2004 Acura RSX

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$20,025

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2004 Acura RSX

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Handling, especially in the Type-S
  • Ride comfort on smooth surfaces
  • Six-speed gearbox operation
  • Performance in the Type-S
  • Resale value

The bad:

  • Engine noise in the base model
  • Tight backseat space
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2004 Acura RSX trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 160-hp or 200-hp engine
  • Six-speed manual in the Type-S
  • Available Sequential SportShift automatic in the base coupe
  • FWD configuration
  • Race-bred personality

2004 Acura RSX review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
In its third season in Acura’s lineup, few things have changed in the compact RSX sport coupe. Heated mirrors are now standard, and one new body color is available.

Dick Colliver, Acura executive vice president of sales, has promised “a true race-bred driving experience” for this front-wheel-drive hatchback coupe. Acura targets youthful enthusiasts, including the highly coveted “tuners.”

In base form, the four-cylinder engine generates 160 horsepower. The performance-focused Type-S edition whips up an additional 40 hp and features firmer springs and dampers, as well as a larger front stabilizer bar. The RSX was the first Acura equipped with an intelligent valve-control system, which is intended to enhance performance and efficiency.

Exterior
The RSX has a curvaceous profile; it has a wide pentagonal grille that provides a family resemblance to other Acura models. Large multireflector headlights and a beveled chin spoiler accompany the grille. Displaying chiseled accent lines, the body features short front and rear overhangs. Compound-curved window glass complements thin A- and B-pillars to improve visibility. The RSX rides a 101.2-inch wheelbase and measures 172.2 inches long overall.

Michelin P205/55R16 tires are mounted on five-spoke alloy wheels. Variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering is installed. The suspension consists of Control-Link MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones in the rear. A power moonroof is standard.

Interior
Four people fit inside the RSX, which features two front bucket seats and a 50/50-split, folding rear seat. Base-model upholstery is a blend of regular and suede-look fabric, while the Type-S gets perforated leather; leather in the base coupe is offered as an option. Large gauges are grouped in a pod that’s angled toward the driver. A three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel is installed, and a seven-speaker Bose stereo system with an in-dash six-CD changer goes into the Type-S. Cargo volume totals 17.8 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter, 16-valve i-VTEC four-cylinder engine powers the base RSX, which produces 160 hp and 141 pounds-feet of torque. The Type-S gets a stronger four-cylinder that generates 200 hp and 142 pounds-feet; it requires premium fuel.

A five-speed-manual transmission is standard in the base model. An optional five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic unit incorporates Grade Logic Control, which holds the proper gear on steep grades and minimizes unnecessary shifting. The Type-S coupe comes only with a close-ratio six-speed-manual gearbox.

Safety
Standard equipment includes all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags, occupant-position and height sensors for the front passenger, front seat belt pretensioners and a LATCH system for child-safety seats.

Driving Impressions
Acura took an impressive leap forward with the defiantly sporty RSX, which ranks as exceptional. In both the base and Type-S versions, the coupe behaves in a manner comparable to its alluring style.

Crisper handling is a big bonus with the tautly suspended Type-S, which exacts little penalty in ride comfort. The base model rides even more pleasantly.

Base-model performance is eager with the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, but the 160-hp engine emits a fair amount of blare when pushed to high rpm levels. Type-S acceleration scores as all-out energetic, and its richer exhaust note is particularly satisfying. The close-ratio gearbox in the Type-S is one of the best around.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Seems pretty reliable so far

This car meets my needs, it has plenty of room inside of it especially the trunk. It also handles extremely well. I definitely recommend it.

4.6

Bought Used as a daily commuter

Bought this car as a daily driver to save miles on my Raptor. It was a great purchase and still drives like a champ despite having 108k miles on it.

4.9

My favorite car til this day!

I used to own a 2004 Acura RSX & regret getting rid of it. It?s still in the family. But anyways this car is the most reliable I ever owned, it currently has 250,xxx miles on it & everything on it is original besides the AC compressor. This car is extremely fun to drive. You?ll be surprised a lot of people find this vehicle attractive, I wouldn?t lie about it cause I still want it back! The only problem I had with the car which we still do is its headlight it?s always burning out. Doesn?t matter what I put even LEDs I don?t know if it?s something with the wiring or what, but I am still working on finding out why they burnt so fast, it seems like it?s just the H1 bulbs in general that have the problem or the way they did the connection.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Six model years and less than 80,000 odometer miles
Basic warranty terms
Precision Certified: 24 months or up to 100,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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