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ACURA ILX: WHAT IS NEW FOR 2016?

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
When it debuted about three years ago, we found the entry-level sedan to be well-equipped and well-priced for young professionals seeking a quick, practical and enjoyable Acura. Same can be said of the 2016 ILX with some significant changes.
Gone is the 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder power train. Instead, the car retains the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, putting out a decent 201 horsepower @ 6800 rpm and 180 (up 10) pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm. Also out are the 5-speed auto and 6-speed manual to be replaced by an 8-speed gearbox.
It remains a stunner but now acquires the signature Acura jewel-eye LED headlights and tail lamps. The driver-oriented cabin is tailored and classy with such standard amenities as dual-zone auto climate control, power moon roof, supple leather seats and steering wheel, tilt/telescopic steering column, Bluetooth hands-free system, heated front seats, rearview camera and the Acura premium sound system with seven speakers. Sandwiched between the round speedometer and tachometer is the appropriately-placed but clear and legible Multi-Information Display, showing outside temp and fuel mileage figures.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, vehicle stability control, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, hill start assist, three-point seat belts, side-impact door beams, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system. Options include lane keeping assist/warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alerts, among others.
The ILX displays remarkable agility and response, and noteworthy handling/balance. An accommodating cabin along with new tech/safety goodies are a deal clincher.

ILX
Tires: P215/45 R17 all season
Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Length: 181.9 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: electric
Weight: 3,137 pounds
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gallons
City: 25 mpg
Highway: 36 mpg
Base price: $31,600
Web site: www.acura.com

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