2002 CL New Car Test Drive
The Acura CL is designed for drivers who want the comfort and quality of a luxury car but the handling, power, and sporty image of a coupe. The CL achieves all of this with a cabin that's comfortable, convenient and luxurious, a smooth, quiet ride, agile handling, and plenty of power. Though it won't draw stares from kids on skateboards, it is attractive and sporty.
The CL Type-S adds power to this picture and backs it up with a sports suspension and anti-skid control.
The 2002 CL is available in two versions, both of which are very well equipped. In fact, only one option is available: Acura's $2,000 DVD-based Global Positioning Satellite navigation system.
3.2 CL ($28,030) comes with all the features buyers expect in a more expensive luxury car. Standard equipment includes antilock brakes, traction control, front and side airbags, auto-on Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, leather seating with eight-way power for the driver and four-way power for the front passenger, wood trim, automatic climate controls, Bose audio with a six-disc CD changer in the dash, an adjustable steering column and a power moonroof.
CL Type-S ($30,380) comes with more horsepower, a suspension tuned for more responsive handling, and an electronic stability program.
Both models are powered by Honda's 3.2-liter V6. The standard CL makes 225 horsepower, which is a lot of power for this class. The Type S, thanks a number of subtle engine tweaks, makes an even more impressive 260 horsepower.
New equipment for the 2002 model year includes 'diffuser' side mirrors, thicker moonroof glass to reduce wind noise and three new exterior colors.