Calistoga, Calif. ? My mother always judged my success with a simple question, ?Are you happy.? She didn?t seem to care what I was doing or, how much I was making, success always boiled down to the answer of that three word question.
I suppose a similar test could be advanced when I drive a new car for the first time?does it make me happy?
The 2016 Acura ILX makes me happy.
Combined these changes shine a new light on the ILX and help move it into a stronger position in the Acura lineup. It?s
The previous ILX had two engine choices — the 2016 model has just the one. With the larger engine and manual transmission the previous model made a zero to 60 mph run in 6.7 seconds. I am estimating when the tests are run on this new model it will be a few tenths of second quicker. Even with more power the new ILX gets a better EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
There?s no way I could see the changes made to the rigidity of the 2016 Acura ILX, I had to feel that myself. To make that change come to life, Acura conveniently supplied me with a 2015 model year ILX to make a seat of the pants comparison, and the change is significant. The body feels much stiffer, and that translates in to better handling and a quieter interior.
Combined with the more rigid body structure, the quiet is amplified with other changes like thicker front door glass, innovative noise-attenuating wheels and a new Active Noise Control technology which electronically reduces exterior and engine sounds. Most of the roads on my drive route had fairly smooth surfaces which helped with noise abatement; it will be interesting to see how these measures cut road noises on the rough textured roads I test it on the southern Washington state roads near where I live.
The front seat is spacious and comfortable, but the rear seat is a little on the tight size and has limited headroom for taller passengers. At 12.3 cubic feet, the cargo space is about average for the category.