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The Acura RSX superseded the Integra coupe and became the entry level car for Acura during the model years 2002 to 2006. Today, the RSX remains a vehicle that has retained its reputation as providing affordable and above average driving.
The Responsive and Reliable Acura RSX
Various road tests reported that the RSX provided performances that were highlighted by its handling abilities and impressively responsive steering capabilities. During its production, the Acura RSX sports hatchback became a favourite with many motorists, due to its character as an easy-to-drive, reliable and economical form of transportation.
During its market period, two levels of trim were offered; base and the Type-S. The first was ideal for those wishing a reliable, easy to manage car that was also a pleasure to drive. At the same time, it provided a comfortable ride, especially for those daily commuters.
RSX Consumer Advantages
The Acura RSX Type-S was upgraded mechanically to a degree that improved its performance potential. Comparably, the base RSX model was sold with the majority of convenience features as standard. Of particular note, were:
Automatic climate control
Power windows and mirrors
Keyless entry, cruise control, and CD player
The engine was a dependable 4-cylinder fitted as standard and linked to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The original base Acura RSX engine produced 160 horsepower, but updated horsepower ratings in 2006 turned that figure to 155 horsepower. The only option offered with the RSX was leather seating.
The RSX Type-S version had the addition of an in-dash six-CD changer, as well as leather seating as a standard feature. With a more refined suspension and added braking power, the Type-S was further supported by a 4-cylinder engine that was tuned to generate a higher 200 horsepower, which was later increased to 201 horsepower. The only transmission option was a 6-speed manual.
RX Economy and Convenience Features
Due to the layout created by its four-cylinder engine and a front-wheel-drive, the Acura RSX provides a fuel efficiency that is an improvement on various other sports hatchbacks and coupes. The front-seat passengers are given comfortable facilities; with the rear seated adult occupants may be somewhat restricted for headroom. Of special advantage is that the rear seat offers a 60/40 split and is able to be lowered for an increased cargo capacity.
Following the car making its debut in the marketplace, the various updates made to the RX were relatively minor. Arguably, the most significant were related to the 2005 RSX model, when the manufacturer upgraded the suspension and steering for improved responsiveness and handling.