I don't normally review things unless I can speak from a relatively extensive experience. I've had this car for a little over a year, and I accumulated ~25000km on it. I have very little to complain about. It meets and exceeds every single expectation I had when choosing a new vehicle. Fun, economical (with respect to my 2000 Pathfinder ... everything is economical), and of course stylish.
Build quality (interior and exterior), automatic climate control, 6 disk Bose system, Heated seats and mirrors. Speaking of the seats, they are great! And the general performance.
Bigger/better stereo system (6 disk is great but the sub does very little), lowered/stiffer springs (I did an H&R spring upgrade, and it lowered the vehicle 1.5 inches, and made it stiffer ... also handles much much better.) Better rubber!
I am very disappointed in this car. I used to be a big Honda fan, but I think i've changed my mind. The transmission sucks, which is a common complaint. Fuel economy is bad. The interior is missing alot of luxuries for the price. Heated leather seats should be standard, along with lighted vanity mirrors. The interior is very plain looking. The stock tires are bordering on dangerous for being on the car. After less than a year of having the car there were already rattles in the dash. I'm trading this car in very soon. This car is no Integra. I don't know what Honda was thinking.
The ergonomics of the stereo make it very easy to work while driving. The leather seats are pretty sporty.
I don't know where to begin. Transmission, heated leather seats, lights on vanity mirrors, design quality...
I thought for a long time that this car was an overpriced Civic, but it appears that Acura put the money in all the right places. It takes an econobox, gives it a beautiful interior, and puts in Honda's best features- the high-rev VTEC 4-cylinder and the 6-speed manual. I have 8K miles on mine with no problems other than a loose piece of weatherstrip on the passenger door.The car would handle better with more aggressive rubber, and I find myself needing to get out to stretch my legs on trips longer than about 90 minutes, because I can't quite fully extend my leg while seated no matter how hard I try. I'm 6'4".
Rev-happy engine- nothing quite like the sound of this car between 6k and 8k RPM when VTEC kicks in. 6 speed manual, big trunkspace with rear seats folded down, steering wheel is the perfect size, and interior in general is very nicely designed, good fit and finish. Looks more expensive than it is.
The OE tires are not acceptable for a sporty car, this is the only car in Acura's line that doesn't have HID lights, interior is a bit snug for tall drivers on long drives.Also, the gas tank is too small. Even driving conservatively (25-27mpg), I only get ~275 miles on a tankful.
After driving an suv for 3 years I decided to enter to sport compact market and I am so glad I choose this car. Working for a car rental company you see a lot of cars and features you like/dislike. I always look forward to driving this car. It begs to be driven hard and performs extremely well (not in snow). I have not gotten bored driving this car and I know it will perform everyday (unlike some cars I rent). I couldnt be more pleased with this purchase.
Tight steering wheel, smooth short shift, high rev engine, and the list could continue on and on.
offer 17" rims as standard on type-s, possible xm radio/navigation
This car is great! I traded in a
350hp Trans Am for this car because I was quite
upset with having the brand new TA in
the shop for over $5000 worth of work
in the year I owned it. I have always
hated these little foreign cars.
However, after opening my eyes to the
actual value, performance, gas
mileage, reliability, and outstanding
customer service (including a real
live, brand new Acura TSX loner car
when your car needs even minor
service). If you even remotely like to
drive compare this $24,000 car to the
$24,000 '04 Grand Prix (my mom just
bought one). All I have to say in
closing is a little quote from my
favorite periodical, Car and
Driver, "Best Car in its Class!!"
* 200hp(6.4-60mph)=32 mpg!!!!!!
* tons of standard features that the
competitors up-charge for
* customer service
* great service department(no sitting
around the dealership when you get the
* great warranty
* great lease options
* great price
* xenon lights
* more aggressive tires standard
* bigger wheels
* heated seats(now that it's winter in
* optional navigation system