2003 Acura CL


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2003 Acura CL Review
A pleasant luxury coupe.

By Jeffrey P. Vettraino

Overview

2003 Acura CL Review Overview

Sport coupes often demand the driver sacrifice comfort and convenience for sport. The Acura CL minimizes this. It's an easy car to live with. The CL is designed for drivers who want the comfort and quality of a luxury car but the handling, power, and sporty image of a coupe. The CL achieves all of this with a cabin that's comfortable, convenient and luxurious, a smooth, quiet ride, agile handling, and plenty of power. Though it won't draw stares from kids on skateboards, it is attractive and sporty.

The CL Type-S boasts a more powerful engine, a sports suspension, and anti-skid control. The suspension is a bit stiff and degrades the smooth ride quality of the standard CL. A new six-speed manual gearbox is available for 2003 Type-S models, along with the five-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift. We preferred the automatic for similar reasons. The manual adds unwanted roughness to this smooth, elegant coupe.

Styling revisions distinguish 2003 CL models. Interiors receive some minor revisions, but more important are new safety features: The LATCH system has been added to the outboard rear seats to better secure child safety seats, the driver gets a new dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bag, and OnStar has been added to the optional Navigation system package.


Model Lineup

Acura CL is available in two versions, CL and CL Type-S. Both are well equipped. In fact, only one option is available: Acura's navigation system, called NAVI ($2150), which comes bundled with the OnStar telematics system.

Both models are powered by Honda's 3.2-liter V6. The standard CL makes 225 horsepower, which is a lot of power for this class. The Type S makes an even more impressive 260 horsepower, thanks a number of subtle engine tweaks. Both models come standard with a five-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift. Type-S offers a six-speed manual gearbox as a no-cost option.

CL ($28,200) comes loaded with luxury features. Standard equipment includes antilock brakes, traction control, front and side airbags, auto-on Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, leather seating with eight-way power for the driver and four-way power for the front passenger, wood trim, automatic climate controls, Bose audio with a six-disc CD changer in the dash, an adjustable steering column and a power moonroof.

CL Type-S ($30,550) comes with more horsepower, a suspension tuned for more responsive handling, and an electronic stability program.


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2003 Acura CL
Consumer Reviews


Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 4 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 4 Out of 5 Carz

Bought this car new and put 50,000 miles on it. It truly is a great car. Very fun to drive, great response. If you are looking for a fun fast used car loaded with features at a reasonable price, this is it.

posted by Dan | on Jul 09 2007

Overall Rating 3 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 4 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 3 Out of 5 Carz

Dan, I agree with you this is a very nice used car and it rides like a charm. Nice site by the way!

posted by Alex | on Jul 13 2007

Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 4 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 4 Out of 5 Carz

I really like my car especially the performance from the engine. Super looks and performance that matches. Finish and mechanicals all done well! Comfortable to drive, quiet, excellent sound system, handles well. Fantstic car and a great price to beat.

posted by Ampy Layne | on Nov 29 2007

Overall Rating 5 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

Everything is simply fantastic about CL 2003. Automatic transmission that turns into a manual one with no clutch is awesome. So much fun to drive. Steering wheel feels great along with the leather seats that are heated. I honestly don't have anything negative to say about this car. Thanks... Acura.

posted by Donte Melon | on Nov 29 2007

Overall Rating 4 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 4 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

My CL has been a perfect blend of performance and comfort. Engine and transmission. Great value. Great quality. This car is fun to drive and the sound system is fantastic. I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever.

posted by Nel Cohen | on Nov 29 2007