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2002 Acura CL

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Vehicle Overview
Acura redesigned its 3.2 CL sport coupe as an early 2001 model that went on sale in the spring of 2000. Only minor changes are evident for 2002. Like its 1997 – 1999 predecessor, the 3.2 CL is a near-luxury front-drive coupe that seats four occupants. The latest CL is a little larger and heavier than before. It is manufactured in Ohio and rides a platform related to that of the Acura TL sedan and the Honda Accord. Acura claims that the CL accounts for one-third of sales in the luxury coupe segment.

Two different 3.2-liter V-6 engines are available: one for the base model and a more potent version for the performance-oriented CL Type S; both models drive an automatic transmission. In its prior form, the CL had a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power, and the former engine was available with a manual shift.

Exterior
Styling is similar to the previous CL coupe, with a low roofline and long tapered quarter windows, wraparound headlights, triangular taillights and a pentagonal grille similar to the one installed on the TL sedan. With a 106.9-inch wheelbase, the current CL measures 192 inches long overall — an increase of 2 inches. The 3.2 CL stands 53.3 inches tall, measures 69.2 inches wide and weighs about 460 pounds more than its predecessor.

The extra length translates to about 2 inches of additional legroom inside. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are standard. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the base 3.2 CL and 17-inchers on the Type S, w...
Vehicle Overview
Acura redesigned its 3.2 CL sport coupe as an early 2001 model that went on sale in the spring of 2000. Only minor changes are evident for 2002. Like its 1997 – 1999 predecessor, the 3.2 CL is a near-luxury front-drive coupe that seats four occupants. The latest CL is a little larger and heavier than before. It is manufactured in Ohio and rides a platform related to that of the Acura TL sedan and the Honda Accord. Acura claims that the CL accounts for one-third of sales in the luxury coupe segment.

Two different 3.2-liter V-6 engines are available: one for the base model and a more potent version for the performance-oriented CL Type S; both models drive an automatic transmission. In its prior form, the CL had a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power, and the former engine was available with a manual shift.

Exterior
Styling is similar to the previous CL coupe, with a low roofline and long tapered quarter windows, wraparound headlights, triangular taillights and a pentagonal grille similar to the one installed on the TL sedan. With a 106.9-inch wheelbase, the current CL measures 192 inches long overall — an increase of 2 inches. The 3.2 CL stands 53.3 inches tall, measures 69.2 inches wide and weighs about 460 pounds more than its predecessor.

The extra length translates to about 2 inches of additional legroom inside. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are standard. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the base 3.2 CL and 17-inchers on the Type S, which also gets a tighter-handling sport suspension.

Interior
The 3.2 CL has front and rear bucket seats that accommodate four occupants. All seats are upholstered in leather, and the front buckets are heated. The driver gets an eight-way power seat with memory-controlled lumbar adjustment, while the front passenger seat is a four-way unit.

Standard features include a power moonroof, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, and an Acura/Bose six-speaker stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer. The Type S adds a silver metallic-faced instrument cluster and perforated-leather seats, steering wheel and gearshift knob with a special emblem. A satellite-linked DVD navigation system with a touchscreen display is the only factory-installed option.

Under the Hood
Base 3.2 CL coupes use a 3.2-liter V-6 engine that produces 225 horsepower, while the performance-oriented Type S gets a 260-hp variant of the same power plant. Both engines mate with a five-speed-automatic transmission, which has a Sequential SportShift provision for semi-manual gear changes.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard on both models. The Type S comes with Acura’s Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system to help maintain control during acceleration, cornering and sudden maneuvers.

Driving Impressions
While both models are appealing, the 3.2 CL adopts a somewhat different personality than the Type S. In the city, at least, the Type S is rather rough riding — its tauter suspension pounding over some bumps and holes, which is a touch out of character for an Acura.

Performance on the Type S is eager and energetic and has capable handling skills. Quick, assertive engine response is accompanied by a drawling noise during hard acceleration. Full-throttle downshifts for passing can get awkward, but otherwise, the automatic transmission performs promptly and easily. The top CL maneuvers adeptly, hangs tight through curves and steers with satisfying precision.

Seats are firm but supportive and comfortable. The coupe is spacious up front, but it is snugger in the rear, lacking in headroom and legroom. Visibility is good, except over the driver’s left shoulder.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.6)
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(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.9)
(5.0)

Best car I have ever owned

by Stormin Norman from SACRAMENTO on May 13, 2018

Fits my needs. It is sporty, reliable,economical,reliable and fun to drive. I am sorry that Acura no longer makes a model like this. I would buy a new one if they did. Read full review

(5.0)

My best Car I owned

by Pankaj from TX on February 19, 2018

Great car for my long rides and day to day office commute. This car is very relaxing and provides great confort. It has best Sound system . Read full review

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The 2002 Acura CL currently has 1 recall


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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