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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    Hello all,

    I am considering a 5 speed and the manufacturer claims fairly impressive fuel efficiency. With conservative driving, what is your experience? Is 33 mpg reasonable on the highway?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    yes, most certainly.

    During break-in (conservative driving) I was averaging 31-32 in mixed driving.

    Now that I am past that point and driving more energetically, I am still averaging 30.

    So in an all-highway driving scenario, I am sure it would be easy to get 33 mpg, probably more like 35 (unless you are going 100 mph the whole way!).

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

  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    I appreciate your quick response. Friday, prior to reading your answer, I committed to a new RSX. It was reassuring to read your answer after the fact. I take delivery tomorrow. My previous car is a 1992 Acura Legend with over 180,000 miles. It has been a great car, and that I why I am returning to Acura.

    Thanks again.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I don't think you will regret it. It will have different driving dynamics from a '92 Legend, that is for sure, but as a small sport coupe it is buttoned down very tight, and with all the Honda quality of old, from what I have seen so far! :-)

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

  • RSX is a great car, although my MPG is a little worse than nippononly's. I drive a 2002 manual base RSX, mostly city, and get 27.5 in the summer, 25.5 in the winter (Chicago). On road trips (highway) I get 30.0 but I go 80 on the highway :). If I went 65 I'm sure mpg would improve. Not sure about getting 35 mpg like mippononly says, that seems a bit optimistic to me!
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    My mpg is about what others are saying...about 28 overall with my '02 type S.

    On another note, has anyone found a cargo liner for the RSX? I've found one that covers the area behind the rear seats, but I'd like one that covers the back of the rear seats when folded down. We have 2 dogs and I need to protect the rear area when they come along.

  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    Yesterday, I picked up my new red RSX. First impressions are very favorable. The radio sounds better than I anticipated (The 92' Legend I traded had a BOSE system, and by comparison, the new radio is poor, but overall, I am pleased.) I quickly found a comfortable driving position, and love the handling of the vehicle. The dealer is about 90 miles from home, so I put a few miles on it getting home. Here in New Hampshire, we do very little "city" driving, so I have high expectations for fuel efficiency. I went out last night to check out the lights .... they seem brighter than the Legend (I am delighted with that as well).

    Safe driving to all.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    cargo liner here. But then, I haven't been looking for one - sorry! :-)

    Thanks to these boards, I was prepared for the two most common complaints about this car before I bought it: poor radio and lots of road noise (mainly from the tires). Knowing ahead of time makes a lot of difference, and I am extremely satisfied so far.

    Anyone besides me getting inordinate amounts of static shock from the door when they get out of the car and close it?

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

  • felt, the base stereo is poor (Clarion headunit, Panasonic speakers). I replaced the headunit with an Alpine 9807 and it makes a WORLD of difference, even with the stock speakers. Well worth the money for a large increase in sound quality. Only think I don't like about the Alpine is the button layout is a little cramped.

    Since nippononly brought up tires, I have a question. If I replace the stock Michelins with a high performance tire, will the ride get stiffer? My wife already can feel every bump in the road and hates it - she wouldn't like it if it got any stiffer. Does it depend on which tire I buy? (currently leaning toward Bridgestone Potenza). Thanks if you guys have any feedback on this!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    the ride would get harder (and possibly even noisier) if you go to more sport-oriented tires. And I would bet it differs by brand and model of tire you buy. Are you hoping to accomplish one thing in particular with the switch?

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

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Here in New Hampshire, we do very little "city" driving, so I have high expectations for fuel efficiency.

    Congratulations on your new ride. Did you get your RSX at Sunnyside in Nashua?

    I get mine serviced there (routine maintenance) and they have an excellent staff. If the service maintenance requires that the car be there all day then they give you a loaner TL for the day....very nice. :-)
  • frailerfrailer Posts: 1
    Hello folks,

    I'm in the process of working out a lease for an Acura RSX-S. One of the models the dealership has has an "Autobahn" treatment. This is a clear plastic coating on the front and the back of the vehicle for "protection". Of course this treatment adds to the price of the vehicle (will increase monthly payments by 2 dollars).

    My concern is not the cost, but the eventual wear of this plastic coating. What is the verdict on this kind of thing. Bogus or functional?

    Thanks for the advice,

  • Nippononly, well I am trying to improve traction (for launch), grip (in the corners), and road noise, whilst simultaneously trying not to piss off my wife by getting a stiffer ride. :)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    a tire with better tread grip and stiffer sidewalls - which is very UNLIKELY to also reduce noise, and will make the ride more jarring. Perhaps you should consider suspension upgrades instead?

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

  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    I reduced the tire pressure to 29 psi and the ride is much, much nicer.

    Felt, you are better than I am if you found a good driving position so quickly. I tried several different settings with the seat and steering wheel until I found the best position for me.

    I love our RSX. I am 58 years old, and can't ever recall being so excited about a car.
  • :) Well, I knew I probably wasn't going to get all of it, that's just my wish list. Forgetting about the noise factor for just a sec, I was really hoping that grippier tires wouldn't mean a stiffer ride, but is sounds like that's the case. :(
  • alkrollalkroll Posts: 3
    I may be in the market for a new car in the coming year, and the RSX-S is high on my list. Can any of you tell me if the Type S requires premium gas? How about the base model? I live in Chicago, and our gas prices are quite high right now.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    base model = regular 87 octane
    type S = premium 91 octane or greater

    as for michiganman, I should add that this is the first car I have had in a while where the chassis outclasses the tires, which is to say the car turns so quick and so true that it is easy to get the tires a-squealin' before you realize it. I like that the car is so capable, but when it comes time to replace the tires, I may look at upgrading.

    There is a great discussion on Edmunds somewhere (use the search tool at the left) on tires, which you should check out. In general, the little I know is that if you want better dry traction you can go with a really good sport tire (one that is NOT all-season, which is one of the compromises of the stock tire for the RSX), but it will be at the expense of everything else: harder ride, poorer wet traction, and especially more noise. Also less treadwear. But you can probably get the handling to go from good to very good or even outstanding.

    Better cornering comes from suspension and stiffer tire sidewalls. You will also get the stiffer sidewalls if you go with that summer performance tire, but it does make the ride more jarring. That is why I mentioned you can take a different route instead, like putting on bigger sway bars and other suspension modifications, which is a more civilized (ie better sport handling but better non-sport ride too) and more expensive way to accomplish your goal. Upgraded suspension pieces can make a lot more difference in general than upgraded tires (ideally you would want some of both).

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

  • feltfelt Posts: 105
    Hello All,

    For background: New "basic" RSX owner, less than 1000 miles

    The dealer told me that both the basic and the S will run on 87 octane. Both have anti-knock sensors, and will adjust the spark advance. The S, however, runs better on 91 octane.

    He stated Honda benifits from burning 91 octane because the S engine burns cleaner on 91 octane, thus improving the LEV (low emision) rating.

    He also told me the tires are very expensive. Personally, I am delighted with the handling, and ride. My first impression was the tires were noisy .... it was raining, and that seemed to intensify the noise. The next day on dry pavement, I have no complaint. We have few concrete roads here, but I suspect they will be noisy on concrete. Maybe the S type would not be as comfortable. The ride is stiffer. Living in the "north country" of NH, I need the all season tire.

    alkroll - In making your decision, pay close attention to what your needs are. You will find the basic RSX is plenty peppy .... and I got over 33 mpg on my first tank of gas. That is impressive. The S type does produce 40 more horsepower, but it is only in the additional 1000 rpm's. Look at the power graph, and you will see that for virtually all normal driving, the power for the basic and S engine are identical. But the S extends an additional 1000 rpm's. True, the S has a 6 speed transmission and stiffer suspension, and stiffer tires, but the ride is what some are complaining about.

    My interest: a quick "Sports Sedan" that delivers good fuel efficiency; is comfortable and attractive. It will never appear on a drag strip; nor be driven faster than 80 mph (and then only occassionally when passing). I found those requirement in the "basic" RSX. Others will have different criteria that will warrant the S type, but there is a "price" to be paid in terms of initial cost, ride, and tire noise.

    Happy RSX riding to all.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I believe the RSX-S has the same tires as the base. However, the suspension is different.

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

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