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    2016 Acura ILX 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.

    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:

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.

    CarsDirect Tip

    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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