2016 Acura ILX
The fairly slow arrival of 2016s speeds up with a refreshed Acura ILX. Grabbing features from the flagship RLX, it gets a healthy dose of premium injected to its “entry sports sedan” image.
The “Jewel Eye” LED headlights find their way in; now an Acura signature on most models.
The tidier exterior also translates to under the sheet metal. There’s now only one engine option: a 201 horsepower 2.4 liter I4. That’s the same size as the previous gen, but now with direct injection. Torque is up 10, to 180 lb-ft.
The 2.0 liter turbo 4 is no more.
Gone also is the manual option, as well as the prehistoric 5 speed auto. The sole trans now is the 8 speed dual clutch automatic seen in the TLX, and it’s a great step forward.
BEN DAVIS: “it really nails the downshifts, and it’s very inspiring… It sounds a little tinny though, but for a mid-cycle refresh, it’s definitely proof-positive that Acura’s heading in the right direction.”
JONH DAVIS: Adapting the RLX and TLX’s dual screen center stack reduces button clutter. Features like blind spot monitoring, Lane Keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, also arrive.
To drive, the ILX retains a sporty DNA at its core. It’s still a tight, well composed ride, now improved thanks to some more modern technology. A trickle down of features from its bigger siblings, ultimately benefit the ILX by not making it not only better, but more in line with rest of the brand.
On sale now, the 2016 Acura ILX starts around $28,000.
Engine: 2.4 liter
Price: Starts around $28,000