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2016 Acura ILX leads evolution of compact performance safety

In this day of recall-driven heightened consumer concern for automotive safety, Acura’s entire lineup has earned the highest overall safety score in the industry. Note the word entire!


2016 Acura ILX: Acura’s latest performance sedan offering is no larger than a Honda Civic, yet possesses the drive-performance attributes of the midsize TLX, with the looks and interior accouterments of many premium sports sedans. Yet, as with most compact sedans, many consumers remain more than a bit concerned as to small-car-safety; ILX puts that concern to rest.

Superior Acura R&D

Can a compact performance sedan be as safe as a midsize or fullsize premium sedan? Good question. With Acura, we look to the engineering and tech driven safety features that set this mark well above much of the competition, through exceptional standard and optional tech-driven active safety features.

Acura takes 5 stars in overall vehicle safety assessment

For 2015 Acura’s entire lineup has achieved a 5-star overall vehicle rating from the U.S. federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (NHTSA) I attribute this best in class safety rating to the exceptional AcuraWatch ™ active electronic safety suite technologies, and superior ACE ™ body structure; affording frame rigidity and superior impact deflection from driver and passenger seating areas, while assisting the driver through electronic accident avoidance technology, brake mitigation and lane keep assistance.

In the case of ILX, what lies under the surface may be the most exciting feature offered in this premium compact sedan; peace of mind.

ILX is not big-car cushy, but it grows on you

You may read my latest 2016 Acura ILX drive review here. But in short, I found ILX A-SPEC to be an “E” ticket ride at an attainable entry-level-performance sedan price point. The icing on the cake for this driver is decent personal connectivity, near intuitive steering, brake response, decent pedal (acceleration) with fun to drive D.N.A. Acura style. It’s nice to discover an affordable 5 place performance sedan that doubles as a safety-minded family car; that’s 2016 Acura ILX.

In closing, for those buyers looking for an exceptional compact performance sedan featuring 1-VTEC engine technology, S-like performance options, decent fuel economy and measurable utility and interior accouterments, 2016 ILX with a beginning MSRP of $27,950, may be the perfect driving and ownership experience for you. Now, with a 5-star safety rating, ILX will be tough to beat.