2005 Acura RSX Consumer Review: Better than most of its compet

2005 Acura RSX - Consumer Review

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Better than most of its competitors.
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2005 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


This car will definitely blow most competitor's doors off, especially in the price-to-equipment ratio. A similarly equipped Toyota Celica GT-S will cost you $4000 more and still be outrun by the Type-S. New for '05, this car now pumps out 210hp, without any turbo. Torque is broad across all RPM ranges; the Celica's narrow powerband was disconcerting, especially during passing. Performance, good fuel mileage (24/31), and reliability are this car's strong points. Keep in mind, though, this car requires premium fuel, but that's a small price to pay for such a performer.

Best Features

The acceleration and handling of course! The 2.0 liter engine's bassy, menacing exhaust tone. Honda definitely spent serious time tuning this engine to sound this good. Comfortable seats. Lots of standard equipment including leather, ABS, moonroof, etc.

Worst Features

More sound/vibration insulation around the door panels. More bass from the woofer. Ability to pick and choose A-Spec components individually instead of buying the $4000 package. And DEFINITELY bring back the INTEGRA name to this car, or use a catchier name, like ITS,(as in Integra Type-S)
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