2003 Acura CL User Reviews

2003 Acura CL Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 19 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 7 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"seat" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 19 2003 Acura CL reviews.

mlord62 writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Very nimble, handles very well and fun as hell to drive. Great acceleration. Styling is a work of art.

Cons

Sun-roof controls should be up by roof but are to the left of the steering wheel. Car is not as quiet as I would expect especially at high speeds.

mlord62
55

Best Looking Acura Made. — For a mid sized 2 door car there is lot of room, the trunk is very large and the seats are extremely comfortable. I really like the DVD based navigation and I have the very rare 6 speed manual in mine so it's like a race car to me. So far my only gripes are minor such as the fact that the On-star system that came in the car does not work and cannot be made to work because they used analog hardware that cannot be updated. Also, I don't care for the mirror that tilts down by itself when backing up.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
CL
Looking for a Used CL in your area?
CarGurus has 321 nationwide CL listings starting at $1,995.
ZIP:
ttran1010 writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Still runs great and maintain it's power

Cons

2 door vehicle

ttran1010
45

Red Beauty — This Red Beauty still runs beautifully and has great performance. It still maintains a slick clean look. I enjoy driving my Acura CL type S, the extra Horse power gives it that extra punch. This 2003 CL is the last two door vehicle besides the NSX that Acura manufactured. It is definitely a great car and am disappointed that there is no longer a two door Acura.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Alko writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Fun to drive fast

Cons

Front drive

Alko
45

Classy Upscale Stealthy Fun — Best interior layout of any coupe. Low dash, big glass, low beltline. Great performance if you keep it in high revs. Tight handling for a front drive, yet nice, quiet ride. Excellent mpg, build and reliability, no repairs in 8 years. A beast in snow with all season performance tires. Best Honda product ever.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Rich writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Comfort, Acura build quality and reliability. Highway cruising is fun and relaxing.

Cons

Weight distribution due to FWD. Avoid the automatic transmission in ALL V-6 Acuras from 01-03 CL and TL

45

2003 Acura Cl-s (6spd-m) — Best car that I've ever owned. loaded with luxury comforts, smooth at highway speeds, quiet inside. Will do 100 with minimal effort, capable of130+. . 40mph to 80 happens in a flash. Mine is the 6speed manual. Only problems have occured because of faulty maintanance by Firestone. (never again). Only complaint: being front wheel drive the weight distribution is front-heavy. Therefore high speed handling /braking could be better. Front brakes only last about 30k due to the weight.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Rob writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Everything I've done to it!!

Cons

The only bad thing I'd have to say about this car is it's brakes. Other than that, it's perfect!!

55

Absolutely Awesome Car!!! — This is an absolutely great car!! I've owned it for almost 3 years now and have NEVER had a problem with it!! Acura really went all out when they designed this car, and it's a shame they stopped making them. I bought the car for $18,500 off the lot with only 30k miles, and it was absolutely flawless!! Some of my current modifications include: -Comptech Sport Icebox Cold Air Intake -Comptech Sport Headers -Greddy Evolution II Cat-back Exhaust -Unorthodox Racing 3-Piece Pulley Set -Eibach Pro Kit Dampers & Springs -Comptech Sport Titanium Strut Brace -Comptech Sport Sway Bars -Denso Iridium Spark Plugs -K&N Drop In Filter -Kaixen 8500K HID Bulbs -Clear Blinker Bulbs -20% Llumar Tint All around -Pioneer Avic-D2 Navi/DVD w/ Ipod Interface & Rear Camera -'07 TL-S Shift Knob -Passport Escort 8500 X-50 -18'' RonJon Servo's Wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE01R's

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
jhenry4x writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Long Trips:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Easily accessible power with manual transmission, fun to drive, impeccable reliability

Cons

Lack of folding rear seats limits cargo capacity, rear seat accessibility limited (but that's the nature of a coupe).

jhenry4x
35

Excellent Gt Coupe...acura Needs To Revive This Model — Excellent long range cruiser, that is both fast and comfortable. Willing to take on twisty roads while still maintaining all day comfort. Excellent reliability and good mileage for a 10yr old sports coupe. Will still run with many $40k cars of the day.

Primary Use: Family transportation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Marco writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Type-S Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

1 out of 2700.

Cons

Torque steer , even with LSD. (I have the 6 speed)

65

Perfect Everyday Car For A Person That Actually Likes To Drive. — Simply the best car ive ever owned, power when you need it , fuel economy when you want it. It is a well balanced sporty luxury couple. This is my second CL-S so I know what to expect. No out of the ordinary problems so far. Nice to drive something you dont see everyday.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
harmonk0163 writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Fun to Drive, Fast, Sleek,

Cons

Gas, but it's not the cars fault...it  the economy

harmonk0163
45

My Super Coupe — One of my all time favorite cars I've ever owned, my TL always has never let me down. From the time I purchased it to know, it has always drawn attention, it's sleek and when I added the tint. Boom "Blackout" was born...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
colinmcknight3 writes:
2003 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.2 Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

fast, powerful, quick.

Cons

gas milage

colinmcknight3
35

Great Car — like: speed and sportyness of the coupe dislike: gas milage and body look. Exhaust system sounds great and the Xeon Aftermarket lights are extremly bright (white). Also the Bose suround sound stereo system sounds amazing and the bas that comes with it is very good.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
streetkA writes:
2003 Acura CL Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

comfortable fast u will be suprised how hard it pulls .realiable

Cons

FWD and brakes

streetkA
45

Great Car For Daily Driver And Also Fun Maker For A Weekends — i bought it for 13k with 45k miles. its 6 speed and i love it drove many cars and nowhere i can find so much room and also fun from driving. car is great but needs to be lowered what i already did with tein springs and tokico shocks. its amazing cruiser and whenever u want can put some other car into a shame. brakes could be better for that weight. also this car would be much better in RWD not FWD but limited slip diff helps alot. i tried a 1/4 mile race with nice 14.3 result. i put into shame couple of nice cars like RX8 s2000 wrx 330i g35. the best thing about this car is nobody expect that this car is so fast. stay away from auto transmision. sould of the VTEC is like habit u try once u are not gonna stop it. now i have 65k miles and im glad i ve bought this car. its comfortable. gas milage isnt to bad. on the highway i went for over 32 mpg on the cruise control 70mph. deff reccomend this car for people whos looking for a car which is gonna be somthing more that a thing to move from A to B

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 19 2003 Acura CL reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2002 Acura CL Reviews

2002 Acura Cl Type S By HBreck

Owned from May 2005 through February 2007. Good power, so-so fuel economy, ok handling, but the handling suffered by comparison to my previous car, a 1997 Honda Prelude. Heavy for a coupe, and somewha... Read More

Proud Of Owning One! By xakeo

Love it! Style-wise still one of the best looking cars out there even 9 years later. Very reliable car, built to last a long time. Wish it was four door at this point in time! Very easy to maintain an... Read More

Read all 2002 Acura CL reviews

2001 Acura CL Reviews

My Best Friend By Maxamillius

This car was my first car. Never gave me many problems except for the cylinders misfiring. when it isn't jerking, it drives very smoothly and is overall comfortable. i have been through snow, water, h... Read More

Great Car! By jakedelrio

Perfect size, nice handling and just sporty enough without calling attention. The ride and acceleration is surprising and overall is a very luxurious and premium feel. Have had a great time with this ... Read More

Read all 28 2001 Acura CL reviews

1999 Acura CL Reviews

Good Student Car By CraigV

I bought this car for my 16 yr old son. Wanted something reliable, somewhat sporty, and with a manual transmission. He drove it for over 3 years and had very few problems with it (rear brake calipers,... Read More

A Fun 4(5) Seater Coupe. By Garrett

This was a fun little car, and I was sad to see it go. The acceleration on the car was surprising fast for a 4 cylinder. I have no complaints about the steering or braking either. The car is solid... Read More

Read all 9 1999 Acura CL reviews

1998 Acura CL Reviews

1998 Acura Cl 3.2l By emeccaauto1

This car is pretty fun to drive with a 5 speed manual. Reliability? This car wrote the book on it. Which is what every Honda/Acura has come to know and love. It has 167k miles and runs like new, no ma... Read More

Great Car With One Fatal Flaw By clintonics

I love this little car, it was cheap but performs very well and is very comfortable with leather heated seats power everything, a Bose sound system, a sunroof and a great ride. The car is incredib... Read More

Read all 10 1998 Acura CL reviews

1997 Acura CL Reviews

I Really Loved This Car! By khenn151

Overall, a fantastic car. It was my first car and it outlasted all of my friends' newer first cars. The acceleration, braking, and handling were great. I felt comfortable driving in the slush and s... Read More

Cute Sports Car That Drives Very Well By MsLake

I like the style & I find the car comfortable. This car has a manual transmission which gives more control driving & manual transmissions are great on gas. Very sporty car & it drives like a dream. C... Read More

Read all 15 1997 Acura CL reviews

People researching a 2003 Acura CL contacted a dealer about

Honda Accord
11% of the time
2003 Acura CL, exterior
Acura CL
10% of the time
Acura TL
8% of the time
Volkswagen Jetta
6% of the time
CL
Looking for a Used CL in your area?
CarGurus has 321 nationwide CL listings starting at $1,995.
ZIP: