2016 Acura Ilx
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Great Compact Luxury Sedan from Acura

by from Chicago on July 25, 2015

I owned a 2014 Acura ILX and recently purchased the updated 2016 ILX A-Spec and they have made some really nice enhancements with the car. I really loved my 2014, but the improved power and noise insu...
I owned a 2014 Acura ILX and recently purchased the updated 2016 ILX A-Spec and they have made some really nice enhancements with the car. I really loved my 2014, but the improved power and noise insulation really makes a difference. The new car is more refined and the ride is more comfortable on the bumpy Chicago streets. I love the looks, interior layout and I have found the infotainment system easy to use. The transmission and new direct injection engine are very smooth and refined. Overall I have been impressed so far worth my new ILX!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Firm good deal

by from Arlington, Va on November 3, 2016

I really like this car. I had a V6 Accord coupe with all of the bells and whistles so I was looking to move to a smaller engine. One with power but less fuel and a smaller environmental impact. I like...
I really like this car. I had a V6 Accord coupe with all of the bells and whistles so I was looking to move to a smaller engine. One with power but less fuel and a smaller environmental impact. I like the 2.4 liter engine in this car. The 200+ hp is good enough pick up for the urban driving that I do. The 8 gear transmission is fun to use with the paddles. I did not expect this car to be a smaller Acura TLX. I got the updates that I wanted with the keyless entry, moon roof and heated seats. I did not buy the top model and I am still satisfied. Good value. The road noise some don't like is not deafening or irritating. I like to hear the engine work. It is not the "road noise" but the gears shifting and the engine doing what it needs to to move. I have fun driving this little car.
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I thought I was buying a "luxury" car

by from Tucson, AZ on July 30, 2016

After selling my Civic Si to pay for my last year of grad school and scooting around in a Fiesta for a few years, I decided to treat myself to my first luxury car. As a Honda fanboy ("the GTI is bette...
After selling my Civic Si to pay for my last year of grad school and scooting around in a Fiesta for a few years, I decided to treat myself to my first luxury car. As a Honda fanboy ("the GTI is better than the Si" are fighting words, as far as I was concerned), I naturally looked to Acura and the ILX. The ILX seemed to be designed for my demographic, afterall. After a test drive, it reminded me of my Si, and it just felt right to be back in a Honda. So it was an easy decision to make the ILX my first luxury car purchase. But it's not a "luxury" car. To be fair, I can't state a definite definition of what a luxury car is. But I am fairly certain that if $20 Wal-Mart seat covers are a vast improvement to the comfort, look, feel, and overall quality of the interior, it's not a luxury car. And I'm equally certain that luxury car's don't use pleather (even if they call it "premium leatherette"). The driver's seat is the most painful seat I've ever sat in. It's like they measured where the pressure points were, then wrapped a cord around the seats at those points to cut into your back. After about 30 minutes in the car the seams in the pleather leave welt marks across my back. Then there's the seat belt which pokes into my hip. And the complete lack of headroom eliminates some of the seat configurations that might help alleviate these problems. The stereo is garbage too. There's no base or high end, the USB input rarely works, and when it does it's controls are cumbersome. So I'm using CD's again, like I did in my '98 Civic DX--which came with a stereo that was only slightly inferior to the ILX, but was easily replaced. And there's not much else to speak of regarding the interior beyond the painful pleather seats and garbage stereo. Sure, the seats are heated, which is nice if you live in North Dakota, I guess. And there's a back-up camera--the same one that's standard in the cheapest Honda you can buy--which will come in handy if the seat ruins my back and I can't turn my neck anymore. The engine and transmission aren't bad, too be honest. The transmission is very good, in fact; as good as an automatic can be (though I'd trade it for a 5 speed manual from a 20 year old Honda in a heartbeat). And it feels plenty quick and powerful, more than what is needed for regular driving. But it's not fun. Even in Sport mode, it just feels dull and disconnected. It may be objectively faster and perform better than my old Si, but, for whatever reason, it has none of the fun. Part of that is the steering, which is vague, light, provides no feedback, and gives you no confidence to push it on a windy mountain road. Unfortunately, it still has all the road noise of the Si and then some. My Fiesta was even quieter at highway speeds than this "luxury" car. The Fiesta also had a nicer interior, better ride, handling/steering, transmission (because manual), stereo, infotainment system, better dealer experience...pretty much everything but acceleration. If I could serve out the rest of my sentence (lease) in my Fiesta, even paying the same and turning it over at the end, I'd have to think long and hard about it--the only thing stopping me would be the thought of flushing $15 grand down the toilet for the joy of driving an ILX for 6 months, and knowing that it'd be a windfall for Acura...if I kept the ILX, it'd be out of spite. The ILX is, by any reasonable objective or subjective standard, the worst car in its price range. No wonder Acura wants to compare it cars in the higher price range so it can seem like a good value, because it can't hold a candle to the likes of the WRX, GTI, Verano, or even the new Civic, all of which costs less than this poorly conceived disaster. Don't be fooled. Stay away. I know I will. When I can finally dump this car and go looking for my first luxury car for the second time, I won't consider Acura. I'll never buy another Honda product again, not even a lawnmower, and I freaking hate Craftsman.
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Does not recommend this car

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Do buy, road noise will make you deaf!!!

by from Vacaville ca on July 22, 2016

Bought the car, took it on the freeway and it sounded like the doors were open. Call ed Acura owner services thay said to work with the local dealer.. the local dealer said it met design specs... they...
Bought the car, took it on the freeway and it sounded like the doors were open. Call ed Acura owner services thay said to work with the local dealer.. the local dealer said it met design specs... they told me they don't carry the ilx on their lot because it's a much of a car. They recommend buying the tlx they said it is a much better car. Corporate Acura told me there was nothing th hey could do to reduce the road noise... there is a u tube video by the lead Acura designers stating that he put advanced noise deafing features in the car to reduce road noise....thats not true....the road noise is horrible...based on how I was treated I will never ever buy another acura....
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Acura is getting into the business

by from on June 21, 2015

Pleasantly surprised when I took a test drive. Its a subtle sports sedan. Its no Evo but its got that executive sports sedan feel. What i mean is its not boring ,not a bit but its not raw either. Its ...
Pleasantly surprised when I took a test drive. Its a subtle sports sedan. Its no Evo but its got that executive sports sedan feel. What i mean is its not boring ,not a bit but its not raw either. Its like that friend who dresses apt for all occasions. It is simple and plain (not boring ) in general and step a little harder on the pedal and its put a smile on your face with a little roar. The transmission i feel is the real hero here. Acura need a lot more dual cluth-auto s in their line up. The only wish would be a better feedback steering experience but its not bad. Its a near perfect daily drive and fits the bill and bang for the buck , considering the competition. Kudos Acura
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underappreciated car: good value for money

by from Morristown, NJ on June 19, 2017

Great power, very comfortable, good tech, nice styling. Probably the best thing about this car is the transmission, very smooth shifting. When moving to sport mode, the car gets quicker, stearing ...
Great power, very comfortable, good tech, nice styling. Probably the best thing about this car is the transmission, very smooth shifting. When moving to sport mode, the car gets quicker, stearing tightens up, and car is more "confident" on the road.
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Most reliable car i own

by from Fort Pierce, Florida on June 6, 2017

Love the car, performance is great ,looking foward to purchase the new model or uprade not sure yet .
Love the car, performance is great ,looking foward to purchase the new model or uprade not sure yet .
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by from Dumas Texas on May 9, 2017

It was nice and I really liked. And it was reliable
It was nice and I really liked. And it was reliable
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Great Car handling

by from St Lucie WEst, FL on May 9, 2017

Great Style and handling! Trying to use up the hundred character minimum and am not doing a very good job at it , until now.
Great Style and handling! Trying to use up the hundred character minimum and am not doing a very good job at it , until now.
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Everyday driver with inner Si personality

by from Atlanta, GA on February 3, 2017

Everything is as expected. For what i paid for (not retail price, mind you) I'm pretty happy with it. Will probably gonna run it to 100K til I get back to another Subaru. Highlights; 1. 8-DCT transmi...
Everything is as expected. For what i paid for (not retail price, mind you) I'm pretty happy with it. Will probably gonna run it to 100K til I get back to another Subaru. Highlights; 1. 8-DCT transmission is pretty sweet. 2. LED headlights and all the tech package. 3. Overall dimension (tidy footprint) 4. Runs on regular grade gasoline! 5. Cheap to insure/ Cheap to run 6. Acura warranty (I've extended warranty) 7. Quiet and smooth enough for my eveyday drive 8. Engine works well and very fun to rev up like Honda 9. Love the suede/ leather seating Not so highlights; 1. Backseat isn't split-folding 2. ELS system isn't as good. Give me back my Harman/Kardon! 3. Lacking smartphone integration 4. Nav system works fine but interface needs update 5. Voice command is annoying 6. Missing low-end turbocharger torque (all my previous cars has it) 7. Interior material needs to a step up to differentiate from Honda
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