Acura CL
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Make: Acura
Model: CL
Acura CL

Between 1997 and 2003, Honda, a Japanese company, manufactured the Acura CL – a model based off the popular Honda Accord. It is noteworthy that this was the first Acura to be manufactured in the United States. The plant claimed Marysville, Ohio as its home, which also produced the TL and Honda Accord. The Acura CL was designed as a replacement for the Acura Legend, of which the sedan was later renamed the Acura RL. The coupe version of the Acura Legend was at last replaced by the Acura CL in 1997. Additionally, the Acura CL was a product of Acura's transition into using alphanumeric labeling for its cars – with the exception of the Integra, which maintained the older labeling system until 2001. The first Acura CL model, which came about in 1997, carried a 3.0 L J30 V6 or a 2.2 L (F22B1) I4 engine. The 1998 and 1999 models received an upgraded 2.3 L engine. The initial model came in four versions – 2.x Base, 2.x Premium, 3.0 Base, and lastly the 3.0 Premium. The premium model would supply the driver with luxury features such as heated leather seats and a superb Bose stereo system. Incidentally, a 2000 model of the Acura CL was never released, which resulted from Honda instead releasing the Acura TL, a sister model of the Acura CL. Nevertheless, the 2001 model of the Acura CL was released in Mid 2000 as a completely redesigned vehicle with a 3.2 L SOHC VTEC J-series V6 engine. Furthermore, buyers could select to include a navigational system with the 2001 Type-S model (the Sport edition). A 225 horsepower V6 could be found in the standard model; meanwhile, the Type-S enjoyed a 260 horsepower V6 – not to mention the 17" wheels and improved firmer seats. The CL Type-S was again offered to consumers in 2002 and again in 2003; only this time with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

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