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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    except for removing the scalloping below the head and taillights, most of the changes affect the type-S only. 210 hp from a 2-liter engine, wow! Not quite a Honda record, but fairly impressive.

    I don't like the new front end that much - I think they made it look more similar to the Civic than it did before. But I like the taillights - now they match the look of the TSX.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    The back tail gate has a higher lip to it now.

    I'm still grumbling about Acura adding the heated mirrors to the standard equipment in the past couple of years. I didn't know I was paying a penalty for buying one of the first models off the line in 2001.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    mine has the heated mirrors, because it is an '04. But I am noticing that many cars now seem to have these, even ones less expensive than the RSX. I think it is just the inevitable process of the market marching forward. It is also becoming very common for cars to have auto up AND down power windows, something that I really like about the RSX and which used to make it somewhat unique among cars in its price range. But no longer...

    If I had just bought a type-S, I think I would be kinda bummed right now. Instantly my car becomes the 'S' with the small rims and the lower power. But I do think it is fair that Honda makes incremental improvements over the course of a model cycle to keep the car competitive.

    From now on the most immediate competition for this car is going to come from the Scion tC, which is $3K less in both S/C and non-S/C versions, with the same power rating (off by 10 for the S/C vs the type-S now that Honda has raised the power for '05). So Honda is going to have to work to stay competitive. I fear for Honda's competitive advantage in small cars if it does not make big leaps forward with the '06 Civic, and to a lesser extent with the '07 RSX.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Wait...did I miss something? What Scion tC S/C Version that has 200hp?

    ANd the reason for the 3k difference is because of the Heated mirrors, leather, climate control more hp, 6 disc in on so on. Come on you guys, you gotta play fair.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    the LS in the old car and the base model for the RSX are the ones with slightly more low-end torque. The power in the higher-end models comes from revving them, and they consequently have higher redlines.

    aznstuart: Toyota is offering a factory S/C option for the tC, which brings it up to about 200 hp. And that is from a 2.4 which has more torque. You are right that the standard leather etc on the RSX-S is worth the price differential, but what about the base car? Cloth seats, ditto. Single-disc CD, check. And the tC still has the bigger engine, XM- and MP3-capable radio, and reclining rear seats, not to mention the panorama glass roof and the 17" rims.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,421
    I just checked out Acura's site and am pretty impressed with the changes they've made to an already fine car. The lowered ride height (now at 5.4") and handsome 5 spoke 17" wheels make the RSX Type S look sportier and more aggressive (I like it). The new front and rear treatments seem to work well. I'm not too sure about the spoiler. The interior looks nice, but is there still no armrest? The extra 10hp looks like it is just marketing horsepower. Most of us probably won't notice the difference. I'm eager to hear if anybody drives the pre-'05 back to back with the '05 and lets us know what's going on.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • I agree that the extra 10 HP that the 2005 RSX-S will have will not be that noticeable since:
    a.) you need to rev higher (max HP is now at 7800 RPM vs. 7400 RPM that the 2002-2004 RSX-S have) and
    b.) the 2005 RSX-S weighs about 70-80 lbs. more than the 2002-2004 model.

    I'm not really digging the triple circles that Acura uses for the new RSX's headlights and taillights. I do like the better quality seats and the stock 17" wheels. I also like the new magnesium metallic color, although it's replacing my desert silver metallic.

    I know a few people who've already bought a 2005 RSX-S out in the West. It'll take NJ a little while longer to get them (my dealership said mid-Oct.) since the cars are typically shipped from Japan to some Western US ports, and then they are trucked eastward. But I'm not looking to trade in my 2002 RSX-S just yet. ;-)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    how many miles do you have now?

    I am assuming there will be a new RSX for '07...perhaps a trade then, eh? I swore I would keep this one five years, so for me the earliest trade date is '09! :-/

    I could see the next base RSX being similar in spec to the current 'S'. Maybe they could offer AWD and a slightly larger engine as well. But only if they could keep the weight under 3000 pounds, otherwise forget it.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,421
    An RSX AWD would be completely unecessary. The added weight (not to mention more computer complexity) of the AWD system would only hurt the RSXs' performance capabilities. Now if they made it RWD we'd be talking, but I have a better shot of making a video with Paris Hilton than a RWD RSX. I think they really need to add a Limited Slip Differential to help the RSX out!

    For now I'll be keeping my '01 Prelude Type SH:)

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    yeah, I know, AWD adds lots of complexity and more than a little weight. But it is just plain too easy to get the wheels slipping from stops with the FWD, and imagine how much that could get worse with more power. Of course, I would love to see them go RWD with the RSX, but I am sure that is never going to happen (never say never??!!)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I have about 23.5 kmi. on my car now. :\ I put on a record # of miles last month - all that summer driving! LOL.

    How many miles does your car have?

    I initially swore to myself that I'd keep my car for 8 years - until 2010. But I'm getting tempted to explore my options. I'm definitely going to keep it until the end of the warranty - 2006. Then based on my finances, I'll either keep it another 4 or trade it in for another car.

    But who knows what my financial situation will be by then, never mind if I get married and have kids.
  • I actually would be in favor of an AWD RSX. I don't like FWD b/c I keep slipping my front wheels when I turn and accelerate. (Granted, I can upgrade my tires b/c we all know that the stock Michelins suck.)

    I don't like RWD b/c we get a fair amount of rain and snow in NJ. If I lived in a warm weather state, then RWD would obviously be my first choice.

    I figure AWD will add 50-100 pounds, but I think that's worth it if Acura adds a proportionate amount of power.

    Maybe I'm hung over from last night, but I think Acura can add AWD and drop a 2.2 L engine and still keep the curb weight of a redesigned RSX < 1.5 tons. And that 2.2 L engine should do at least 240 HP/160 ft-lb.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    mine is just about to cross the 10K barrier - never again to have a 4-digit odo reading! *tears in eyes*

    I would like to see them offer the current type S as base, or at least boost the base hp to be at least 20 more than the most powerful Civic, for '07. And I would like to see them put in SH-AWD, which I think would be possible while keeping the weight under 3000#. Now whether or not they could also put in the new 2.2L engine you propose and still hold the price to $23-24K is up for debate. Perhaps they could benefit from economies of scale by merely subbing in the TSX engine - would that add more than a few pounds?

    My car will be out of warranty by early calendar-year '07, and I am betting the new model will be looking pretty tempting by then, what with it being close to close-out time when they go to the '08s in the fall. :-P

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Hello there RSX drivers. I was once the proud owner of a 2004 Arctic Blue Pearl RSX Type-S. Man I loved that car! Great interior, precise handling, and you gotta love that 8000 RPM redline. Unfortunately, it was time to move on so I traded in my baby for a 2004 Daytona Blue 350Z 6M. It doesn't come close to the RSX-S' refinements but all is forgiven once I hear the VQ growl. Well, good luck to all of you and by the way, what do you think about the 05's?
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    I really like the scalloped openings around the front and read lights on our 2003 RSX. With that gone, I think the car will look more like a Civic, just like someone else said.

    We have the base model, which I guess has 16 inch wheels. The ride is about as rough as I would want. I would not want 17 inch wheels.

    I don't drive fast and I don't think I have even had the engine over 5K rpm, but I doubt that any of you could possible enjoy your car more than I do.

    My wife and I just went on a nice 60 mile drive today to the beautiful historic town of Fredericksburg VA, where we walked around town and stopped at our favorite coffee shop. It was a great day, and the car was a joy to drive.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    how well they do the suspension, 17s don't have to make the ride super-hard or crashy. This car will noticeably benefit from the bigger rims in '05, I am sure. Plus, the base and the 'S' should have had different size rims from the very beginning, so as to differentiate the two. I read (in here?) that Acura was going to use a 15 for the base model, but didn't like the way it tested or something, so went to the 16 for both. There are plenty of times I would wish for slightly more precise steering, especially on center, as well as a little tighter handling. I should have bought the 'S' for that, but didn't want the higher insurance, the lower mid-range torque, and the premium fuel requirement. (or the leather, honestly).

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I recently totaled my 1 yr old RSX. I loved that car and was very pleased with Acura. I want to get another Acura but cannot decide if I should upgrade to a TSX. I feel like I might need a change but I wasn't done driving my RSX. Like the four doors of the TSX but like the sporty feel of the RSX. Any suggestions?
  • Nycarguy--what do you think of the you have any thoughts on that vs the RSX?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,421
    having not driven either car, I could only speculate by what I've read and what others have posted...YMMV.

    Are you getting stick or automatic? From what I've heard and read, the TSX is a completely different animal with the 6 speed manual.

    Do you take long trips?
    How old are you?
    How'd you total your RSX?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • I will be getting stick
    I have a 40mile one way commute to yes long trips...
    I am 24 but i have a nephew that i am with all the time...
    I was side swiped on a fourlane highway and pushed into a barrier wall....spun hit the wall again and then across all four lanes into the right shoulder...Thankfully I am not seriously hurt...but my car was.
    What does YMMV mean?
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