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Acura RSX

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Acura RSX

The powerful Acura RSX is a worthy successor to the Integra



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.0 i 16V 162 hp 7.9 l/100km Petrol 7.7 s ?
2.0 i 16V Type-S 203 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 6.7 s 214 km/h
2.0 i 16V Type-S 212 hp 8.9 l/100km Petrol 6.2 s 218 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 374 mm
Width 1 725 mm
Height 1 400 mm
Wheelbase 2 570 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 280 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 504 l
Boot space (max) 504 l
Fuel capacity 50 l

 

   The Acura RSX is a luxury sports compact car, produced between 2002 and 2006. It was available as a 3-door hatchback. In Japan the original name of this car is Honda Integra.

   There is a choice of three petrol engines for this car. The base model feels sluggish at low revs, but delivers impressive power above 3 000 rpm. It is worth mentioning that even the hottest Type-S model is very fuel efficient. Automatic transmission hampers acceleration, therefore should be avoided.

   Acura RSX has a firm suspension, while the Type-S model rides even firmer, however it feels acceptable for a sports car. This car has minimal body roll and good grip. Steering is quick, precise and nicely weighted, returning a good feedback to the driver.

   The Acura RSX is not the best car for longer trips. Road noise is always present, and wind noise kicks in at the motorway speed. Engine noise also becomes tiring, as most of the performance comes at high revs.

   During it's production life the Acura RSX was competitively priced and sold well. It's fuel economy is appealing, while servicing won't brake your budget as well. It is also considered as an entry-level luxury car. No wonder resale values are strong. Reliability shouldn't be an issue, as underneath the skin there is a good old Honda.

   Interior materials are of good quality. Most of the controls are well placed and intuitive to use. Dash layout is sporty and ergonomic. Interior storage space is limited however.

   Steering wheel can be adjusted for height only. What a disappointment from a car, pretending to be luxurious. Front seats are firm, but provide good support. Rearward visibility is limited by thick roof pillars and tall deck.

   Front legroom is good, but headroom is restricted for taller occupants. The rear seats are virtually not useable for adults, as the headroom is very limited because of the sloping roofline. The rear seats are best kept for kids or storage. Boot space is very large for it's class. The sear seats can be split for added versatility.

   On the standard safety list there are twin front and side airbags. Engine immobilizer is fitted to keep the thieves away.

   The Acura RSX is available in base and Type-S trim levels. The Type-S is better equipped and comes with climate control, leather upholstery with perforated leather, heated seats, electric windows and mirrors and some other goodies.

 

   Advantages: Smooth and powerful engine, good handling and many standard features.

   Disadvantages: Noisy interior, cramped rear seats.

   Verdict: A worthy successor to the Acura Integra.

   Also consider: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Scion tC.

 

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