|Sporty/performance car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $5,000 – $12,800*|
2002 Acura RSX
2002 Acura RSX interior
2003 Acura RSX Type S
2004 Acura RSX interior
2004 Acura RSX
The fun-to-drive RSX was priced competitively when new, but fairly strong resale value keeps secondhand prices on the high side. The base version delivers most of the Type-S’s thrills for slightly fewer dollars, This Acura is better executed than its primary rivals, the Eclipse and Celica, though its high-strung engine may not appeal to those seeking relaxed day-to-day transportation.
Introduced for 2002, the front-drive RSX replaced Acura’s entry-level Integra. Though similar in dimensions, the RSX featured new styling and promised more power. The new model came only as a two-door hatchback coupe, whereas the Integra had been offered in coupe and sedan body styles.
Acura’s RSX came in both base and sportier, performance-oriented Type-S trim. Each used a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The 160-horsepower base model could have a five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission. In the Type-S, the engine made 200 horsepower and was available only with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Type-S had a firmer suspension, but the same 16-inch wheels and tires as the base model.
Both versions included antilock four-wheel disc brakes and front side airbags, plus automatic climate control and a sunroof. Leather upholstery was standard in the Type-S and optional for the base RSX.
The Type-S also contained an in-dash CD changer.
Competitors included sport coupes like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Toyota Celica, as well as the Mini Cooper and Volkswagen New Beetle. Acura is Honda’s luxury/premium division.
Except for one new paint color, the RSX coupe was unchanged for 2003.
Heated mirrors became standard for 2004, but other changes were few.
Freshened styling, sporty-model upgrades, and 10 more horspower for the Type-S model mark Acura’s entry-level car for 2005. The Type-S also gets a standard rear spoiler and 17-inch wheels for ’05. Both trim levels get revised suspension, steering, and brakes, plus a minor facelift, more heavily bolstered front seats, and extra interior accents in chrome and faux titanium.
No significant changes for 2006 RSX.