2002 Acura TL Consumer Review: Japanese Reliability & Fun

2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S - Consumer Review

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By Mike on


2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


I purchased my car as a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from an Acura dealership and have no real complaints. The car is responsive, fast, and gets around 32 miles per gallon (not bad for 260 HP). It cruises down the interstate barely turning over 2000 RPMs at 75 MPH and red lines at 6900 RPMs. She has a lot of juice, especially off the line. The front seats, however, are not very comfortable and your rear gets sore on long rides. The buckets simply aren't deep enough and there isn't enough padding. As far as reliability, I live where it is -40 below in the winter, no plug-in, and no garage, and the car fires right up. Too bad they ruined TLs with the new 2004 design (yuk!).

Best Features

Japanese reliability, in-dash 6-disc changer, Type-S package, sheer power, handling, spacious truck, not over- cluttered interior, body styling (simple, but refined). I basically love this car.

Worst Features

The front seats are uncomfortable on long rides. Need deeper buckets and more padding. Also, the large foglights are prone to stone damage and expensive to replace ($220 per glass casing, not including lamp or installation).
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