The 2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

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Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker, Honda. This division was created to deliver to the car’s market a direction of luxury and performance-oriented to those that regular brands doesn’t allow them to fill up their necessities.

Since the first release of the Japanese maker, its cars has been recognizable for its distinct aesthetic, peculiar and completely different from the competence. In this Acura’s generation, the front fascia and some aesthetic design are pretty similar between its cars’ repertory. This time, the 2016 ILX A-Spec changes its aesthetic, enhanced by the current trends in design by Acura, adopting a more refined and sharpen design, both inside and outside.

Indeed, the Civic and the ILX A-Spec were distant cousins. The outgoing ILX was packaged with two Civic’s engines option. Acura planned to cut their bond, and the ILX A-Spec is now presenting a new engine from its biggest brother (TLX). The outgoing model delivered a 150 hp 2.0 L four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic. A really antiquated powertrain in these times of cutting-edge features. With the implement of the new engine, the estimated in terms of acceleration and performance are going to dramatically change, making the 2016 ILX A-Spec quicker that the last year’s with 2 seconds of difference, rated from standstill to 60 mph. The transmission was replaced as well with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Let’s review this Japanese car.

Powertrain and Performance

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The 2016 ILX A-Spec got rid of the past two engine options. Now, there is only one model to choose and it is the new 2.4 L four-cylinder with a brand-new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission driving the front wheels. By itself it is capable of delivering up to 201 hp at 6800 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. The performance is quite good for a 30k luxury car, relative to the competence. Standstill to 60mph rated at 6.3 seconds and a top speed limited at 133 mph. The fuel efficiency is rated in 25 mpg in city and 36 mpg in the highway. In term of driving, Acura has improved the noise isolation in the 2016 ILX A-Spec by incorporating more soundproof materials.

Design Line and Interior

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The subtle changes in this car are notorious. The front fascia gets a new LED headlight with daytime light, giving to the car a refresh and more sharp design in the front, with improved quality materials. The same happened with the rear of the car, featuring a new refreshed design. Besides the A-Spec, which is the more expensive trim, there are the standard one, the Premium, and the Technology Plus.

All models came with leather seats as standard, with 8-way driver power seat, pushbutton ignition, a new infotainment system with an 8-inch screen, and beneath it a 7-inch touchscreen.

With the AcuraWatch Plus package, the ILX A-Spec features adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system, automatic braking for frontal collision mitigation, a lane departure warning system, lane-keeping assist, and road departure mitigation.

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The interior feel is not excellent but either bad. Is a refreshed version of the outgoing model without the best materials you can found in the competence. The front seats thrive with a roomy space, but adults in the rear row could struggle to fit up in there. The overall interior design suffers from a lack of that luxury feeling that a luxury car needs to compete with the market ruled by Germans makers. The knob looks outdated and the steering wheel doesn’t provide an original or even exciting design.

The Bottom Line for the ILX A-Spec

In a world where the affordable luxury market is ruled by Germans car makers, the competence is tough and solid as a rock. This car has its pros and cons. Is not disappointing and has really good price-value, but there are details that have to face the upcoming releases.

Starting price at US$27.900.

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