Facing modest sales and negative reviews, Acura made extensive changes to their entry-level luxury compact for 2016.
Engine choices shrank to one, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a standard dual-clutch transmission, which is clunky and reluctant to downshift.
As in other Acuras, the dual-screen infotainment system proved unintuitive to use. More luxury features were added, and the optional AcuraWatch system included forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Handling is sound, but the ride is stiff and choppy, road noise is pronounced, and the driver's seat lacks lower back support, all of which undermine the ILX's pretense of affordable luxury.
While the ILX is based on the previous-generation Honda Civic, the redesigned-for-2016 Civic proves to be a more fulfilling and enjoyable car than the Acura.
At least the ILX has been consistently reliable.