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With sport styling and two spirited powertrain options, the ILX is getting plenty of attention.


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Top Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA

Acura advances its leadership in safety among luxury brands as the 2016 ILX earns a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. One aspect of Acura’s safety leadership is the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety technologies. It helps improve drivers’ situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervenes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

The ILX joins the MDX, RDX, RLX and TLX, each of which has a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA making Acura the only luxury brand awarded NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Ratings across all its model lines.

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The 2016 ILX joins the Acura RLX, MDX and RDX to earn a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with AcuraWatch. TSP+ is the highest safety rating designated by IIHS. All Acura models earned a top score of SUPERIOR in its front crash prevention test thanks to the available AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies.



“We saddled up in an ILX A-Spec and tackled some winding roads throughout California’s Napa Valley and were immediately impressed with the power from the new drivetrain and its handling ability on some challenging strips of pavement.”

“The eight-speed dual-clutch performed beautifully in slow speed situations, thanks in most part to also having a torque converter, and when you’re really on it running through the gears using the steering wheel paddles. Shift response is quick and gear changes are close to seamless.”

“With good Continental ContiProContact tires wrapping the 18-inch wheels, we could attack bends surprisingly hard with the weighty and responsive steering helping to direct us along. The bigger brakes feature a firm pedal feel and let you dive deep into corners. It takes quite a bit of effort and a real tight turn to get the ILX to understeer on the street.”

“When just cruising along, you will notice Acura’s efforts in quieting the cabin. Not much wind or road noise gets in. Indeed, this makes the feel a little more premium. Ride quality is also well sorted, with the suspension damping out small to medium impacts on the road.”

“The new drivetrain has done wonders for Acura’s gateway vehicle, giving it adequate muscle to make a stand against the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.”