Acura EL

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Acura EL
1999-2000 Acura 1.6EL
Automotive industryAcura
Parent companyHonda
AssemblyAlliston, Ontario, Canada
PredecessorAcura Integra sedan
SuccessorAcura CSX
Car classificationEntry-level luxury car
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFF layout
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed Automatic transmission
5-speed Manual transmission

In 1996, the Acura EL was born as a Compact car Entry-level luxury car developed by Honda as an entry-level vehicle (the EL in the car name), and sold only in Canada. It replaced the Integra sedan in the lineup, while the Integra sedan continued to be sold in the United States until 2001. The car had two different generations, and was sold from 1997 to 2005. The first generation was a Subcompact car, while the second generation became a Compact car. The Acura EL was the first B-segment Luxury car in North America. All ELs were built at Honda's Alliston, Ontario, Canada plant (home of the Civic), and also the first Acura built in Canada. Representing 51% of Acura Canada's annual new-vehicle sales in its first full year, the EL remained Acura's top seller in Canada from 1997 to 2003.[1] The Acura EL was replaced for the 2006 model year by the Acura CSX. Like the EL, the CSX is available only in Canada.


First generation (1996-2000)

1997-1998 Acura 1.6 EL
Car classificationSubcompact Luxury car
Internal combustion engineD16Y8 1.6 L Straight-4 (127 hp)(108 Tq)
Wheelbase103.1 in (2620 mm)
Length176.3 in (4478 mm)
Width67.1 in (1705 mm)
Height54.9 in (1395 mm)
RelatedHonda Domani
Honda CR-V
Honda/Acura Integra
Honda Civic
Isuzu Gemini
Honda Orthia
Rover 400

The first generation of the EL was a rebadged version of the Japan market Honda Domani. Sold as the Acura 1.6EL, it was introduced in 1996 as a 1997 model. It was a replacement for the 4 door Acura Integra sedan whose sales were discontinued in Canada after 1997. The designation was based on engine displacement, indicative of its 1.6 L Straight-4 Car engine(D16Y8), with power reaching Convert/hp at 6600 rpm Convert/ft.lbf at 5500 rpm, thanks to the use of Honda's VTEC valve timing control (VTEC kick at 5600 rpm) (having a redline of 7200 rpm) . Only available as a four-door Sedan (car), it featured luxury trimmings not available on the similar Honda Civic.

Second generation (2001-2005)

2001-03 Acura 1.7EL
Car classificationCompact car Luxury car
Internal combustion engineD17A2 - 1.7 L SOHC Straight-4 (127 hp)
Wheelbase103.1 in (2620 mm)
Length2001-03: 176.7 in (4488 mm)
2004-05: 177.4 in (4505 mm)
Width67.5 in (1715 mm)
Height56.7 in (1440 mm)
RelatedHonda Element
Honda CR-V
Honda/Acura Integra
Acura RSX
Honda Civic

The EL was completely redesigned in 2000 (as a 2001 model) and was based on the seventh generation Civic. In addition to the slightly more powerful and torquier VTEC-equipped 1.7 L 4-cylinder SOHC engine (badging correspondingly changed to Acura 1.7EL; engine size was dropped from the model name for 2004) with 127 hp (95 kW), distinctive headlight and taillight designs and available leather interior trimmings noticeably set it apart from the Civic. Other differences include 15” multi-spoke alloys, heated power mirrors, cruise control, and rear disc brakes.

2004-05 Acura EL

The second generation EL was available in two trims levels - touring and premium. The latter added leather seats, heated front seats and a power sunroof. Automatic climate control was added for the premium trim in 2003, and for the touring trim as well in 2004. All second generation EL models came with ABS anti-lock braking, but in 2003 an Electronic brakeforce distribution system was made standard. For 2003 and 2004 a special dealer-installed 'aero package' was made available for both trims levels which added unique front and rear lips, side stills and a rear spoiler. In 2004, the EL underwent a slight exterior makeover with restyled headlamps, front bumper and grille, taillights, trunklid, and rear bumper. The new sportier look came with standard fog lights, a restyled steering wheel, new woodgrain trim patterns, and two additional tweeters to complete the 6-speaker audio system.


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