When introduced, the two-door Acura RSX coupe rode an all-new platform shared by the latest Honda Civic. Standard equipment included standard 15-inch wheels, front and side airbags, air conditioning and a CD player. Leather seating, cruise control, a sunroof and a 6-CD changer were present in the RSX’s hardware list as well, depending on the model in question.
Compact, energetic and poised, the RSX quickly became popular with performance-minded buyers after a premium machine.
Be sure there’s plenty of pad left on the brakes, and that they aren’t squealing — which could indicate the need for a brake job. Check tire tread depth and condition, noting any abnormal wear across the tread width that could indicate alignment issues.
Note any owner-added upgrades, avoiding models modified with anything more serious than an intake and exhaust system. Improperly installed, modified parts can adversely affect the longevity of your used RSX and its various systems.
All RSX models got a two-litre, four-cylinder engine. Standard models developed 160 horsepower, while the sportier Type S model made around 200, depending on the year in question.
What Owners Like
Owners of the RSX tended to rate its styling and driving dynamics the most highly, with comfort and performance falling slightly behind. Most report satisfaction with the RSX’s mileage, handling, responsiveness and reliability.
What Owners Dislike
Common complaints include poor ride quality on account of the stiff, sport-tuned suspension, and limited rear-seat space.
Ultimately, shoppers finding a good deal on a used RSX that fits their budget and priorities will likely join a community of largely satisfied owners.