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Pros: Handling, braking, performance.
Cons: Hard, bumpy ride
Advice: Test drive it over some bad roads before you decide.The steering feel, the shifter, the brakes, and the amazing automatic climate control are the first things I fell in love with. The high-revving engine was also impressive once I got onto some open road. Can't do much with it in town. On the down side, the seats are hard and the ride is quite rough. That combination becomes annoying on a long drive, or even a short one on bad city streets. While no one buys a sports coupe for its back seat room, you should at least be able to toss a briefcase back there and recover it without spraining an elbow. Ah, but the RSX front seats tend to block easy access to the back from the front. Also, there is no center arm rest to lean on and stash stuff, and no grab handles over the doors. The trunk space is more than adequate, though, and the fuel economy is excellent for such performance.
Pros: Reliability of a Acura/Honda car and attactive appearance.
Cons: Not much to not like.
Advice: Drive it several times before you buy and compare it to several different cars. If you still like it, get it.It is a very comfortable ride especially with the standard leather seats. Not much different than the Integra models though as far as feel. If you liked the old Integras you will like this car. I only test drove it once so make sure you take it out for a spin before believing what I say.
Pros: I have covered it.
Cons: I have covered it.
Advice: If you do not mind not having sufficient torque and back seat room, this compact sports coupe is for you.I thoroughly checked this compact sports coupe. True, it has a lot of nice standard and optional features. It has power. It is fuel-economical. It has OnStar. The front seats are comfortable. But I saw 2 problems with this car. One is lack of sufficient torque. It needs a turbocharger. The other is lack of sufficient back seat leg, hip and head room. So, I had to be honest. I had to call it as I see it.
Pros: Tight Steering
Cons: Small back seat
Advice: Be careful.. My RSX had a defective airbag.. It did not deploy when I was in a serious accident.. Causing me serious injuriesDriving the car was awesome. Great handling.
Pros: Nimble handling
Cons: Engine noise while accelerating
Advice: Get the Type SSimply put, this is a fantastic value for the money. Once I took it for a spin I was hooked. The Type S is powerful, sleek and solidly built. It exudes quality without being pretentious. Many of the upgrade features are standard, making shopping simple and efficient (power moonroof, leather seats, etc.). Compared to several other cars I test drove (Mustang GT, Jetta 1.8T), the 6-speed is sharp and precise, with responsive acceleration. The car does not have the bulky, heavy, gas-guzzling feel of the aging American sports cars. The more I drive it, the more I am convinced I bought the right car.
Pros: interior, exterior, engine, shifter, everything else
Cons: undertired....if you can, or when the origingals wear out, spring for bigger, better tires
Advice: test drive the S...AFTER youve test driven everything else on your'to buy' listif you've heard any bad things about the Acura RSX-Type S, its only because its been compared to so many other vehicles, not only to cars in the 'under 25k sports coupe' class, but to ones that are in higher classes, like the beemer 3s, audi a4s, various VWs and even some (aging) american muscle cars. if youve heard any of those things, you also know that the RSX holds its own with the pretty boys. Well, after a LOT of research and test driving, i got myself a black RSX-S with the ground effects package, and a red billet shift knob for just over 23k (Rallye Acura on Long Island). if youre one of those window shoppers who's partial to the looks, all i gotta say is it looks a LOT better in person and with the underbody spoiler. if youre at all interested in a pocket rocket, this is the most agressive/elegant looking car on the market for the $. when i test drove the base with the semi-automatic transmission, i was ready to shell out even though the desert silver base didnt appeal to me because the driving experience was incredible. with the nice engine noise, the responsive handling, and the small steering wheel, i felt like i was driving a go-kart that was able to hit 60 on a whim. the type s is even better... exterior: black w/ ground effects is a 10...looks better than most german cars. the dimensions are perfect. interior: if you can do without wood panels, the interior is exceptional. very sporty. i would have given this a 9 because of the lack of heated seats, but the back seats are a lot bigger than youd expect. 10 driving experience: though im not the best manual driver, the S makes shifting more than just a breeze, its addictive. very good power throughout the band despite what figures show. beautiful, powerful, and economical. this is the mustang of my generation. who cares if its an import.
Pros: Sound of the engine, control console, shifter, and everything else
Cons: Exterior could be a little sportier
Advice: Buy it. I test drove a lot of cars, and nothing came close to this.It was like I died and went to heaven. This is the most fun I've ever had driving a car. If you are looking for an affordable sports car, nothing can touch this. The engine has a nice roar that gets loud around 5,000 RPM's, but quiets to a nice growl around 6,000. The acceleration is fine. I read a lot of reviews about torque problems with this car, but I didn't notice any on my test drive. If you want a sports car but don't want to look like you're still in highschool, get the type S. One test drive and you'll be hooked. Don't even bother with the Celica. It's overpriced for what you're getting.