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Acura ILX Interior

Some automotive journalists dislike that the 2016 Acura ILX's interior is more comparable to that of a Honda than a luxury car, while others note that the ILX's cabin is much-improved from last year's model, with better-quality materials and high-tech features. The ILX's seats are good for long trips, and adults can fit easily in the rear, according to test drivers. Most dislike the available dual-screen infotainment display, saying it's distracting to the driver and that one screen serves the purposes of both.

  • "Not everything has changed, though. Materials quality may not be what you're expecting, as many of the surfaces you'll come in contact with on a regular basis (dash, armrests, steering wheel) don't feel like they're up to snuff for a luxury sedan. Basically, there isn't a lot inside the cabin that makes an ILX stand out from a well-equipped Honda Accord." -- Edmunds
  • "If you sat inside the old ILX and squinted, you might have thought you were in a Civic, but the new ILX's upgraded cabin materials, revised stitch patterns, and contemporary dual-screen info-navi-tainment system all help the entry-level Acura finally feel like a luxury car, not a wannabe luxury car." -- Road and Track
  • "When you sit down in this car, you notice that it's nicely done." -- Motor Trend
  • "The previous model's plain interior also sticks around, and we had trouble noticing Acura's claimed improvements to the materials. The ILX's drab color combinations, dated-looking display screens, and unintuitive infotainment controls don't cut it. Competitors like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class look better and more befitting of this entry-level luxury segment and its image-conscious buyers." -- Automobile Magazine

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Seating

The 2016 ILX seats five, and leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats are standard. Leather upholstery and a power-adjustable front passenger's seat are available. Test drivers report that the Acura ILX's seats are plush, but don't provide much side support when driving aggressively. They find that the ILX's rear seats have ample space for adults, especially compared with other cars in the class. Critics think the Acura ILX has much-improved noise deadening compared to the previous model, and is now very quiet at speed. Most say the ILX is comfortable on uneven pavement, but some find that the ride can be harsh on models with 18-inch wheels.

  • "The well-shaped and adequately cushioned seats are comfortable over longer distances. Lateral support was a bit lacking for spirited driving, but the A-Spec faux suede surfaces provide plenty of grip to hold occupants in place. Rear passenger space is considerably more generous than in other sedans in the class, as average-size adults can comfortably be accommodated." -- Edmunds
  • "We transitioned onto the highway, set the cruise control, and noticed that the 2016 Acura ILX is much quieter than before, at least on California's pristine pavement. Only a bit of excess road noise permeates the cabin at highway speeds, thanks to increased sound deadening and active noise cancellation." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "When equipped with new 18-inch wheels, the back end is also prone to impact harshness and subsequent excessive vertical motion." -- Car and Driver
  • "Acura shored up the ILX's body structure to allow for a re-tuned suspension and help the sedan perform better in the brutal IIHS small frontal overlap crash test. The result is a stiffer, more solid feeling car that's better able to absorb road impacts. The cabin is even a bit quieter." -- Road and Track

Interior Features

The 2016 ILX comes standard with push-button start, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free phone integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, a multi-view rearview camera, a moonroof, a 5-inch display screen, a USB port, Pandora Internet radio compatibility and a six-speaker stereo system. Optional features include voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen (replacing 5-inch display), navigation (with an additional 8-inch display screen), a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound audio system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, HD Radio and satellite radio.

Many auto writers are let down by the ILX's dual-screen display system, commenting that the screens are both distracting to the driver and show redundant information. They say rivals' display controllers are more usefully placed than the ILX's, which is located on the dashboard. Auto journalists add that there are too many small buttons to deal with.

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  • "Even with the optional larger screen however, the ILX's setup isn't our favorite. It splits audio and navigation functions into two screens, and the control knob in the middle of the dash is less intuitive to use than the armrest-mounted controllers in the ILX's German rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "We are still not fans of the two-staged screens, where the upper eight-inch monitor displayed navigation maps and routes, while the lower seven-inch touchscreen display offered audio and climate controls. We felt it drew our eyes away from the road, where our real attention was needed. That, and the excessive use of small buttons, (15 on the steering wheel, alone), which controlled functions around the otherwise well-executed dashboard." -- Left Lane News
  • "The center stack remains a bit confusing, though it's certainly improved over the outgoing model. There are two LCD screens, one at the top of the dash and one in the middle of the center stack. The second one really acts as the stereo head unit -- and Acura offers an optional 10-speaker ELS stereo system that is extremely well-tuned. But the head unit has large graphics, remains confusing to use, and can be entirely duplicated on the bigger 7-inch LCD screen, which offers a sharper picture." -- Motor Trend
  • "Inside, a new multimedia and navigation system brings a level of modernity to the cabin, with an eight-inch upper display and seven-inch lower touchscreen gracing Premium and Tech Plus models." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2016 Acura ILX has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par for the class. Reviewers think the cargo space is sufficient for going shopping or to carry golf bags, but they are disappointed that the rear seats aren't split-folding, so if you have longer cargo, you won't be able to fit a third occupant at the same time. However, the rear seat does fold down in one piece. Critics also think the pass-through is narrow, which reduces cargo-hauling ability.

  • "Thanks to the space behind the rear wheel humps, a golf bag can easily be accommodated width-wise across the trunk. Remote handles to release the folding rear seats are handy, but the seats only fold down as one piece, meaning you can't transport longer items and a rear passenger at the same time." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is wide, but the lid's sickle-style hinges dip into the cargo area. We're disappointed that the fold-down rear seat back is one piece, rather than split as on most cars. The back releases from the trunk and folds nearly horizontal, but at a level about 3 inches above the trunk's floor. The pass-through is pretty narrow at the bottom too, limiting cargo versatility." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "The ILX still had plenty of room for weekend errands." -- AutoWeek (2013)
Review Last Updated: 3/30/15

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