The 2016 Acura ILX

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The 2016 ILX is the right decision in times of being cheap and looking for the best alternative to save a few bucks. We are talking about a well-made luxury sedan for those who aren’t wealthy. In fact, the main target is the successful youth. The Japanese carmaker is doing things right, bringing a highly improved version for this upcoming year.

This sedan is aimed to low-entry buyers who wants luxury and comfort without breaking the bank. The plan of Acura is to create loyalty from the early stages, just satisfying the younger audience. While there is too much left to do in order to be in the same level of the all-mighty Germans, the 2016 ILX seems in the right track.

Let’s get familiar with the specs and features of the highly improved 2016 Acura ILX.

Drivetrain and Specs

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The 2016 ILX packs a DOHC i-VTEC 2.4 L inline-4 engine, which is capable of generating up to 201 hp at 6800 RPM and 180 lb-ft of maximum torque at 3600 RPM. The 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting installed along this power plant allows the 2016 ILX to go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds.

The fuel efficiency for this front-wheel drive sedan is rated at 25 mpg for the city and 36 mpg for the highway, which seems like a lot for its 3133 lb (1421 kg) of curb weight. The powertrain was optimized in tweaked in all the possible ways by the Acura’s engineers, representing one of the most important upgrades from past models. Chassis, suspension, and steering were also tuned up and highly improvement.

In terms of suspension, the 2016 ILX features a front strut suspension and a multi-link one in the rear. While the driving experience is amazing, worlds apart from past models, there isn’t a good noise cancelation from the engine and suspension. It is interesting to know that the transmission modes available have an amazing impact in shifting behavior and gear ratios.

Design and Comfort for a True Sedan

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The 2016 ILX doesn’t suffer from a lack of luxury and comfort. Far from that, this entry-level enjoys from all the expected equipment. But let’s start with its design. Thanks to the Acura’s strategy lately in terms of design, this new model pushes harder the modernized, highly sharp form. The result is astonishing. The Jewel Eye LED lights technology are now present at the revamped front fascia. This LED design is also added to the rear end in less proportion, in for of taillights.

The round rear of the 2016 ILX seems focused to the younger and successful target intended. It has a casual, sporty air, needed in sedans with its intentions. 17-inch wheels with P215/45VR17 performance tires are standard while 18-inch wheels with P215/40VR18 rubber is optional.

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The interior doesn’t look or feel opulent and luxurious as intended, but this is understandable due the price and segment. Good efforts in this matter are perceived. Despite the headroom could feel small and insufficient, the grade of comfort provided by the elements inside the cabin is outstanding.

Comfort features like cruise control with steering wheel controls, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, front heated cushions and seatbacks, 6-speaker high-fidelity audio system, and many other are already included in the base price.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 ILX now offers all the required improvements needed to fairly compete with the German veterans in the same segment. Users will have to choose between the base version, the Premium, and the Tech Plus. The differences in prices are proportional to the extra equipment offered.

The base price starts at US$27.900.

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