This car is finished with all the little details looked after. Getting into and out of it is much easier than American 2 door coupes that I have owned. I am very impressed with the mileage (29 to 30 mpg on freeway @ 80 mph) from the powerful V-6. I can't believe that I waited so long to get into this quality car.
Clean exterior design. Powerful engine. Well laid out interior.
The automatic transmission is not as smooth as it should be when it shifts between 3rd and 4th gear. The lumbar fitted seats are a little too tight.
I can only echo my previous review. What I will add is that my transmission failed at 45300 miles. The car has been maintained at the dealership, and only the tires have been replaced (at 45K). Still an outstanding car. The transmissions on the 2001-2002 CLs were extended to 7 years/100K miles, but not all 2003 CLs--including this one--have been extended.
Logical, sensible placement of A/C and sound system controls that you can access easily. Compare these with the new, cluttered push-button arrays in the TLs...
Purchased new April 2004, with incentives was virtually same price as Accord V6 6-speed. Although I slightly prefer the Accord exterior, in my opinion the Acura interior has better fit and finish and much better layout. Very happy with my black on black CL-S 6-speed, look forward to every time I drive it. Also get great service from local Acura dealer even though I did not buy from them. Manual transmission has beautiful feel and when engine hits about 4000 rpm hold on. Winter driving here in Ontario has been no problem with the change over to quality snows.
The BEST performance car I have ever
owned(1st car: 63 Chevelle w/396ci v8
and 2nd 69 Chevy Camaro SS-350). The
Acura CL Type-S 6-speed has smoother
torque off the line and accelerates
without hesitation PLUS gets decent gas
mileage for a "performance" sedan... 25-
27mpg highway! Absolutely great fun
driving thru heavy traffic! Haven't had
any mechanical problems with the
vehicle (48000 miles current) except
for a stuck home-labeled cd in the
changer (which was covered under the
warranty). Great car, great dealership!
Power plus great finish (not luxury but
great fit and finish=quality) in my
Powerful V-6 engine and silky smoothe 6-
Front bucket seats have too much
lateral support in the upper section
for smaller statured and sized drivers.