We’ll begin this article with a bit of praise for Acura design and engineering. The short story is this: Acura’s made all the right moves with the significant mid-model refresh of ILX. The body design captures the imagination while inspiring visions of tight-sweeping uphill turns and high speed straightaways; ILX looks fast while sitting in park! The color pallet and tire rim designs stand with the best in the segment; not too ostentatious, yet sport-stylish none the less.
Short overhang, low to the ground tendency with just enough Acura design cue to keep ILX in good company; on first view, we like what we see. As Mike Accavitti and company proudly states;“there’s nothing else quite like 2016 Acura ILX on the market today,” we agree, and A-SPEC punctuates Acura’s refreshed commitment to attainable sports-sedan performance.
Like no ILX you’ve ever driven
When opening the driver’s side door, one recognizes a nicely balanced interior of Acura understated quality. Our 2016 Acura ILX is the top of the line A-SPEC. One will discover a race inspired interior, breathable fabric, hand-stitched-looking high bolstered 8 way adjustable driver’s seat, perforated metal brake and gas pedal, red-lit dash gauges and just enough burnished metal to keep the interior look on the “racer’s edge”; it works!
Yes, Acura’s latest entertainment system, personal connectivity, passive and active safety features are available and handly accessed through an uncluttered touch-screen center dash monitor.
Gear shifting in the case of ILX is accomplished via a 5 position center console stick(P,R,N,D and sport.) For 2016, power is transferred to the road via a direct injected 201 horsepower 2.4 liter 16-valve DOHC 1-VTEC gasoline 4 cyl. engine, and paddle shiftable dual clutched- automated 8 speed transmission with torque converter and limited slip differential.
Instantaneous shift mesh and torque transfer, we found this transmission to work flawlessly
ILX is a Disneyland “E” ticket ride for adults looking from a daily dose of adrenaline, while retaining the ‘sense and sensibility of a well-finished compact performance sedan; Acura style…
Acura assures us that 2016 ILX holds the highest power to weight ratio in its class; we’ve driven it and we believe Acura; ILX performs!
201 horsepower, 181 ft-lb torque right where you need it, in the mid-range
Torque News appreciates the new found horsepower and torque experienced through ILX. The overall ride quality is exceptional for this Honda Civic sized Acura. When driven in a civilized manner, the ILX engine, transmission and suspension work in unison to produce a ride of relative comfort while averaging MPG 25 city/36 hwy; and yet when called for, Acura ILX steps up to double as a well tuned corner burner of extreme Flatitude ™ .
2016 Acura ILX in A-SPEC trim presents enough torque to keep you in Chiropractic adjustment with the drop of an F-Bomb and a flip of the stick to the “S” position. Add to the equation relatively stiff, suportive seating, suspension and low profile sidewall performance rated tires, one may wish to spend a week or two in the Gym prior to launching A-SPECK through some “S” turns; you’ll feel the ‘G” forces!
2016 ILX “Catch it if you can.”
Torque News has driven 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC way beyond the track limits of most production cars; it revealed no signs of breaking; tracked flat and true with little to no sign of over or understeer. Although ILX is a true front wheel drive vehicle, most wouldn’t know, by driving it.
Acura is master at producing cars with split personalities
We’ve written much as to the performance sans premium attributes of 2015 TLX; in walks ILX, a bit more purpose built toward the compact performance side of the force; it will put your head back in the seat with conviction!
For entry-level or downsizing Acura fans wishing for a little less cutting edge handling-performance, 2016 ILX is offered in 6 trim levels priced from MSRP $27,900 to $34,890 + all applicable taxes and fees. All trim levels feature the high output direct injected i-VTEC engine, 8 speed transmission and standard convenience and safety features. You’ll find some very attractive standard features and option packaging here.
A final word or two
When measuring the broad and multiple faceted automotive attributes of 2016 Acura ILX, we discover a “portal” premium level compact sports-sedan worthy of serious purchase or lease consideration. ILX is truly “ageless” as to its broad demographic appeal; and while not the “perfect” choice for everyone’s “daily driver,” it does offer an uncompromising, financially attainable performance sedan platform for the weekend warrior; or the driver that simply yearns for a little entertainment while commuting.
In other words: 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC features serious hard-edged-handling performance has a refined side; something that Acura does so well.
About Rosenthal Acura
Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 19 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 19 years in a row.
Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.
Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.
To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.