2005 Acura RSX

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$20,275

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2005 Acura RSX

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

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

2 trims

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Our 2005 Acura RSX trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Choice of two four-cylinders
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six-speed manual in Type-S
  • FWD configuration
  • Race-bred personality

2005 Acura RSX review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Entering its fourth season in Acura’s lineup, the compact RSX sport coupe gets significant performance and styling enhancements this season.

In base form, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 160 horsepower. The performance-focused Type-S edition gets a boost from 200 to 210 hp for 2005, courtesy of high-performance camshafts, a larger intake duct and a larger-diameter exhaust pipe. A lower final drive ratio with the six-speed-manual gearbox in the 2005 Type-S should deliver quicker acceleration.

Both front-wheel-drive hatchback models use track-tuned suspensions that have been enhanced for 2005 with reduced ride height, retuned bushings and thicker stabilizer bars. To produce handling traits that complement its increased engine output, the Type-S features firmer springs and dampers and a larger front stabilizer.

Exterior
Designed with a particularly curvaceous profile, the RSX coupe has a new pentagonal grille that resembles other Acura models. Tri-beam headlights, body-colored side sills and lower, rectangular air ducts are used on 2005 models.

The body displays chiseled accent lines and features short front and rear overhangs. Compound-curved window glass complements thin A- and B-pillars to improve visibility.

P205/55R16 tires on the base model are mounted on five-spoke alloy wheels. The Type-S rides on P215/45R17 tires. A power moonroof is standard. The Type-S gets a deck-lid spoiler.

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 fabric, but the Type-S gets perforated leather. Large gauges are grouped in a pod that’s angled toward the driver. The seats have more-supportive bolstering for 2005. A 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 16 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 160 hp powers the base RSX. The Type-S gets a stronger four-cylinder that now generates 210 hp at 7,800 rpm and 143 pounds-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm; it requires premium fuel.

A five-speed-manual transmission is standard in the base model. The optional five-speed automatic has a manual-shift provision and incorporates Grade Logic Control, which holds the proper gear on steep grades and minimizes unnecessary shifting. The Type-S 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, exceptionally spirited RSX. Both versions behave 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 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 especially satisfying. The easy-action close-ratio gearbox in the Type-S is one of the best around.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Super fun and easy to drive

This car is super easy to drive. Especially if you’re learning to drive a manual transmission. It’s very reliable and awesome. I recommend this car to anyone who wants to buy it.

4.9

Definitely the most reliable car I've ever owned

The RSX Type S is one of the best sports cars you can get for the money. Fast when it needs to be and perfect for every day life.

4.4

Sporty, Stylish and Reliable ?

Yes ! This car has to be by far the most reliable entry level Luxury Sports car ! It?s quick enough for it?s Naturally Aspirated engine at 210HP. Extremely Reliable considering Honda makes these cars. Very good looking sporting a Coupe/Hatchback design. This car needs to be revved out all the way to redline to get the performance out of it ! Don?t be scared of all the revs this engine likes it. Don?t buy it expecting torque cause This car barely has any. But will save you plenty of gas and stay reliable !

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura Precision Used
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years old or newer from their original in-service date at the time of sale.
Basic warranty terms
6 months/7,500 miles
Powertrain
6 months/7,500 miles
Dealer certification required
112 point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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