Luxury carmaker Acura has launched its latest offering -- the new MY2016 Acura ILX sedan -- with a starting price of $28,820. The MY2016 Acura ILX boasts of several improvements. However, despite those improvements, the overall price surge will be just around $900, and the final price tag still includes destination charges.
Compared to the manual-only MY2015 Acura ILX 2.4, the MY2016 ILX is less expensive by $1,450. Improvements include the powertrain as the MY2016 ILX now features a direct-injected 2.4-liter I4 engine (seen on the Acura TLX) that chugs out 201hp of output and 180lb-ft. of torque and is mated to an eight-speed dual clutch sequential manual transmission.
This essentially makes the MY2016 Acura ILX more powerful than its predecessor, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. While the new engine is more powerful, it is also more efficient. In fact, the MY2016 ILX features an EPA-rated fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon (combined), compared to 28 mpg (combined) for the MY2015 version.
The MY2016 ILX comes with keyless entry, LED headlights, power driver's seat, push-button start, heated front seats, Bluetooth audio, and automated climate control – as standard. Buyers could select from four different trim packages for the MY2016 Acura ILX – AcuraWatch Plus, Premium, A-spec, and ILX Tech Plus.
The AcuraWatch Plus package ($1,300) includes a number of active safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assistance, collision-mitigation braking and blind-spot monitoring. On the other hand, the $2,000 Premium Package offers the power passenger's seat, a 7-inch touchscreen linked with the ILX’s infotainment system, and an upgraded blind-spot monitor.
The A-spec package gives sporty customers the option of getting bigger 18-inch wheels, wider tires, a rear spoiler, and trims of aluminum and suede inside. The ILX Tech Plus, meanwhile, combines the AcuraWatch Plus and the Premium packages.
Customers could have the A-spec package along with the Premium package or with the ILX Tech Plus. With these packages, the MY2016 Acura ILX Tech Plus will have a tag of $33,820 including destination charges. On the other hand, an MY2016 Acura ILX riddled with A-spec and Tech Plus packages will carry a price of $35,810.