Bought the 05 RSX in Jade Metallic for my daughters 17th birthday, her first car. She was not disappointed and neither am I. Easy to handle great to drive and very dependable. Price was not bad either. The S type would have been great for me but as a first car the 2.0 auto with sport shifting is just what the doctor ordered for a young inexperienced teenage girl driver
Interior, the leather is very comfortable and easy to care for. Looks are awesome. Easy to drive.
In dash 6 CD Changer. Power seating. Steering wheel controls for radio / cd player. Locking gas door.
I had an '04 that creaked and groaned with body flex and some other problems as well so the dealer bought it back from me and sold me this one. Much improved structure, smoother ride (with bigger wheels), infinitely more comfortable seats, the boy racer rear wing is finally gone, and the exhaust note is better. This is one fun car to drive and knowing it's a Honda, it'll last. 0-60 time cut from 6.3 to 6.2? awesome! Build quality has been improved and it's look isn't so animated. Still very irked that there is no center armrest, no XM option, can't play MP3's, and no express up/down on passenger side.
210 hp, 6-speed, seats, handling, sound system
Only Acura in line up w/o XM option, Bose sounds great but can't play MP3's, not iPod ready either, express up/down on both windows instead of just one.
If you are looking at any of the competitors don't even bother. This car rocks! It is fun to drive and has the Acura quality that others can't compete with. This car is practical to drive everyday, but is still fun and kicks it when you need to. I would say that the only negative is the size. Some of my taller guy friends are really crammed when riding in it. I have had Civics, Accords, Eclipse, and none compare to this car. I can honestly say, you will never regret it if you buy and RSX.
What can I say that hasn't been said already? Most amazing 4 cylinder engine ever built (105 hp per liter), near indestructible 6 speed, effortless clutch, excellent brakes with pratically zero fade after heavy braking, recaro designed leather seats, extremely compitent suspension that exhibits both incredible stablilty when driving agressive and maintains a civilized ride on long road trips and still manages high 20's mpg on the interstate. Don't gripe about creature comforts. This car was not built for that. If you want fancy interior and power everything, buy a TSX or TL. The K20 engine responds VERY well to mods. An intake, header and ECU tune will have you outrunning domestic V8's.
Hard to pick one favorite feature because the entire system works together as a whole. The engine and transmission are incredibly smooth and potent and the suspension is amazingly balanced. I recently took a trip to deals gap, TN and outran road race prepared domestics.
The bose system was a nice touch but should be an option. Also, this car desparately needs the limited slip differential that the Type R in Japan recieved. The brakes are good but again, Japan got Brembos!! Also, HID headlights should be a factory option! It's the only Acura without them!!! :(