The 2003 Acura 3.2CL Type S is much
quicker than was my 1995 Legend; it
has a higher level of technology; and
it has greater convenience; but it's
not a Legend. It doesn't have the big
luxury car feel and road presence of
the Legend. My wife complains that
the Type S makes too much "boy noise" -
- a fault my ears fail to detect --
but every morning it's the car she
takes to work, leaving the Lexus in
the garage. I've driven the car on
two vacation trips this year and find
that the power and handling are as
good as one will find in a front-wheel
drive sport coupe.
The 260-horsepower engine.
A power tilt-telescopic steering
wheel, power door closing feature and
the front end of the second generation
Legend. But since Acura is dropping
this model, it doesn't matter.
The Acura CL-S, inside and out, has been
carefully thought out in style, comfort,
and luxury. Not an overly-built vehicle
with unneeded or unnecessary knobs and
"doo-dads" in the way to spoil the
simplicity of design and use. This car
has all the bare necessities and all the
extra items built to fit the driver's
and passenger's needs for a comfortable
ride. Owned mine without problem for 9
months -- without even a rattle or
squeak. Marvelous vehicle!
I love music, so the BOSE music system
fits the bill. The 260HP engine is
great -- especially when you need the
extra power to move you out of danger.
Although the foot emergency brake is
great so you dont have the unneeded
lever in the middle of the console, I've
unknowingly left it engaged several
times for short distances -- needs a
chime or something to remind the driver.
Love to drive the car. Had a 1990
Legend Coupe manual tran and loved it.
My 2003 auto tran is almost as much
fun and when in traffic, I can let it
shift itself. I've had no problems at
all since I got the car in Oct 2002.
Dealer is a pleasure to work with. I
just bought my wife an '03 TL!
Transmission, passenger exterior side
mirror, sound system, truck space
Auto headlight off & on. Rear window
power sunscreen. Mode control for
sound system on steering wheel. More
quiet sunroof when open, especially
when "tilted." Passenger window should
have auto open & close. Fog lamps.
Time for a new car. I thought briefly
of adding still another SUV to the
roads. Then I remembered that I really
did love to drive once upon a time.
The Acura CL is a fast, fine handling
car with excellent fit and finish. The
styling is not exceptional, but the
engineering definitely is. Convenience
items like mirror defroster, seat
heaters and plenty of concealed storage
are welcome. My hockey sticks fit
through the (unfortunately small
opening from the trunk to the rear
seats. Controls are logical and well
placed. The AC is effective (though
whiney at times).
Excellent handling. Tight trim and
finish. Wonderful black paint with
blue visible beneath.
Only thing I wish they'd work
differently are the trunk hinges: they
take up valuable trunk space when