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2002 Acura CL vs. 1997 Acura EL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 Acura EL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Acura EL would be higher. At 3,210 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 Acura CL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) has 133 more horse power than 1997 Acura EL. (127 HP @ 6600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 1997 Acura EL. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Acura CL weights approximately 501 kg more than 1997 Acura EL. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 170 more torque (in Nm) than 1997 Acura EL. (145 Nm @ 5500 RPM). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1997 Acura EL. 2002 Acura CL has automatic transmission and 1997 Acura EL has manual transmission. 1997 Acura EL will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Acura CL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Acura CL 1997 Acura EL
Make Acura Acura
Model CL EL
Year Released 2002 1997
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3210 cc 1600 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 260 HP 127 HP
Engine RPM 6900 RPM 6600 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 145 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 5500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1580 kg 1079 kg
Vehicle Length 4880 mm 4478 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1704 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1394 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2619 mm


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