Acura Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2005 Acura TSX - With Navigation (A5)
Pros: Voice Activated Navigation System
Cons: Slight lack of power
Advice: Best car in its class and price range.I did all the research and I pretty much decided to buy this car before I even drove it. Once I actually test drove it, I was sold. It has a slight lack of power, but it handles like a dream and once it gets going it is fast enough to do what you want. The interior is very roomy and luxurious for a car of its size and I highly recommend the navigation system and XM radio.
2005 Acura TSX - (M6)
Pros: Extra space they were able to provide.
Cons: Lack of tinting.
Advice: Try others, then test drive this and compare and you will see.This car is absolutely beautiful. I bought the car solely because its an Acura, and that means quality. The minute I closed the doors the sound was silenced from the outside and I could actually hear myself think while driving on the highway. I could use my headset on the phone without any problems. Its the little things that are not included an a car and driver or motor trend review. Its a clean interior and not cluttered. Hands free option for bluetooth phones. Quite engine, but has the speed to beat most cars. Ambient lighting for the interior and light on the doors when exiting. XM is a beautiful thing especially on long trips. No station finding. Con Lack of Tinting on the Windows. Should be provided as a standard in Texas. Limited backseat for taller drivers, and probably not comfortable for 5 but can seat it.
2004 Acura TSX - (M6)
Pros: Superb blend of performance and practicality
Cons: Rear vis reduced by hi trunk; abrupt headlight cutoff at top of beam is awkward in hills.
Advice: Don't be put off by 4-cyl. This engine is powerful, smooth, and gets good mileage.A complete package, great value. Very quick, quiet, smooth; handles like a dream. Surprisingly spacious (more rear legroom than a TL!) Excellent seats. Good headroom (I'm 6'1'.) Spacious trunk (the benefit to offset the less than perfect rear visibility), but the opening isn't as large as some might like. 6-sp manual is tight, fun to drive. And with gas shooting above $2.20/gal, what could be better than a 'hot' car that will thrive on ANY grade of gas? I haven't run it with Regular, but I can't detect any performance reduction at all with midgrade BP gas, though Acura predicts a tradeoff. The iTec four always pulls very strongly and smoothly at all RPMs. More power would get me in trouble, yet my mileage approaches 30. My '96 Infiniti G-20 is still a great car, but the TSX is superior in most ways, inferior in none. Ten years of automotive progress perfectly illustrated. Thanks to Karen at Ed Voyles Acura, Atlanta.
2004 Acura TSX - (A5)
Cons: rattle at the windshield...fixed by dealer...no charge
Advice: buy itI have a 2002 V6 Accord. After commuting in the TSX, I thought that the Accord was a better commuting vehicle due to its softer ride. A month later, I commuted in the Accord. Wrong...missed the TSX...slightly harsher ride, not as much torque, but a better driving experience. Also, this car corners like no other car that I have owned. The 4 cylinder pulls well throughout the rpms, although likes to be above 3000. I own an Accord, an Infiniti, and a Jeep...only drive the TSX.
2005 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Advice: BUY IT, FOR CHRIST SAKE, BUY IT! MOST FUN CAR EVER!THIS CAR RULES!
2004 Acura TSX - (A5)
Pros: Quality, sound system, handling, fit and finish, interior styling.
Cons: Dosn't have auto locking doors
Advice: Test driveAWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!BM What??????????
2005 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: The color (Vivid Blue) and the High Redline (8,000 R's). Leather Buckets and No wind noise with the Moonroof open
Cons: The factory Bose premium deck. Replaced deck and the factory speakers rock!
Advice: Test drive one, then test drive every other vehicle in its class, then come back and apologize like an ungrateful cheating boyfriend/girlfriend.I absolutely love my 2005 Acura RSX Type-S. Acura did some nice improvements for the 2005 model but you can read the professional review for those specs. I just wanted to say that out of 11 cars in the sport-coupe/sedan class that I test drove, even the base model RSX whooped them all. Personally, I am a big fan of consumer reviews and will not buy something unless it has atleast a 90% approval rating. I had read reviews on the other cars I was considering and every single one of them had a less than 90% satisfactory record. Heres my advice to you - Read reviews before buying... or just take my advice and purchase the RSX-S, you wont be sorry. And Guys, Its a definate chick magnet. Especially if you live in an area like I do where this brand of car is not readily available to the immediate demographic consumer (that is young adults age 20-29). I also think very highly of Acura's build quality and am sure that it will be a company I stick with as I get older. I cant wait to purchase the TSX when I'm 27 and the RL when Im 35. For now, the RSX is my dream date... and it could be yours too... if youre into that kind of thing. PS This website is not letting me list all of the cars I test drove so here they are: 2004 Acura RSX 4cyl iVTECH 5spd, 2005 Acura RSX-S 4cyl iVTECH 6spd, 2005 Honda Accord V6 Auto, 2005 Honda Civic 4cyl Auto, 2005 Honda Civic V6 Auto, 2005 Honda Civic Si, 2005 Mazda 3 4cyl Auto, 2005 Mazda 6 4cyl and V6 Auto, 2004 Toyota Camry Solara V6 Auto, 2005 Toyota Camry Solara 4cyl VVT Auto, 2000 Toyota Avalon V6 Auto. Also, if you want performance, this 4cyl iVTECH will whoop all the V6's in its horsepower range (190-230).