Learn More about the Acura CL
- CL is an acronym for "Contemporary Luxury". It is classified as a sporty coupe but still offers luxury and comfort to the owners.
- The first Acura to be built in the US was the CL. It was manufactured at the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio but was designed in California. This is the same plant where the TL and the Honda Accord (CL's predecessors) were built. The CL was originally on the Accord coupe platform.
- The CL has been Acura's only mid-sized luxury coupe. Since the pull-out of the CL, the Acura has yet to release another car in the said category.
- Debuted in 1997, the CL started Acura's system of giving its cars alphanumeric names, save the Acura Integra. For six years (1997 to 2003), Acura sold the CL coupe worldwide.
- When the CL was introduced, it had four different versions (the 2.x Base, the 2.x Premium, 3.0 Base, and the 3.0 Premium). The Premium models boasted added features like the heated leather seating and the Bose stereo system.
- Even in its debut, the CL already had the edge over its competitors because it was engineered for performance and handling. The 1997 model had four disc-brakes for premium stopping capabilities and two ventilated front disc brakes for cooling. It was also installed with anti-lock brakes for sudden stops. Comfort-wise, the CL had wishbone front and rear suspension and an independent stabilizer bar with coil springs.
- Honda's target market for the CL was the empty-nester population, especially for the 2003 model. The company wanted them, who are experiencing life without children, to enjoy or re-enjoy a coupe instead of the SUV or minivans needed for family use.
- Honda opted to do away with the manual transmission for the 2001 model. The company only built 3,511 models with manual transmission (2,691 without navigation and 820 with navigation). But contrary to the expectations of Acura, there was a greater demand for the vehicle.
- Between 2000 and 2003, about 31,000 units of the CL were sold.
- Unlike the US CL, the Canadian CL has a daytime running lights and a windshield washer fluid level sensor equipped.