What Is It?
2016 Acura ILX
What's New About This Model?
The big news for the 2016 Acura ILX is in the drivetrain department. The previous ILX lacked power compared to rivals, with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that made only 150 horsepower. A more powerful 2.4-liter engine produced 201 hp, but it was only available with a manual transmission. This time around, the base engine is no longer offered, and all ILX models will feature the 2.4-liter engine paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
On the outside, the ILX receives only a slight nip and tuck in the styling department, with a new grille, front and rear fascias, headlights and taillights. The interior also gets a minor makeover, with improved materials and an available secondary infotainment screen. Additional safety features are also now available.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Acura expects the 2016 ILX to go on sale early in 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we don't expect the base 2016 ILX to be priced much higher than the existing model.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Acura ILX is only offered as a sedan and will come in base form or with a Premium package and a Technology Plus package. A new A-Spec package with sportier styling accents is also available with the Premium and Technology packages. The AcuraWatch suite of safety technology features is available across the lineup.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder — 201 hp, 180 pound-feet of torque
- Eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
In addition to the typical safety features found in most current vehicles, the 2016 ILX is now available with the AcuraWatch suite of safety features. These include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure mitigation, frontal collision warning with automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A3: Redesigned last year, the Audi A3 has rightfully claimed the top spot among entry-level luxury sedans with its engaging driving dynamics, excellent interior quality and design, a broad choice of engines and available all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: The CLA-Class delivers more of a premium feel in the entry-level luxury segment, but its firm ride, lack of drivetrain refinement and cramped rear quarters keep it from being a class leader.
Should You Wait for It?
If you like the idea of an ILX with 200 hp but don't want to shift yourself, the 2016 model solves your problem. If you were hoping for more radical changes, a full redesign is a long ways off, so there's no reason to wait.