Acura CSX: Executive car exclusively designed for Canadians

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Acura CSX

The Acura CSX shares some of its features with the Japanese Honda Civic. The most notable is the 2.0-Litre DOHC i-VTEC engine which is rated at 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and 139 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The two cars have a similar steering wheel design as well as front and rear fascias.

The Luxurious Five Seater Acura CSX

The CSX of the Acura CSX stands for Compact Sportscar Experimental. A luxury car specially designed for the luxury-level Canadian market and only available in Canada. It followed another Acura model, the EL that was also only available in Canada and built in Alliston, Ontario. The EL was discontinued in 2005, the same year that the luxury CSX with three trims available was introduced for selling in 2006. The CSX was sold from 2006 until 2012 when it was replaced by the Acura ILX that was available in the United States and Canada.

To look at, the Acura CSX and the Honda Civic are similar. In fact, Honda chose the Canadian design of the CSX for their Civic as well as using some of the same features. The luxury modelled CSX differs from the Civic with its slightly longer nose and shaped headlamp clusters, a crease up the hood's centreline and a full-width lower air intake. The CSX also stands apart with jewelled taillamps and shaped trunk's sheet-metal contrast.

Under the Hood

The Acura CSX is equipped with a 2.0-Litre DOHC i-VTEC engine that is rated at 155 horsepower and 6,000 rpm, with 139 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The car is fitted with both stability control and traction control. The front suspension is independent with MacPherson struts.

Among the standard features found on the base model CSX, are sixteen-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Safety features include six side and curtain airbags, five seat belts and heated door mirrors with integrated turn signals. Also included, are automatic climate control, cruise control, chrome door handles, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3/WMA capability. With the Premium trim there comes leather upholstered heated front seats, a power moonroof and an in-dash six disc CD changer.

Added Features

2008 saw the addition standard on all CSX trims of a tire pressure monitoring system, illuminated vanity mirrors, and vehicle stability assist. Added in 2009 to CSX models was USB audio connectivity. Bluetooth hands-free wireless link became added to Technology and Type-S models. In 2010 the base model was discontinued and the now-entry level Technology trim renamed 'iTech.

Even though the Acura CSX was the best seller in the Acura line-up for 2006, 2007, 2009, and the beginning of 2010, it was decided to discontinue production during 2011.