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2002 Acura TL Sedan

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  • $28,880 original MSRP
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2002 Acura 3.2TL Type S

Source: The Car Connection

A top gun in commuter clothing.

by Eric Peters

The most powerful import entry-luxury sedan is also the least well-known: Acura's 3.2 TL Type S. With 260 hp on tap from its 3.2 liter V-6 engine, the $31,320 Type S vastly outguns such rivals as the 225-hp BMW 330i ($33,990), the 215-hp Lexus IS 300 ($30,805) and the comparatively weak-kneed 190-hp Audi A4 2.8 ($30,340), as well as both versions of the Mercedes C-Class ($29,950-$36,950).

Based on the 3.2 TL, the performance-oriented 2002 Type S is a new offering that adds the stronger engine that first appeared in the CL coupe Type S earlier in the year. In addition to the 35-hp boost in output from the standard TL's 225-hp 3.2 engine, the '02 Type S also gets an upgraded, sport-tuned suspension with 17-inch rims and Acura's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) active handling system that corrects for driver error to avoid accidents. It does this by selectively using the traction control and anti-lock braking systems to correct for oversteer and understeer, which might otherwise cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle during abrupt, emergency-type maneuvers.

Other Type S accoutrements include unique-to-this car heated leather sport buckets, a dual gate shifter for the standard five-speed automatic, and "Type S" trim and badging to round out the deal. All of this comes your way for about $2500 above what you'd pay for the normal 3.2 TL ($28,880).

That's quite the deal when you ponder the pushing-40 price of the 215-hp Mercedes C320 — and very competitive as regards to the others that are closer in price but which lack many of the features (not to mention underhood gumption) that come standard on the TL. Optioned out, a BMW 330i will tickle $40k, and even the well-equipped, high-performance Lexus IS300 comes out nearer to $35,000 when you add a few options.

Meanwhile the only available optional extra on the 3.2 TL (both the regular version as well as the Type S) is Acura's excellent touch-screen GPS satellite navigation system. It adds $2100 to the price of either car, so a Type S "with everything" will sticker out at $33,230.

That figure includes climate control air conditioning, Bose audio system with six-disc, in-dash CD changer, wood and leather trim, electric sunroof, heated eight-way power driver's seat (four-way heated passenger seat), Xenon high intensity discharge headlights, plus power-actuated everything (one-touch windows, locks, mirrors, etc.). It's a lot of stuff, much of it extra cost, or not available, on similar competitors' models.

Crisp, but quiet

The TL is also well-built and stylish, in a crisp, quiet sort of way. The car may not draw attention to itself like a Bimmer, but it displays solid good taste, which a wag once described as "that which is approporiate."

The restyled nose -- another change for 2002 across the TL line -- definitely helps the car stand out a bit more from its Honda forbears (the TL shares a common albeit heavily tweaked platform with the current Accord).

Sometimes mid-year facelifts are no great shakes but Acura has done a credible job here; there's not an ugly line to be found. And while it may be a touch too anonymous for those seeking to impress, the car has a respectable dignity that will hold up well over the years -- something to consider if you plan on holding onto the keys for more than the typical 48-month new car lease period.

The TL's interior, as well, is an example of good design and good taste. Some cars try so hard to be "luxurious" they end up coming off as garish, noveaux riches poseurs; others confuse complexity with cachet and come off as merely cheesy and overwrought, straining to impress with buttons and switches and odd mishmashes of this and that strewn all over the place. The TL's interior is comfortable, coherent and purposeful; nothing to complain about anywhere — and nothing to apologize for, either.

And don't forget the added bonus of that outstanding GPS satellite navigation system. Acura's DVD-based, touch screen-activated unit is so vastly superior to anything else out there (at any price, on any model) that it's almost worth buying the car just to get this particular system. Unlike the absurdly complex units offered on some other cars that are harder to figure out and use comfortably than an arthritic late 1980s PC running DOS, Acura's system is simple, intuitive, and as user-friendly a gadget as you'll find.

The Type S would be truly phenomenal if it had two more things: rear-wheel drive and an available manual transmission instead of the take-it-or-leave-it five-speed automatic. The front-drive platform of the Type S is its only real handicap as a performance sedan vis-a-vis the rear-drive Big Boys of the entry-luxury sport sedan world: the BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class and Lexus IS 300. But this could be remedied in a Detroit minute by the availability of a manual transmission. A TL with 260 hp and a five- (or six-) speed? Now that would make the "s" in Type S stand for something really super.

2002 Acura 3.2 TL Type S

Base price range: $31,320-$33,230
Engine: 3.2-liter V-6, 260-hp
Transmission: Five-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive
Wheelbase: 108.1 in
Length: 192.5 in
Width: 70.3 in
Height: 53.7 in
Curb Weight: 3538 lb.
EPA (cty/hwy): 19/29 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags, side airbags, traction control, stability control, ABS
Major standard features: 17x6.5-inch alloy rims, sport suspension, electric moonroof, climate control, leather trim, eight-way heated power driver's seat, six-disc in-dash CD-changer, power windows, locks, tilt wheel, electric rear defroster
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles


Copyright © 2001 by the Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Acura Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12 months/12,000 miles limited warranty from purchased date or expiration of new car warranty date. Additional 7 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty from in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 and Less Than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 182
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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