The 2016 Acura ILX entry-level luxury sedan is available in six trim levels: base, AcuraWatch Plus package, Premium package, A-Spec package, Premium, and A-Spec package. and the Technology Plus package. Standard equipment for the base model includes 17-inch wheels, sunroof, automatic LED headlights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition, and entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver’s seat, and heated front seats, folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, 5-inch info display screen, multi-view rearview camera, Bluetooth phone, and audio connectivity, and six-speaker sound system with CD player, USB/iPod audio interface, and Pandora radio and Siri Eyes Free smartphone apps integration.
The 2016 ILX AcuraWatch Plus package equipment also includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic frontal collision mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keeps assist, and soften the blow. The Premium package also builds on the base car’s standard equipment, but adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, leather front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, and driver memory settings instead, it omits the AcuraWatch Plus hardware. an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-inch head-up information display, an optional 7-inch touchscreen, and a seven-speaker audio system integrated with HD radio, satellite radio, and the Aha radio smartphone app.
2016 Acura ILX : Interior
Inside, the 2016 ILX interior styling improvements are largely over last year’s. That said, the materials still aren’t quite as good as those found in top-of-the-line sedans like the Accord, but everything seems to be wrapped together very well. In contrast, the Audi A3 feels more classy and luxurious than the ILX. Still, you get a lot of features. Premium and Tech Plus models use a new, larger touchscreen in the center stack. However, even with the optional larger screen, the ILX’s setup isn’t our favorite. It splits the audio and navigation functions into two screens, and the control knob in the center of the dash is less intuitive than the armrest-mounted controllers on the ILX’s German rivals.
Special care has been taken in designing the seats, which are supportive but not overly stiff or restrictive. The ILX also has plenty of backseat room for a compact car. Still, the car can comfortably reach 6 feet thanks to its standard sunroof. Trunk space, at 12.3 cubic feet, is average, and the opening is a little tight. The rear seat folds down to carry longer items, the rear seat does not split to allow long cargo and one or two passengers to mix.
2016 Acura ILX : Engine
Powering the base 2016 ILX is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway). In performance tests, the 2016 ILX sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 6.9 seconds.
2016 Acura ILX : Safety
The ILX comes standard with front-seat side airbags, anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags, stability and traction control, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is also standard. Optional equipment includes a forward collision warning system, automatic front collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning system, lane keeping assist, and lane departure mitigation. In testing, the 2016 Acura ILX stopped at 118 feet at 60 mph, several feet shorter than similar vehicles with all-season tires.