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.
The new Acura ILX is designed with form following function. Its distinctive front end is defined by a new grille design flanked by Jewel Eye LED headlights, as well as more aggressive lower fascia. On the rear, the new ILX dons new LED combination lights and restyled lower fascia. The new ILX rides on new 10-spoke 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Customers may avail of the ILX A-SPEC Package that makes the ILX look more athletic thanks to sporty side sill garnishes, front fog lights and a trunk spoiler as well as new 18-inch 10-spoke machined alloy wheels. The package also includes a number of distinct touches in the cabin.
Acura has given the new ILX a luxuriously quiet interior, thanks to additional noise-insulating materials and thicker front door glass, as well as noise-easing wheels. Likewise, the new ILX is equipped with Active Noise Control technology. In addition, the new ILX features a number of styling enhancements inside the cabin. Aside from upgraded materials, the cabin features contrasting Euro-style stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob and parking-brake handle. The cabin also features new high-intensity silver trim for the instrument panel and other interior areas.
When the A-SPEC package is availed, the cabin of the ILX is provided with an exclusive Premium Black color scheme that includes a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede seat inserts as well as red instrument illumination. The package also includes aluminum brake and throttle pedals as well as exclusive gray interior stitching.
In terms of standard and available high-end features and technologies, the new 2016 ILX has aplenty. These include heated front seats, Smart Entry/Push-Button Start keyless access system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, GPS-linked automatic climate control, LED accent lighting as well as one-touch turn signals.
The Premium and Tech Plus grades of the new ILX also come with a seven-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen on the instrument-panel center stack. This touchscreen displays relevant items and minimizes instrument-panel clutter, while controlling the features equipped into the ILX. Interestingly, the touchscreen connectivity and media system underwent over 50 design changes to ensure intuitive operation and functionality.