2003 Acura RSX Consumer Review: Good Combo of Comfort and Perf

2003 Acura RSX - Consumer Review

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Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Good Combo of Comfort and Performance
By LFOV on


2003 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


When I started looking for a
replacement for my VW Passat, the RSX
wasn't even on my short list. I was
ready to buy a Subaru WRX - until I
drove one.

By chance, I stopped in at my local
Acura dealer and test drove an RSX Type
S. I came away VERY impressed with the
overall package. It has reasonable
performance (it's a SPORTY car, not a
SPORTS car), good comfort and amenities
and is a tremendous bargain for what
you get. As Honda was also offering
low-rate financing, I couldn't pass the
deal up.

Best Features

My favorite feature would have to be the overall performance. Shift it below 6k, and it's like a very comfortable Honda Civic. Wind it out to 8k, and it becomes a completely different animal. It's the best "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" car I've ever owned.

Worst Features

1) The transmission needs improved synchros. 2) The Bose stereo is anemic and not worthy of the name. 3) Handling in extreme situations can be quirky, with a "loose" feeling front end. 4) The car NEEDS a limited slip differential, especially in the snow.
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