The 2005 Acura RSX is in its fourth season, and the company celebrates its wonderfully sporty coupe’s success with a full range of upgrades in both performance and styling. This new-and-improved RSX gifts drivers with as much performance and reliability as ever with a number of modern, high-tech features to carry it into the future. It is small but fierce, with tons of spirit packed under the hood and a wealth of soulful comfort built into the cabin. No matter where passengers are sitting, they'll be sitting in style, as the driver rockets at high speeds. It draws attention and admiration without being unnecessarily flashy or overly styled, although some might call it bland. Either way, even the harshest fashion critics won’t have much to complain about once they experience the truly respectable power and performance of this exceptionally well-built coupe.
Body Styles: hatchback coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Acura RSX, Acura RSX Type-S
The 2005 Acura RSX benefits from a range of changes and upgrades. The Type-S engine gets new high-performance camshafts, a larger intake duct, large diameter exhaust pipe, and a high-flow catalytic converter, all of which help to bump horsepower up to 210. The six-speed transmission on the Type-S also has a lower final drive ratio and new carbon synchronizers on the fifth and sixth gears, making for smoother shifting. The Type-S gets a larger diameter front strut tower brace, 17-inch wheels, and a rear spoiler. All models boast an upgraded suspension, revised stabilizer bars, and refined steering and braking systems. The car’s exterior gets some fresh styling with redesigned front and rear fascias, side sills, grille, headlamps, and tail lamps. The cabin features new bolstered seats and fresh trim accents.
The 2005 Acura RSX is a two-door sports coupe that boasts a smoothly-curved profile, topped off with a new pentagonal grille that’s characteristic of all Acura vehicles. Chiseled accent lines add a muscular feel to the 2005 RSX, while compound-curved window glass and thin A- and B-pillars are designed to improve visibility. Standard exterior equipment for all RSX models includes a front air dam, alloy wheels, power windows, heated and power-adjustable exterior mirrors, interval wipers, a rear wiper, and rear window defogger. Fog lights and mud guards are optional on all models, while a rear spoiler is optional at the base trim level and standard on the Type-S.
The four-passenger 2005 Acura RSX is furnished with two front bucket seats and a 50/50-split folding rear seat. The base model is upholstered with fabric, while the Type-S gets an upgrade to leather upholstery. All seats include supportive bolstering and are supremely comfortable. It boasts a seven-speaker Bose stereo system, with an in-dash six-CD changer and cassette player that are optional in the base model, and standard in the Type-S. The Type-S package also comes with a subwoofer. Apart from the impressive stereo system, the list of luxury features is somewhat limited in the RSX. Standard equipment includes cruise control, a leather steering wheel with mounted audio controls, and air-conditioning, but that’s about it. The real enjoyment focus for this car is its admirable, sporty performance.
Performance & Handling
The only engine offering for both models of the 2005 Acura RSX is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. This 160-horsepower engine is paired with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission in the base model, and a six-speed manual in the higher-performance Type-S. The Type-S also boasts a higher horsepower (hp) rating of 210. This sporty coupe is full of spirit, with performance that’s as appealing as its eye-catching style. The base RSX deals out an admirable performance with the automatic transmission, but buyers can hear the 160-hp engine struggling at higher rpm levels. The Type-S offers better acceleration and all-around handling with precise steering and an enthusiastic exhaust note. The suspension in the Type-S is a bit tight, but this has little effect on overall ride comfort.
Anti-lock brakes come standard on all 2005 Acura RSX models, for either two or four wheels. Front side airbags are included but there are no side curtains or second row airbags. Its overall list of standard features may be long, but its modern safety offerings are rather limited. Standard equipment for all RSX trim levels includes power windows and door locks, a vehicle anti-theft system, and keyless entry. The NHTSA has given the 2005 Acura RSX a perfect five-star rating for frontal-impact crash tests for both the driver and passenger seats, with a four-star rating for side-impact crash tests. Rear side protection has not been tested.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura RSX: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Acura RSX Type-S: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Agile handling
- Sharp steering
- Long list of standard equipment
- Nice interior design
You Won't Like
- Limited torque output
- Short rear-seat headroom
- Bland exterior design
A refined blend of commuter reliability and weekend performance.
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