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2003 Acura RSX

Acura RSX Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Acura RSX

  • With an overall feeling of refinement, and exemplary steering, Acura's RSX is a car you can drive to work every day and still cut loose in over the weekend.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    High-revving Type-S engine, plenty of standard equipment, nimble handling.

  • Cons

    Modest torque output, tight rear-seat headroom.

  • What's New for 2003

    Other than a new color, Redondo Red Pearl, there are no changes to the RSX in its sophomore year. Available from the dealer, however, is a new "Factory Performance" package that adds high-performance suspension components, better brakes, larger wheels and tires and a body kit.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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A great little car

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback w/Leather (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

This is truly a little gem of a car. I've had mine for over four years, put almost 50,000 miles on it, driven it three times round-trip from Connecticut to Arkansas, driven it around the mean streets of Brooklyn. It never lets me down. I've driven it at 80+ mph with all my worldly possessions (including an antique desk) crammed in the back and STILL gotten 34 mpg. I'll drive it until the wheels fall off, unless I need something with four doors.




Perfection all around.

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback w/Leather (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Having owned the same Civic for the past 12 years, I wanted to stay in the Honda family without breaking the bank. I couldn't be happier with the RSX. Plenty of power for my needs and I'm absolutely in AWE with the steering, braking, and transmission.(and I even like the stereo, especially the CD) SO fun to drive. For me, this car does it's job PERFECTLY. And I know it will for years to come.




Quite an improvement

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback w/Leather (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Acura has hit another home run. The RSX is built like a watch. Everything works as designed. The ride is a little stiff but that's the trade off for good handling.




Great car, fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback w/Leather (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

More torque will be nice.




I love my car

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback w/Leather (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

this is the best car i have ever driven. fast, fun, my dream car.




Very competent, lacks zip

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback w/Leather (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

The Acura RSX is a well-built and well- designed car, yet it lacks the frisky spirit of the Integra. The engine has more torque and is easier to manage than the old Integra, but is not as fun to dip into high-rev territory, despite the higher horsepower. I cannot put my finger on why, but the sheep's clothing ultimately dominates the wolf within. Maybe it is because the steering is a little remote and the brakes feel a bit spongy. This is a fast and capable car, that manages to be one of the greenest pure gasoline engine vehicles on the road.



Full 2003 Acura RSX Review

What's New for 2003

Other than a new color, Redondo Red Pearl, there are no changes to the RSX in its sophomore year. Available from the dealer, however, is a new "Factory Performance" package that adds high-performance suspension components, better brakes, larger wheels and tires and a body kit.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 24
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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