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Acura RSX

Acura RSX side view
Acura RSX angular front perspective
Acura RSX angular rear perspective

Overview of the Acura RSX

Learn about the Acura RSX

Summary

The Acura RSX is a front-wheel drive coupe (two doors) available in performance-focused automatic and manual transmission options. Production ran 2002–2006, with the 2005 edition given an exterior overhaul. The sporty 2.0 L four-cylinder engine is boosted in the highest trim, the Type-S, to produce even more horsepower. Along with mechanical upgrades, upper trims also include luxury features such as power moonroof and Bose audio system. The RSX is an excellent choice for buyers who are after a fun ride that’s comfortable, reliable and suited for daily commuting.

Safety

Driver, passenger and side airbags are standard on all models. Anti-lock brakes, designed to help you avoid skidding and loss of control when stopping, are available in all model years and come standard since 2005. The RSX scored exceptionally on crash-test ratings for occupant survivability and offered front lap belt pre-tensioners to secure the driver and passenger in the case of a collision. 

Interior

The RSX is available in three trims, with the base package offering cloth upholstery, an adjustable steering column and power windows. The more high-end trims (Premium and Type-S) offered extras such as heated seats with lumbar support control for the driver. Other optional and standard features include:

  • Power door locks and mirrors, controlled at the push of a button
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel, standard as of the oldest 2002 model
  • Leather upholstery, standard only on the RSX Type-S  
  • Air-conditioning is available, and automatic climate control is standard with base trims on all models

Interior controls have a straightforward layout and are user-friendly.

Technology

The technology may seem too simple in the Acura RSX, given when it was last produced. You won’t find Bluetooth or smartphone integration in any of the five model years. However, the basics are covered; for instance, the 2005 base RSX has a six-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and CD player. This is upgraded to a seven-speaker Bose system in the Type-S model. The same trim package offers a Bose Richbass subwoofer filling the space inside the spare tire.

All model years feature a security system to guard against meddling, as well as an ignition disable device to prevent starting the engine without the correct keys.
 

Space

The Acura RSX seats four people comfortably. You might find you have limited headroom in the back, but there is extra leg space. Up front, however, the cabin feels roomy with excellent headroom and legroom. The cargo space is abundant but a little shallow. Some model years give you the option of fold-down rear seats for more room. 
 

Comfort

While some drivers find the Type-S gives a rough ride, the sport-tuned suspension, stiffer shocks and other mechanical upgrades make it your choice for the most performance and horsepower. However, the RSX across all model years and trims levels is commended for nimble handling, responsive steering and balance on the road. The car's popularity as a choice for aftermarket conversions means drivers should not need to look far to further tailor the car to their needs.

Pros and cons of the Acura RSX

  • Modern interior and exterior styling
  • Manual transmission
  • Good reputation for reliability
  • Low roofline reduces rear seat headroom
  • Requires super grade gasoline
  • Ceased production in 2006
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Acura RSX

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors3
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption8.6 - 10.4 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.4 - 7.6 L/100km
  • Width1724 - 1725 mm
  • Length4375 - 4379 mm
  • Trunk space504 L
  • Cargo space716 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Acura RSX

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Acura RSX 2002 - 2006 is available in 3 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
Available with the Basic trim:
  • CD player
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
2 L - Gas - 160 hp
City consumption:8.6 - 9.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic

Premium trim features and specs

Available with the Premium trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available with the Premium trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the Premium trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
Available with the Premium trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Premium trim:
2 L - Gas - 155 hp
City consumption:8.6 - 9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
2 L - Gas - 160 hp
City consumption:8.6 - 9.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual

Type S trim features and specs

Available with the Type S trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available with the Type S trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the Type S trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
Available with the Type S trim:
  • CD disc changer
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the Type S trim:
2 L - Gas - 200 hp
City consumption:9.7 - 9.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 7.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2 L - Gas - 201 hp
City consumption:10.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2 L - Gas - 210 hp
City consumption:10.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

Frequently asked questions about the Acura RSX

Yes, the Acura RSX is considered a hatchback sports car. See the Type-S trim level for a firmer suspension than the base model, as well as six-speed manual transmission.

The "RSX" in Acura RSX stands for Rally Sport Experimental.

While there was no direct replacement for the Acura RSX, it was succeeded in 2006 by the Acura CSX, which borrows the RSX base model’s 2.0 L four-cylinder engine.

Yes, all Acura RSX come with front-wheel drive as standard.

The Acura RSX comes with a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine for all trim levels, though the base model has a lower horsepower compared to the Type-S.