2001 Acura TL

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Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

192.9” x 56.1”


Front-wheel drive



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2001 Acura TL review: Our expert's take

So what possessed us to test a luxury sedan when the snow was up to the trick knee?

Actually, not a bad time to find out if the luxury sedan is only a seasonal machine or a year-round hauler.

With ABS and traction control standard, the 2001 Acura 3.2 TL we tested did more than an admirable job on the roads. It does have one Snow Belt drawback–it sits so low to the ground that at intersections with snow piled deep at the corners, you need to edge out into the roadway to see what, if anything, is coming.

If you have to edge into traffic, best to edge in a brute like a full-size SUV rather than a bantam weight like the 3.2 TL, don’t you think?

The Acura 3.2 TL is a very fine machine with a spirited 3.2-liter, 225-h.p., 24-valve V-6 that delivers 19 m.p.g. city/29 m.p.g. highway. And it runs so quietly you’re tempted to turn the key again to ensure all 24 valves are pumping.

And, as is typical with any vehicle from Honda, the Acura sedan features one of the industry’s most responsive steering systems. Touch and go without lingering. The suspension is tuned to eliminate road harshness and allow for long-distance, relaxing travel.

As noted above, however, the 3.2 TL that’s built off the Honda Accord platform seems to sit at ground level. You feel as if you are looking up whenever checking out the other vehicles around you at a light. And while the trunk is huge, it would have been nice if Acura reclaimed some of that space for the rear-seat passengers and made the luggage squeeze together to fit.

Base price: $30,550 and it comes so fully equipped you need only add freight at $480.

Pluses include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, dual front and side air bags, climate control, Bose AM/FM with cassette and CD, power seats/locks/mirrors/windows/moonroof and a DVD navigation system for technoids. We still prefer instructions via paper.

The 2002 upgrade of the 3.2 TL coming out this spring will be at the auto show, sporting major front-end and minor rear-end redesign, and an all-new, high-performance Type S with a 260-h.p. version of the 3.2-liter V-6, along with bigger wheels/tires and a sports-tuned suspension.

Acura also will show the 2002 3.5 RL with beefed-up engine also coming out this spring, along with the Acura RSX concept, a thinly disguised look at the new Integra coming this fall.

Change of plans

Volvo called to say it will have both its concept Adventure sport-utility vehicle as well as its SCC safety concept car on display at the Chicago Auto Show Feb. 9 through 18 in McCormick Place South. As first planned, the SCC was going to be shipped to the Geneva Auto Show instead.

Desk-cleaning giveaway

Not sure what is living under the stuff lining desk, floor and walls, but last week, it started getting mail. So it’s time for a desk-cleaning giveaway. Send post cards only to Jim Mateja, 700 N. Mil waukee Ave., Vernon Hills, Ill. 60061. Entry deadline is Feb. 12. And, be advised if you win (?) and the package moves or makes noise when it arrives, that’s your problem. Oh, and we won’t forward any of the varmints’ mail.

Strictly personal

For years Jim Mancuso, the Skokie Chevy dealer and most cantankerous Italian we ever met, called each week to complain about our columns, especially those needling dealers. He’d rant, rave, scream and holler and then ask: “And how’s the wife and kids? Please give them my best.”

Eventually the calls got shorter, punctuated with less Italian, and Mancuso retired. He’d still phone on occasion to ream us out, perhaps to lift his spirits as his health began to fail. It was with deep regret that we got the call a week ago, from his son Rob, to say Jim had passed away at 84.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.9
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


absolutely a awesome car. at 184500.

22 years old and able to accelerate faster than my previous BMW. I have replaced almost everything including timing belt and suspension. as of now I have reached 145mph and pass everything in sight. oh, 18" Nissan rims and michelin tires 225/40/18.


20 years old and still a daily driver

We bought our TL certified used back in 2004 and we're still driving it today. It's quiet, very comfortable, handles well and still has pretty decent power, even at 205,000 miles. It's been very reliable, especially considering this is a luxury car with lots of systems that could break down, but don't. The only issue, if you could call it that, is the HID headlights usually need to be serviced every 10 years or so, and it's an expensive repair, unless you do it yourself.


Outside of home. This car is my place of security

Front passenger seat should be as comfortable as the drivers seat. I have driven this vehicle thousands of miles .current mileage 279001. My wife usually has to place a seat cushion after a few hours on the road. I always encourage her to sit in the rear as the back seats are comfortable. Her reply is yes but they don’t recline😂

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Based on the 2001 Acura TL base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old and newer from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/100,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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