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2003 Acura RSX

2003 Acura RSX
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The entry-level car in the Acura stable is the 2003 Acura RSX. A sporty 2-door coupe, and accessible to many who may not be looking for a more up-level Acura, this may be a good option for those who are attracted to cars from Honda's premium division.

Like many of the up-level Acura models, the 2003 Acura RSX offers advanced features and components, setting a standard for the class, Standard 4-wheel disc brakes, automatic climate control and a sunroof are examples of this unusual level of content.

Available Models
The 2003 Acura RSX comes in a base model and an up-level sport version with a more powerful engine. The RSX Type-S also comes with a couple of other upgraded elements.

Interior Features
The interior of the base model RSX is, as mentioned above, more generous than one would expect at this level. Automatic climate control, cruise control, cloth upholstery on front bucket seats with a lumbar adjustment, power mirrors, windows, door locks and steering, remote keyless entry, a tachometer and many other items deck out the interior. The Type-S adds a premium Bose 6CD audio system.
A Factory Performance Package is also in the works for the NSX. This package will include along with a number of high-performance components, metallic-look interior trim and a Factory Performance shift knob.

Exterior Features
The 2003 Acura RSX exterior is sharper than ever this year with a rear spoiler, an aggressive nose-down, charging bull stance and a deeply bevelled chin spoiler. Multi-reflector headlights and the signature five-sided Acura grille and distinctive front fascia set off the performance-oriented appearance.

Under the hood of the RSX, a single engine size, 2.0-liter, can provide one of two levels of power. If you have the base model you will be rewarded by ample power, with 160-hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic and in this incarnation it gets a very respectable 24/33 mpg (city/hwy)

However, a move up to the NSX Type-S allows access to its 200hp (at 7400 rpm) engine. This dynamo is a high-revving rocket that comes with a driver's favourite close ratio 6-speed manual transmission. With a healthy 142 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm, keeping this car up near the red line is an exciting and adrenalin-rich experience.

Despite the focus on speed and performance, mileage is quite respectable at 24/31 mpg (city/hwy).

Safety and Security
Safety is one of the areas where Acura offers a lot of bang for the buck. Although in this case the bang is the sound of one of the four popping airbags. (Equipped dual front and front side.)

Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on both models while a sport suspension is equipped on the Type-S.

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Fast Stats


MSRP from
2.0L i-VTEC 4-cylinder
RSX: 160 @ 6500
Type S: 200@7400
5-Speed manual
5-speed automatic
Type S: 6-spd manual
MPG: City/Hwy
5-spd man. 27/33
5-spd auto 24/33
6-spd man. 24/31

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