Acura's RSX sports coupe didn't really need
much refreshing. A new body on the Acura RSX gives the car's sporty
wedge shape a slightly more aggressive style. Most people would find it
hard to tell the difference between 2004 and 2005 models, but a lot of
little changes add up to a big improvement this year.
Even after four years on the market, it was
still a great car in all aspects - style, performance, comfort, price
and reliability - but nonetheless, Acura decided it was time for an
updated version in 2005. The overall look is just a little sportier, but
it retains the old RSX's recognizable wedge shape.
Instead of choosing to do a massive overhaul
to create a new car that looks and feels totally different from the old
one, however, Acura simply made lots of small updates that add up to a
big change. It's the same ... but different.
For starters, the new RSX has a new body,
but most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference. It looks
slightly lower, faster and meaner now, with redesigned air ducts,
aggressive-looking headlights and a new Acura-family grille. The rear of
the RSX was redesigned with new taillight assemblies, a new bumper and
larger diameter exhaust tips.
Updates are also evident in the interior,
where the seats have been redesigned with more supportive side bolsters
and a thicker lower cushion for increased comfort on long drives and
support during aggressive cornering. Titanium accents have been added to
the headrests and to several places around the cabin, giving the car a
slightly more upscale feel. A driver-oriented cockpit gets several
updates for 2005. New seats are especially nice, offering more side
support and more padding on the bottom for increased comfort on long
The car is still available in two versions:
the sporty RSX and the high-performance RSX Type-S. Both models are
powered by terrific, Honda-engineered engines that rev high and offer
plenty of power for pulling the fun, lightweight car through traffic.
The base RSX ($20,175) - which actually
comes with some luxurious standard equipment like automatic climate
control, power moonroof and keyless entry - has a 2.0-liter,
four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower. It's certainly enough
power for spirited driving, although an automatic is available for more
For an even better performance kick, the
Type-S ($23,570) offers a 210-horsepower engine that feels like it
belongs in a racecar. The Type-S comes standard with leather, a
six-speed manual transmission with no automatic available, and 17-inch
The difference in the regular RSX and the
Type-S is striking. They feel like two completely different cars. While
the RSX feels like a super nice Honda Civic - with a sporty ride, decent
acceleration and relatively quiet cabin - the Type-S is clearly designed
more for performance driving than trips to the grocery store.
The Type-S corners almost completely flat,
even at wild speeds around bends, and accelerates so fast it's
frightening. On the downside, it's much louder than the regular RSX,
especially when the engine reaches high RPMs and sends a high-pitched
shriek through the cabin. Its firmer suspension is also less comfortable
on the highway, opting for razor-sharp handling over a soft, compliant
Overall, the RSX keeps the same near perfect
mix of luxury and affordability in a small car. It has a clean, sporty
style and impressive Acura badge that makes it more appealing than many
cars in its price range, especially considering the level of standard
equipment in the cabin.
Why buy it? It's fun to drive, comes with
lots of standard equipment and has a luxury brand name - and the
reputation that comes with it. It's simply a good value for the money.
And that's something that never needs refreshing. By
Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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