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Acura RSX Owners: Meet the Members

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  • akl88akl88 Posts: 26
    What do you think? I'm still not sure which one to choose...

    The RSX looks nicer in everything, but the Scion you can choose a lot of accessories for the car.

    But anyways what do you think?


    BTW what do you think of the 17" Aluminum Alloy Wheel for the RSX (the wheel with 10-spokes)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,154
    I loved the RSX, but there was noticably less room in the back seat. I have 2 kids, and they fit fine in the tC, but there really wasn't adequate room in the Acura.


    I think the Acura drives a little "sportier" (sharper handling, tighter gearbox on the stick), and has a few more features standard, but also costs quite a bit more $$.


    Hard to go wrong with either one, so you can get whatever feels best to you.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I got an RSX. But there is no comparison between the two in terms of handling. The tC is a relative porker for its size, and the RSX has SHARP handling. The gearboxes are typical Honda vs Toyota too - Honda wins that battle every time, including this one.


    What I like about the Acura's interior is that most of the hard plastic in front of the driver on the dash is covered by the rubber surround, which is not only mark-proof but also soft to the touch and good-looking. All the HVAC and radio controls are rotary (I like that) and medium to large size whereas in the tC the center stack is just a mess, IMO. Not to mention the plastic-painted-to-look-like-silver thing is so overused nowadays.


    If you use back seats, I can't argue with you - the rear seat of the RSX gives you plenty of legroom but no headroom to speak of. I didn't buy this car to be a four-seater except for VERY occasionally, however. Like many of the coupe-style hatches, it is functionally a great two-seater with a mini back seat.


    By contrast, I sat in the back of the tC and reclined the seat and I had enough headroom. It was slightly claustrophobic though. In that car the front seats have to be fairly far forward on their tracks or else rear seat legroom becomes a big problem. Neither of these cars is really a four-seater.


    "BTW what do you think of the 17" Aluminum Alloy Wheel for the RSX (the wheel with 10-spokes)"


    I LOVE them! I am even warming up to the new base model 16" split-spoke alloys. I still like mine from the '04 model year though - simple and sporty-looking.

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

  • akl88akl88 Posts: 26
    Is that a nice color? I'm thinking "yes", but then I have a feeling for silver a little.

    What do you think of the Jade Green Metallic?

    Has a hint of green and grey together...
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,154
    the tC has an amazing amount of rear leg room. I'm 6' tall, and if I put the seat all the way back, I can't even reach the clutch. When I have it adjusted to my normal spot, you could cross your legs behind me.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • akll88 - I shopped both cars (among all others in this class) and ended up with the tC.


    If money doesn't matter, flip a coin, don't look back and I am certain that you will be satified with either.


    Personally, I could not find enough in the RSX to justify the thousands of $ more the RSX would have cost. Especially considering that at the time I was comparing an 04 RSX with an 05 tC.


    Just got back from a cruise I paid for with my "savings". Love the tC. After 4 months it continues to impress and exceed my expectations.


    Good shopping.
  • The hatch area of the RSX seemed pretty roomy. In contrast, I looked at a tC very briefly and at night, so I'm a little hazy ... but I thought its cargo floor was very high.


    Would grocery bags of a couple golf bags fit in the tC hatch?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,154
    Big golf bags can be a problem going across. It's much easier to flop part of the back seat down and stick them in length wise.


    grocery bags, etc. are fine. You are correct that the floor is a little high, but you can always pop the cargo cover off. Lots more height available if you push tall stuff up toward the back seat.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Thanks for the reply. But doesn't taller cargo negatively affect visibility? Not trying to bash the tC by any means, but I'd like to (a) be able to put stuff in the hatch without a crowbar and (b) be able to see through the back window when driving that stuff somewhere.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,154
    It doesn't block the view. There is a fair amount of height up toward the seatback. It's just the tail (under the "trunk" part of the hatch) that isn't very high.


    I can put one of those tall plastic buckets (5 gal I guess, like pickle slices come in at fast food joints) upright and not block the view, if it is up against the back seat.


    No, I don't like pickles that much (or work in fast food). I coach little league, and use the buckets to tote baseballs.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Persimmon- As you go down the list of comparisons in/re features, dimensions, personal preferences, design, etc, I think you will find that at the bottom-line tally, the advantages vs. disadvantages will pretty much even out with nothing of great significance for or against either vehicle. What ever differences are found to be significant will probably be due to personal preference rather than a glaring ommission or addition in either car.


    While the RSX is a great car, given the above conclusion (at least from my point of view) when looking at the final bottom-line - PRICE (Value) - there emerges the only truly significant difference in these vehicles.


    If a few thousand dollars doesn't matter to you, then buy with your heart. An inch here or there isn't going to change your life style - buy what feels to fit the best. Personaly, when it came time to write the check, I could not justify the price difference. After 6,000 miles in my tC, I have no regrets and the unspent cash is being put to better use. I am certain I would have loved the RSX just as much, but that's the point - just as much - not any more than the satisfaction with the tC.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,154
    I would have loved an RSX,but one killer (for me) was lack of leg room in the rear. I have 2 kids, 1 being a teenager, and this is my only car, and the tC has a usable back seat, which the RSX didn't (at least with the way I adjust the seat).


    The Acura does drive nicer though. Sharper moves, and better clutch/shifter.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    If one buys into the notion that the RSX and tC net out as comparable, or close to comparable, except for price, then I imagine that for '06 the redesigned Civic coupe will be the Honda that competes most directly with the tC. I'm thinking that the next generation RSX will move up market in terms of content and performance, to justify the price differential with the tC.
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    I don't see the RSX surviving at all. The new Civic Si is going to have the RSX-S's drivetrain plus a limited slip differential... not much point to the Acura then. The rest of the Civic line is moving up, now that a cheaper Honda is on the way.
    Combined with the RSX's small sales numbers (less than the Element!) I don't see it being remade.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    Sounds logical, or the RSX could be replaced by a TSX coupe or hatchback, to differentiate it from the Civic Si. This would appeal to those who prefer the double wishbone suspension and 2.4 engine.
  • tlcmantlcman Posts: 220
    and 10 less hp
  • joshsjoshs Posts: 22
    The current RSX is in many ways a "stepped up" Civic Si, so it's possible that the next RSX would simply improve the new Si a step further.

    Alternately, if they did base the next one on the TSX, why wouldn't they tweak the 2.4L to get more power? I don't see Acura abandoning the line, entirely, if only because of the entry-level firecracker it gives them.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I am all but convinced the next RSX will merely be a two-door version of the TSX, with a $25K+ base price, and an optional type-S engine making at least 240 hp. As such it will be a bigger car than I would want, making this my last and only RSX probably.

    But it is a very compelling argument that HOnda very quickly now needs to stop all this overlap between the two divisions, particularly as (1) the new Civic is about to arrive and will be very competitive in terms of performance with other "pocket rockets", and (2) a $20K starting price is just too low for Acura these days - among all car sales that is more than 25% below the average new car sale price.

    I would have been very happy with my current car whether it said "Acura" or "Honda" on it. Call it what you will, Honda. Just don't abandon the compact performance scene the way you have been perilously close to doing the last four or five years.

    And it wouldn't be a bad idea, while they are at it, to have a four-door high-performance Civic in addition to the coupe, to face off with the likes of the WRX and Mazda3 (and SRT-4, and Cobalt S/C, and...).

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

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    to my message above, it occurred to me that, just as the RSX competes with the Civic Si, a coupe version of the TSX would compete with the Accord coupe. One way to differentiate the Acura from the Honda would be for the TSX to feature AWD.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    yes, that is true. I am not sure RSX has any future at all - it is obvious that the market for coupes is slowing down, and that is even more true if you move up from compact to midsizers, like the Accord and TSX.

    Toyoa didn't waste time when its own product began to overlap too much - they promptly killed the Celica so it would not compete for tC sales. Honda should maybe think about taking the same kind of tough measures.

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

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