2006 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: The sound it makes when you rev it high
Cons: no power seats
Advice: Buy it, its the best value for the moneyWhen I first drove this car I was very impressed with the handling, breaking, quality and looks; it wasn't until I broke it in and started to rev the engine that I was truly blown away!! I had a 2004 Accord Coupe V6 and this car blows it away! It is a BLAST to drive and gets lots of looks!
2005 Acura TL - w/Nav System (A5)
Pros: Long list of standard features
Cons: Dealership experience witth multiple Acura dealers
Advice: Do your homework to avoid being gouged. Make sure you can deal with a firm ride.Clearly the best vehicle in its class. Not quite as precise as a 3-series BMW, but much sharper than the dull offerings from Lexus/Toyota. This is a smart choice. The car comes very well dressed without the need to add options. You get all of the Honda quality, reliability, and praticality with enough luury to make you believe that you are in a much costlier vehicle. The nav system is intuitive and easy to use. The sound system is one of the best OE setups I've ever heard. It just needs a couple hundred watts more power. The ride is taught without being stiff. It may be too firm for some. If a plusher, wallowy ride is your speed, your car is the Avalon or ES 330.
2005 Acura TSX - (M6)
Pros: Standard features especially heated seats!
Cons: No full size spare.
Advice: Test drive both the 6-speed and the 5-AT see which fits your style.I was considering the Audi A4 as well, test drove it many times. The night before I was going to buy the A4 I was online and decided to look one more time at my options and I came across the TSX. As I was driving to the Audi dealership I decided to stop off at Flatirons Acura of Boulder. Needless to say I test drove it and bought it that day and have never looked back. The reliability factor of the A4 and the standard features on the TSX made my decision easier. Flatirons Acura is a First class dealership as well, highly recommended.
2005 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: THE BOSE SYSTEM!!
Cons: Since it's classified as LUXURY its too basic, but its definitely a great SPORTS CAR!!
Advice: Know what you want, then research it.I initially wanted a TSX but I fell inlove with the RSX type S. It's a lot cheaper and has more HP. I'm a girl, so I don't know much about cars, so I can't really tell you much detail. All I know is that the gas mileage is EXCELLENT. It has 13 liters and (this may be bad for your car or what not) but if you take it all the way down to empty, gas mileage per gallon ranges from 26-28. You can't beat that. At one point, I took the car from full to empty and managed to get exactly 400 miles from one full tank. Aboslutley amazing!! To top it off, its super duper smooth, especially when you drive it down the freeway, and it looks super sexy! What more can you ask for? I LOVE THIS CAR!!
2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)
Pros: the handling of the car
Cons: air vents - they are hard to position in a convenient place
Advice: you gotta know for sure this is what you wantI loved this car when I test drove it. But having had it 3 months now I can see that it was the worst decision that I have EVER made! In the 3 months that I have owned this car, I have had to make over 8 visits to the Acura dealership for problems with the car. And ironically enough, they fix the problem for about a week and then the same problem comes back - costing me more money ($95 each time)for 'diagnostic tests' they have to run on it every time!! The car does accelerate well, but don't plan on trying to 'gun' and cut in front of someone - response time lacks! Troubles range from the SRS light remaining on, the the 'Side Airbag Off' light staying on, to the 'check engine light' coming on
2005 Acura TL - (A5)
Cons: Nothing. Love it all.
Advice: Check it out. You can't beat the TL for performance, reliability and price.This is my third TL to own and I love the 05 better than the 02 and 03. I like cars that have that look that others stop and look at. And this is it. I have loved the design since the first time I saw it.
2005 Acura TSX - With Navigation (A5)
Cons: Cheap sound of doors being closed
Advice: It's probably as good as you can do for the money, but it's not the greatest car ever.I have no doubt that my new TSX is a better car than my 5-year old Saab 9-5 with 140k miles. But I seriously doubt that a 5-year old TSX will be as good as that used Saab. Granted, I'm comparing a $27k car with a $35k car. But the TSX is just not as substantial. Slamming the door of my TSX makes me cringe sometimes; it sounds so cheap. And it is a noisy car. It definitely has some annoying rattles. Little things could be improved. The stitching on the door armrest is like a saw-blade on your forearm. It does not have daytime running lights, but dash lights are necessary in daylight (which leads to driving without headlights when they should be on). I love my XM radio, but the radio controls on the steering wheel do not allow me to channel surf. The controls on the dash around the radio could be improved. (When switching from XM-2 presets to XM-1 presets, you have to cycle through the CD player.) The Saab had some cool little things that turned out to be very convenient. I miss driver's seat memory. The climate-control could be set to switch to recirculate below 10 mph, so you didn’t have to breathe exhaust while waiting at a traffic light. The headlights went off when you turned off the engine, so I left them on for five years. When you turned the car on, the sound system came on at a preset, lower volume, so it wouldn’t scare you no matter what volume it was when you last turned it off. Rear-seat A/C vents were nice. I used the rear-seat center pass-through more than you might think. Like the TSX, the 9-5 was a 4-cylinder, but the turbo gave it a little punch. And, though it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I miss the distinctive styling of the Saab. Considering the features and the price, it would be more fair to compare the Saab 9-5 to a TL, I guess. To be fair, the TSX does some things better than the Saab. It has much better cup-holders. I really like that you can open the trunk from the outside without the key fob. The xenon headlights are nice. I might use the seat-warmers once a year. The ambient blue lighting is cool, and the HomeLink buttons are convenient. The car handles well. The TSX does not look like every other Japanese four-door sedan, thank goodness, but it is not really all that distinctive. If I had traded up from a Camry, I’d be thrilled with the sportiness of the TSX. If my last car had been a Sebring or a Century, I would find the TSX’s finish to be a great improvement. Having driven Volvos and Saabs for the last 10 years, however, the TSX is a bit of a come-down. I hope its reliability over the years and miles will change my mind.