Reader Review: 2016 Acura ILX | Driving.

Riposto questo articolo in inglese sulla Acura ILX perché avrebbe dovuto diventare la nuova EuroAccord se Honda non avesse deciso di abbandonare il segmento D alla concorrenza sul nostro continente.

Reader Review: 2016 Acura ILX

We asked one reader what he thought of Acura’s refreshed ILX – and he didn’t want to give back the keys

It doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle it is. For Grant Massie, the only must-have option it requires is a sunroof/moonroof. Handily, the 2016 Acura ILX sedan the Calgary-based Reader Reviewer drove was so equipped.

“I don’t care about power windows or too many other luxuries,” Massie said. “But I need a sunroof because it’s so effective at allowing fresh air into the vehicle – it’s a must-have, in my opinion.”

Acura first introduced the ILX as a concept car in 2012 at the North American International Auto Show. Sales of the car began early in 2013, and according to the automaker, the ILX serves as an entry-point for younger buyers looking to get into the Acura line of vehicles.

The ILX received a facelift for the 2016 model year, complete with sportier styling that includes new jewel -eye LED headlights, fresh grille design and a more aggressive lower fascia. A 2.4-litre inline-four cylinder engine producing 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque now powers the car, and it drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Acura ILX.

2016 Acura ILX.
Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

Available in four trims — base ILX, ILX Premium, ILX Technology and the fully loaded ILX A-Spec — each model utilizes the same drivetrain. The A-Spec version gains 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation system, premium 10-speaker sound system, fog lights, rain sensing wipers, side skirts and deck lid spoiler, black headliner, heated eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and four-way power adjustable passenger seat and safety systems including blind spot information and cross traffic monitor alert.

Massie’s 2016 Acura ILX was the A-Spec model, with an MSRP of $34,890.

As the fourth son of a family with eight children, by the time Massie was ready to learn to drive, a few of his siblings already had their driver’s licences and their own cars. He learned to drive in his hometown of Sherwood Park, and bought his own vehicle, a 1969 Buick Wildcat, with savings earned while working as a part time meat cutter at a Safeway store.

He’s owned a couple of Pontiac Trans Ams, GMC vans and a few motorcycles, too. He had a Chrysler Sebring for many years, driving it some 487,000 kilometres before giving it to his son. Massie currently maintains a Chrysler 300, while his wife, Kim, ownsa Chrysler Pacifica. He appreciates a car with a bit of sport to it, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a larger engine.

“I just like something with good acceleration and decent handling,” he said. “The ILX offered plenty of both.” The 2.4L engine was commended for its punch and off-the-line response. With very little pressure on the accelerator, the car launched, Massie said, and that’s something he appreciated because if there was a gap or an opening in traffic he knew he’d have no trouble getting into it.

Handling, too, was impressive. The ILX hugged the corners, and although Massie knows it’s a cliché, he said the car felt as though it were on rails. The bad part, he said, was the vehicle’s large turning radius. As for the ride, the suspension was firm but didn’t feel jarring to occupants. Braking, Massie found, was a touchy affair. “I could probably get used to the pedal, but I’d like something that might be a bit easier to modulate,” he said.

Of the overall vehicle, Massie thought the ILX offered sleek lines with a somewhat racy appearance. The tester was finished in white, and that’s Massie’s go-to colour when he’s shopping for a vehicle. “The Acura white was exceptional, it was very bright and it looked outstanding on the ILX,” Massie said.

2016 Acura ILX.

2016 Acura ILX.
Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

Massie stands at more than six-feet tall and the ILX was immediately welcoming. There was plenty of headroom, and he didn’t have to adjust the seat or steering wheel at all. The controls, he said, fell immediately to hand. He thought the ILX was almost universal in the way the instruments and various switches were designed. “It was generic, but not in a negative term,” he said. “I wasn’t searching for anything; I could easily find and navigate through whatever I was looking for.”

The steering wheel was “chunky,” and it had buttons to operate the stereo, cruise control and driver’s information system. “It was a very nice wheel to hold,” Massie explained. One of his favourite features turned out to be the keyless entry and push-button start.

“I’d seen commercials about push button start and wondered why anybody would offer that,” Massie said. “But being able to walk up to the car, with the key fob in your pocket, and have the door unlock and then get into the driver’s seat and push the button to start the car…it’s such an amazing feature. You don’t realize what a hassle it is carrying your car keys around until you’ve tried a system such as this.”

Massie was also impressed with the size of the ILX’s trunk, and said it would easily accommodate a set of golf clubs, a baby seat and a diaper bag, or a month’s worth of groceries. In addition, the rear seats fold forward to increase the cargo carrying capability. Handing back the keys wasn’t easy. “To say the very least, I really liked the Acura and wished I could have kept it.”

2016 Acura ILX.

2016 Acura ILX.
Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

DRIVER’S JOURNAL, by Grant Massie

Day one: I like the very sleek sporty look. It has an aerodynamic shape with LED lights. I like the push button start (which works on proximity of the key fob). With one pulse push of the button the car started. The car is also shut off with the same simple pulse push. I like the keyless entry door unlock system (driver’s door also works on proximity of the key fob). There is a sensor on the external door handle, it can be touched on the passenger door (sensor is on both front doors). I like the “cockpit” of the driver’s seat. I like the design with driver information clearly visible and lots of information.

Day two: I like the windshield wipers, the pulse wiper settings and the actual over lapping wiping motion. I am neutral on the brakes. They stop the car very quickly sometimes unexpectedly. I like the tight steering of the car which is supported by a firm suspension. I did not like the split mirror on the driver’s door. (Not effective.) I like the blind spot information system on the external mirrors and the audible alert. I like the front wheel drive “Vehicle stability assist with traction control and motion adaptive steering.” I like the electronic braking distribution (both options helping to eliminate any kind of random sideway momentum).

2016 Acura ILX

2016 Acura ILX
Brian Harper, Driving

Day three: I like the interior cabin space — you could easily seat four adults in the car. I like that it is a four door. I like the interior trunk release and its location on the floor beside the driver’s seat. I also like the key fob entry to the trunk. I like the very large glove box. I like the console box size. Really like the car stereo sound system, and how clear it is.

Day four: I did not like how the door jams accumulate water spots after driving in the rain. I like the finish on the car and how well it responded to being wiped down after a wash. I like how durable the interior was to daily wear and tear. I like how easy it was to spot wipe and showed no signs of mess. I like how durable the seats and the floor mats were and how well they hide the soil. I like how easy it was to wash the top of the car and how well the soil washed off of the finish.

Day five: I like that the power locks pop on all doors when the driver’s door is opened. I like that when the front passenger door is open only that door unlocks. I like that the power lock and window buttons seem to be universally located on the door armrests. I like that most of the driver’s controls seem to be “universally” located and easy to use. I like that this car has a lot of the buttons on the steering wheel making the wheel busy, but the controls are at your fingertips and easy to use and find.

2016 Acura ILX

2016 Acura ILX
Brian Harper, Driving

Day six: Highway road trip. I like the cruise control system. I like that when putting on the cruise, you can set the target speed before the car gets there. And when the car accelerates it does it gradually, without shifting down like it is in a race. I like how the cruise control slowed down the car by lowering the speed setting. (All on the steering wheel and dash.) I like how the seats seem to wrap around you and keep you from moving about. I like how smooth the car drove on the highway. I like how responsive the accelerator pedal was at highway speeds.

Day seven: I did not like the road noise while driving around town and on expressways, though it seemed to dissipate somewhat on the highway. I like how well the LED headlights light up the road. I like the auto tint on the rear view mirror and how it completely eliminated glare. I like how well the car shows.

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Vehicle Specs

  • Type of vehicle

    Four-door compact luxury sedan

  • Engine

    2.4-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder

  • Power

    201 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm, 180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,600 rpm

  • Transmission

    Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic

  • Brakes

    Four-wheel disc with ABS

  • Tires


  • Price: Base / As Tested


  • Destination Charge


  • Natural Resources Canada Fuel Economy

    (L/100km) 9.3 city, 6.6 highway

  • Standard Features

    AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary input, Bluetooth, multi-information display screen, power door locks, automatic climate control, power windows, keyless entry, cruise control, push-button start, tilt and telecsopic steering wheel with audio controls and more

  • Options

    A-Spec Package (includes 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, premium 10-speaker sound system, fog lights, rain sensing wipers, side skirts and deck lid spoiler, black headliner, heated eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and four-way power adjustable passenger seat, blind spot information system, cross traffic monitor system and lux-suede seating surfaces)