2005 Acura RSX

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Acura RSX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2005 Acura RSX

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

2005 Acura RSX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Sporty, Stylish and Reliable ?

by Lazzaaroo on July 16, 2018

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. ... Read full review

(5.0)

relaible car

by fe from fontana ca on February 19, 2018

this is nice economic car. clean interior and exterior, power full engine with out any problem , cold a/c , and transmission shift very smoth Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Acura RSX currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Acura RSX has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RSX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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