2-liter base engine and manual transmission have been dropped.

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Choosing Your Acura ILX

The first thing you'll notice about the refreshed ILX is its set of "Jewel Eye LED" headlamps, an upscale Acura signature that instantly makes the ILX look like part of the family. The interior benefits from the addition of active noise cancellation, contrasting upholstery stitching and silver-tone trim pieces.

Last year's optional 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder is now standard and comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It's the only powertrain available on the revamped ILX.

The ILX starts out with heated front seats with driver power, leatherette upholstery, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access and ignition, a sunroof and a six-speaker sound system. All optional equipment is bundled into a series of progressive option packages:

Acura ILX

AcuraWatch Plus

Adds advanced safety features such as collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and front seatbelt pretensioners. You also get an integrated compass and a second display screen. We'd skip the AcuraWatch Plus unless you prioritize its safety features over the luxury features in the Premium Package, which is only $700 more.

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Premium Package

Builds on the base ILX with front sports seat with driver memory and passenger power, Milano leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The audio system gains a subwoofer and satellite radio. Additional technology includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a suite of smartphone apps.

Acura ILX

Technology Plus

Tops off the ILX with AcuraWatch Plus, the Premium Package and a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound system, navigation with real-time traffic and weather data, voice controls, solar-sensing climate control and an enhanced rearview camera display. All of this doesn't come cheaply, adding $3,000 to the price of an ILX with the Premium Package.

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A-Spec

Available only on the Premium and Technology Plus for a $1,990 upcharge, the sport-themed A-Spec package carries more aggressive exterior trim, foglamps, 18-inch wheels, faux suede seat inserts, a black headliner and red dashboard lighting.

There are no individual factory options for the ILX beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.

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The Premium package provides you with a properly equipped luxury car at just under the $30,000 mark, something we didn't think was still possible. The value isn't as good above this point -- a fully-loaded ILX with Technology Plus and A-Spec is only $610 cheaper than a four-cylinder TLX with the Technology Package.

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Acura's compact sedan gets its first redesign since its 2013 debut. Although the basic recipe is the same, the ILX is now a viable alternative to entry-level luxury sedans from Europe and America costing thousands more.

Pricing and Equipment

Acura ILX

The ILX is offered in a single trim level with a series of option packages:

  • The ILX starts at $27,900, which includes plenty of equipment for the price, including a rearview camera, a sunroof, keyless ignition and heated front seats (leatherette) with driver power.
  • For $29,200, you can get the ILX with AcuraWatch Plus, a bundle of advanced safety features such as collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and front seatbelt pretensioners. You also get an integrated compass and a second display screen.
  • The ILX with Premium Package ($29,900) builds on the base ILX with leather upholstery, front sports seat with driver memory and passenger power, an upgraded sound system with integrated smartphone apps, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
  • For those who want it all, the ILX with Technology Plus Package ($32,900) comes with AcuraWatch Plus and the Premium contents, plus additional upgrades like a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound system, navigation, solar-sensing climate control and an enhanced rearview camera display.
  • Available on the Premium and Technology Plus for $1,990, the A-Spec Package adds sport-themed trim throughout, foglamps and low-profile tires on 18-inch wheels.

Performance Pros

Last year's base 2-liter four-cylinder is gone, a wise move since it was seriously underpowered for this class. The previously optional 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder (revised for more torque) now comes standard, along with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It's the only powertrain available on the revamped ILX, and perfectly appropriate for a 3,100-pound car with luxury aspirations.

Performance highlights include:

  • Handling/steering: Both the suspension and electric power steering unit have been firmed up for improved response to inputs and surface conditions. We like the result -- a decidedly controlled, confident driving experience.
  • Transmission: The new eight-speed automatic is a far better match to the engine than any of last year's gearboxes, and paddle shifters come standard.
  • Fuel Efficiency: The ILX achieves 36 mpg on the highway, on pair with some economy cars. You can expect 29 mpg in mixed city and highway driving.

Performance Cons

  • Unlike most competitors, there is no optional turbocharged engine. That means even the cushy Buick Verano can be equipped to outrun the ILX.
  • The A-Spec package with its "upgraded" wheels and tires can disturb the ILX's otherwise excellent ride quality. We frankly prefer the ILX without it.

Interior Pros

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  • The newly standard active noise cancellation system does an outstanding job of keeping the cabin luxury-car quiet.
  • The rear seat is fully up to the task of accommodating full-size adults, something we can't say of many compact sedans.

Interior Cons

  • Inexplicably, you can't adjust the height of the passengers seat, a very un-luxurious quirk.
  • The standard sunroof cuts down too much on front headroom for our liking.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

You can equip the ILX like a no-excuses luxury car for just under $30,000. That's simply not possible elsewhere in the market.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While the ILX is attractive, there's no visual hook, either inside or out, to grab your attention. We can see how some observers might actually consider it bland.

The Bottom Line

The ILX comes off as classic Acura: well-built, tech-savvy and a relative bargain. A status symbol it's not, which is probably part of the appeal among those devoted to the brand.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 201 HP / 180 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Sequential SportShift auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 36 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 201 HP / 180 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 36 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Compact
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
181.9 "
Exterior Width
70.6 "
Exterior Height
55.6 "
Front Headroom
38.0 "
Rear Headroom
35.9 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
34.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,093 Lbs. / 3,095 Lbs. / 3,113 Lbs. / 3,115 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Convex Spotter Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather / Lux Suede Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 7 / 10 Acura/els Surround
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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