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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.



“The ILX feels, in a word, honest. It’s easy to drive quickly, and feel at ease.”

“Truly a performance-tuned car...in a very conservative wrapper”

“Just as in the TLX, the eight-speed always seems on top of its game.”

“Truly a performance-tuned car...in a very conservative wrapper.”

“Full-throttle acceleration dials up snappy yet well-damped shifts, perfectly timed and executed in small fractions of seconds.”

“The engine is superb, and it serves to remind us how glorious a powertrain without the lag, surges, and flat spots of turbocharging (or supercharging) can be”

“What’s so impressive is how it builds so steadily and predictably up the rev range; you can learn the powertrain quickly, and you don’t inadvertently dial in too much (or too little) with your right foot.”

“It's a car that digs into tight corners with.”

“I jumped almost directly from the ILX into an Audi A3 and it served to underscore how little storage and stowage space the A3 has—and how much thoughtful space is here in the ILX.”

“…after a first drive this past week of the 2016 Acura ILX, we can say that the luxury brand has done some smart things with this sporty compact sedan—keeping its packaging goodness intact, yet starting with a clean slate in other respects.”

“The ILX has a sort of unassuming elegance from the outside that we can admire—especially with what feels like some closer attention to details, with the Jewel Eye LED headlamps and a grille that complements them nicely.”