• (4.8) 10 reviews
  • MSRP: $843–$6,843
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 225-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2001 Acura TL

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Vehicle Overview
The front-drive 3.2TL sedan is derived from the Honda Accord and is built at the same assembly plant in Ohio. The two cars have something else in common: both are the best-selling models for their respective divisions.

Acura is Honda’s luxury division, and the 3.2TL is its midlevel sedan, fitting between the compact Integra and full-size RL in size and price.

There were no major changes in 2001, but the 3.2TL will get a face-lift when the 2002 models arrive next spring.

The conservative styling of the TL sedan makes it look like a trimmer version of the Acura 3.5RL, but it also reflects its family ties to the Accord. The TL’s 108-inch wheelbase and 193-inch overall length are 2 to 3 inches longer than the Accord’s dimensions.

The five-passenger 3.2TL comes fully equipped with leather upholstery, power front seats, automatic climate control, a power moonroof and a five-speaker sound system with an in-dash CD player. The only major option is the Acura Navigation System, which covers the continental United States with one DVD.

Under the Hood
The 3.2TL comes with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine (built in Ohio and shared with the CL coupe) that generates 225 horsepower. The engine teams with a five-speed automatic transmission that can be left in drive for fully automatic operation or in a SportShift slot that allows shifting up or down through the gears by tipping the lever fore or aft.

Driving Impressions
The TL has standard side-impact airbags mounted in the sides of the front seats. Seven sensors in the front passenger seat determine the size and position of the occupant and will disable the airbag if they detect a small child. The front airbag on the passenger side is the dual-inflation type that deploys with greater force in a severe collision.

Antilock brakes and traction control also are standard.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


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Most trouble free car I've ever owned

by Tyw from on October 4, 2017

A joy to own and fun to drive. The interior is comfortable and easy on the eyes, everything is easy to operate. Lots of trunk space.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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