2003 Acura TL User Reviews

2003 Acura TL Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

Average Ratings from 35 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"transmission" 4 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews
"high cost" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 35 2003 Acura TL reviews.

conan007 writes:
2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Style, power, handling.

Cons

Sporty ride, not a luxury car.

conan007
25

Great Overall Family Sports Sedan — Great handling, smooth power. great standard features. The ride is really sporty, and comfortable, but lacks the refinement of the rear-wheel drive competitors, such as BMW and Mercedes Benz. However, I highly recommend this car to anyone. It is simply a gorgeous, and sportier Honda Accord.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
TL
Looking for a Used TL in your area?
CarGurus has 5,868 nationwide TL listings starting at $2,000.
ZIP:
Ramman05 writes:
2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Great amount of horsepower and great ride quality

Cons

Front wheel drive, should have gotten the S model.

Ramman05
155

Great, Comfortable, Fast Car — I liked the feel of the car, the suspension was soft and ride quality was good. Wasn't a fan that it was a front wheel drive car but it handled nicely in the rain. The interior learther was soft and very comfortable. I'm a tall person and there was plenty of room in the rear seats.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
anawwar writes:
2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Beautiful styling, large interior, comfortable ride, well designed.

Cons

Transmission problem at 145,000 km

anawwar
95

Excellent All Around Car — Well built car that visited the dealer shop only for regular maintenance until this year ! After the 144,000 km service, incl. transmission flush I started noticing transmission problems and told it required replacement. Did anyone have a similar problem? Aside from that recent issue, that car offered good gas mileage (average 9 liters/100 km) and felt quite safe to drive even under adverse weather.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
kdt0824 writes:
2003 Acura TL S Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
3

Pros

Sporty and looks great, goes very fast and is fun to drive.

Cons

very expensive to fix, had a lot of trouble, have had to replace just about everything on this car!

kdt0824
25

Fun To Drive, Expensive To Maintain — I like the fact that it is a good looking car and is very fun to drive. I do not like that it is very expensive to maintain, if anything messes up you are looking at a few hundred dollars to fix minimum. Have put over 3,000 in the car since I purchased it 3 years ago! The car also requires premium gasoline so it just adds to the high costs of this vehicle.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Brett writes:
2003 Acura TL S Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Build quality and preformance

Cons

take premium and fwd

55

Gotta Love Imports — Build quality and performance good. 260 hp so its fast and since it is a type s it has a stiffer suspenstion and handles fairly well. Nice engine note and makes a good amount of noise when it revs. Redlines at i think 7300 rpm which is good and overal is fun to drive. Fwd and gas mileage are the only negatives.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
cleangrrl777 writes:
2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Power, easy handling, smooth quiet ride!

Cons

High maintenance cost

cleangrrl777
235

Reliable And Fun To Drive! — I've owned this car for 7 years and put over 120,000 miles on her! We've been all over the US on roadtrips and the smooth comfortable ride was worth the maintenance costs. Replaced the transmission at only 89K miles which was a bit shocking to me, but other than that I enjoyed this car!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
lisaweatherly writes:
2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

The leather seats in this model are as cozy as a couch.

Cons

the gas mileage

lisaweatherly
25

Great Condition For 10 Years Old — I just bought this car and it is in excellent shape for a vehicle 10 years old. It drives like a new car and the interior is surprisingly not outdated too much. Would like an outlet for an aux cord or Bluetooth, but it does have a cassete.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
swan5305 writes:
2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Great car. Very reliable over a 10-year time period. No repairs needed. Like none. This car handles very well and the bucket seats wrap you in stability and comfort. Always fun to drive. Very good in snow.

Cons

None that I can think of.

swan5305
45

Sporty Drive With A Very Comfortable Ride. — This car has been a joy. A surprise. My husband bought it as "his car", mainly driving to and from work. I have a Lexus RX model, and there are times when I prefer to take the Acura on road trips.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Samuel writes:
2003 Acura TL S w/ Navigation Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Fun car to drive.

Cons

Navigation system is a little slow compared to today's standards.

55

I Love This Car! — Performance: Acceleration is good. Braking could use a bit more. Handling is good. Build Quality: Minor rattles after owning the car for 6 years. No repairs done so far. So for 6 years, it's done pretty well. Appearance: I love it. Cost of Ownership: I get close to 29 mpg, and I've only had to do the normal oil change maintenance so far. Fun Factor: Fun to drive, although steering radius could be better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Matt writes:
2003 Acura TL S Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Quick, perfect size, handles extremely well

Cons

Premium gas

35

Awesome — By far the most reliable car I've ever had, replaced one headlight and the vapor canister other than that nothing beyond standard wearable items. Acura dealership has been awesome to work with, my next car will be another Acura for sure!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 35 2003 Acura TL reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

1996 Acura TL Reviews

I Had It For ~10years By freya34

Great car. Only little things went wrong. Lots of good things to say. Only a couple bad things. Sometimes the replacement parts are hard to come by. You have to go through an Acura dealership mos... Read More

Have Some Cash In Your Savings 'just In Case' By Abby

I bought this vehicle with 108k miles on it. The interior was well maintained and the exterior aside from the bit of rust and dent in the trunk was well kept too. Acceleration can take you off guard... Read More

Read all 8 1996 Acura TL reviews

1997 Acura TL Reviews

Great First Car, Last A Lifetime By Andrew

performance: fast, strong car Build Quality: great quality car solid. Apper: luxuriant, and stylish CoO: cheep easy to find parts, but aftermarket parts are very limited FF: this car is a blast, c... Read More

Top Notch By Raincity

I've had mine for 8 years. I still think it looks sharp. Repairs have been minimal. People are amazed it's 13 years old. Not a lot of rear leg room but my kids have tiny legs (for now) The End. Read More

Read all 6 1997 Acura TL reviews

1998 Acura TL Reviews

Best Car For The Year By benzboi32

I love that it is paid for, easy to maintain, drives great for a 15 year old car, handles awesome in wet weather at any speed, dependable, fast, and sporty. I hate that the tranny is only a 4-speed, c... Read More

Modest Luxury. By Christian

I've owned mine for 2 years now and it's been great to me. Only normal required maintenance so far. Read More

Read all 3 1998 Acura TL reviews

1999 Acura TL Reviews

If You're A Car Keeper, The Acura Tl Is A Huge Value! By Osagirl

I bought this car new in 1999 and it has over 200,000 miles on it now. Last year I bought a new 2012 TL - that's how much I loved the TL - and still kept the old one as our spare. I drive a lot for wo... Read More

Shes Mine And I Lover Her Hard By Bill

love it love it love it love it love it love it lkove it the car gets up and goes when u want it it comfy and it handles fairly this is my first winter with it and it is a beast in the snow braking is... Read More

Read all 16 1999 Acura TL reviews

2000 Acura TL Reviews

Great Power And Looks And Its A Family Car To. By carlover187

I love my dad's TL, I'm really gonna miss it when it's gone and it's my favorite 4-door car of all time. My favorite thing about this car is the sound. The low RPM growls are just amazing and when vte... Read More

Reliable But Not Worth It. By jtfny478

I liked how the car drove like a Cadillac and was smooth with pretty good pick up from 0-60 and in lengthy drives the car was nice in the higher speeds and also was good on gas mileage on the highway.... Read More

Read all 16 2000 Acura TL reviews

People researching a 2003 Acura TL contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2003 Acura TL S w/ Navigation, exterior
Acura TL
25% of the time
Honda Accord
11% of the time
Honda Civic
6% of the time
Nissan Maxima
5% of the time
TL
Looking for a Used TL in your area?
CarGurus has 5,868 nationwide TL listings starting at $2,000.
ZIP: