Walking the floors of the Los Angeles Auto Show can be sensory and emotionally taxing at times. The West’s largest auto show for an aging Honda aficionado is akin to a kid being locked in a candy store for 3 days with no limitations as to that next piece of eye candy consumption. It’s massive, Las Vegas glittzi and no holds barred high end consumerism.
2016 Acura ILX out values Audi A3 and BMW 3 Series in standard tech-rich features
While North America Honda’s Acura Division may be David to the Goliath that is Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes, this year the giant killer caught the collective eye of the automotive press with one small offering. I’ll jump out on a automotive precipice here by stating unequivocally, 2016 Acura ILX will be the best selling compact executive sports coupe within weeks of its release date. The reasoning is simple, Acura ILX is the best value for your $ spent in the segment.
TLX styling and performance injection for 2016 Acura ILX
Sitting front and center row at an Acura unveiling is a combination of trepidation and schoolboy excitement. As an automotive journalist you have an idea of what should appear on stage based on internet spy photos, foreign market cousins and a probable pre-show release or two from your media friendly public relations rep at Acura. I took a shot at predicting what the future held for ILX in an earlier article or two. Turns out my predictions were dead on with the exception of horsepower rating and undercarriage.
While ILX does share a handful of TLX inspired design cues, it has much more in common with the best selling 2015 TLX than first apparent. For 2016, Acura ILX will feature the highest power to weight ratio in its segment while maintaining class leading fuel economy.
By combining a 2.4 liter SOHC dual staged intake, 16 valve 1-VTEC 4 cylinder engine(201 horsepower 170 lb-ft torque) with Acura’s state of the art dual clutched 8 speed automated manual transmission, Acura insures BMW stomping power while maintaining the highest estimated average MPG and lowest particulate emissions level in the segment.
Smackdown midrange torque and sprint fast horsepower
This is where I get as giddy as a cheerleader at homecoming. My favorite ‘pure driving experience’ TLX, is the i-4 8 speed with P-AWS. Fast, nimble and responsive, there is no sense of should have, would have as to under-powered performance in TLX. Here’s where I get excited.(again) 2016 ILX weighs 500 lb less than TLX yet will come standard equipped with a de-tuned(4 horsepower) TLX engine and transmission. That’s cool!
The true automotive engineering magic comes into play thanks to the only race inspired dual clutch 8 speed automated manual transmission in the business. Computer controlled and as precise as a bullet passing through a center bulls-eye, this transmission puts paddle shifting performance back into everyday commuting.
First seating 2016 Acura ILX
Perhaps a bit of a hog about it, I was the first journalist at the Los Angeles Auto Show to sit in the driver’s seat of ILX. At 6’5’ I’ve encountered trouble shoehorning into more than one import. Manufactured in North America ILX is built to the size and specifications of North American drivers. First off, the seat is comfort-foam fitted comfortable. The interior fit and finish, dash layout, fore and aft visibility is superior and unobstructed. for 2016 you’ll find Acura’s 2 dash screen setup in ILX, high detailed soft and hard surfaces, thick padded carpeting and Honda Si like drilled sports pedal array.
Acura’s also incorporated some eye-catching features in the ILX dash. I’m told that a blue-to green gauge ring light fade will express current fuel economy related to one’s driving pattern. You will discover a full cache of Acura passive and active safety, personal connectivity and infotainment features standard for ILX.
As to price and release date, Acura’s not saying
We’ll have to wait a few months before Acura will post MSRP and the release date for 2016 ILX. However, I believe that pricing for 2016, barring a world economic crisis will come in within 3% of current ILX pricing( $27,900- $32,000+), $ thousands below the competition.
The final production ILX when available to the public mid year 2015, should shake the foundations at Audi, BMW and Mercedes. 2016 Acura ILX when released will be the greatest bang for the $ in the entry level executive sports sedan class.