2000 Acura 1.6 EL Premium 1.6 litre engine from North America
A somewhat reasonable compromise between performance/fuel efficiency/creature comforts.
* One day during the summer, the power door locks began to mysteriously lock and unlock themselves -- lasted for a few weeks until one day it mysteriously stopped. Very annoying when driving, or returning to a car that you had previously locked!
Good fuel economy (7.44 litres/100 km).
Operating air conditioning doesn't seem to significantly affect fuel economy.
Simple and easily accessible controls (heating, stereo, etc.)
Included features (e.g. power sunroof/moonroof, heated seats/mirrors, power doorlocks, power windows, fold-down rear seats, alarm system, cruise control, etc.).
Attractive exterior styling.
Aside from power door lock bugaboo, I have had no problems with mechanics or body integrity.
Not a lot of horse power (need to get to the upper RPMs to get performance out of engine).
Bugaboo with speedometer during cold climates (sometimes needle will temporarily "stick")
Leather is not supple (lower grade leather, in my opinion).
Handling (steering and cornering) below that of older Integra models (e.g., 1991).
Imperfections in the road can be a little unsettling for the car (lessening my confidence in it's handling ability).
My knee hits the steering wheel column when I applying the brakes (maybe not the greatest, ergonomically-speaking, for tallish drivers).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st October, 2006
19th Apr 2008, 23:24
Update: I have now reached 144,000 KMs on the car, and since my previous report I have not had any new issues with the car. On thing of note, my overall fuel economy has improved. After putting on roughly 50,000KM, my overall cummulative fuel consumption average reached a low of 7.34L per 100KM. After looking back at my spreadsheet, the only things I have done on this car have been oil changes, brake pads/rotors, air filters, spark plugs, coolant replacement, wiper blades. I have yet to replace the muffler!
When I look at other luxo-car reviews, I think it might be difficult to give up this EL when the time comes (baby just arrived, but so far I have been able to install child seat rear-facing in rear seat, passenger-side... however with that said, I don't think I can have a front passenger sitting beside me while the baby is in the back (and my wife is 5 ft 2.