Over the years, Acura has developed a fine reputation for style, sophistication, and performance. It continued in this tradition of refinement and superior performance with the release of the RSX. The 2006 Acura RSX is a two-door hatchback that is available in two trim levels: the base model and the Type-S. Although it is equipped with a small, four-cylinder engine, Acura’s reputation ensures that buyers will still get an enjoyable ride from this vehicle.
Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Acura RSX, Acura RSX Type-S
Acura did not make any changes to the 2006 model except to add a new color to the exterior paint palette, Global Silver Metallic. The Society of Automotive Engineers altered their testing procedures in 2006, influencing Acura to slightly reduce the horsepower generated from the engine.
The exterior standard features for the 2006 Acura RSX Base model include: 16-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and several power features, including locks, heated mirrors, windows, and a moonroof. The Type-S model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, stronger brakes, a rear spoiler, and a stiffer suspension system.
The exterior is classy and sporty. The long-sloping hood and short rear creates an aerodynamic look and reduces drag.
The 2006 Acura RSX Base model’s standard features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats with driver seat memory, a ten-speaker Bose surround sound system, voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic information, keyless entry/ignition, an in-dash stereo system with Bose speakers and six-disc CD changer, and Bluetooth. The standard automatic climate control system uses satellite data to monitor the outside temperature and adjust the interior temperature accordingly.
The cockpit in the RSX is built to serve the driver. All of the controls are easy to operate and reach, and the gauges are easy to read. The front seat passengers will be quite comfortable, but the rear seat passengers may experience a lack of headroom. While the rear seats can be uncomfortable for adults, they are fine for children. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the interior is clad in high-quality materials. There are also several compartments for storage in the cabin: the center front console features a dual cup holders and a storage bin, and the lid doubles as a tray. The split rear seats also provide some versatility with cargo storage configuration. The thick roof pillars and small rear side windows limit rear visibility.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Acura RSX has a 2.0-liter engine that produces 155 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque as standard. The Type-S model is equipped with the same engine, but it has been tuned to produce 201 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. The base model comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a five-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Type-S model comes with a five-speed manual transmission only. The models equipped with the automatic transmission also include the Sequential Sport Shift system, which allows you to shift to the desired gear when needed or wanted.
The four-cylinder engine produces low torque, making the engine require higher revving for decent acceleration. The automatic transmission seems to make the engine even more sluggish. The car displays secure handling, especially on winding roads. The suspension is a bit tight, but the ride remains comfortable. The handling is quick and responsive, and displays good control in tight cornering. The large front disc brakes provide ample stopping power.
Standard safety equipment for the 2006 Acura RSX includes side airbags for front passengers, four-wheel antilock brakes, a collapsible steering column, front and rear crumple zones, rear three-point seatbelts, child seat anchors, and dual front three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association gave this vehicle an impressive rating of five stars out of a possible five for passenger and driver protection in frontal-impact collisions, and four out of five stars for side-impact collision protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura RSX Base: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Acura RSX Type-S: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Nimble handling
- Clean interior design
- Long list of standard features
You Won't Like
- Tight rear seat headroom
- Meager torque output for Type-S model
The 2006 Acura RSX is perfect if you want a car for simple, in-town errands, and if you do not need to carry a lot of cargo or people.
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