There are flashes of nimbleness. But to find them, one must work that manual transmission with verve; often dropping it down to gears that might seem a little too low for the immediate purpose.
But trust us. Upper gearing of the CL is remarkably long-legged. Fifth, even on a freeway at full scoot, feels like an overdrive engaged 10 mph too soon.
In a way, that's a pleasantry. It shows the CL to be a svelte, entertaining car with a hidden talent for high-speed touring over long distances with minimum disturbance of one's body, reflexes or motoring anxieties.
Hey, maybe that's what CL stands for: Comfortable Loafing.
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1997 Acura 2.2CL
The Good: Elegant lines from sophisticated lineage of Japan's first luxury car maker. A cut above your brother-in-law's Accord. Amply equipped and a reasonably priced coupe slotted between $19,000 Acura Integra and $28,000 2.5TL.