Acura Automobiles: 2016 Acura ILX

The ILX sport sedan’s updated content continues into the cabin for 2016 with key appearance upgrades and equipment additions. Offering a seamless combination of luxury, performance and technology, the ILX interior exhibits the high level of fit and finish expected of Acura, and puts it in reach of more buyers than ever before.

Settle into the comfortable and supportive driver’s seat, and the focus on driver control is unmistakable. The cockpit has an efficient layout, with crisp and clear LED-illuminated analog instrumentation. The thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel puts a range of commonly used features at your fingertips, and racing-inspired shift paddles mounted on the back side of the steering wheel make for quick gear changes. A leather-wrapped shifter handle is positioned on the center console.

Key Interior Upgrades for 2016

  • Euro stitching and High Intensity Silver interior trim
  • Power front passenger’s seat and driver’s seat memory added for Premium grade
  • HD Radio™ and Aha™ internet radio added for Premium and Tech Plus grades
  • HDMI port for tethered smartphone-based navigation added for Premium grade
  • Next-generation AcuraLink™ and Siri™ Eyes Free connectivity added (Tech Plus grade)
  • Jewel Gray interior color
  • A-SPEC Package with perforated black Lux Suede seat trim, black headliner, red instrument illumination, contrasting gray stitching and aluminum pedals
  • Standard Active Noise Control

The spacious 5-passenger interior offers standard leatherette seating surfaces, with leather standard in the Premium and Tech Plus Packages. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard as is a full-color information display in the instrument panel’s center stack—5 inch (diagonal) in the standard ILX and 8 inches in Premium and Tech Plus grades. In the back seat, there’s room for three passengers, and a convenient fold-down rear seatback reveals a pass-through to the trunk that expands cargo-carrying versatility.

Acura’s reputation for advanced and highly functional technology is clearly embodied in the ILX. A Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface system is standard, as is an SMS text messaging function and a Pandora® interface that can display album art in the color central screen.

Although the ILX is Acura’s most affordable vehicle, it more than lives up to the brand standards in terms of quiet interior refinement. The ILX has an exceptionally low amount of interior noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) due to features such as an acoustic glass front windshield, thick side glass, extensive use of sound-deadening insulation and specially designed underfloor covers. For 2016, Active Noise Control becomes standard on all models and thicker front-door side glass, increased isolation for engine and transmission mounts, new noise-attenuating wheels, additional body stiffeners and body panel insulators contribute to a quieter, more vibration-free cabin environment.

The ILX offers a remarkable level of standard equipment, including a Keyless Access System, an 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a multi-view rear camera, a power moonroof, 5-inch (diagonal) color central display, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio system, Pandora® interface, SMS text messaging function, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink cellular telephone and music interface and much more.

The available Premium Package adds leather seating, a 4-way power front passenger’s seat, 2-position driver’s seat memory, a Homelink® garage door opener, and a 7-speaker audio system with SiriusXM® Radio. New for 2016 with the Premium Package is HD radio™, Aha™ compatibility, blind spot information, Cross-Traffic Monitor and a tethered navigation link. The tethered navigation system is powered by the user’s compatible smartphone and data plan. The system connects to the smartphone via an HDMI port located inside the center console.

The Tech Plus Package brings a spectacular Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers and Song By Voice™ searching. The package also includes a full-color Multi-Information Screen, the imbedded Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, Siri™ Eyes Free and the next generation of the AcuraLink™ connected-car system. The voice-activated navigation system offers continuously updated traffic maps covering major metropolitan areas within the United States and Canada.

Standard Interior Features, At A Glance

  • Roomy interior with seating for five
  • Leatherette seating surfaces
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless Access System
  • Large, easy-to-read LED backlit analog instruments
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • 5-inch (diagonal) color screen in a central display
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Headlight integration with windshield wipers
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake handle
  • NEW Contrasting Euro-style stitching on steering wheel, shifter and parking brake
  • NEW High-Intensity Silver interior trim
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Audio system with 6 speakers, AM/FM tuner, and CD player
  • USB jack for digital media and iPod®/iPhone® compatibility
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone and music interface
  • Pandora® interface
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • Multi-view rear camera
  • Active Noise Control

Premium Package

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • NEW 2-position driver’s seat memory
  • NEW 4-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat
  • Audio system with 7 speakers, AM/FM tuner, CD player and SiriusXM® 2.0 Radio
  • NEW Aha™ compatibility
  • NEW HD Radio™
  • NEW HDMI port for digital media and iPhone compatibility
  • NEW 8-inch (diagonal) upper display
  • NEW 7-inch (diagonal) On-Demand Multi-Use Display touchscreen
  • NEW Smartphone Navigation Link
  • NEW Siri™ Eyes Free
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink® remote control system

Tech Plus Package

  • Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, DTS™ CD, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM® Radio, Song By Voice™ and DTS™ Neural Surround
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
  • NEW Next-generation AcuraLink™ connected-car system

NEW A-SPEC Package

  • Premium Black interior color scheme
  • Black headliner
  • Perforated Black Lux Suede® seat trim inserts
  • Red instrument illumination
  • Gray interior stitching
  • Aluminum brake and accelerator pedals

The ILX interior blends sporting performance and upscale luxury themes into a highly functional and technologically-advanced layout. Sweeping interior shapes flow through the doors, instrument panel and center console to create a cohesive look. The interior has an open, spacious feel, and soft-touch materials are used in key locations throughout the cabin, contributing to the rich, premium feel. New this year is contrasting-color Euro Stitching on the steering wheel, shifter and parking brake handle, plus new High-Intensity Silver accents on the dashboard, center console and door trim. Vehicle entry is over metal sill plates bearing the Acura logo.

The control layout is focused on precise efficiency, with large analog gauges and a steering wheel with a thick, leather-wrapped rim for a sporting feel. Controls for many frequently used systems are positioned on the steering wheel within fingertip reach, including racing-inspired steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the new 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Sequential SportShift. In the sport-minded A-SPEC, red instrument lighting and aluminum accents on the pedals contribute to a performance atmosphere.

Interior Color Schemes
The ILX can be fitted with three interior color schemes – Black, Ivory or Grey – depending on exterior color.  Standard models feature leatherette seating surfaces, while Premium and Tech Plus grades feature leather trim.  A-SPEC models feature a Premium Black interior color scheme featuring a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede® seat trim inserts, red instrument illumination and gray interior stitching.

Driver-Oriented Cockpit
The ILX’s focus on efficient performance is clear: The primary controls (the steering wheel, pedals, and console shifter) are positioned for excellent comfort and control. Supportive sport-minded seating offers lateral support for aggressive cornering, and the steering column tilts and telescopes to accommodate drivers of varying sizes.

Instrumentation and controls are clearly legible and switchgear offers precise tactile feedback. The new 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with Sequential SportShift is designed for ease of operation, featuring a straight-style shifter assembly located on the center console along with racing-inspired paddle shifters that are within fingertip reach on the back side of the steering wheel.

Controls for the standard power moonroof (with tilt and auto-open/close) are located overhead in an intuitive location. The trunk can be opened via a latch positioned on the floorboard just to the left of the driver seat.

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
The ILX has a thick leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel that integrates many control functions. Audio controls are positioned on the left spoke while cruise-control switches are on the right spoke. When equipped with the Tech Plus Package, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ controls are located on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel. Racing-inspired shift paddles for the 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Sequential SportShift are positioned behind the steering wheel.

LED Instrumentation
The ILX’s analog instrumentation has a clean, refined look and LED backlighting makes the large gauges easy to read and interpret day or night. The gauges have red illuminated needles and sub-scale graduations. A digital gear selection indicator positioned between the tachometer and speedometer.

Multi-Information Display
The ILX provides important vehicle information via the Multi-Information Display (MID) that is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. The MID is a monochromatic LCD on standard and Premium models and a full color TFT on Tech Plus models and ILX models equipped with AcuraWatch. The monochromatic screen in base models shows MID items such as gear selected, outside air temperature, odometer reading, trip mileage and average fuel economy. The capabilities of the full-color MID display expand to cover turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio source, volume and track settings, hands-free phone information, and on models with Acura Watch, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System imagery. The MID is operated via controls positioned on the steering wheel that allow the driver to cycle the display through additional screens of information while keeping both hands on the wheel.

The MID can display:

  • Upcoming maintenance needs
  • TPMS tire-pressure warning
  • Average and instantaneous fuel economy
  • Fuel range
  • Average vehicle speed
  • Elapsed time

The full-color MID adds:

  • Turn-by-turn navigation instructions
  • Audio source, volume and track
  • Hands-free phone with number display
  • TPMS tire-pressure readouts for individual tires

The full-color MID in models with AcuraWatch adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System status

Multi-View Rear Camera
When the standard ILX transmission is placed in Reverse, the view from a rear-mounted camera is displayed on the 5-inch color central display. When equipped with the Premium or Tech Plus Package using the rearward-view, images appear on the W-VGA 8-inch color monitor used for the navigation system.

To make it easier for the driver to judge distance and clearance, solid yellow guidelines indicate the vehicle’s width, as well as distances of 1, 2 and 3 meters (about 1, 2 and 3 yards) as measured from the rear of the ILX.

The rearview camera has a multi-view display. The driver can select from top, normal and wide views. The primary view is “Normal View,” which delivers 130 degrees of rearward visibility. For special conditions, there is the “Wide View,” which delivers 175 degrees of rearward visibility. Finally, the “Top View” generates a bird’s eye view of the parking area— helping the driver to maneuver in tight spaces.

One-Touch Turn Signals
The ILX features a new one-touch turn signal system that makes lane changes more convenient. If the ILX driver moves the turn signal lever up (right turn) or down (left turn) for less than one second, the turn signals will flash three times and then self-cancel.

Supportive seating is critical in a sport sedan, where aggressive driving can create high longitudinal and lateral loadings on interior occupants. During spirited acceleration, cornering and braking, secure seating for the driver and passengers is an important part of overall comfort and driver control. The ILX front seats are specifically designed to offer substantial lateral support, both in the lower back and shoulder areas. The ILX is equipped with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats that can warm at two different levels. When an ILX is optioned with the Premium or Tech Plus package, a 4-way power adjustable passenger’s seat and 2-position driver’s seat memory are also included.

The standard ILX seats have leatherette seating surfaces available in Premium Black, Sandstorm or new Jewel Gray color. The ILX Premium or Tech Plus Packages upgrade to perforated leather seating sections and synthetic leather side bolsters, also offered in Premium Black, Sandstorm or new Jewel Gray color. When Premium or Tech Plus is combined with the new A-SPEC package, the seats are trimmed in perforated black Lux Suede R with exclusive gray stitching.

Interior Room
Though it has compact exterior dimensions, inside the ILX offers a surprisingly spacious 89.3 cubic-feet of passenger space. Efficient packaging offers comfortable long-haul space for four passengers and the ILX can accommodate five passengers for shorter drives. The nearly flat rear floor center-section affords good foot room for the center passenger.

Cargo Carrying Versatility
The trunk cargo volume is 12.4 cubic feet, or 12.3 cubic feet with the Premium or Tech Plus Package. When more space is needed for cargo, the standard one-piece fold-down rear seatback can be lowered to reveal a pass-through to the back seat area.

Comfort and Convenience Items
The ILX interior offers a range of useful features to enhance passenger comfort and convenience. A pair of console-mounted cupholders can accommodate large drinks, and the front door panels have bottle holders. There are padded armrests and convenient storage bins in all four doors, and the large, lockable glovebox offers 7.4 liters of storage space. Beneath the padded center armrest, the center console storage compartment has an internal 12-volt power point, a USB jack and a 2.5 mm auxiliary input mini-jack for the easy connection of a compatible audio device (such as an iPod®) to the ILX audio system. New for 2016 models, when equipped with the Premium Package, an HDMI jack is also included in the center console storage bin to provide a navigation system link with a tethered smart phone. In the rear seat area, a fold-down padded armrest with two cupholders provides added comfort and convenience.

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
The ILX features an electrochromic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.

HomeLink® Remote System
The Acura ILX with the Premium or Tech Plus Package feature the HomeLink® wireless remote system. Built into the overhead module, HomeLink can be programmed with the remote-control codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener, a remote lighting system, or a home security system.

Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down
All ILX models have front and rear power windows with one-touch auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows also featuring auto-up/down capability. Illuminated controls allow for easy operation at night.

Door Auto-Locking/Unlocking
The ILX features a programmable auto-locking/unlocking system that is preset to automatically lock the doors when the vehicle reaches approximately 10 mph. Drivers can program the system to lock and unlock doors in several different ways, or else deactivate some or all of the system if desired.

Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
All ILX models have variable-speed windshield wipers that automatically adjust the rate of operation according to vehicle speed. The result is the most efficient clearing of moisture from the windshield, and minimal wind noise at highway speeds. The design of the wipers also helps the blades press firmly against the windshield even at higher speeds, further assisting the clearing process.

Auto On/Off Headlights
The ILX features auto-on/off headlights for greater convenience. A sensor atop the instrument panel detects ambient light levels and turns on the car’s headlights and taillights at dusk, for night driving or when driving through a dimly lit areas such as a parking garage or tunnel.

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
The ILX has as standard a dual-zone automatic climate control with clear, intuitive controls. A replaceable filter system helps remove particulates from the interior air. When operated in Auto mode, the system can automatically alter defrost airflow, based on temperature and humidity. When equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, key HVAC system functions can be accomplished via voice command. In addition, the navigation system calculates sun position to adjust system operation from side to side to help compensate for solar heating.

Keyless Access System
The ILX receives as standard equipment the latest generation of Acura’s Keyless Access System. The system lets the ILX owner gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a conventional key. The Keyless Access Remote has a unique digital identity and the ILX can be unlocked when the driver pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his/her possession. Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Keyless Access System allows the ILX to be started by depressing the brake pedal and then pushing the Engine Start/Stop button (it is unnecessary to insert and twist a traditional ignition key).

When leaving the ILX, a press of the soft-touch button on the outside of the exterior door handle simultaneously locks all the doors. Alternatively, a press of the Lock button on the Keyless Access Remote will also lock all the doors. The Keyless Access System will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior of the ILX. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the ILX’s rear fascia.

The Keyless Access System also features a unique “quick vent” feature (activated by pressing the Keyless Access Remote “unlock” button two times and then holding it) that automatically lowers all side windows and opens the power moonroof to quickly vent built-up interior heat. In addition, turning the key in the driver’s door key cylinder to the “lock” position twice (and then holding it the second time), simultaneously closes all open windows and the moonroof.

When the remote battery is low, the ILX will signal the driver to bring the key fob closer to the Start Button for ignition, and the MID will display that the key fob battery is low. A mechanical key is built into the remote fob and provides a back up to enter the vehicle in the event that the Keyless Access Remote battery should fail.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Wireless Telephone Interface
All ILX models feature as standard the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands-free telephone interface that is designed to work with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones. Bluetooth is a radio frequency-based technology that lets portable devices (such as mobile telephones, PDAs and laptop computers) communicate wirelessly. The ILX system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP); some early Bluetooth®-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol. After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the ILX will communicate wirelessly with the driver’s cellular telephone when it is within approximately 10 feet of the car. The phone needs to be on, but it can be stowed in a pocket, purse, briefcase or anywhere inside the ILX cabin.

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink allows the driver to send or answer telephone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the telephone number of the incoming caller is displayed on the center display and a telephone ring tone is played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the call, a press of the “Pick up” button located on the steering wheel mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the audio system speakers. An overhead microphone picks up the driver’s voice. Algorithms built into the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system help cancel “echo effect” and reduce background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver’s speech.

To make a call hands-free, the driver can dial the number by voice after using the fingertip controls on the steering wheel to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers with voice tags in the system’s address book. Up to six different compatible mobile telephones can be paired with the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system at one time. Additional information can be found at

Audio System with CD and AM/FM Tuner
The ILX’s standard audio system features six speakers and delivers a high-performance listening experience. Engineered for simple and intuitive operation, the audio system incorporates a single-disc CD player and an AM/FM tuner. Audio information is displayed on a 5-inch color LCD display, which is positioned at the top of the center stack. On all ILX models, the audio system also displays Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) information, which appears as text showing station name and program type.

Located on the roof is a “shark fin” type antenna that is optimized to help deliver excellent radio reception without the negative impact on vehicle aerodynamics that would be caused by a traditional mast antenna. Remote controls located on the ILX’s 3-spoke steering wheel put frequently used audio functions within fingertip reach of the driver.

The sound system offers USB port connectivity for items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or removable USB flash-drive storage devices containing WMA, MP3 or AAC format music. The USB port is powered and can simultaneously charge plug-in devices while transferring information to the audio system. The USB-connected devices can be operated via the audio system’s controls, with filenames and folders appearing on the central display. When an iPod is connected via the USB port, the album artwork can be displayed on the central display.

The ILX audio system can play Bluetooth Audio when paired with a compatible device. Bluetooth Audio is a wireless transfer music format that is separate from Bluetooth HandsFreeLink used for telephone voice communication. Bluetooth Audio will display the song title and artist name (when using a compatible phone). There is also an auxiliary (AUX) jack connection enabling use of a portable MP3 music player. The AUX connection requires the music player to be controlled via the device’s own interface, although the ILX audio system can control volume, or be used to select a different input, such as the radio, CD player or others.

Pandora® Interface
The ILX features a Pandora® interface, allowing users to use the audio system to control the free music service on their smartphone, accessing up to 100 personalized internet “radio stations” they created on their computer based on favorite songs or artists. Although the Pandora service currently is free, phone data charges will apply.

Starting with the Premium Package, an iPhone or compatible Android phone can be connected wirelessly, using Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (iPhone is also supported via the Pandora® Audio USB interface on all trims). To use Pandora, the Pandora app is launched on a compatible connected smartphone and the vehicle’s audio source is set to Pandora. The audio/information screen (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) and central color screen shows Pandora information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with “Like” or “Dislike” ratings. Some functionality of the Pandora app is locked out when using the ILX’s Pandora interface.

Pandora audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the ILX by a compatible cell phone via the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connection. With this type of connection, however, Pandora must be controlled via the phone when the vehicle is stopped and it is safe to do so. Though the ILX volume control can be used to set the sound level, the other features of the Pandora interface are not available.

SMS Text Messaging Function
All ILX models have as standard equipment an SMS text messaging feature that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system. In addition, the driver can reply to the text with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cellular telephones (such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others) that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP). Currently, the iPhone5 and 6 support some of the MAP features (such as receiving texts) but not others (such as sending replies).

Once a compatible cell phone is paired with the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the central display. Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices (see below), or can call the sender— all without handling the mobile phone.

To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on screen unless the transmission is in Park.

Available factory preset text replies:

  • Talk to you later, I’m driving.
  • I’m on my way.
  • I’m running late.
  • OK
  • Yes
  • No

Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation
For optimum sound regardless of vehicle speed, all ILX modes include Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC). SVC adjusts audio volume based on vehicle speed to help compensate for continually increasing/decreasing external background sounds in the ILX. The result of SVC is transparent in operation and a more consistent perceived sound level is generated regardless of vehicle speed. SVC is standard with the audio systems on all ILX models.

Wallpaper Image Display
To further customize the ILX interior, the navigation system allows the storage of 3 images that can be displayed on the LCD screen when the display is not otherwise in use. To avoid driver distraction, there is no “slide show” function.

Premium Package Audio System
The ILX with Premium Package features an AM/FM/CD audio system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer. A pair of 2.5-cm tweeters are positioned in the top of the instrument panel, and two 17-cm drivers are positioned in the front doors. The rear doors have another pair of 17-cm drivers and a 20-cm subwoofer is located in the rear package tray.

Audio information is presented in the On-Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) which consists of an upper 8-inch color display at the top of the center stack and a lower 7-inch touch screen. For 2016, the ODMD receives more than 50 design changes to enhance intuitive operation and functionality. As before, remote controls located on the ILX’s 3-spoke steering wheel put frequently used audio functions within fingertip reach of the driver.

New for 2016 is a tethered navigation system powered by the user’s compatible smartphone and data plan. The system connects to the smartphone via an HDMI port located inside the center console. Once tethered, the operator can zoom in, zoom out and scroll the car’s navigation map using the large controller dial beneath the lower touchscreen. Destination searches can be accomplished via text inputted onto the ODMD touchscreen keyboard.

Also included with the Premium Package audio system are SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Aha™ compatibility and HD Radio™.

SiriusXM® Radio
SiriusXM® Radio is a standard feature with the ILX Premium and Tech Plus audio systems and it provides more than 165 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The SiriusXM signal is beamed from two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. SiriusXM Radio programming includes channels specifically devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. Of the more than 165 SiriusXM channels, 72 are commercial-free. When the ILX audio system plays SiriusXM Radio, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist’s name. A complimentary 3-month subscription to SiriusXM Radio service is included with purchase of a new ILX, and customers are able to continue the service or cancel any time afterwards.

NEW SiriusXM® “Advanced Audio” Feature Set 
The ILX is expected to be first to market with a group of exciting new features offered by SiriusXM Radio called Advanced Audio. This new feature set is designed to greatly extend the listening pleasure and convenience for users. There are five major components of this new group:

Smart Favorites
Smart Favorites allow you to play/pause/forward/rewind SiriusXM content by buffering your preset channels. Smart Favorite Features include: Instant Replay, Tune Start Tune Scan.

  • Instant Replay – Listeners can rewind the song they are currently listening to, or rewind a song/program on any of your presets.
  • Tune Start – Allows listeners to hear all songs from the beginning on all of their preset channels.  Each preset channel will buffer up to 30 minutes of content.
  • Tune Scan – Allows listeners to scan all of their preset channels with each song starting from the beginning.  Instant Replay lets users scan previously aired content buffered on their preset channels.

Featured Favorites
Featured Favorites are Sirius-XM curated “presets” broadcast directly into your vehicle.
How does it work?

  • SiriusXM sends out one or more additional banks of preset channels to the vehicle that will automatically show up when the listener scrolls through their presets
  • Featured Favorites groupings will update on a regular basis to feature the most relevant content (i.e. holidays, Superbowl, Oscars, etc.)

Tune Mix
Tune Mix enables users to create a preset comprised entirely of their favorite SXM music stations.

How does it work?

  • Tune Mix utilizes the Smart Favorites feature and plays songs from the user’s existing preset bank of music channels.
  • Allows for users to build their own Tune Mix channels

What does this mean?

  • Users can listen to a variety of music from their favorite channels without having to change the station.

Sports Flash
Sports Flash alerts users to big plays from their favorite sports teams and allows them to tune in to hear all the action.
How does it work?

  • Sports Flash buffers live sports play-by-play channels for the user’s favorite teams in the background, and if a “big play” occurs, it stores audio for up to 30 seconds before the play occurs.

What does this mean?

  • Users can listen to your favorite music, talk, or news, and never miss a beat when their team scores a big touchdown, hits a home run, or swishes a game-winner at the buzzer.

Traffic and Weather Now
Traffic and Weather Now provides access to the latest traffic weather report for key local markets, whenever desired.
How does it work?

  • SiriusXM provides regular traffic and weather updates every few minutes for the 22 largest metropolitan areas.
  • The Traffic and Weather Now icon lights up only when a new update is available, giving users only the latest traffic and weather conditions for that market.
  • Smart Favorites allows users to return to their music or talk program right where they left off.

HD Radio™
Premium and Tech Plus ILX models feature HD Radio™. HD Radio technology utilizes digital radio broadcasts and provides advanced audio and data features that enhance the listening experience. Sound quality is radically improved, and unlike satellite radio, HD Radio is free.

Instead of sending out one analog signal as with traditional radio broadcasts, HD stations send out a bundled signal — both analog and digital. Because it is digital, textual data such as traffic, stock info and song titles can be sent out, as well. Unlike conventional radio, HD Radio stations broadcast extra channels, which are called HD2/HD3. These added channels offer ILX owners a universe of additional choices.

Aha™ by Harman
The audio system in ILXs equipped with the Premium or Tech Plus Package also feature Aha™ by Harman This voice-based capability can be accessed using a compatible smartphone. Aha organizes the ILX owner’s favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.

Aha key features:

  • Audio-based
  • Free service with wide content choice
  • Enables flexible personalization and station management
  • Content updated automatically throughout vehicle life

Aha content categories:

  • On-demand news and weather
  • Personalized music including Slacker
  • Internet Radio
  • On-demand podcasts
  • Audio Books
  • Local Search: Restaurants, fuel, ATM, parking, etc.
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, etc. via audio
  • Custom Interactive OEM Channels: Direct communication to and from vehicle

Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System
When equipped with the Tech Plus Package, the ILX includes a spectacular Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System. The ELS® system, developed together with Panasonic Automotive Systems, uses 10 speakers and a powerful amplifier to create a unique listening experience in the ILX. The Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System gets its name from multi-Grammy® Award winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner’s recording industry-recognized moniker “ELS®.” Scheiner’s goal in the development of this audio system was to reproduce music the way it is heard in the recording studio.

As with the 7-speaker Premium audio system, the Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio system can play program material from a wide range of sources. The CD player can read discs encoded with MP3 or WMA files. There’s a 2.5 mm auxiliary jack for use with an external MP3 player, and a USB port is located in the center console for the connection of an iPod® or compatible MP3 player. When used with compatible iPod models, the USB connection provides iPod control via the audio head unit. Bluetooth Audio allows a compatible cellular telephone with a built-in audio player to wirelessly play the phone’s audio content on the ILX audio system.

The Acura/ELS Studio audio system features selectable Dolby® Pro Logic® II signal processing that creates simulated 5.1-channel surround sound from CD, MP3/WMA, SiriusXM Radio, AUX and USB inputs. The ILX audio system plays conventional CDs and DTS™ discs, in addition to DVD-Audio discs. The system also includes SiriusXM Radio, along with the Note function for SiriusXM Radio which is designed to be a convenience for owners who want to make note of songs heard on SiriusXM.

While Scheiner and Panasonic tuned the Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio system to create outstanding sound from any source, DVD-Audio is the system’s most impressive sounding format. This advanced audio reproduction technology delivers over 500-times higher resolution than traditional CD audio. DVD-Audio delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound through six discrete channels.

With this system, the center instrument stack features Acura’s On-Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) with an upper 8-inch W-VGA full-color display screen that displays navigation, audio, backup camera and other information and a lower 7-inch touchscreen display that provides climate control, clock and audio information. To make Acura/ELS Studio system simple to operate, it has large-format dash-mounted controls. In addition, steering wheel-mounted controls of key audio functions are positioned within fingertip reach. Select audio system functions can also be executed via voice commands.

The AM/FM tuner gets signals from a roof-mounted “shark fin” type antenna. The system displays Radio Data System (RDS) information, which can show items such as station name and program type.

10-Speaker Array
Each of the 10 speakers in the Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio system uses a high-energy Neodymium magnet for excellent sound quality and to reduce weight. There are 2.5-cm soft-dome tweeters in the front A-pillar location, plus an 8-cm midrange polypropylene-cone center speaker in the middle of the dashboard top. Each of the doors has a 17-cm full-range dual-thickness polypropylene-cone speaker, and in the rear parcel shelf there are two 8-cm drivers flanking a special Super Low Distortion 20-cm subwoofer. The combination of high performance speaker drivers, optimal speaker locations and high power creates an audio system that delivers outstanding sound at any seating position.

Song By Voice®
Due to so much potential audio content available in a user’s iPod, Acura engineers set out to make it easy to choose audio content while driving. Song By Voice® (SBV) lets the driver choose music by artist, album, song title, genre, playlist and even composer.

Siri™ Eyes Free
Siri™ Eyes Free is included with the ILX Premium and above grades. When the ILX’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system is paired with a compatible iPhone, Siri Eyes Free allows you to use many of the features of Siri without removing your hands from the steering wheel. A push of approximately two seconds on the steering wheel-mounted “talk” button activates Siri in the ILX. After the Siri chime sounds, the driver can ask a question, set up a calendar entry and more. Siri offers a wide range of capabilities including sending and reading aloud text and email messages, setting alarms and reminders, checking the weather, posting to social media sites and much more. Siri can also find a point of interest and then provide turn-by-turn audio directions when the audio system is set to Bluetooth audio or iPod mode. The system switches automatically to Bluetooth audio when playing a song or artist.

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
All ILX models with the Tech Plus Package are equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ that is designed for intuitive and quick operation.

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition features summary:

  • 8-inch W-VGA color screen for convenient viewing
  • Ultra-fast 100 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD)
  • Navigation coverage includes the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico
  • Fast route calculation time
  • Fast Point Of Interest (POI) search time
  • AcuraLink® connected car system
  • Voice recognition function with over 1,100 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry
  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
  • Simple system operation with clear visual prompts to guide voice navigation
  • Interface Dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance (voice guidance can be turned off at any time)
  • Voice Recognition™ operates common audio and climate control functions
  • Highly directional array microphone for precise Voice Command recognition
  • On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane(s) to use to stay on route
  • Three languages for all destinations (English, French and Spanish)
  • Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books
  • Split-screen mode features simultaneous “map view” and selective route visualization
  • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
  • Telephone calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
  • Rearview camera displays image on W-VGA color navigation screen
  • Navigation system can be updated with available DVD
  • Store and display owner image files as wallpaper on navigation screen

Enhanced Database:

  • Point Of Interest (POI) database includes approximately 7 million locations
  • Fuzzy logic POI and address searching simplifies and speeds searches
  • Smart logic for restaurant POI simplifies searching
  • Business directory for virtually all of the continental United States
  • ZIP code entry speeds address input
  • Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more
  • Scenic Route drive route listings categorized by individual state
  • Exact addressing locates approximately 80-percent of addresses at their actual GPS coordinates (instead of estimating location based on linear street number)

Destinations Searchable by GPS Coordinates
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ tracks the position of the ILX based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). If GPS reception is blocked by a tall building, tunnel or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system with a speed sensor tracks the location to keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. The ILX navigation system stores its mapping data on a large internal hard disk drive (HDD). The same drive is partitioned and used by the Tech Plus Acura/ELS Studio Premium audio system to store audio files. Much faster than a DVD drive system, the HDD is the key to the system’s impressive search and routing speed. The system can be updated annually with the latest mapping information by inserting an update disc into the audio system’s slot-loading CD/DVD drive. DVD update discs are available for purchase on an annual basis on-line at or by calling 888-549-3798.

The navigation system can be controlled by using the interface dial by choosing menu options or by spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place). Characters on an on-screen keypad can be selected using the Interface Dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the “Talk” button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to more than 1,100 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names. Voice recognition capability saves time and simplifies operation of the system.

The audio system is automatically muted when the “Talk” button is pressed, and an overhead array microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English, like “Display gas stations,” “Find nearest hospital,” or “Find nearest Chinese restaurant.” The voice recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation— all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system or with the driver’s cellular telephone.

Wallpaper Image Display
To further customize the ILX interior, the navigation system allows the storage of up to 10 images on the built-in hard disk drive (HDD) media storage. Any one of the stored images can be displayed as a full-screen image on the navigation display when the display is not otherwise in use. To avoid driver distraction, there is no “slide show” function.

JPEG images can be loaded from a home computer onto a USB storage device, such as a thumb drive. Then the thumb drive can be plugged into the USB port that located in the center console. Using on-screen menus, the images can then be transferred to the ILX internal hard disk drive (HDD) media storage. The driver can then choose among their stored images for display, or set the system to not display wallpaper.

The ILX with the Tech Plus Package features the next generation of AcuraLink®, Acura’s cloud-based connected car system that first launched in 2005. This new generation uses embedded cellular technology along with the owner’s compatible smartphone and data package to offer a broad range of convenience, media and available security features. AcuraLink is the new center point for owners for hands-free access to cloud-based services, audio and information, and is designed to keep ILX drivers informed and connected while on the go.

The connectivity required for AcuraLink’s various features is distributed between the ILX’s embedded system (for some of the fee-based features) and the owner’s compatible smartphone and data package (for free features). AcuraLink works with the owner’s compatible smartphone and data package to connect the ILX with music and information resources, internet apps, and more. Owners can use the AcuraLink website to access information or change preferences. AcuraLink allows for Twitter and Facebook access.

AcuraLink® Service Levels
AcuraLink® provides three available levels of services. The Standard Package is offered at no charge, with the exception surface-street and freeway traffic, which is free for the first three years of ownership. The Connect Package adds a wide range of capabilities (using the embedded phone link) including automated crash notification and an in-vehicle Assist System that connects you with a live operator with the push of an overhead button. The Premium Package adds Live Concierge operator assistance via the ILX’s embedded cell phone. The Concierge service can send destination information directly to the driver’s ILX navigation system, make reservations on their behalf, and update the user on weather, stocks and much more.

Standard (free service using owner’s compatible smart phone and data plan)

  • AcuraLink® Real-Time Traffic™ with freeway traffic and surface street traffic (complimentary for three years)
  • Acura vehicle feature guide

Connect Package (fee) includes Standard services and adds:

  • Automated crash notification and location (cellular signal and service required)
  • Assist System to attempt to connect with live operator (cellular signal and service required)
  • Local search
  • Automated service appointments
  • Destination search using interactive voice response

AcuraLink® remote features:

  • Door lock/unlock
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Vehicle finder (sounds horn and flashes lights)
  • Security alarm notification
  • Send destination to vehicle
  • Virtual dashboard
    • Odometer
    • Fuel level
    • Fuel range
    • Door lock status
    • Hood status
    • Tire pressure

Premium Package (additional fee) Includes Connect Package services and adds:

  • Live Concierge operator assistance (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

 AcuraLink® Mobile App Features

  • Send to vehicle (points of interest and contacts)
  • Pedestrian navigation and routing
  • Virtual dashboard and vehicle profile
  • Remote diagnostics
  • Car finder
  • AcuraLink emergency remote door lock/unlock
  • Vehicle alarm notification
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Parking meter assist

AcuraLink® Smartphone App/Website
With the active Connect or Premium Package, the AcuraLink system gives the owner a range of features they can control or monitor remotely, via AcuraLink smartphone apps or the AcuraLink website.

Active Noise Control
The ILX features an Active Noise Control system that not only helps eliminate low-decibel booming noise entering the cabin. In addition, Active Noise Control is linked to throttle position and engine rpm to provide a quieter cockpit during normal cruising while allowing the engine’s sound to be enjoyed during higher rpm, more spirited driving.

The Active Noise Control system operates whenever the car is running, regardless of whether the audio system is on or off. Interior microphones capture low-end drivetrain frequencies entering the cabin, and send a signal to the Active Noise Control unit. The Active Noise Control unit then creates a precisely timed reverse phase audio signal that is sent to an amplifier, which powers the door speakers.

The Active Noise Control dramatically reduces the booming noise of the exhaust. At frequencies below 100 hertz, Active Noise Control results in an impressive 10 dB reduction in noise level. Moreover, the Active Noise Control system dramatically reduces middle-frequency noise during normal cruising. In addition, road noise attenuation is also improved over both smooth and rough roads.

Interior Accessories
Available for the ILX are Acura Genuine Accessories that provide personalization for the Acura client. Like all Acura Genuine Accessories, the ILX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty if installed at the time of original vehicle purchase. Available items include:

  • Illuminated door sill
  • All-season floor mats
  • Trunk tray
  • Trunk hooks
  • Cargo net
  • Ashtray/cupholder
  • First-aid kit
  • SiriusXM® Radio kit