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2016 Acura ILX Walk Around



Although it shares underpinnings with the affordable Honda Civic, the Acura ILX has a look all its own. The body of the 2016 ILX stays basically the same, but updates to the front and rear ends give it a more modern look compared to the 2013-2015 models.

Specifically, the ILX gets Acura’s newest headlight treatment, with five square jewel-like LED lamps, a design that debuted on the Acura TLX midsize sedan and also appears on the resurrected Acura NSX supercar. The ILX also gets a tweaked front grille, redesigned front bumper and LED accent lights.

In back, new LED tail lamps give the ILX a sleeker look, and the new rear bumper uses the same contoured shapes of the front end’s lower air intakes.

A-Spec models get fog lights, side rocker panels, a rear decklid spoiler and a unique design for its 18-inch wheels.

Interior

As before, the cabin of the 2016 Acura ILX is refined and well laid out, with a distinct Acura flavor. Like some of the exterior design cues, the inside of the ILX is strongly reminiscent of the larger TSX sedan. While the ILX interior certainly doesn’t look German, it’s tasteful and accessible, and those who eschew stark interior designs might prefer it over the Bauhaus-style Audi A3 or the comparatively spartan Mercedes-Benz CLA.

The ILX A-Spec trim adds aesthetics, including sport seats with suede-like upholstery with contrast stitching and aluminum pedals.

ILX comes standard with a single 5-inch display screen at the top of the center stack with manual knobs and buttons below. Premium trims and above get a new, dual-screen setup on the instrument panel with an upper 8-inch display screen and a lower touch screen. Screens are easy to read, and although the 2016 touch screen interface has been improved over the previous version, it’s not quite as intuitive as others.

Built-in navigation comes standard on cars equipped with the Technology Package. On Premium trims, users with iOS and Android-powered smartphones can download Acura’s proprietary navigation app, which can display directions right on the car’s built-in screen when the phone is tethered to the car via Bluetooth or USB.

Front seats look better than the Mercedes-Benz CLA’s one-piece design and are moderately supportive, though less so than those in a BMW 2 Series. We would have liked more side bolstering while driving the ILX around twisty turns, but drivers who don’t put the ILX through these kinds of paces won’t likely feel this way. Generally, seating is comfortable and adjustable enough to fit a wide range of body types and physical dimensions.

Rear seats will fit two average-sized adults comfortably. Rear headroom is 35.9 inches, slightly more than the Mercedes-Benz CLA but about a half-inch less than the Audi A3. Although the ILX is rated for five people, the hump in the rear center seat, typical on many cars, makes it suitable only for smaller adults or children who are old enough to ride without a car seat. Rear legroom is 34.0 inches, much more than the CLS’s 27.1 inches, but about an inch shy of the Audi A3.

Cargo space measures 12.3 cubic feet, about the same as the Audi A3 sedan, but slightly less than the Mercedes-Benz CLA or the BMW 2 Series.

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